What we're about

This is a group for those who love OFF ROAD cycling and would like to meet up with other cyclists in a friendly, informal and supportive atmosphere.

We organise regular rides covering a variety of distances and types of terrain, using traffic free routes as much as possible. Each ride announcement has a general description, plus information on the meeting place, distance to be covered, level of difficulty to be expected, and the types of bike suitable for the terrain.

Members are charged just £1 per event, payable on the day, which goes towards the Meet Up web site administration fees.

Members not taking part in any rides over a long period of time may be removed from the group, but are free to rejoin if their circumstances change, subject to approval.

Please note that we are not insured as a group, so each rider is responsible for their own safety. We only have one firm rule, which is:

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES - NO HELMET, NO RIDE - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Upcoming events (3)

Red Kite and Wetherby Rail Trails

Linton Road Car Park

This circular ride combines the Red Kite Trail and the whole length of the Wetherby Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is a well-established linear route between Thorp Arch and Spofforth, passing through Wetherby. The Red Kite Trail is a waymarked cycle route using existing bridleways and quiet lanes, including a large section of the Rail Trail. The scenery is varied and it is a very pleasant ride indeed. It is mostly off road, but with some quiet lanes through pretty villages, with just a few short sections on busier roads.

We start in the old station carpark off Linton Road in Wetherby, and have an easy level ride up to the north-western end of the Rail Trail at Spofforth. We then pick up the more hilly Red Kite Trail and head in an anti-clockwise loop though Sicklinghall, East Keswick and Bardsey, before eventually working our way round to the A1(M) j45 just south of Wetherby.

The Red Kite trail then simply parallels the motorway back into Wetherby, which would take 6-7 miles off the route if anyone wishes to get back sooner. However, the rest of us will continue eastwards through Clifford in order to pick up the south-eastern end of the Rail Trail, and cross over the river Wharfe near Thorp Arch. From there it is an easy level ride along the trail back to the car park in Wetherby.

There is no café stop on the ride, so please bring your own food and drink.

Parking: Linton Road car park (free), Linton Road, Wetherby, LS22 6YR.

Meet: from 10:00 for departure at 10:15.

Type of ride: Mixture of trails and quiet roads.

Technical difficulty: BLUE (Moderate), mostly good surfaces with nothing particularly technical. However, some bridleway sections can be hard work after wet weather due to the surface being trampled by horses. There are a couple of very short rocky descents but the bike can easily be walked down them if preferred.

Physical difficulty: RED (Difficult). Apart from the Rail Trail sections which are flat, this is quite hilly with some longish climbs both on and off road.
Total (aggregate) ascent of about 1,700ft, so a good level of fitness is required.

Distance: 26 miles (or 19 if missing out the final loop).

Duration: 4½ hours estimated (including stops).

Suitable For: Mountain bikes (hardtail is fine).

Recommendations: Spare Tube, Tools, Pump, Lunch, Snacks, Water.

Safety: No Helmet = No Ride!

Wardle Round

OL15 9EW

Most of this ride is spent on high moorland tracks with superb views of the Pennine Hills.

We climb up from Summit on to a high moorland track which takes us to Watergrove reservoir nestling in the Pennine Hills. We skirt round the reservoir then drop down through Wardle and on to Hollingworth Lake, where we stop for a lunch break at the Lakeside Café.

We have a short climb which takes us over the M62 motorway to the hamlet of Tunshill, before we drop down to the three reservoirs in the valley. We skirt round them before picking up the Pennine Bridleway which takes us on some lovely single tracks over the moorland back to the start.

Meet up Time 09:45 am for a 10:00 Start.

Place: Parking area to the rear of the Summit Inn OL15 9EW.

From Todmorden take the A6033 road towards Littleborough and when you get to the Summit Inn take the minor road to the left of the Inn go over the Canal Bridge to the parking area. Also accessible from j21 of the M62 (Milnrow).

Nearest Rail Station: Walsden.

Type of Ride: Off Road.

Estimated Distance: 24 miles.

Estimated Ride Duration: 5 hours.

Technical / Physical Difficulty: RED (Difficult). A couple of steep climbs and some rocky technical single tracks, plus a total (aggregate) ascent of around 3,000ft, makes this a hard ride so a very good level of fitness required.

Suitable For: Mountain Bikes only.

Recommendations: Spare Tubes, Tools, Pump, Food, Water,

Safety: No Helmet = No Ride

Hebden Bridge - Leeds

HX7 6JE

Hebden Bridge - Leeds
Date: Saturday 30th October 2021
Type of Ride: Off Road
Meet up Time: 09 –45 am for a 10 – 00 am start
Place: Cafe in Hebden Bridge Railway Station HX7 6JE
I will be travelling from New Pudsey Railway Station where there is plenty of parking spots if it is more convenient you can travel from Leeds Railway Station the train times from Leeds are 08-12 am 08-17 am 08-42 am and 08-57 but please check.
Number of attendees: I have put the number at eight this is due to the total number of Bikes allowed on trains so we will try and spread our bikes on the various trains available.
Ride Leader: John
Ride Grading: Blue easy
Ride Description: Canal Towpaths back to Leeds this a pleasant traffic free route and you can tailor your ride to your own needs trains can be taken back to Leeds from - Brighouse - Mirfield - Dewsbury - Wakefield - Woodlesford plenty of stops of en - route for food drink.
Estimated Distance: 40 mile
Estimated Ride Duration 5 - 6 hours
Technical / Physical Difficulty
Intermediates / Beginners Flat all the way does not get much easier than this
Suitable For: Mountain / Hybrid Bikes with good trail tyres
Recommendations: Spare Tubes, Tools, Pump, Food, Water,
Safety: No helmet no ride

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