Previous Trips

Up Lift and Lift off – it’s the 2014 SOC Cake Off!

Posted by Judith Turner on 2014-11-26

As winner of the 2013 cake-off (sour cream and blueberry in case you forgot), it was my responsibility to organise the 2014 event. A venue of Innerleithen/Glentress was chosen and I am afraid to say that is about all I did other than turn up (and win again – but more of that later!).

A Wensleydale workout

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2014-11-19

Neil had a good turnout for both his rides in early November, six of us on Saturday for an easy going outing up onto Harkerside and seven riders on Sunday for an energetic if slightly muddy ride around Wensleydale. Neil S, Mike, Liz, Russ, Neil G, Alan and Sarah met up at Aysgarth Falls and headed over towards Bolton Castle. We all stopped to peer at Liz's front derailleur by the front door of the castle before heading out along the bridleway all the way across to Askrigg.

Above the clouds

Posted by Mark Russell on 2014-11-19
The original planned ride was due to kick off from Horton in Ribblesdale, however due to the amount of rain that had fallen just prior and the fact I have ridden there after rain in the past it was decided that staying high ‘should’ mean staying dry. Therefore seven of us assembled at Gunnerside car park to attack the Gill before heading to Muker to try and see off Kisdon.

Two days out in September

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2014-09-22

After we got back from the Alps in August Alan and I led a couple of rides in September on dry and sunny trails. Sean came out to join us on both days, everybody else seemed to be on holiday, doing iron mans or paddling at the seaside. Our first ride was from Edmundbyers and the bone dry paths allowed us to explore a couple of optional bits that we'll probably never do again until we get another dry summer.

Grassington July 2014

Posted by on 2014-07-28

The trail across Barden Moor had often tempted me when I’d driven across it so with the help of Alan, Sarah and Rob I eventually got round to trying it in the middle of July.  

Setting off from the post Tour melee of road bikers passing through Grassington we headed out through Linton and round the back of the huge Swinden Quarry to Cracoe and the long slog up Rylstone Fell.  A long and excellent descent took us all the way across Barden Moor and down to the crowds of Bolton Abbey.  After the openness of the moors it seemed a bit like Scarborough sea front.  

Whernside Wander

Posted by Judith Turner on 2014-06-24

That’s what the book calls it – so that’s what I’ll call it! What I hadn’t planned for when we put the ride on the programme was for Steven being out of the country and leaving me to navigate! But luckily Sat Nav Sarah was on hand to help and get me out the car park. Along with Sarah there was Alan (of course), Mike and Liz (our newly engaged SOC couple – big congratulations) and 2 newcomers. Sean is a proper newcomer and Rob is an old newcomer, having been out with us a year or so back.

SOC Charity Challenge - 2014

Posted by Judith Turner on 2014-06-24

On Saturday 21st June, Karen Knowles and I joined up with other SOC members to ride the notorious 6 Lakeland passes in for the annual charity event. On the day Sue Sandford Smith, another SOC member, made up our team of 3 that opted for a 7.30am start. An earlier group had headed off at 6.30ish made up of James, Barbara and Blake Gravenor, Steve R, Paul S, Di, Mick, Phil W and Melanie, while team Atkinson set off around 8. There were also splinter groups doing shorter loops on the day, made up of John, Graham, Lyn and Carol - sorry if I have missed anyone off.

Reeth to Great Pinseat (and back again)

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2014-06-21

Neil decided to organise an easy-going mountain bike ride as the weather looked set fair for the weekend. Seven of us turned up; old hands Neil, Alan, Sarah and Anne and some new faces; Steve, Catherine and Clare (Neil's partner so not really a new face). The weather looked set fair for the day as we set off up Arkengarthdale and then over the moor to Fore Gill Gate at a steady pace. The final slog up to the top of Great Pinseat always seems to go on a bit too long but we eventually arrived at the top and stopped to admire the view and eat snacky stuff.

Bike Park Wales The Wet Way

Posted by Sarah Bridge on 2014-06-07

A new mountain bike trail centre called Bike Park Wales opened near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales late last year so we decided we needed an SOC trip there at May Bank Holiday to test it out. We also decided it would be best to stay somewhere nearby so Judith found a very good B&B and nearby campsite north of the town in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

How to avoid the wind and rain (part 2)

Posted by Judith Turner on 2014-05-19

It was a bit like déjà vu as we arrived at Skirfare Bridge for our programmed ride. The intention had been to do the Stainforth to Littondale route but as we faced a day of gusting wind and potentially heavy rain, a change of plan was required. Consulting with Alan, Sarah, Phil, Karen and Pete, there was a general consensus to make things as easy as we could and try to keep dry. Therefore, the first option was take the road to Grassington and avoid the off-road slog up Mastiles Lane.

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