July 2020 Ride25/07/2020 ShropshireandStaffordshire
The first Shropshire & Staffordshire Group ride since the Covid outbreak was successfully held in July. 5 tandems took part including Phil and Sue who joined us for the first time. Their Hase Pino with electric assist was much admired, especially when we managed to find a hill or two in the otherwise flat Cheshire countryside. Despite the cool wind, we all enjoyed our picnic at Beeston castle whilst maintaining social distancing and also found time for an ice cream on the return journey at Overwater Marina. It was lovely to meet up with everyone again and swap lockdown stories.
Tandem Club History21/07/2020
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Lancashire and Cumbria Group - more 'Lockdown' rides05/06/2020 LA
More photos from our 'lockdown' rides
Lancashire and Cumbria Lockdown Rides06/05/2020 LA
We've been out and about - on our own - during this lockdown period
Group 'Boris' Rides11/04/2020 LA
Our group members have been going out on their own for rides. Here are a few photos :-)
February Ride from Carnforth08/03/2020 LA
LA & FY Tandem ride Sunday 08.03.20 Six Tandems, and two solos, turned up at Carnforth Station for our March ride. So far this year, bad weather has forced the cancellation of our February ride, so riders were eager to get out again. The other problem, like other parts of UK., has been flood water. Having left the station we took the marsh road to Cragbank, which fortunately wasn’t flooded. From here, we passed through the village of Bolton Le Sands, to Halton for elevenses at the Community Centre cafe. The Community Centre was busy with sports and a church service in progress. On leaving Halton, we crossed the River Lune, which was noticeably very full of water, to access the cycleway to Caton, where we returned to roads, climbing through Quernmore. This is a pretty valley, and yet only a couple miles from Lancaster city centre. Here sheep roam on green pasture, and you could be miles from anywhere. The route to the lunch stop took us through Galgate village to Ashton Hall garden centre. Here we met two more members of the club. We had planned to use the cycleway back into Lancaster, but this has been badly flooded, so we stayed on the lane through Aldcliffe, which is a pretty way into the town, alongside the Lancaster Canal. By now, we had little option but to pass through the centre of Lancaster, which fortunately wasn’t too busy. The Millennium Bridge is an easy and interesting way to cross the River Lune by bike. The city of Lancaster has some good cycleways. Finally, we headed through Nether Kellet back to Carnforth, around thirty enjoyable miles. We enjoyed a final stop at the station cafe, for tea and coffee, which is famous for the filming of the film “Brief Encounter”. We look forward to next month’s exciting episode! Paul Rodman
January Ride19/01/2020 ShropshireandStaffordshire
Well we got very lucky with the weather for January's ride. The forecast frost did not appear due to the fog, which lifted just enough to ride by the 10:30am start time. 6 tandems enjoyed a non-stop 22 miles from Market Drayton. Whilst it was not frosty it was cold enough to make everyone wish they had asked for heated socks and gloves for Xmas. The hot soup at the end of the ride was very welcome and warmed everyone up. We also welcomed Steve and Debbie who joined us for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.
Christmas Meal15/12/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
Well we all had a great Christmas lunch on Sunday at the Old Rectory in Wem. It was nice to see everyone in normal clothes rather than lycra and I must say you all scrubbed up very nicely! Looking at the rain pouring down outside it was agreed that not riding to the lunch was a good decision. With all the bad weather, it has been a difficult time to find days to ride recently but we managed to go the whole year without cancelling a single monthly tandem club ride so we can't complain too much.
