Previous Trips

Reeth; An 'Easy Going' Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-20

Seven of us met up in Reeth for an easy-going Saturday ride; James was obviously expecting things to get tough as he’d had two tins of baked beans for breakfast! However this gave him the oomph to bike along the Corpse Road and then plod up the hill to Surrender Bridge. Amazingly, Rob had turned up for his second ride despite experiencing Pete’s Valentine’s Day ride through mud and snow the previous weekend. We were also joined by Richard (another new recruit) Rachel and Pete (who fell for the easy-going tagline, serve him right after last Sunday).

Lordstone's Cafe; Pete’s Easy Loving Valentine’s Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-02-14

As usual Pete organised a Valentine’s ride with a twist, today’s twist was a competition to insult our allocated partner in an elegant way without involving any overt insults or rude words. After standing around in Lordstone’s car park arguing over the rules of the game and picking partners we eventually set off and skated across the muddy singletrack under Busby Moor to the turnoff for Cold Moor. Things got progressively more wintery and it was snowing by the time we stopped on the top for a snack.

Reeth; Officially Cancelled

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-20

Officially this ride was cancelled - but the forecast was for an OK day after the front had moved thru dropping another couple of inches of snow. I got to Reeth and was surprised to see nobody else had made it. Olly turned up as agreed and we set off in sub zero sunshine to do the Apedale road. Climbing from Grinton the road was sheet ice with a dusting of snow over the top and I got my first crash of the day out of the way early.  It turned out to be a technical road climb, and as we ascended the conditions deteriorated to an arctic scene and the wind picked up.

Middleham; Alan's Birthday Ride

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-12

Seven of us turned up in Middleham for a shortish but quite strenuous ride to celebrate Alan’s coming of age (the age of 60 that is). It was cold but a pleasant day as we crossed the River Cover and climbed up a muddy and slippery hill on the other side up towards Braithwaite Hall. Then a long plod up a slightly soft track and up onto Caldbergh Moor where the fun began. From here we followed a very narrow singletrack trail (actually a foot deep rut) down to a stream that was flowing with unusual depth and vigour owing to the recent rains.

Marske: Christmas Ride In The Dales

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-05

Fifteen of us turned out at Marske on 5th December ready for yet another festive ride. We would have been more in numbers but there are a few injuries about that prevent some of the fundamentals of riding a bike – like holding onto the handlebars!

Hawkshead: Grizedale Forest

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-28

After the record breaking rain in the Lakes in November we weren’t even sure we could get to Hawkshead for our autumn weekend away but luckily the flood waters had receded enough to let us drive over but the tracks and streams were overflowing with water so we had rather a soggy couple of days. Eight of us set off on Saturday morning on a beautiful cold and sunny day with a backdrop of snow on the tops; we started off on the North Face Trail down to the visitor centre and Pete and Ann carried on along the trail whilst the rest of us headed out on some of the natural bridleways.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-22

It’s amazing what allure there is in cake, and a very respectable number of MTBers made it all the way to Lanchester for this easy-graded ride with the promise of goodies at our (Neil and Kathryn’s) house to follow. Neil thought we’d have the kettle on within two hours but the average SOC member can’t talk and ride at the same time so we were still only half way round when the clock struck one.

Sutton Bank: Ride with a Ranger

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-21

It was a very damp and foggy morning when seven SOC mountain bikers met up with Simon, the National Park senior ranger for the western half of the North York Moors, on top of Sutton Bank. Simon had offered to take us on a ride so he could show us some of the track maintenance problems he faces and why some of the solutions they come up with don’t always please all of us mountain bikers all of the time!


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-15

On this ride:  Graham and John both fell down a mineshaft as we rode the old track to the Elephant Trees.

Kathryn crossed the River Wear by hopping across the Stanhope stepping stones on her back wheel.

Alan was last up to the top of the climb up Crawleyside Bank and didn’t have any pudding with custard.

Richard’s phone never rang as we tackled the byway from Salters Gate to Wolsingham.

Neil fell off in the mud on the descent down the Brick Road.

Buckden: The Tricky Way

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-08

As quite a lot of the section are still on holiday or broken only three of us met up in Buckden for a short (in miles) but sweet (in descent) ride over the hills. Many thanks to Baz for turning up because it was raining when we got there and we might have turned tail and fled if nobody else had come at all! But, as sometimes happens, fortune favoured the brave and by the time we had ridden and pushed our way up Firth Fell the clouds had cleared and we had fantastic views as we headed down into Littondale.