Previous Trips

Hutton le Hole; Farndale and Rosedale

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-20

After my several arduous and muddy rides recently I went for something easier and was pleased to see Rob back for more after Helmsley. Some others were competing at Mountain Mayhem (well done Pink Heifers!), but still only 7 of us out on a nice dry summer’s day.

A fairly steady, pretty scenic ride highlighted by a superb long stretch of single track through the heather from Rudland Rigg down towards Low Mill, followed by a hard road climb up to Blakey Ridge onto the fast miles of old railway and a blast down Lastingham Ridge.

Dufton - A Hat Trick of Nominations!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-06

What a great date to decide to ride 39 hard miles round Dufton – just when Appleby horse fair is in full swing and the gang numbers are diminished after a hard tour of duty in Scotland! We also had a bonus weather forecast for heavy rain – yippee! We all knew Appleby was on and yet nearly all of the 8 who turned up managed to drive through Appleby just before the roads closed and the horse races started.

Aviemore; MTB Adventures

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-29

Eighteen of us made the long trek north for a few days of mountain biking around Aviemore so I thought I’d just make a note of the highs and lows;


Excellent riding all weekend despite the damp start to Sunday

The epic rocky descent from Carn Ban Mor after a massive climb (with no injuries to people or bikes!)

All you can eat pizza and pasta buffet at the Italian on Sunday night

More than you can eat chips and burgers at Roo’s Leap on Saturday

Weather on Monday, what a fantastic day

Hawkshead; A Glorious Lakeland Day

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-23

Ladybower; Mutiny at Cutthroat Bridge, arrrgghh!!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-16

Steve and Judith had originally planned a different Peak District ride for the day after the SOC multi-section relay.  However, with Steve having to miss the weekend and a few of us up for doing arguably the best ride this year - the classic and challenging 30 mile Cutgate route via Cutthroat Bridge - a little mutiny took place.  Judith, Phil, Rach, Alan, Sarah, Vic, Lisa, Baz and I met at Heatherdene CP at Ladybower and after a slight delay for all to experience the size and weight of Phil's sack we set off (no wonder he descends so fast).  The climb up to Cutthroat Bridge is quite steep a

Ravenstor; The Mountain Biker’s View of the Relay

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-15

Relay day dawned bright and fair at Ravenstor Youth Hostel (what a change after the last relay) and after an average amount of faffing about the mountain biking section headed off down the track below the hostel and immediately encountered the first challenge of the day. Old stone steps gave us some fun and no falls before we headed up and down Miller’s Dale aiming for Longstone Quarry and Stoney Middleton.

Osmotherley; Tired Before We Started!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-09

With a few tired legs in tow (from riding the Audax the day before), this was a ride, for some, of perseverance and survival. Whilst for others it was an opportunity to ride on into an unforgiving head wind and blast across the moor tops to gain an extra 7 miles on top of the allocated 25 miles of the day’s ride, which was all the suffering few managed.

Eskdale; Bank Holiday Wanderings

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-01

About fifteen of us turned up in Eskdale (spread around a B&B, youth hostel, campsite and camper van) and set off up a very steep track to the top of Ireton Fell. This was a real challenge with everybody having to push some bits so we had a rest at the top and admired the view down into Wasdale. The descent proved equally memorable with various people going flying over the bars including Dave T, Graham and me (twice) resulting in some interesting bruises a couple of days later.

Dalby Forest; Goathland & the World Cup

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-24

We were treated to sunny skies and dry trails for our ride from Goathland.  We didn't get off to a flying start, however. Two people forgot their Dalby world cup tickets and had to do an about-turn to go fetch them (I won't name and shame) and two others had mechanicals on arrival, meaning that it was after eleven before we got going. It was nice sitting in the sun though, so no one complained too much! The lovely road climb out of the village got us warmed up and we made our way across the moors towards the 'sandcastle' (Fylingdale).

Kepwick; Mid Week Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-15

This was the second of our “easy” off road cycle rides and saw an amazing turnout of 11 people for the ride from Kepwick on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. I use the word amazing as the group included our illustrious President and his wife who had not ventured out on their machines for nearly a year, regular mountain bikers Alan, Sarah and Dave Thompson, a couple of canoeists who have acquired rather nice looking bikes and our walking section leader, amongst others.