Wheel Easy has always organised a wide range of different types of rides and the Awayday Rides came about as a response to various members wanting to try different areas to ride in that were too far to reach on the bike from home and required transport.

A ‘formal’ programme of rides began in May 2016, but had been run on an ad-hoc basis since the club was formed. This archive is an attempt to document all the rides that have been undertaken in the programme in order that Club members can perhaps tackle them on their own or in small groups. The rides cover a variety of locations across the North of England and all are suitable for all levels of fitness and proficiency – you do not have to be an elite rider to tackle these rides! All are within an hour and half drive of Harrogate and all involve riding on quieter lanes/roads with some climbing with the normal coffee and lunch stop provided. All the routes included in the archive have been tried and tested and all are worth doing.

Many people have been involved in route planning and leading these rides so a big thank you to them for helping make the programme a success. Enjoy riding these Awaydays!

You now have two ways to find the best route for your awayday.
You can use the table below, and we have a new route search facility that you can explore here.

Awayday Rides

Date Location Mileage Climb
May 2016 Route 1001 – Leyburn 40 miles 950m
Jun 2016 Route 1002 – Easingwold 40 miles 1100m
Jul 2016 Route 1003 – Reeth 44 miles 1100m
Aug 2016 Route 1004 – Ingleton 42 miles 920m
Sep 2016 Route 1005 – Kirkby Stephen 44 miles 1100m
Oct 2016 Route 1006 – Gisburn Forest 46 miles 1100m
Nov 2016 Route 1007 – Easingwold 32 miles 600m
Dec 2016 Route 1008 – Leyburn 34 miles 720m
Jan 2017 Route 1009 – Masham 31 miles 600m
Feb 2017 Route 1010 – Grassington 36 miles 800m
Mar 2017 Route 1011 – Osmotherley 33 miles 800m
Apr 2017 Route 1012 – Stamford Bridge 50 miles 900m
May 2017 Route 1013 – Settle / Trough of Bowland 40 miles 1000m
Jun 2017 Route 1014 – Appleby 43 miles 800m
July 2017 Route 1015 – Reeth / Tan Hill 44 miles 1100m
Aug 2017 Route 1016 – Pocklington 60 miles 650m
Sep 2017 Route 1017 – Helmsley 37 miles 950m
Apr 2018 Route 1018 – Easingwold 40 miles 820m
May 2018 Route 1019 – Buckden 45 miles 1100m
Jun 2018 Route 1020 – Grassington 42 miles 1000m
Jul 2018 Route 1021 – Reeth / Tan Hill 44 miles 1100m
Aug 2018 Route 1022 – Hebden Bridge 29 miles 1200m
Sep 2018 Route 1023 – Slaidburn / Trough of Bowland 42 miles 1300m
Oct 2018 Route 1024 – Fridaythorpe 34 miles 900m
Mar 2019 Route 1025 – Gargrave 39 miles 620m
Apr 2019 Route 1026 – Grimwith 41 miles 1150m
May 2019 Route 1027 – Kettlewell and North 41 miles 1100m
Jun 2019 Route 1014 – Appleby 43 miles 800m
July 2019 Route 1028 – Sandal 40 miles 1200m
Aug 2019 Route 1029 – Westerdale 37 miles 1000m
Sep 2019 Route 1030 – Stamford Bridge 52 miles 1000m
Oct 2019 Route 1031 – Downham 33 miles 400m
2020 All rides cancelled due to Covid-19
July 2021 Route 1032 – Gargrave 45 miles 850m
Aug 2021 Route 1017 – Helmsley 37 miles 950m
Sep 2021 Route 1023 – Slaidburn 41 miles 1300m
Oct 2021 Route 1033 – Masham 32 miles 700m
Mar 2022 Route 1034 – Gargrave 42 miles 850m
Apr 2022 Route 1036 – Thirsk 47 miles 635m
May 2022 Route 1037 – Stamford Bridge 40 miles 635m
Jun 2022 Route 1038 – Richmond 36miles 1170m
Jul 2022 Route 1039 – Hutton-le-Hole 37miles 1220m
Aug 2022 Route 1040 – Masham 33miles 560m
Sep 2022 Route 1041 – Malham 41miles 915m
Oct 2022 Route 1042 – Selby 45miles 250m
Mar 2023 Route 1046 – Malton 49miles 712m
Apr 2023 Route 1047 – Bolton by Bowland 34miles 718m
May 2023 Route 1018 – Easingwold 40miles 820m
June 2023 Route 1005 – Kirkby Stephen 44miles 887m
Jul 2023 Route 1048 – Pocklington 47miles 482m
Aug 2023 Route 1049 – Hutton-le-Hole 38miles 1168m
Oct 2023 Route 1050 – Thirsk 40miles 582m


Key to Information in the Archive

We have followed a standard summary format for each ride and to help anyone using the guide the following explanation is provided:

DATE: This is the date the ride was undertaken on the AWAYDAY programme. Each ride has a link to the relevant entry in the Wheeleasy website- Ride Report Archive. This is an indication of who/what/where happened on the ride that day.

STARTING VENUE: This gives the starting location for the ride and indicates the area the ride is in.

ROUTE LENGTH/ CLIMBING/ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The basic information on the ride.

TRAVEL TIME: These times are calculated from Harrogate town centre driving at a steady speed. Adjustments need to be made when starting from other locations.

CAR PARKING: The Club accept no responsibility for the recommendation and would suggest all details are checked before embarking on the ride. Prices, where quoted, were correct as of May 2020.

COFFEE/LUNCH STOPS: These are the facilities that the club ride used but they cannot be guaranteed and you are asked to look them up for embarking on the ride. Where possible website addresses have been shown and phone numbers have been included to enable you to check up on cafés etc.

ROUTE: The route has been set up on Ride with GPS (ridewithgps.com) and each ride has a specific route number for easy reference.

NOTE: Details are correct at the time of publishing but anyone thinking of undertaking a ride is urged to check the current position before embarking on the ride.

Other Awayday Routes

The Ride with GPS routes below have also been ridden, or proposed, by Wheel Easy members.

Location Route Mileage Climb
Bishop Monkton Route 1150 – Bishop Monkton, Sheriff Hutton (Ripon Roundtable Charity Ride) 60 512m
Settle Route 1191 – Settle and Bowland Knotts 31 772m
Low Bradfield Route 1222 – Tour of the Strines 55 2068m
Stanhope Route 1249 – Teesdale 43 1626m
Ripon Route 1273 – Ripon, Boroughbridge 19 183m
Easingwold Route 1275 – Howardian Hills 20 347m
Tadcaster Route 1274 – Tadcaster and Askham Richard 21 169m
Boroughbridge Route 1276 – Boroughbridge, Riskelf, Great Ouseburn 24 160m
Boroughbridge Route 1277 – Boroughbridge, Staveley 18 187m
Clapham Route 1035 – Kingsdale, Dent, Barbondale 46 1064m
Reeth Route 1221 – Tan Hill and Kirkby Stephen 45 1142m
Ingleton Route 1156 – Ingleton, Dent, Kirkby Lonsdale 42 988m
Easingwold Route 1043 – Easingwold short loop 22 222m
Clapham Route 1044 – Forest of Bowland 53 1382m
Kettlewell Route 1045 – Kettlewell and West 48 1233m
Easingwold Route 1051 – Easingwold short loop 23 536m
Great Ayton Route 1052 – Great Ayton, Rosedale, Danby 49 1593m