Burnley and Pendle

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Ride Reports

Ride Reports

Nothing beats a days riding in open countryside on a glorious sunny summers day.

Take a look at some of our ride reports below. to see what we get up to on our regular Sunday Club Runs.

Monday, 16 July 2018 17:36

100 km Challenge Ride - 15 July 2018

Ten riders out today for this years annual 100 km Challenge Ride. It's a good introduction to our longer rides, as the pace isn't too fast.  Today we also welcomed two new riders. Leaving Whalley bus station, via Old Langho and Ribchester for our first coffee stop in Longridge, we could tell it was going to be another hot day. Onwards through Broughton, Inskip and Elswick, we took a brief stop by Cartford Toll Bridge at Great Eccleston for some group photos. We then turned north to Stakepool before heading back west to Presall and finally our well deserved lunch…
Monday, 02 July 2018 19:14

Wirral Way - 1 July 2018

Occasionally we like to stray a little further afield for our regular Sunday jaunts. Today was a car assisted ride starting at Eastham Country park, near Birkenhead, for a ride around the Wirral Way. In the glorious summer sunshine that we're having this year, ten riders met for the 10am start, riding alongside the Mersey through Port Sunlight and the busy dockland industrial landscape. With amazing views over Liverpool on the opposite bank, we headed north until we reached the mouth of the Mersey, and the coast for our lunch stop at Morrisons in New Brighton. After lunch we switched…
Sunday, 10 June 2018 18:49

50 Mile Challenge Ride - 10 June 2018

Seven riders out today for this year's 50 mile Challenge Ride. Starting from Whalley in glorious sunshine, we rode out via Withgill and Waddington before stopping for a brew in Bolton-by-Bowland. Continuing on via Otterburn and Hellifield, to our lunch stop in Airton. The return trip was via Gargrave, Bank Newton and into Gisburn, before heading back through Bolton-by-Bowland and into Chatburn for Ice Cream at Hudsons. A brief heavy shower interrupted proceedings just outside Whalley where all seven riders completed the challenge. Congratulations to: Mick Stone Trevor Stansfield Pete Holmes Sandra Johnson Mark Clegg David Tinker John Durkin
Friday, 25 May 2018 17:01

50 km Challenge Ride - 20 May 2018

On a gloriously sunny day 11 riders took up our 50k Challenge starting from Whalley. The ride started gently enough with lanes around Waddington before the shock of having to tackle the only major climb of the day, Grindleton Hill (a few riders commenting that 'it was easier than last time' - such is progress!) A quick swoop down to the Ribble at Sawley and a circuit around Bolton by Bowland took us to an 'al fresco' lunch at Gardenmakers near Wigglesworth. The directest route back through Sawley and Chatburn (ice cream stop allowed!) saw all riders completing the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:48

25 mile Challenge Ride - 5 May 2018

Eight riders joined us on 5th May 2018 for the first of this years Challenge Rides. Building up over the year, from this 25 mile ride all the way up to 100 miles at the end of August. We headed out from Springwood, down into Whalley, did the right at the roundabout & immediate left past the abbey, then up to Gt. Mitton, past Bashall Barn, through Waddington, West Bradford and the pull up to Grindleton, then drop down to Sawley and onto the tea rooms at Bolton-by-Bowland where we were made very welcome. Our return route went back through…
Friday, 16 March 2018 17:34

Midweek Ride - 15 March 2018

This year we've decided to lay on a monthly mid-week ride, of which the first was held on Thursday 15th March. We probably could have picked a better day for the first ride, but five riders turned up nevertheless, in matching hi-viz waterproofs. Starting out from Springwood carpark in Whalley, the ride headed west through Ribchester, Longridge, and Inglewhite before turning north towards Chipping and returning via Cow Ark and Bashall Eaves. The next midweek ride is on 5th April, starting from Langroyd roundabout, lunching in Malham.
Saturday, 13 January 2018 15:56

Extra Short Ride to Gargrave - 6 January 2018

We started 2018 with one of our extra short rides to Gargrave. Six riders set out on a chilly but sunny morning, along our usual route through Earby to Thornton-in-Craven, then on through West Marton to the Dalesman cafe in Gargrave where another of our group was waiting. After lunch we retraced our outbound route back as far as Thornton, then turned towards Barnoldswick to join the canal towpath back to Foulridge where we have a second cafe stop at Cafe Cargo.
Monday, 28 August 2017 11:39

100 Mile Challenge Ride - 27 August 2017

The final ride in this years series of Challenge Rides brings the total distance up to 100 miles. Five riders were up at the crack of dawn for the 7am start at Whalley bus station. Setting off on very quiet lanes with thick mist lying low in the valleys, we headed north through Pendleton and Downham, Gisburn and Wigglesworth before stopping at the Singing Kettle in Settle for an early morning bacon butty. We continued north towards Helwith Bridge before turning west through Clapham and Bentham, Wray and Claughton before stopping again at Bull Beck picnic area neat Caton for…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:07

100km Challenge Ride - 30 July 2017

Our third Challenge Ride of the year upped the distance to 100km. Eight riders set out from Whalley bus station heading through Billington and Old Langho, down the steep hill at Marles Wood (We'd have to climb that on the way back), past Ribchester and on to Longridge where we stopped for morning coffee before pressing on via Broughton, Woodplumpton and Elswick. We then turned north through Great Eccleston, after which we were deprived of the costly sum of 20p each to cross the toll bridge at Cartford.  It's relatively flat from here so we made good time getting to…
Monday, 03 July 2017 20:16

50 m Challenge Ride - Sunday 2nd July

Following on from our 50 km Challenge ride on 21 May, 12 riders set out from Whally bus station on the second of this years Challenge Rides. 50 miles is a good milestone to aim for, especially for new riders with the club. We were rewarded with another great day out, heading out from Whalley to Waddington the group split into two groups, offering a choice of pace. Passing through West Bradford and the climb up to Grindleton, we headed through Sawley before stopping for a cuppa in Bolton-by-Bowland. After refreshments, we hit the road again, making for Hellifield, but…
14 riders out today on the Extra Short Beginners ride, taking our usual route out through Mitton and Bashall Eaves before dropping down Rabbit lane into Waddington for lunch.We returned via Grindleton and Chatburn before joining the cyclepath alongside the A59, and the lanes through Pendleton and Wiswell.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:57

50 km Challenge Ride - Sunday 21 May

In bright sunny conditions 6 riders left Whalley on our inaugural 50km Challenge ride. Since there was no time limit we only got through the lanes as far as Waddington before the group decided on a brew stop at the cafe to review our progress and take a breather before the major climb of the day - the 'Col de Grindleton'. From Bolton by Bowland the group tackled the long drag to Wigglesworth with fine sunny views of Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent, with respite at Gardenmakers for lunch. The nice long descent to Sawley and an ice cream stop…
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