LA & FY Christmas Lunch08/12/2019 LA
LA & FY Group Christmas Lunch December 2019 We had a great attendance at our Festive Lunch this year, held again at the Crooklands Hotel. A few members braved the blustery wet and windy Cumbrian weather for a short ride before settling down to a well deserved Christmas lunch. A superb venue, attentive staff and lovely food. It’s a tribute to the hard work of the outgoing Regional Officer, Paul Rodman, that we had 24 members in attendance. Our Group is very active with rides every month, and often members meet up to squeeze in rides of their own in-between! It was also lovely to welcome club members who hadn’t been able to ride with us this year to catch up on their news. Members who no longer ride with us often meet up at the coffee stops on our rides and attend the annual ‘runs meeting’ contributing ideas of their own. The Crooklands Hotel is an excellent venue and well worth a visit if you are in the area. If you live in the LA and FY postal code area, or even further afield, and would like a monthly ride with a friendly group of tandemers then please get in touch. Stephen Webb
November 2019 Ride17/11/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
The November ride was the best attended yet. 10 tandems and a solo set out from Newport and cycled 28 miles including a lunch stop at the Tickled Trout tea room, Loynton Fisheries. The weather was cold and grey but dry except for a short shower whilst we were nice and warm eating our lunch. We were very well looked after by the staff at the tea room who coped admirably with serving 21 hungry cyclists. The roads were a bit wet and muddy but there were no serious floods to impede our way which was a bonus given the amount of rain there has been recently. The timing of the ride could not have been better as it started raining just as we were all ready to depart the car park.
October Ride20/10/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
4 tandems set out from Wem for the October ride and we were joined by Robert and Wendy along the route to the Wharf Tavern for lunch. Autumn is now well under way but the weather was mostly good but a little chilly. We did have a slight shower soon after starting but the later sunshine made up for it. Lunch at the Wharf was great, a big square table enabled all 10 of us to join in the conversation which mainly seemed to be discussing Joss and Helen's sanity in planning to do the Coast to Coast next June....in a day!!! To even think about doing 150 miles of very hilly riding in one day is worthy of respect. Karen was kept busy tackling her very large Ploughman's Lunch, her plate contained enough to feed the ploughman and his extended family, the rest of us had time to order and eat dessert whilst she ploughed (groan) away.
September 2019 ride16/09/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
Well despite the late change of start location, we had a good turnout for September's ride from Market Drayton to Eccleshall. 6 tandems and a solo set out on a dry and reasonably warm day and we were met part way by Robert and Wendy to make it 7 tandems and a solo riding to Fletchers Tea Room at Eccleshall. Thanks to Rodney and Elizabeth for taking care of all the lunch arrangements which ensured we were all well fed and watered ready for the return trip to Market Drayton. As we live close to the route end we thought it only polite to invite those who were not rushing off to join us for tea and cake to finish off a lovely ride.
August 2019 ride04/08/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
The August picnic ride from Audlem to Beeston Castle was enjoyed by 5 tandems. Despite a variable weather forecast we set off from Audlem on a cloudy but dry day and this continued for the rest of the ride. A mostly flat route was very welcome after the Ludlow hills in July. Beeston Castle was a great stop for the picnic with picnic benches available and the cabin serving hot and cold drinks. Andrew even got to practise his puncture repair skills as we had picked up a thorn just before the stop but had managed to roll in just as the tyre totally deflated. On the way back we then had an additional stop at Overwater Marina for a final drink and a slice of cake, though of course you can't have bakewell tart without a bit of ice cream. The additional stop pushed our mileage up to 40 miles but as most of them were flat it didn't matter.
May Ride12/05/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
6 tandems started from Newport in glorious sunshine, the temperature was a little chilly to start though some braver souls did opt for shorts. They were justified as it soon warmed up and after a few hills everyone started removing layers. Robert and Wendy joined us en-route to make 7 tandems rolling into Hungersheath tearoom for a well deserved lunch. We were very well looked after making it hard to get started again, but we were soon trundling up a few more hills on our way back to Newport (we still can't work out how it seemed to be uphill going there and uphill going back). A challenging but very enjoyable ride in great weather and even better company.
April Ride16/04/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
7 Tandems enjoyed the April ride on a sunny day though we also had quite a cold breeze. 22 miles from Whitchurch to the lunch stop at the Dusty Miller in Wrenbury left everyone ready for lunch and we were well looked after by the staff at this lovely canal side pub. The 7 miles back to Whitchurch was probably not enough to ride off the calories consumed at lunch time though a few small climbs helped.
