Previous Trips

Hamsterley Trailblazers 1-2-1 Race

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-25

SOC members Mat and Olly are also members of Hamsterley Trailblazers and helped organize a new race weekend in the forest that a number of SOC mountain bikers decided to have a go at and support. The format was a cross-country race on Saturday followed by a downhill race on Sunday, points were given for your position in each race and then added together to get a final result. The twist was that you had to do both races on the same bike, the only thing you could change were the tyres (assuming you had any wide downhill tyres which we didn't).

Anthony's Reeth Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-12

Anthony scheduled a hard ride from Reeth but then realized he was going to have a hangover so passed the job onto us. We turned up in Reeth but discovered that a cold bug rampaging round the mountain bike section had reduced our numbers and caused most of the people who did come along to say “I’m not feeling very good, hope this won’t be a hard ride” plus Dave G turned up still suffering from rib damage after lugeing bikeless over rocks in the Alps.

Astounding Adventures – Mountain biking Skills Day

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-11

On 11.09.10, Matthew Saxon and I took part in a mountain biking skills training day run by Astounding Adventures The course we took part in was Core Skills – Fundamentals. Astounding Adventures are a collective of fully qualified mountain sport coaches based around the length and breadth of the British Isles.

August Bank Holiday in Patterdale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-28

Only a few of us made it away over Bank Holiday but we still ended up having an action packed time. Saturday saw Alan, Dave T and me checking out the trails at Whinlatter yet again (in our defence it was raining). Both Alan and Dave went flying over the bars and landed on their heads, Alan’s excuse was that the trail was wet, Dave’s that he wasn’t looking where he was going and didn’t notice the very steep drop-off at the end of the woodwork he followed me onto (remember, if you follow a girl then you have to ride like a girl as well!).

A Fairy Tale From Levisham

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-22

A Fairy Tale From Levisham, Sunday 22nd August

Kilnsey – return visit for more top bombing!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-15

What a Gay Day!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-14

Philski, Rach, Ed, Peter, Alan, Sarah, Saski, Nevski


Always one to sniff out a good cafe (and fish and chip shop), I was informed by my folks of a lovely farm shop/cafe at East Rounton called Roots. Looking over my OS map I noticed it had a bridleway leading straight from its front door over to the Cleveland Hills... Bingo!...everyone knows the MTB section is fuelled on cake, so into the program it went.


Clay Bank

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-01

Guisburn; Forest of Bowland

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-03

Sas and Nev booked a bunkbarn ages ago in the Forest of Bowland for a weekend so we could explore a new mountain biking area. About twenty of us turned up and we had a great weekend with a good ride round the new purpose built trail in Guisburn Forest on Saturday. This had a few fun features including a steep rock drop most of us climbed up to try and a streambed turned into a roller coaster ride called Hully Gully with large swoopy berms and some quite narrow singletrack high above the stream. A good addition to the growing list of accessible trail centres.

Hawes - A Long Day Out

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-27

Loads of us met up outside Kudu bikes in Hawes (joined by an over-excited Mac the dog) and eventually set off for a hard climb up from Burtersett onto Wether Fell. Things started going awry almost immediately when Lucy’s chain broke but a quick fettle had her sorted and we carried on up. Then things really fell apart when Rach’s cleat took a turn for the worse, Judith decided to improvise her own route and took Lucy and Karen with her in the wrong direction and Alan sent Mat off in a different but still wrong direction.