Intermediate and Long Social Rides

Details of future rides can be found in two places.

Click here (new window) for just the Intermediate and Long Rides in spreadsheet form

We also send out a reminder email midweek before the Sunday ride with the details and usually a link to the route.  If you would like to receive the email or have any other queries about the social rides please email   The rides are also advertised on our Facebook page.

We are always glad for people to try us out and you will be welcome if you just turn up at the start point and introduce yourself.  You are only required to join LCC as a member when you have been on two rides.

Intermediate Rides

(Starting in April 2017) These rides are on the 3rd Sunday of the month and are 35 miles long a step up from EasyRiders Plus at 25 miles but still slower and gentler and with less hills than the Long Rides.  There is always a café stop around the middle of the ride.


Long Rides

These rides are on every Sunday except the 3rd Sunday of the month (Starting in April 2017), generally between 40 and 80 miles with the longer rides in summer. They are all-day rides and usually include an elevenses and a lunch café stop.  In winter we aim to get back before dark although that is not always possible. 

These rides are not for beginners as you have to have a certain level of fitness but we are definitely not racers and we never leave anybody behind having a system of back stops to bring up the rear.  If you have done the Intermediate Rides OK then you would soon get acclimatised to the Long Rides.  Generally rides in an easterly direction are flattish and rides in a westerly direction are hilly.  How hilly the ride is should be flagged up in the details each week. Of course the best views are out west in the Pennines and Dales where it is hilly.

Start times.  In winter we start at 9.30am to avoid the early morning ice. In spring and autumn it is 9am and in summer it is 8.30am so we can go further. 

Start points.   To give members from all parts of the city a chance of a start near where they live we vary each week’s start point between Moortown, Oakwood, City Square and Pudsey. The start point then determines the direction that the ride is going so we are soon out into the countryside.

Suitable bikes.  Most bikes are suitable but a full suspension mountain bike will be hard work as nearly all our riding is on tarmac.  However sometimes we do venture down muddy Sustrans tracks.



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Intermediate Ride to Cycle Expo at Harrogate Show Ground


Steve will review & update on LCC Community &  Closed Facebook sites by 7:30 a.m. on the morning of 14/10/18 as to whether the Expo ride is going ahead.

If the ride is cancelled people who have bought tickets can still take 9:02 train from Leeds to Hornbeam Park and Ride the short distance to the Yorkshire Showground.

This is what I will be doing in these circumstances.

Intermediate Ride to Bradford, Dewsbury and Adwalton Moor

Join us on this intermediate ride in which we will use the Cycle Superhighway to Bradford where we will stop for tea at Bolling Park.

Then we will use the Spen Valley Greenway to go down to Dewsbury for lunch at the Sensory World Café on Old Westgate (

On the way back we will visit the site of the battle of Adwalton Moor (30 June 1643).

Intermediate Ride to Fariburn Ings

Out through the City Centre passing near Temple Newsam. Mainly good tarmac cycling paths through and beyond the Centre. Pass under the M1 on a quiet road to the Aire /Calder navigation and through St Aidan’s nature reserve to Allerton Bywater. Compact ground covered with a fine gravel but ok for road bikes. Limited options for a coffee stop. Possibility at Carlton View Sandwich Bar (13 Miles) - good value breakfast type fare. Continuing on tracks and quiet roads to Fairburn Ings. Sandwiches, flapjacks and coffee machine here. Return to Kippax then more off-road to Garforth, Cross Gates.

Long Ride to Pateley Bridge

Fairly flat first half except going down Weardley, stopping at Miller's Cafe in Starbeck (17 miles). Then through Ripley, Burnt Yates and Glasshouses to the Teacups Tearooms in Pateley Bridge (32 miles) for lunch --- NB cash only---. Then the long unforgiving Greenhow Hill that levels out a few times only to kick back up again. Nice romp down to Blubberhouses then hilly again going to Otley. 

Intermediate Ride to Wetherby

Out via Eccup Reservoir, down to Harewood Bridge, then Kirby Overblow, Follifoot, and Spofforth where we take the Wetherby Railway Track into Wetherby. Choice of cafes in Wetherby. 

Then continuing on the railway track towards the Thorpe Arch Trading Estate and returning via Thorpe Arch, Boston Spa, Bramham, Scarcroft and Slaid Hill.

The track has a generally good firm surface.