Lancashire and Cumbria Group

Organisers Contact: Stephen Webb, Tel: 07940372433, Email:

This is a Tandem Club regional group.

Stephen Webb2021-04-05 19:44:48LA

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.

Stephen Webb2021-04-25 19:28:58LA

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.

Stephen Webb2021-05-10 15:04:20LA

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.

Stephen Webb2021-05-30 07:39:28LA
LA Group Ride - June 2021

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.

Stephen Webb2021-06-14 19:49:20LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group June Tandem ride - Barbondale, Dentdale and the Lune Valley

Stephen Webb2021-07-06 10:34:26LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group July Ride

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 :-)

Stephen Webb2021-07-12 10:15:12LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group - superb ride yesterday in the Forest of Bowland. Finished a great ride with an ice cream in Scorton - delicious :-)

Stephen Webb2021-07-24 11:40:26LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group August Ride

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

Stephen Webb2021-08-07 12:21:12LA

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.

Stephen Webb2021-08-08 15:47:50LA
Re-arranged August Ride

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.

Stephen Webb2021-09-02 17:20:22LA
September 2021 Ride from Padiham Leisure Centre

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.

Stephen Webb2021-09-09 15:27:11LA
A Ride to see the Tour of Britain

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.


Stephen Webb2021-09-19 12:17:28LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group October Ride

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

Stephen Webb2021-11-07 16:21:13LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group November Ride

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.

Stephen Webb2021-12-12 20:08:15LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Festive Lunch
Lancashire and Cumbria Festive Lunch

24 members of the Lancashire and Cumbria Group enjoyed their Festive Lunch at the Crooklands Hotel today (12th December).  Lots of ideas for 2022.  Look out for the Rides Programme in January :-) 

Stephen Webb2022-01-28 16:18:30LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group February Ride

Our next group ride in on Sunday 13 February starting from Carnforth railway station and heading to Kirkby Lonsdale for coffee.  We then head to the coast at Arnside and Silverdale.  See the What's On for details.

Stephen Webb2022-03-05 21:53:30LA
Lancashire ad Cumbria Group - March Ride

Our next group ride is on Sunday 13th March starting from outside the Hightown Hotel, Hightown L38 0BA, 09:15 for 09:30.  35 miles on the plains of Lancashire calling in at Formby and Rufford. See the 'What's On' for details.

Stephen Webb2022-03-29 09:20:18LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group April Ride

It's less than 2 weeks to the April ride in the North Lakes on Sunday 10th April 2022. We'll be departing from the car park in Greystoke which is next to the village hall.  We’ll aim to set off at 9:30am.  The morning stop is at The Pot Place, near Plumpton which is 12 miles into the ride and the lunch stop will be at the Watermill Cafe in Caldbeck (28 miles).  This is a popular place so could be busy. It's then a further 14 somewhat undulating miles back to Greystoke.  Total distance is 43 miles with 2700ft of climbing. A stunning area for cycling. One not to be missed!

Stephen Webb2022-05-01 12:12:37LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group - May ride from Great Eccleston

Only a week to go until our next group ride from Great Eccleston on Sunday 8th May, calling in at Light Ash Farm for coffee before skirting the Forest of Bowland and dropping into Scorton at lunchtime. An easier afternoon ride on the Fylde back to the start.  See the What's On for further details.

Stephen Webb2022-06-15 10:46:19LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group - Lisa and Matt's LEJOG Challenge
Lancashire and Cumbria Group - Lisa and Matt's LEJOG Challenge

Two of our group, Lisa and her son Matt, are cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for 2 charities, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Motor Neurone Disease (MNDA). Here is a press release issued by North Lancashire's Beyond Radio.

