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, 27 February 2017 17:48

Rides to Settle - 26 February 2017

The weather is always the deciding factor at this time of year, and with heavy rain and strong winds forecast for the afternoon, today was going to be a gamble. Just three turned up for the short ride, and four on the medium.  It didn't rain! It wasn't that windy! The medium ride headed out from Gisburn via Bolton-by-Bowland, Tosside, Lawkland, Austwick and Little Stainforth before meeting the short ride for lunch in Settle. Because of the forecast, we all decided it best to make the return journey more direct, so we all headed back together stopping at Ribblesdale Park…
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 18:54

Short ride to Chipping - 20 November 2016

Inevitably as the days get shorter and colder, so do the rides, and after some heavy snow during the week, it was looking increasingly unlikely we'd get a ride at all today.  We were peasantly surprised to wake to a fine morning, and after leaving Whalley the light cloud that there was soon lifted to reveal a cold, but sunny day.  There was no snow left on the ground, but the hill tops were still all white in the distance, making for some great views. Heading out through Great Mitton, Chaigley and Walker Fold, we soon arrived at Chipping for…
Friday, 02 September 2016 17:05

100 mile Challenge Ride - 28th August 2016

Despite serious overnight thunderstorms and ominous skies 8 riders turned out at 7am to tackle our 100 mile Challenge ride, our first in many years. From Whalley the group climbed through the Pendleside villages of Wiswell, Worston, Downham and Rimington, crossing the A59 at Gisburn. By the time we reached Settle all the riders were ready for breakfast, and pleased they'd covered 27 miles before our normal start time. Skirting the edge of the Dales at Austwick and Clapham the group then turned south west through the gentler Lune Valley. Fortunately the weather held dry with light or no wind…
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 19:03

100 Km Challenge Ride - 24th July 2016

Sunday, 24th July 2016, saw 19 riders from Burnley and Pendle CTC and Blackburn and District CTC set out from Whalley bus station on our 100km challenge ride.   Our destination today was Knott End, heading out on familiar roads through Ribchester and Longridge where we took the B5269 to Broughton, Elswick and Great Eccleston. It was a dry morning, with just the chance of the odd shower in the afternoon. Once the terrain had flattened out, as it does as you head towards the coast, the pace picked up, and we soon made our way through Pilling and over the Toll…
Monday, 06 June 2016 17:35

Hollingworth Lake - 5 June 2016

Taking a departure from our usual stomping grounds, in weather that we hope to get for the rest of summer, our ride for today started at Holme Chapel, heading down through Todmorden into the market town of Hebden Bridge. Our route was to take us over Cragg Vale, made famous in the 2014 Tour de France, the longest uninterrupted ascent in England, rising almost 1,000 feet in 5.5 miles.  Respect for this climb could be seen all along the road surface where fans had written the names of famous cyclists, Wiggo being a prominent feature.  Other noticeable additions were kilometre…
The stunning spring weather brought out 15 riders to the start of our Beginners ride. Some were completely new riders whilst others were returning to club cycling. We left Langroyd and quickly got onto the quiet lane behind and above the main road at Foulridge with fine views of the Craven valley. Emerging at Kelbrook we had to do tackle some main road through Thornton in Craven but turned off by the Tempest Arms onto a lovely quiet lane to Elslack and the Broughton estate. Crossing over the A59 we climbed over towards Gargrave with fine views of the western…
Well, the end of March didn't go out with a whimper. We were treated to a varied mix of weather for our run out to Cobble Hey. Setting off from Springwood Car Park in the bright spring sunshine, we knew we were in for a mixed day, but were hoping for the best. Six of us rode out through Whalley and Mitton before heading over Hodder Bridge, up through Chaigley, around Longridge Fell, and up to Chipping. Carrying on through Bleasdale, the weather took a change, waterproofs were donned, but we carried on regardless, battling rain and hail.  By the…
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:29

Settle - 14th February 2016

Waking up to a cold clear February morning, three riders started out from Higherford, picking up an additional seven at Gisburn for a leisurely ride through Wigglesworth and Rathmell to an early lunch in Settle. Initially disappointed to find our usual cafe stop in Settle was closed, we had to find an alternative establishment. Just across the road, the Singing Kettle did us proud. After lunch, the group split in two, with one half returning, whilst the others, wanting to make the most of the sunshine, headed further north through Giggleswick and Little Stainforth towards Helwith Bridge before starting the…
It was a surprisingly warm day for January, averaging around 10 degrees. Seven riders started out from Lanshawbridge, and we were soon stopping to discard the winter layers usually required for this time of year.. Collecting Ray at Kildwick, we then headed down through Draughton, where rider leader Ian pointed out the village "trust" library, hosted in a former phone box. We stopped at the Abbey Tea rooms for lunch, where we met up briefly with the riders on the long ride, including two new riders - welcome!. It was too good a day to go straight back, so we…
Although there was snow on the ground at daybreak four plucky riders braved the conditions and set out from Cliviger in wet conditions.  Some squally showers through Todmorden and Littleborough justified an early brew at Hollingworth Lake.  The rain and sleet relented after this stop and the long climb of Blackstone Edge was tackled with help from a nice tailwind.  Descending towards Ripponden we forked left before Baitings Dam into the Blue Ball lanes - so called because of the Blue Ball pub on that road.  The pub has now closed and been converted into private houses but they still…
Monday, 28 December 2015 11:45

Short Ride to Hetton - 27 December 2015

After days of heavy rain, and many areas suffering from local flooding, our last ride of the year couldn't pass without comment. Fortunately, the rains had stopped, the sky had cleared, and we had a glorious sunny day to work off our over indulgence over the Christmas festivites. We did approach this ride with caution though, as we didn't know what the road conditions would be like. However, the waters in Foulridge, Earby, and Gargrave had subsided, and we had a very pleasant run from Langroyd up to Thornton where we collected the girls. Fantastic reflections across a flooded field…
Sunday, 22 November 2015 20:05

Short Ride to Chipping - 22nd November 2015

After the first snows of winter on Friday, we were prepared for a cold day. The last two weeks had been a bit of a washout with heavy rain, so with an otherwise good forecast for today, we were expecting a good turnout.  Eleven of us set off from Springwood heading down through Whalley, and out along the familiar route to Mitton where after turning right by the church we were pleasantly surprised to find the rough section of road had finally been resurfaced. Leaving Mitton we headed through Chaigley along the side of Longridge Fell, where a solitary hang-glider…
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