Social Rides

Easy Social Rides

Every month, we run easy Social Rides around York and out into the countryside. Free and fun!

The rides are steady. We always go at the pace of the slowest, with plenty of breaks if necessary. They are led by friendly and experienced ride leaders. Being social is a priority – we stop in a tea shop or country pub so everyone has plenty of chance to chat and get to know each other.

It’s a fun, healthy way to get to meet new people who also ride bikes in York, to find the best routes around and heading out of town and to grow your cycling confidence as part of a welcoming community.

We never cancel a ride and, if the weather conditions are truly adverse, we adjourn to a coffee shop in town instead 🙂

Usual routes go out to Poppleton, Beningborough Hall, Dunnington, Askham Bryan, Naburn, Escrick and Moorlands Nature Reserve, usually on a combination of greenways and quiet lanes. We are always open to new route suggestions!

We often run annual one-off themed rides – such as the Spoooky Tour of York during the Walk Cycle Festival, the Illuminate your Bike Ride in October/November and a Painting Ride for when the greenway murals need smartening up!

Bike buddy support

Let us know if you think you need extra support in any way and well buddy you up with one of our experienced cycle friends during the ride.


From October to April, the social rides are on the first Sunday of the month. From May to September, they are on the first Wednesday evening of the month. We usually meet 11:00 am Sunday rides October to April and 6:30 pm Wednesday evening rides May to September. Please do double check the Facebook event for times, however.

We always gather by the Minster Tree (by main Minster Entrance) in the town centre.

Sunday 3 November 11.00am Social Ride 

Thursday 7 November 7.00pm Annual Illuminate Your Bike Ride!

Just turn up, no need to book, although we do prefer you show your interest on the Facebook page event beforehand.

Hope to see you on a ride soon!

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Thank you all for a wonderful ride, great chatter and to Gill for clipping my front light on. I will know for next time. Bike Belles you are very welcoming” Leslie

What a lovely evening – I didn’t realise it was so easy to get out of York by bike. And a classic village pub with beer garden. I’ll bring a friend next time!” Jo