March 2019 Ride17/03/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
We had a good turnout for the March ride from Newport to Eccleshall with 8 tandems starting out in reasonable weather. It was a little grey and a bit breezy but much better than the torrential rain of the day before! We especially enjoyed the traffic free section on the old railway track between Newport and Stafford. We were met at lunch by Steve and we all appreciated being indoors during the tremendous hail storm.
February 2019 Ride17/02/2019 ShropshireandStaffordshire
Due to sickness and other issues only 3 tandems and a solo made it to the start line for February's ride from Wem to Baschurch. However, Ian and Karen dragged themselves off their sickbed to meet us for lunch at the halfway stop to swell the numbers. Many thanks to Moor Farm café for a great lunch and being understanding about the last minute change in numbers. The weather was reasonable with some sunshine and a brisk wind but nothing to bad to discourage our two new couples, Tony and Bronwen and Rodney and Elizabeth.
2018 Christmas Lunch ride08/12/2018 WestCountry
Good turnout for the Christmas lunch ride, pictured leaving from coffee stop at Farmers Table, Tortworth and seated at lunch at The Codrington Arms in Yate.
Shropshire July Ride22/07/2018 ShropshireandStaffordshire
We had a great ride in July, 7 tandems rode a 33 mile circular route from Bishop's Castle with a great café stop at Clun where we were met by Chris and Roy on tandem number 8 . We all managed to get round despite the hills and the weather was great. A big thank you to Huw and Lou for organising and leading such a great rid
Ride to Salisbury21/07/2018 WestCountry
11 Tandems and 2 solos rode to Salisbury and back with an overnight stay in glorious weather. Others joined on route for sections of the ride.
Tandem 2018 - UK National Rally11/06/2018 TandemClub
UK National Tandem Rally at Market Rasen
Shropshire June Ride08/06/2018 ShropshireandStaffordshire
Another good ride was enjoyed in June. The weather was perfect for the 34 miles circular ride from Wem, stopping at Roden for lunch. 5 tandems and a solo attended the ride, the solo because Andrew had to ride by himself due to me suffering from a heavy cold. I am told the route was great except the flooded farm track that Andrew insists was marked as a road on the OS map. Still apart from a few wet feet I am assured that no damage was done.
Shropshire May Ride15/05/2018 ShropshireandStaffordshire
After a week of looking at the weather forecast and seeing grey clouds and not very warm temperatures, 5 tandems were very pleased to set off from Audlem with blue skies and the prospect of some warm sunshine. We made good progress through the Shropshire and Cheshire countryside passing through Aston and Ightfield before arriving at our lunch stop, The Olde Jack at Calverhall, a little early but this enabled us to enjoy a drink in the sunshine before our meal. Replenished, we set off again through Moreton Say and Longford before heading back to Audlem. After loading the tandems back on/in the cars we all then went to the local ice cream shop for a well deserved treat. A good ride with great company with no major incidents along the way, though Ian and Carolyn gained all our respect by doing the whole route with just 3 gears due to a mechanical problem at the start of the ride.
April Wessex Ride21/04/2018 Wessex
Video shot by John
Shropshire March Ride17/03/2018 ShropshireandStaffordshire
We had a very successful inaugural ride of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Group on the 11th March. 7 tandems, 1 triple and a solo joined the ride from Market Drayton to Eccleshall in surprisingly dry weather conditions. It was nice to meet so many new people, especially as some had driven a considerable distance (over 45 miles) to join us. It was great to have two families in the group and the average age of the riders was reduced considerably with Ben and Daisy pedalling along with us. After the initial climb out of Market Drayton we cycled along small country lanes and made good time despite another hill at High Offley (the clue was in the name). Our lunch stop was at Fletcher’s garden centre where the service was excellent despite them being very busy because of Mother’s Day. After a good chat getting to know each other over lunch, one tandem left us to make their short way home. Part way along the route our average age increased considerably when Daisy and her parents on the triple left us to make their way home via a more direct route. We arrived back in Market Drayton at 3.30pm and despite a couple of flooded roads and one puncture the ride went very smoothly. As previously mentioned, we are intending to run rides every month on the 2nd Sunday whenever possible, so the next date for the Group diaries is the 8th of April. We hope to have as many riders turn out for a 33 mile ride from Newport (the Shropshire one not the one in Wales!) to Roden, with lunch at the Flowerpot Café in Roden Nurseries. We are looking forwards to meeting some new friends again and welcoming more riders to the Group. We are keen to ensure we ride all over the Group region so if members of the Group would like a future ride to start near them then just either volunteer to lead a ride (perhaps your favourite local route) or just send details of a suitable start point (preferably a free car park with no height barriers and toilets nearby) and a midway lunch stop that can accommodate up to 20 cyclists. We will be happy to organise the rest if we have that at least
International Rally 201705/08/2017 TandemClub
2017 Easter Rally and AGM05/06/2017 TandemClub
2017 Easter Rally and AGM at Bishops Green near Newbury, Berkshire
National Rally, Thornton-in-Craven, Yorkshire27/05/2017 Yorkshire
Great event in stunning countryside. 27 May – 3 June 2017
May 2017 Ride19/05/2017 WestCountry
This was a ride into Wales to the White Hart at Llangybi.
