Lancashire and Cumbria GroupOrganisers Contact: Stephen Webb, Tel: 07940372433, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a Tandem Club regional group.
In lieu of our festive lunch this year we are holding a Christmas Quiz on Sunday 13 December at 16:00. Simon and Hayley have offered to organise it. Further details from Simon, email email@example.com. It will be a fun filled afternoon :-)
19 members from the Lancashire and Cumbria Group took part in our Festive Quiz organised by Simon and Hayley. Surprisingly, we all found the bike logos round quite difficult! A great time was had by all and a big thanks to Simon and Hayley for organising it. Lockdown Tiers permitting, we will get back together in early 2021. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The February club ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Arnside has been cancelled following the latest advice from the UK Government and Cycling UK. We hope to fit these rides in later this year. Thanks for your understanding, Stephen Webb LA Group RO
Our March club ride has been cancelled. However it is good to see the Lancashire and Cumbria Group members getting out and about. Please keep the snippets of where you have been and photographs coming so I can update the website with news and photographs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancashire and Cumbria Group : Our April ride has been re-arranged and is now on Sunday 25 April, starting from Kendal at 9:30am. Details will be updated on the 'What's On' pages the week before the ride. Pre-booking is essential.
What a great day out we’ve had today in South Cumbria. Great company and fantastic scenery. We had 7 tandems today on what was an absolutely glorious day out. Keeping 7 tandems socially distanced in 3 groups to comply with the current restrictions and not losing anyone was a challenge in itself, but we managed it We had two new couples (new to the Lancashire and Cumbria Group) join us today plus the added bonus of meeting a long term member at our coffee stop. She had set out at the crack of dawn to meet us on her solo, on what turned out to be a 50 mile ride for her! Great to catch up with old friends. And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ve another group ride to look forward to, in two weeks, on Sunday 9th May starting from Great Eccleston Square led by John and Anne. I’ll put out details next weekend.
We had another superb club ride on the Fylde and into the Forest of Bowland over Harris End led by Anne and John on Sunday. 8 tandems, 3 members on solos, and all socially distanced in groups. The weather was kind too! So good to get back out cycling as a group. We've all missed the monthly club rides. Next month's ride starts in Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday 13th June.
Only 2 weeks to go until our next LA Group ride on Sunday 13th June 2021 starting from Kirkby Lonsdale and cycling into Barbondale and Dentdale. Keep an eye on the 'What's On' pages for further details.
This month's Tandem Club ride is this Sunday, 11th July, starting from Scorton Picnic Site. We will head over 'The Trough' to Dunsop Bridge and on to Chipping. It promises to be a great day out. Details are on the What's On page. Hope to see you there :-)
Our August ride is on Sunday 22nd August starting from Crosby Ravensworth, 9:15 for a 9:30 am start. Paul and Jeannette will be leading a ride in the picturesque Eden Valley. It is a superb area for cycling and this promises to be a great day out. For further details see the What's On page on the website
Apologies for the short notice, but due to the weather warnings for electrical storms in the Eden Valley we have had to postpone tomorrow's planned ride in the Eden Valley.
Great News! Paul and Jeannette will be leading the re-arranged Eden Valley ride on Sunday 22nd August. See the What's On for details.
Our next group ride is on 12 September starting from Padiham Leisure Centre and will be led by Malcolm and Gillian. They have a superb route planned for us. See the 'What's On' for details. Please let Malcolm know if you are planning on joining us.
We have planned a ride to watch The Tour of Britain pass through Melmerby on Friday. It's an out and back route from Appleby. We will aim to leave the bridge at Appleby by 10:30 and cycle the 15 miles to Melmerby, getting there around midday. See the What's On for details.
The next ride of the Lancashire and Cumbria Group is on Sunday 10 October 2021 starting from the Park and Ride car park adjacent to Junction 34 of the M6.
Route: The route heads west along the cycle way through Lancaster and on to Sunderland Point. Then we head to Heysham for our coffee stop. After coffee we head along Morecambe Prom to Hest Bank, Nether Kellet and through Carnforth to Leighton Moss for our lunch stop. From there it's on to Yealand Redmayne, Priest Hutton, Borwick and Nether Kellet to cross the Lune at Halton to return to the start along the Lune Cycle Path.. Stats: 40 miles, 1800 ft climbing
Our next ride is on Sunday 14th November from Beetham to Grange Over Sands. Hope to catch the last of the autumn colours. For details see the What's On page.
