Usually run on the first Saturday of the month, our Extra Short Beginners Rides offer newcomers to group riding, the opportunity to try out one of our rides, before progressing onto our Short, Medium and Long rides. (New members are always welcome on all our rides).
Going at a nice easy pace, we generally ride for about an hour, stop at a cafe for a brew and informal chat, before riding back to the start.
We try to pick a circular route, on quiet country lanes, typically covering around 20 miles. Pace is adjusted to suit the slowest rider, so nobody is left behind.
We have two main starts for our Extra Short rides, generally alternating between Springwood Car Park just outside Whalley, and the roundabout outside Langroyd Hall in Colne.
The two routes below are fairly typical examples, although the exact route does vary depending on the ride leader, and participating riders experience.
Route One: Whalley to Waddington
Starting from Springwood Car Park, head across the A59 and down the hill into Whalley.
At the mini-roundabout, take care turning right and then left past Whalley Abbey, under the viaduct and follow the road round to the right up to the junction with Mitton Road.
Turn left towards Mitton, and carry straight on at the roundabout at Calderstones.
When you cross the River Ribble, head up the short hill to Mitton Church and turn right onto Church Lane.
Follow the road round to a T-Junction, turn right, climb short hill and then bear left as main rd swings to right. Continue straight across next cross rds then bear left at next junction. Climb approx 2.5 miles passing the Red Pump Inn. About 200 yds after road levels out look for right turn in to Rabbit Lane - if you get to Browsholme Hall you’ve gone past it. Follow this lane and as it drops down bear left at junction to descend to a narrow bridge and short sharp climb out of the dip. Follow this lane until you reach the junction with main road. Turn right and drop down into Waddington. The Cafe is one block down from the Waddington Arms on the left hand side.
Leaving the cafe, head back towards the Waddington Arms, and take the right hand fork up Branch Road. At the top turn right onto West Bradford Road.
After about 2 miles, just before Grindleton, turn right onto East View and follow the road into Chatburn.
At the T junction take care turning right, and follow the main road for 0.4 miles turning left after Shackletons towards the A59. This is a busy junction, so be careful corssing and join the cycle path on the other side.
The cycle path will veer away from the road and through a gate onto a tarmaced single lane road which drops down to The Calfs Head. Turn right.
When you come to a junction with two stone sheep, take the left fork (If you reach the A59 you've gone too far). Follow the road until it rejoins the A59, at which point the cyclepath resumes so you should follow that instead of the main road.
When the cyclepath re-joins the A59, cross over as the cycle way continues on the opposite side.
Keep going straight on at the first crossroads (fast traffic coming both ways!) then descend through a wooded area and take the next turn on your left.
Cross the A59 again, turning right, and then immediately left towards Pendleton. Ride through Pendleton, up the left side of the railings around the river. At the break in the railings, turn right towards Wiswell.
Carry straight on until you join the A671. Turn left taking care on this busy section of road, back to Springwood Car Park.
Route Two: Langroyd to Gargrave
Starting from the gates to Langroyd Hall, on the roundabout take the first exit, Langroyd Road joining Skipton Road past Foulridge Reservoir. After 0.7 miles, at the Hare & Hounds, take care turning right onto Skipton Old Road (consider using the Pelican crossing just after the pub).
Descend to a T junction in Kelbrook village then turn right, continue to the junction with the A56 and turn right again.
Stay on the A56 though Earby and Thornton-in-Craven for just over 6 miles util you reach the Tempest Arms on the right. Take care turning right past the Tempest Arms toward Elslack. Turn left onto Church Lane - if you find yourself climbing a steep hill, you've missed the turn. Carry on along Church Lane until the road joins the A59.
Cross the A59 to turn right, and then left onto Gargrave Road.
Follow this road straight into Gargrave where the Dalesman cafe is directly opposite when you cross the river.
After leaving the cafe, retrace your route over the river, but now take a right turn by the Masons Arms.
Stay on this road, through Bank Newton, for around 5.5 miles to the cross roads at West Marton. Cross with care and go straight on until you reach a T junction. Turn right towards Barnoldswick.
In Barnoldswick, take the first exit on the mini roundabout, passing the Council Shop on your right. Stay on this road for 1 mile looking for a right turn signed "The Historic anchor Inn Canalside"
Turning right at the Anchor Inn will take you onto the canal towpath which you can then follow all the way back to Foulridge.
Rejoin the road at Cafe Cargo, and head up the hill, stright on at the first two junctions, then take a right immediately after the road turns to the left onto Lowther Lane.
This brings us back to Skipton Road, opposite the Hare & Hounds. We need to turn right here, but it can be a busy road. You may wish to use the Pelican crossing.
Follow the road back towards the start, but instead of turning right onto Langroyd Road, go straight on and take the next right. The junction with Langroyd road can be quite dangerous, and this short detour avoids it. You should now be back at Langroyd Hall.