May Gathering 201706/05/2017 EastLondon
Alan and Wendy Baird did a great job organising the camping weekend at Wickham Market. They had produced routes for all 4 days. There were 15 tandems and 3 solos so the Sunday ride was split into 2 groups The first group left Wickham Market at 9.15am with the 2nd group departing at 9.35am. It was overcast and a bit cool for the time of year with a moderate wind. First stop was at Peasenhall after 12 miles, the cafe had been pre booked and the faster group were about to leave as the 2nd group arrived. Excellent planning by the Bairds. The next stop was at Dunwich after 27 miles for lunch. It was pleasant enough to sit outside and eat our fish and chips. Again the timing was perfect and the 2 groups managed to have a chat while dining. With 7 miles to go the 3rd stop was at Snape Maltings. After a welcome drink and a short break we set off on our final leg back to Wickham Market where there was a small celebration for one of the riders 80th Birthday and of course cake was involved. The roads we took were small and hardly any traffic. The ride was very enjoyable thanks go to Alan and Wendy Baird for organising a great weekend. We went back to the cottage, bathed, has a pizza and spent a nice evening in front of the fire with a few friends.
January 201712/01/2017 EastLondon
After a hot drink we set off from The Coffee Shop at Thremhall Park on a tour of the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside. The weather was kind to us with the sun making a welcome appearance on several occasions. The ride was uneventful apart from one puncture and having to stop to round up a stray dog at Hatfield Forest. On our return to the start Allison and her staff were ready for the hungry hordes and served us quickly with our pre ordered lunches which were of the usual high quality that we always receive from this Coffee Shop.
July 201617/07/2016 EastLondon
Epic 100 mile ride through the Essex countryside calling at Timbers Rayne, Waterside Cafe Witham and a pub somewhere near Writtle
2016 International Rally28/05/2016 TandemClub
2016 International Tandem Rally held at RCN de Flaasbloem,Chaam,Netherlands
May 2016 Ride08/05/2016 EastLondon
A beautiful day for the 40 mile undulating ride along lovely quiet Suffolk lanes.
Easter Rally 201630/04/2016 TandemClub
2016 Easter Rally & AGM at Avon Tyrell
2015 International Rally22/08/2015 TandemClub
Pictures from the 2015 International Tandem Rally at Frymburk-Czech Republic
August 2015 Ride09/08/2015 EastLondon
!00km ride from Bishop's Stortford to Wimpole Hall
Saffron Walden12/10/2014 EastLondon
Ride from Saffron Walden via Thaxted with a stop at clavering Lakes
Tandem Club International 2014 - Gouarec23/08/2014 TandemClub
Tandem Club International 2014 - Gouarec
Tandem 2014 - U.K. National Rally31/05/2014 TandemClub
Pictures from the U.K National Tandem Rally held near Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales
Pictures from the 2014 Easter Rally
Tandem 2013 - UK National Rally23/08/2013 TandemClub
Pictures from the U.K. National Rally held at Dulhorn Farm, Lympsham, Somerset.
