Previous Trips

Pinchinthorpe Ride - 7th August

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-10

I had planned to have a full day playing in the forest but given the heavy down pour the previous day I had to rethink the route otherwise I think it would be a day of destroying the routes and destroying ourselves on the muddy roots. So out of the forest we climbed, then up a challenging single track climb to the panoramic view point of Roseberry Topping with delightful Middlesbrough in the back ground. We then headed out to Kildale, without stopping at the cafe, knowing we'd stop there on return journey.

Caldbeck Fells/Skiddaw Loop July 10th

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-10

Second day of Club Camp at Troutbeck and I was joined at last by another mbr - Kiwi Matt. But he had to get back soon for Emma and Heather so it was race on for me to keep up with him and a much faster time than the guide book's suggested 3.5 hrs.

Kilnsey 12th June 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-07-11

The day after the marathon saw 9 of us heading off to Kilnsey – Steven and I, Karen, Em, Russ, Graham, David G, Sarah and guess who – Nev. Now that may not be such a surprise to most of you as Nev loves riding – it was just a surprise that he should be out in the middle of nowhere, poor reception area, the day AFTER his and Saski’s baby was due!! Big oops we all thought – but Nev proudly produced his golden ticket showing he was allowed out to play for the day!


Great Pinseat with girl-flu

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-20

Six of us met up in Reeth on yet another damp June morning for an easy-going spin around Reeth. Terry came good on his threat to give mountain biking another go (and wasn't diverted by the wet weather into a canoe trip instead), Richard fitted in a short excursion up Arkengarthdale before we started, Mark brought his new Trance for another outing after it's SOC debut on Wednesday night and Graham turned up having decided the weather sounded better than Sunday.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-09

Oh the ride I had planned! The swooping descents, the tough but satisfying road climb, the cheeky bits I knew we would chuckle over. And in the midst of a drought the BBC forecast only sunshine and showers. So with high hopes Sarah, Alan, Ed, Pete, Dr John and I started out in what was bound to be a brief and pleasantly refreshing sprinkle.

Scorton, Saturday 14th May

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-07

We eventually had 7 turn out for our easy going ride from Scorton – Peter from Darlington, Alan and Sarah, Dr. Richard by pedal power and Nev – that is when he realised he had missed the exit from the A1 and after he had negotiated the new junctions at Leeming! We then set off to start notching up the promised 15 miles.

Leighton Reservoir, Sunday 15th May

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-07

Our Sunday's ride was programmed as 25 miles and tempted out 6 riders for the day – Alan, Sarah, Em, Karen, Dr. John and Graham - not Graham Banks as he has been falling off his bike in Scotland! The ride began with an easy roll along the side of Roundhill Reservoir and our first wildlife stop of the day as we gave way to all the geese and their offspring.

Mat's Lakeland Loop

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-06

Mat has been thinking of a multi-day mountain biking tour of the lakes for a while but the announcement of the The Wedding Date gave him the excuse he'd been looking for; a four day bank holiday weekend and the chance to avoid all coverage of The Wedding completely.

Gunnerside with Nic (& Others)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-07

Ann GunnersideOur Saturday easy-going ride attracted a crowd of ten people to Gunnerside; the attraction was not our company but the fact that Nic and Oscar were over from Australia for a visit and Nic had borrowed one of Judith's bikes to come on our ride. We were also joined by Steve, Judith, Kay, Richard, Nev, Pete and Ann. Sas took little Oscar for a walk and ride in the car.


Hamsterley Forest & Moorland

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-17
After making poor Alan change my handle bars to his spare low rise bars (thanks Alan) before we set off,  we all trotted up past the skills area, up all the way to the top road at the edge of the forest.  Then immediately dropped height, going down the bombhole, great fun, plus no injuries or broken bikes, so all good!