Contact: Stephen Webb Tel: 07940372433 Email: email@example.com
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Contact: Simon and Hayley Brown Tel: 07757 203423 Email: email@example.com
24 members gathered for our Festive Lunch at the Crooklands Hotel in December. As with all groups, we’ve had a difficult couple of years. From having no rides, to restricted numbers on rides, socially distanced rides, and virtual group rides, we have managed to ‘keep going’. Sunday was a chance to reflect on what we have managed to achieve in difficult circumstance, look ahead to 2022 with optimism and simply to enjoy ourselves, which we certainly did.
The threat of the emerging Omicron virus almost scuppered our plans at one point, but thankfully everything went ahead without incident. The staff at Crooklands were again amazing and made us very welcome.
Our group has had a successful year with over 40 members taking part in our activities. We’ve also welcomed new members into the group too, and we’ve a lot to look forward to in 2022. The 2022 Rides Programme is almost finalised and we are planning to fill in the missing details on our January ride starting in Hornby.
Keep an eye on the ‘What’s On’ page on the website for details of upcoming rides.
Stephen and Jeanette Webb
Lancashire and Cumbria Group – November Ride to Grange Over Sands
On a bright and sunny November morning 9 tandems and 3 solo riders met at Beetham Nurseries for a ride to catch the last of the autumn colours to Grange Over Sands. We gathered in the excellent Garden Cafe for refreshments before even putting a foot on a pedal! A great start.
This ride was shorter and a flatter than many of our rides but didn’t lack anything in the scenery and colours on display in the surrounding countryside. We welcomed two new couples along to our group too on what was our last full day ride of the year.
Our route took us around ‘The Bay’ through Dallam Park, Levens, Witherslack, and Meathrop into Grange Over Sands. The pace was easy going and along quiet roads and allowed us to chat and we soaked up the surprisingly warm November sunshine. The sunshine simply illuminated the autumn colours, showing them at their best. It won’t be long before we lose the leaves that are left so this was really our ‘last chance’!
On the stretch to Grange we ‘collected’ another solo rider from our group who had ridden out from Barrow to meet us bringing the total numbers of riders out from our group to 22 which is an excellent turn out for November. We split up in Grange at lunch time as we thought that a café may struggle with such a large group of hungry riders landing all at once!
We took a slightly different and a bit hillier route back to the Nurseries, exploring the Winster Valley and returning via Heversham. A few couples peeled off on the way back and a smaller group arrived in Beetham in time to finish the day with a bit of Christmas shopping.
Another superb group ride with great company. A special mention must go to Beetham Nurseries for allowing us to start our monthly ride from there and being so accommodating.
Stephen and Jeanette Web
October Ride to Sunderland Point and Morecambe
We had recced this particular ride a few weeks ago and the one thing we learnt from the recce was that we would have to cycle the planned route in reverse if we wanted to avoid getting trapped by the rising tide at Sunderland Point. And that’s just what we did. The only disadvantage to that is the hills were saved until the end of the ride!
The weather was perfect for cycling as the 3 tandems, one solo and a recumbent set off from the car park adjacent to Junction 34 of the M6 and headed along traffic free cycle paths through Lancaster and across the Lune via the Millennium Bridge towards Heysham. Numbers were down from usual as many members were away on holiday. Well, they certainly missed a treat this month. The cycling was gentle as we headed across the causeway to Sunderland Point which provided us with extensive views across the estuary to the Bowland Fells. We could even see the Yorkshire peak of Ingleborough popping its summit above the skyline.
We retraced our route back to Overton and took the lane into Heysham, stopping for a well-deserved coffee at Tracy’s. Then it was onto the prom towards Morecambe. We passed the start of The Way of The Roses, and even Eric and Ernie on our way to Hest Bank, where we started the first bit of climbing of the day up to Nether Kellet. The climb was well worth it with superb views over to Warton Crag and across ‘The Bay’. We stopped at the top of the climb to discuss our plans for lunch as we were running a bit later than planned, partly due to the many stops for photo opportunities and partly, a big part in fact, due to going quite slowly along the prom. It is a shared cycleway, so no traffic thankfully, but you need to take care with pedestrians and dogs!
We opted for a picnic lunch in Carnforth, sitting outside enjoying the warm autumn sunshine. Was it really October? After lunch we headed through Warton to Yealand Redmayne before circling back south through Priest Hutton and Borwick. We only had one more climb up to Over Kellet before a long descent to Halton where we picked up the Lune Cycleway back to the start. 40 glorious miles in a lovely part of the country with wall to wall sunshine. A big thanks to Matt for the action photos from his on-board video cameras.