Social Rides

The bicycle is very efficient at getting us from A to B in our local area and we campaign to make those journeys for commuting, visiting, shopping and getting to functions more convenient, safe and pleasurable by lobbying the powers that be.

Leeds Cycling Campaign also runs a series of social cycle rides, starting with short Easy Rides to encourage new unconfident cyclists, going up to Intermediate and Long Rides which venture into the surrounding countryside.  If you are only used to commuting every day on your own, fighting the traffic and the fumes, you will find group riding a welcome change, not only with the draughting effect pulling you along, but also the psychological effect of the group, and the encouragement you get from likeminded people.  If your fitness improves, then that can only help your confidence on the daily commute.

All rides have one or two café stops (sometimes even three) and we ensure that no-one is left behind. The longer rides are designed to be pleasurable as there is no racing cycling element. Although we sometimes use Sustrans off-road routes and muddy bridleways, we do not put on any mountain bike rides.  Children can only come on a ride if they are accompanied by an adult.

You are welcome to try out the rides by just turning up at the start point and introducing yourself.  You will have to join LCC as a member for insurance purposes after you have been on two rides.

Select the links below for further information about our various ride types.


On Saturdays we have Easy Rides (from 10 to 15 miles).  Currently there are two start points: the urban rides start in the City Centre and the suburban ones at Roundhay Park. 

Easy Rides

Urban Easy Rides

Roundhay Easy Rides


On Sundays we have Intermediate Rides (from 30 to 40 miles) and Long Rides (from 40 to 80 miles)

Intermediate and Long Rides


During the week we have occasional Midweek Rides of varying lengths, often on a Tuesday.  To check when these are happening and arrangements for meeting up, please check the Rides Calendar or write to: midweekrides [at]


Ride Calendars

Click here (new window) for the Rides Calendar showing Easy Rides and some other rides

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


We have developed some general Guidance for Riders which applies to all rides listed above.  If you have any questions please ask your ride leader next time you go on a ride.