10/07/2022 Lancashire & Cumbria
A 35 mile ride in the Ribble Valley with a coffee stop at The Garden Kitchen ((Bolton by Bowland) then on to Salisbury and Dunlop Bridge (lunch stop) before returning to Clitheroe. Meet in the Edisford Road car park 09:15 for 09:30 start.
Contact: Simon and Hayley Brown Tel: 01157 203423 Email:
14/08/2022 Lancashire & Cumbria
A circuit of Penrith along quiet lanes. Coffee stop at Pooley Bridge, lunch at The Pot Place, Plumpton.
Contact: Peter Koch-Osborne Email:
02/09/2022 Lancashire & Cumbria
A weekend of 3 rides of around 40 miles in the Scottish borders.  We have rides planned for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and plan to cover the route of the 4 Abbeys Cycle Way over the 3 days - and a bit more.  We will visit Kelso, Melrose, Coldstream, Dryburgh, and Jedburgh - to name a few places.  All rides start from Kelso Market Square.
Contact: Stephen Webb Tel: 07940372433 Email:
The start at Carnforth Railway Station

Kirkby Lonsdale and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB from Carnforth - June 2022

The June ride of the Lancashire and Cumbria Group started from Carnforth and part of the afternoon stretch of the ride was in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB.  We were soon to learn the true definition of AONB - Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our group today consisted of 11 couples on tandems and one solo. It was great to get such a good turn out and also to welcome new members to the group.

The first leg of our ride took us through the villages of Borwick, Newton and Whittington through beautiful countryside to Kirkby Lonsdale. We hadn’t lost any tandems - yet - and we safely arrived at Carterton Golf Club for our coffee stop. Casterton Golf Club welcome cyclists and if you are in the area then it is a good place to stop with good food and excellent service. 

It was getting on for midday by the time we left Casterton (where had the time gone?) on the second leg of our journey to Leighton Moss. This part of the ride took us through Hutton Roof village and I suppose the clue to the type of terrain is in the name of the village (i.e. Roof!). It was here that I managed to, let’s say, misplace 8 tandems and our group was down to 3 tandems and a solo! Fortunately, after a quick phone call to Helen and Mike, they led the errant riders back to safely meet us in the Hutton Roof village.

The lanes to Clawthorpe from Hutton Roof are narrow and quiet, but it can be a popular spot for walkers heading up onto Farleton Fell so care was needed on the descent.  Dropping in Clawthorpe provides extensive views across Morecambe Bay and the Bay was ‘lit up’ by the sun which had made a reappearance after a brief shower.  We had our lunch at Leighton Moss, the RSPB bird reserve, sitting outside in the sunshine and enjoying a well earned rest.

This area of Lancashire is limestone country and is well deserved of the AONB description. It is an extraordinary place famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. Stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, intimate orchards and meadows and an impressive coastline make it one of England's finest landscapes - and we were there cycling through it!

Suitably refreshed we headed to the coast and Arnside, for an ice cream - and why not? Then it was upwards and onwards (and downwards and upwards again) to Silverdale and back to Carnforth where I counted, double counted and counted again the tandems. Phew, all back safely. This was a great day out, lots of laughs, superb fun, brilliant company, fantastic scenery, great coffee, cakes, ice cream plus plenty of exercise. All the ingredients of what we have come to expect on our monthly rides.

Another superb monthly ride led by Anne and John.  Taking in a few hills on the outskirts of the Forest of Bowland with extensive views across the Lancashire plain to the coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells, before a leisurely ride back on the Fylde to Great Eccleston.
Location: Clitheroe
Postcode: BB7 2FE
Map Reference: 53.8681, -2.41456
Ride length: 62 km
Starting in Clitheroe we head south towards Wiswell before turning east and making an anticlockwise circuit of Pendle Hill, dropping into Downham, We then head through Chatburn and Waddington towards Whitewell. Coffee and lunch stop details to be provided.
Map Reference: 54.67, -2.86847
Ride length: 69 km
Here's a message from Simon about the April ride Hi everyone, It's less than 2 weeks to the April ride in the North Lakes on Sunday 10th April 2022. We'll be departing from the car park in Greystoke which is next to the village hall. We'll aim to set off at 9:30am. The morning stop is at The Pot Pla ...
Map Reference: 54.1291, -2.76924
Ride length: 52 km
Setting off from Carnforth we will head along quiet lanes to Kirkby Lonsdale for a well earned coffee. From there it's across Hutton Roof to Arnside for lunch and back to Carnforth via Silverdale.

The ability to download all the rides, by a member, in a zip file will be available once the rides have been published here.