Previous Trips

Leighton Reservoir

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-10

Machynlleth; Easter 2010

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-04-05

We decided to continue our annual series of visits to Welsh mountain biking areas by basing ourselves in Machynlleth for Easter weekend. Twelve of us stayed in a couple of B&Bs whilst Pete and Ann roamed around in their camper van and popped up in unexpected places. The weather report for the whole weekend was fairly dire and as we set off on Friday morning for the ClimachX trail we just knew we were going to get very wet. True to form, just as we arrived at the trickiest descent the heavens opened and we went from being a bit damp to being soaked in a few minutes.

Osmotherley; Hawnby And Back Again

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-28

Despite the arrival of British Summer Time and the clocks going forward 13 riders turned up for the early morning start at Osmotherley. Spring must have arrived as even Dave turned up from Derbyshire -- a sign that the days are getting longer and the weather more clement. As everyone had turned up with the necessary helmets and riding shoes we headed off promptly up to the reservoir and on towards Black Hambleton.

Danby Dales

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-21

Somehow even though the forecast at the start of the week was severe rain, it miraculously improved by the time Sunday came, I must be in the good books with the Weather Gods. We started with a challenging single track ascent from Danby that brings you to a cracking narrow rocky descent. As we lost all the height we were in for an immediate big climb to get us to Glaisdale moor. Some decided to do the road climb instead of the short bridleway... Whusses! But even doing the short off road section we still had to rejoin the road and continue the endless climb.

Richmond; Easy Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-18

Various people had suggested that the Club ran some easy mid-week mountain bike rides (during the day not in the dark). We decided that we would run them on a Thursday when there were no walks scheduled. Barbara and I agree to start off by doing an easy ride around the borders of Richmond.

Unfortunately we picked a bad time with the various people referred to above not being able to make the ride. So instead of being joined by out-of-practice veteran mountain bikers we were joined by super fit Alan and Sarah.

Ingleby Greenhow

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-14

Six riders turned out on the morning of Mother’s Day for a ride that started with the ascent of a snowy topped Ingleby Incline. We then headed across Bloworth Crossing and followed the old mineral line, going made slow by some of the cuttings still being full of snow, across to the Lion at Blakey. Heading towards Castleton along the road the ride turned left and descended off road down into Westerdale. We then followed the gated track out onto Hograh Moor and picked our way through the rocky singletrack and stream crossings to Baysdale.

Richmond; Family Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-13

After a chilly, and windy picnic lunch near the swimming pool we ventured off on our bikes, having been joined by friends Karen, Dave and 4 yr old Jordan on a trailer and Alison and Izzy remained with us after the orienteering. So 9 of us set off along the railway line and enjoyed the trip along to Easby Abbey with a number of stops to keep Izzy pedalling well. The 4 children all took a turn on the echo rock after cycling up the drive. Izzy was then let lose to cycle off back down the drive whilst Karen and I held our hearts in our mouths: admiring her strength and courage.

Helmsley; To Rievaulx Cafe

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-07

The sunniest Sunday this year brought out 14 riders, many for the first time for months and eager to get back in the saddle up those tough grassy hill climbs. Some had got there very early and even made the café before the ride! It was a year since my recce of the route and fortunately there was a similar hard frost to minimise the wet mud (well, in most places). Missing a helmet (Rob) and a pair of cycling shoes (Judith - due to my early 10 am start you know!) meant a slight delay getting away, but alternative wear was found and survived.

Seathwaite; Ullswater Singletrack

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-28

Pete and Phil were our designated chefs for the Saturday evening, producing a lovely moroccan fish stew with cuscous.  I followed this up with two very large crumbles and copious amounts of custard (sorry, but over catering is in my genes)!

Seathwaite; The Borrowdale Bash

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-27