Club Ride 11 Aug 1312/08/2013 LA
This year's ride out of Appleby-in-Westmoreland saw 7 Tandems and one solo cyclist meet up at Appleby rail station. Unfortunately our leaders, John and Alison couldn't make the trip so the honour fell to John and Ann. I won't mention how many times the map came out but a successful day ensued including morning coffee at Culgaith, taking in the stone circle 'Long Meg' (including a free lecture by John), lunch at Melmerby green and village bakery where Geoff and Elma turned up for a social. We thoroughly enjoyed the Cumbrian countryside and luckily the rain held off for the majority of the 37 miles. Even when it did occur it was only fairly light so by the time we finished at Croft Ends Farm, we were quite dry. Thanks to Dave, Lynn, John and Ann for once again providing tea and biscuits which was most welcome.
Club ride 14 July 1314/07/2013 LA
Priest Hutton Club Ride, organised by Dave & Lynne Wilson, taking in Beetham Garden Centre for morning coffee, Grange over Sands for a picnic lunch and Priest Hutton for afternoon tea and cakes.
Windy West Bay16/06/2013 Taunton
June Group ride to West Bay
International Tandem Rally 201302/06/2013 TandemClub
ITR 2013 - Pictures from the 25th. International Tandem Rally held at Gennes in the Loire Valley.
Club Ride 12 May 1314/05/2013 LA
After a promising start (well it wasn't raining), 4 tandems and 2 solos set off for a jaunt around the south lakes between High Newton and Ulverston. After an early coffee stop at the motor museum in Backbarrow the rain started - and then it rained a lot more! The ride was duly shortened slightly and lunch was taken in Booths in Ulverston. The ride back took us through Greenod and over the river Leven for afternoon coffee and cakes at Holker Hall. During the final short ride back to High Newton it nearly stopped raining (but only nearly)!
Club Ride 14 April 1328/04/2013 LA
Once again the ride started from Anne & John Hall's house in Blackpool, calling at Lytham for coffee and the Plough at Eaves for lunch before returning to Blackpool for well deserved tea and cakes. The weather Gods was not too unkind although it was the usual mixture of wind, a small amount of rain and even the sun made an occasional guest appearance between the clouds.
Club Ride 10 MAR 1328/04/2013 LA
Leaving the Kendal Leisure centre we headed to Staveley for coffee at Wilf's café and a quick nose into Wheelbase for spares. This was followed by another short jaunt to Bowness-on-Windermere for an early lunch. By the afternoon the weather started to improve with the sun coming out while we made our way south east through the Lyth valley. At Levens we returned home to Kendal via Sizergh (omitting the tea stop!).
West Somerset Railway25/04/2013 Taunton
April group ride
Easter 201301/04/2013 TandemClub
Pictures from the Easter 2013 Rally in Cheltenham
Century Ride 201212/11/2012 WestCountry
Century ride from Bath to Gloucester
West Country Archives07/11/2012 WestCountry
Photographs from the West Country group.
Tandem 201201/09/2012 TandemClub
U.K. National Rally, Kettering, August 2012
International Tandem Rally 201204/07/2012 TandemClub
Saint-Aubin des Préaux 50380 Saint Pair sur Mer, Manche, Lower Normandy, France
Family Camping Weekend 201209/05/2012 TandemClub
Family Camping Weekend 2012
Easter Rally 201206/04/2012 TandemClub
Tandem Club Easter Rally 2012 ~ Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest National Park.
Tandem Club National 201112/02/2012 TandemClub
U.K. National Rally, Lucton, August 2011
Easter 201110/02/2012 TandemClub
Easter 2011, Arundel Youth Hostel, West Sussex,
Tandem Club International 201110/02/2012 TandemClub
Rozel Camping Park, St. Martin, Jersey, The Channel Islands
Family Camping Weekend 201110/02/2012 TandemClub
International Rally 201007/08/2010 TandemClub
International Rally 2010 Camping Alferweiher Luxembourg
Family Camping Weekend 201002/07/2010 TandemClub
Family Camping Weekend 2010 Wyreside Park
National Rally 201029/05/2010 TandemClub
National Tandem Rally 2010 Ringmer, East Sussex