Previous Trips

Hawkshead 'Cake Off' Weekend Sept 2013

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-11-09

What a weekend, even if I do say so myself!  A great SOC turn out, beautiful weather, classic riding and more cake than we could actually eat in two days…

The aim of Saturday’s ride was to somehow link together as many of my favorite Grizedale descents as possible into one ride (and to work us hard enough to justify the gluttony associated with the ‘Cake Off” later in the afternoon).

Mountain bikers take on the Audax

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-10-12

We decided to keep up the tradition of some of the mountain biking section taking to the dark side for a day and participating in the Audax organised by Dave Atkinson. The options were 200km, 160km and 110km: we opted for the 110km ride. One rider rode all the way from Nottingham, had a snooze on the bench by the front door of the clubhouse, did the 200km ride and then rode home again - obviously we have some way to go with this Audax lark!

A Couple of Swaledale Rides

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-10-12

Alan and I led a couple of rides round Swaledale recently. On the day after the Audax we met up with Mike, Mark and Chris in Reeth and did a ride that started by going north along the singletrack to Langthwaite. It's the first time we've done it that way and it's works quite well but involves some pushing, I'm not sure anybody could ride it all (now there's a challenge). Then Fore Gill Gate for the descent to Healaugh and a steep climb up to Apedale Head - by this time Mark was suffering as he had managed to bash his leg after getting tangled in vegetation on the first bit of singletrack. The ride ended with a great run down from Height of Greets via the grouse butts and Gamekeepers to Dales Bike Centre.

Another Windy Ride!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-09-04

p1010896 copySeven of us met up near Kilnsey on an incredibly windy and somewhat overcast day for what I had planned as a ride over to Settle. However, the energy sappingly strong westerly wind caused us to change our minds after we had plodded up to the top of Mastiles Lane.

Surrender Bridge August 2013

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-09-04

The weather report was not looking great but despite this Mike, Richard, Sally, Liz, Ginny, Alan and I turned up at Surrender Bridge to brave the wind and rain. We only had the wind bit to start with so we got to the top of Great Pinseat in the dry; by the time we had zoomed down towards Level House the drizzle had started. By the time we stopped halfway up the gill for a bite to eat we could see sheets of rain being blown around the corner - nothing for it but to put all the Goretex on and get going.

Antur Stiniog At Last

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-09-04

Alan & Sarah's vid of Antur Stiniog and the Ogwen Valley



Three for the price of one!

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-07-27

Three rides completed in a short space of time so decided to roll them into one report.

Wednesday 17th Reeth Village Green

Peaks Weekend June 2013

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-06-27

Midsummer's day found a group of us heading off to Castleton for the weekend to enjoy more great riding in the Peaks. The group consisted of Phil, Rach, Leo, Alan, Sarah, Jonathan, Graham, Dr. John, Mark, Sophie, Steven and I. We arrived at various times on the Friday night and headed for The Castle pub to sample the local ale – all of which was great but kept running out. 

Rach’s Swaledale ‘Gut Buster’

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-06-18

I knew what I wanted to achieve - a bit of a ‘different’ route taking in some of my favourite descents, trying a few things ‘the wrong way round‘ and exploring a couple of ‘new‘ bits that we don’t usually ride.  Lets just say it turns out that there are reasons why we usually do things a particular way round or don’t ride stuff - but more of that later!

The Calf – or should I call it my Nemesis?

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-06-17

Heading for the topWe put this ride in the programme because it hadn't been done for a while and we needed to be reminded just how good a ride it is. However, the timing was maybe not so brilliant as it was the day after the SOC marathon. As a couple of our stalwarts, Karen and Emma, were taking part in the marathon they had already excused themselves.