As last year’s rides were poorly attended, the committee has decided to focus on fewer, better rides in 2013, with a focus on the Calder-Aire Link and the Great Northern Trail. Dates as follows:
Monday 6th May (to include decorated May Day competition), Sunday 21st July and Sunday 29th September.
There will also be a Pub Ride around Oxenhope on Saturday 10th August and our annual Poppy Day Ride on Sunday 10th November.
Riders thoroughly enjoyed the ride over to Ogden Reservoir, one of them deciding to do the route twice!
There weren't any issues with the maintenance around the reservoir, not even for 18hh Dan!
PLEASURE RIDES 2013
FINAL RIDE OF THE SUMMER - SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
After a brilliant turn-out for our first ride in May, it was really disappointing to have to rely on Harrogate Bridleways’ members in July to show us the way, when local riders seemed to be put off by some adverse comments on Facebook. The recent Pub Ride also had a disappointing response, despite a huge show of enthusiasm at meetings earlier in the year. It is especially disappointing for the committee members who have given up their hard-earned leisure time to organise these events, often spending half their weekend to mark routes! We have decided, therefore, that the last ride of the Summer will be an escorted ride over Grainwater Bridge to Hardcastle Crags, a route that used to be a great favourite for Bridleways organised rides. We have to have special permission from the National Trust for this route, so will proceed in convoy as far as Gibson’s Mill. No cantering is involved up to this point so it will suit riders of all abilities and persuasions. After refreshments at Gibson’s Mill, participants will be able to make their way home at their own speed, but I have to tell you that the canter up the fields, from the hamlet beyond the Crags back to Grainwater Bridge, is probably the best one you will ever do!!
Meet at 11am on Lee Lane
Grainwater Bridge Ride
Sunday 29th September 2013
We had a very good turnout and a lovely day for our led Grainwater Bridge ride on Sunday with 15 riders setting off from Lee Lane Oxenhope
This is a very scenic ride over the moorland route of Haworth Old Road, Grainwater Bridge, then up through Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, all off Road and up to Gibsons Mill where we all stopped for refreshments and the National Trust kindly came out with buckets of water for the horses. Gibsons Mill is a great place to stop as the cafe there offers nice home made soup, sandwiches and cakes in a beautiful settings.
We then rode on up the Crag to Walshaw and all of us cantered back over the fields without any incident or interruption by cows to rejoin the Grainwater Bridge Track.. Some of the riders branched off over the conduits on the way back and rode even further.
We picked a super day for this ride and by the time we got to Gibson Mill it was sunny and hot. The National Trust kindly allow us to ride this route and we have to obtain permission as it is not all Bridleway.
Haworth R.D.A. Sponsored Ride 20th October
Haworth Riding for the Disabled Group is organising a Sponsored Ride on Sunday 20th October. The 8 mile ride will start from Penistone main car park at 11am, where there will be refreshments available. Entry fee is £5, with a minimum sponsorship of £25.
Haworth R.D.A. which began in 2001 and caters for more than 160 riders, has grown rapidly over the years, and relies on its own fundraising efforts and donations to maintain its provision and facilities.
For more details and sponsor form please ring (01535) 649448