Harrogate Cycling for Pleasure
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Awayday Rides 2018

The idea of the Awayday rides is to experience areas of the country which are outside the reach of our normal day rides from Harrogate. These rides are often on country lanes which most of us are unfamiliar with and as such we need to take greater care in organising the ride. We have reviewed last years programme and have made a few changes to how the Awayday rides for 2018 will be run.Therefore 

we have set out how we plan to manage the programme this year below:-

Registering your Interest

We will not be putting all the Awayday ride details on the club newsletter/website but just sending out the details to those who register an interest in taking part. To do that send your e-mail to Kevin Douglas ( ksdouglas@tiscali.co.uk) by April 11th. You will then be notified of each Awayday ride.


Rides will be restricted to 24 riders split into 2 groups. The second group will only run if a volunteer leader and back marker come forward. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A reserve list will be drawn up of people available to fill in a short notice for people who drop out etc.

Ride Dates

The dates for the Awayday Rides are as follows:-

June 20th
July 11th
Aug 15th
Sept 12th
Oct 17th

Ride Organisers

Several people have very kindly offered to organise an Awayday and we are looking for people to do that again this year– especially if they have a knowledge of a ride in an area that will fit the criteria for an Awayday.  Colin and I will offer any advice or help needed. Contact either Colin or Kevin if you are prepared to offer to organise a ride.

Ride Leader

We will split the riders into two groups so we will need ride leaders. They will be required to lead a group but the route will be planned for you with stops etc. Main things needed are a Garmin (or a map) to follow the route and some marshalling skills!  If you volunteer to lead or back mark a group you will obviously be allocated a place on that ride.

What if you miss out on an Awayday?

Details of the route/parking/cafes etc will be posted on the Club website and Members who would like to do the ride could then organise a further group ride on an alternative date.


We are keen to put on an awayday programme but we feel it is important that it is safe and does not put undue pressure on Ride leaders and services in an area. In order to do that we need to exercise more control on numbers and whilst we have not come up with this approach lightly we do feel there is no other way to do it.

Kevin Douglas and Colin Thomson



Away Days that have taken place this year:


April 18th Easingwold 

Ride Start point :              Easingwold

Ride Distance:                   38 miles

Climbing :                           800 metres ( approx)

Ride Description:             

The ride starts in the centre of Easingwold and goes out towards Coxwold,  Ampleforth, Nunnington, Slingsby ( going past Castle Howard),Terrington,Bransby and Crayke and back. If the weather is good we should get good views of York Minster and the castle at Sherriff Hutton from along the ridge.

 Route Map:                          .http://cycle.travel/map/journey/60555


Car Parking :                  Behind the Galtres Leisure Centre,Crabmill Lane YO61 3BU

Cost :                                 Free All day

Toilets                              In the Market Square (300m) or in the Leisure Centre(50m)-

                                           both free


Refreshment Stops

Pre- ride:                                   Curious Table, Easingwold Tel: 01347-823434

Coffee Stop(11 miles) :          Ampleforth Abbey Tea rooms Tel: 01439-766868

Lunch( 28 miles) :                  EJ's Tea Room,Yorkshire Lavender,Terrington 

                                                     Tel: 01653648008

(Note: Ring and check opening times as they may vary)

AWAYDAY INFORMATION- BUCKDEN ( including the climbs of Park Rash and Fleet Moss)

Ride Start point :              Buckden

Ride Distance:                   46 miles

Climbing :                           1200 metres ( approx)

Ride Description: 

The ride takes in Langstrothdale and Coverdale and is on quiet roads. It involves the climbing of Fleet Moss and Park Rash as well as the descent of Witton Steeps and therefore its a tough day- but for those who aren’t afraid to walk the tough bits its worth the effort. There are incredible views and scenery.            


Route Map:    .http://cycle.travel/map/journey/61960                      


Car Parking :                  Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park (BD23 5JA)

Cost :                                 £4.50 All day

Toilets:                             In the Car Park- free

Refreshment Stops

Pre- ride:                                   None- bring a flask 

Coffee Stop :                               None

Lunch( 19 miles) :                   Berrys Farm Shop, Swinnithwaite

                                                      Tel: 01969663377

Tea Stop ( 33 miles)                Stage One Cycles, Station Yard,Hawes

                                                      Tel: 01969666873

(Note: Ring and check opening times as they may vary)

Popular Away Days from previous years

Yorkshire Wolds

Ride Start point :     Stamford Bridge         

Ride Distance:         50 miles        

Climbing :              900m of climbing       

Ride Description:    Starting in Stamford Bridge you head out towards Thixendale, Sledmere, Settrington, Malton then past Castle Howard and back to Stamford Bridge

Route Map:     http://cycle.travel/map/journey/35699                     


Travel Time to the start from Harrogate : 1 hour (approx)


Car Parking :               Shallows Car Park, Viking Road  YO41 1AG             

Cost :                              Free       

Toilets:-                         Outside the Car Park ( 50m)                             


Refreshment Stops

Pre- ride: (near car park)  Derwent Tea Shop,The Square ,Stamford Bridge 

                                                    Tel: 01759373874           

Coffee Stop(20 miles) :          Sledmere House Coffee Shop Tel:  01377-236541      

Lunch (33miles) :                 Malton Town Centre- a wide range of cafes and bars

               available to suit all tastes.Check: https://www.visitmalton.com/plan-day-out  

                for more information.  (Note: Ring and check opening times as they may vary)

All rides are at your own risk. Please ensure that you have your own third party insurance (check your house insurance) and consider Cycling UK membership.