Burnley and Pendle

Cyclists Touring Club

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.

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…
What a glorious start to November. The sun shone nearly all day, putting us all in a really good mood. Five riders set out from Langroyd, collecting an additional three at Thornton, then heading north through West Marton, Gargrave and Airton before stopping for lunch at Malham. After lunch we set off up the long climb past Malham Cove, where the ramblers were also out in force.  On reaching the top, we split into two groups, one group turning right, looping back into Malham to return via the outward route. The rest, wanting to make the most of such a…
Seven of us set off from Springwood Picnic area on today's ride, heading through Whalley, past the Abbey, and out towards Mitton. We then header up through Chaigley up to Chipping and on to Cobble Hey for a well deserved lunch stop. The morning had been dull, with a hint of drizzle, but not enough to dampen spirits and waterproofs were not required. At Cobble Hey we were joined by riders from the long run, who had been over Harris End Fell, for the return journey around Beacon Fell, and down into Longridge for a second Coffee stop, before returning…
Seven riders left Higherford under dull skies to climb over Blacko and the fast descent to Gisburn. Collecting another rider there we then made good progress through the lanes to Wigglesworth and the fast road across Settle Flats. The cafe at Horton in Ribblesdale provided a welcome coffee stop and split the climb to Ribblehead. Descending towards Ingleton there were fine views of Ingleborough before we diverted off the main road to a delightful lane - newly tarmaced - via Chapel le Dale into Ingleton for lunch.  The skies brightened somewhat after lunch but the shock of climbing up the…
Six of us set out on this misty October morning, heading up from Langroyd via Earby, West Marton, Bank Newton and Gargrave, before dropping into Malham for a well deserved lunch stop.   We then headed up to see Janet's Foss (main picture) and Gordale Scar (above left). On the return journey, the mist finally decided to lift, allowing the sun to break through,  We then split into two groups, one riding the bridleway through Stainton Cote, the other dropping back into Gargrave for coffee and scones, before taking the canal towpath back to Colne.  
For the first time in many years we organised a joint ride with our neighbours Blackburn CTC. Our destination was Morecambe on a glorious sunny day. Some riders started from Blackburn, Longridge and Garstang with the full group coming together in Pilling, making 20 riders in total. We made good progress in flat terrain to Conder Green and then took the cycle track to Lancaster, over the Millenium Bridge, picking up another cycle path to Morecambe for lunch.   Morecambe was quite busy but we enjoyed a ride up the Promenade with fine views across to the Lakeland Fells. We…
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