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.

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…
Five riders started out on this ride in good sunny weather - albeit with the shock of an early climb over Skipton Old Rd to get the legs going.  A rapid descent to Lothersdale and then panaromic views of the Aire valley were reward for the hard work.  The centre of Skipton was reasonably quiet and after a photo op at the castle we were soon on the gentler territory around Embsay to descend to Bolton Abbey for a coffee (and for some, cake stop.) A steep climb out of the valley passing (apparently) the oldest tree in Yorkshire (The…
Five riders took part in this medium ride with some fairly easy miles to start via Ribchester (pausing at the River Ribble to watch the canoeists prepare to enter the water) then up to Longridge and back lanes to Chipping.  We then climbed up through Little Bowland past the Wild Boar Farm and a swift descent to Burholme Bridge and to lunch at Dunsop Bridge Village Hall - great sarnies, cakes and a vat of tea!  We chose to return via Whitewell, Bashall Eaves, Waddington and Chatburn.  No massive hills today but enough to keep us interested and feel we'd…
A record number of riders turned out for our August Beginners ride - 19 in all! On a lovely sunny day the group left Spring Wood, to descend to Whalley and then following the lanes to Bashall Eaves. A short climb to Browsholme followed by a descent through back lanes to Waddington found the cafe most welcoming. After suitable refreshment the group returned via West Bradford, Chatburn, Worston, Pendleton and Wiswell. About 20 miles in all at a gentle pace. Many thanks to existing members who came on the ride and assisted and generally made newcomers welcome and we hope…
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Preston Guild Wheel Ride

The Preston Guild Wheel is a 21 mile 'Greenway', walking and cycling route, that encircles the city of Preston, linking the city to the countryside. Built by Lancashire County Council with support from Preston City Council the route was officially opened as part of the 2012 Preston Guild. Our club ride on 21 April 2013 cycled over from our meeting point at Read via Whalley and York to meet the Guild Wheel at the Tickled Trout Hotel. We then headed in a clockwise direction along the side of the river Ribble to the cafe in Avenham Park where we stopped…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00

Blackpool Illuminations 2012

On Tuesday evening 28th August 2012. a special 'Ride the Lights' event was held in association with Blackpool Tourist Board and Sky Rides. The whole of the sea front road is closed to all traffic except cycles from 7:00pm until 10:00pm giving cyclists a sneak preview of the illuminations prior to the official turn on the following weekend. The ride has become an annual event, with riders of all ages, many in fancy dress or on decorated bikes. This year the Granada TV report the following day estimated that over 12000 cyclists had taken part. By John Ramsden.
Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Blackpool Illuminations 2011

On Tuesday evening 30th August 2011, a special 'Ride the Lights' event was held in association with Blackpool Tourist Board and Sky Rides. The sea front road was closed to all traffic except cycles from 7:00pm to 10:00pm to give cyclists a preview of this years illuminations, before the big switch on at the weekend. Ten of our club members met up to ride the event together, and spotted several other local cyclists including riders from Pendle Chopper Club and Cycle Sport Pendle. We have not seen any figures yet for the numbers of people taking part this year, but…
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