The Tandem Club

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September 2019 ride

16/09/2019 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. 

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August 2019 ride

04/08/2019 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 Ride

12/05/2019 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.

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April Ride

16/04/2019 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.

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March 2019 Ride

17/03/2019 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.

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February 2019 Ride

17/02/2019 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 ride

08/12/2018 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 Ride

22/07/2018 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 Salisbury

21/07/2018 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

Tandem 2018 - UK National Rally

11/06/2018 TandemClub

UK National Tandem Rally at Market Rasen

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Shropshire June Ride

08/06/2018 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 Ride

15/05/2018 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 Ride

21/04/2018 Wessex

Video shot by John

Short break.

Shropshire March Ride

17/03/2018 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 2017

05/08/2017 TandemClub

Easter 2017 - Bishops Green Camp Site

2017 Easter Rally and AGM

05/06/2017 TandemClub

2017 Easter Rally and AGM at Bishops Green near Newbury, Berkshire

Low headroom on Leeds Manchester Canal

National Rally, Thornton-in-Craven, Yorkshire

27/05/2017 Yorkshire

Great event in stunning countryside. 27 May – 3 June 2017

Peter and Jenny

May 2017 Ride

19/05/2017 WestCountry

This was a ride into Wales to the White Hart at Llangybi.


May Gathering 2017

06/05/2017 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 2017

January 2017

12/01/2017 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 Ride

July 2016

17/07/2016 EastLondon

Epic 100 mile ride through the Essex countryside calling at Timbers Rayne, Waterside Cafe Witham and a pub somewhere near Writtle

ITR 2016-The Marquee Arrives

2016 International Rally

28/05/2016 TandemClub

2016 International Tandem Rally held at RCN de Flaasbloem,Chaam,Netherlands

May 2016 Ride

08/05/2016 EastLondon

A beautiful day for the 40 mile undulating ride along lovely quiet Suffolk lanes.

Easter Rally 2016

30/04/2016 TandemClub

2016 Easter Rally & AGM at Avon Tyrell

ITR 2015 Camping Frymburk

2015 International Rally

22/08/2015 TandemClub

Pictures from the 2015 International Tandem Rally at Frymburk-Czech Republic

August 2015

August 2015 Ride

09/08/2015 EastLondon

!00km ride from Bishop's Stortford to Wimpole Hall

Saffron Walden

12/10/2014 EastLondon

Ride from Saffron Walden via Thaxted with a stop at clavering Lakes

Tandem Club International 2014 - Gouarec

23/08/2014 TandemClub

Tandem Club International 2014 - Gouarec

Tandem 2014 - U.K. National Rally

31/05/2014 TandemClub

Pictures from the U.K National Tandem Rally held near Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales

Easter 2014

Easter 2014


Pictures from the 2014 Easter Rally

T2013- Cheddar Gorge

Tandem 2013 - UK National Rally

23/08/2013 TandemClub

Pictures from the U.K. National Rally held at Dulhorn Farm, Lympsham, Somerset.

Club Ride 11 Aug 13

12/08/2013 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 13

14/07/2013 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.

Sharon & Mercedes sheltering from the wind

Windy West Bay

16/06/2013 Taunton

June Group ride to West Bay

Flood waters rising pre-ITR 2013

International Tandem Rally 2013

02/06/2013 TandemClub

ITR 2013 - Pictures from the 25th. International Tandem Rally held at Gennes in the Loire Valley.

Club Ride 12 May 13

14/05/2013 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 13

28/04/2013 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 13

28/04/2013 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!).

Setting off

West Somerset Railway

25/04/2013 Taunton

April group ride

Good Friday 2013

Easter 2013

01/04/2013 TandemClub

Pictures from the Easter 2013 Rally in Cheltenham

Century Ride 2012

12/11/2012 WestCountry

Century ride from Bath to Gloucester

West Country Group in 1998

West Country Archives

07/11/2012 WestCountry

Photographs from the West Country group.

The Band

Tandem 2012

01/09/2012 TandemClub

U.K. National Rally, Kettering, August 2012

Jullouville from St. Pair

International Tandem Rally 2012

04/07/2012 TandemClub

Saint-Aubin des Préaux 50380 Saint Pair sur Mer, Manche, Lower Normandy, France

Campsite view

Family Camping Weekend 2012

09/05/2012 TandemClub

Family Camping Weekend 2012

Easter Rally 2012

06/04/2012 TandemClub

Tandem Club Easter Rally 2012 ~ Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest National Park.

Tandem Club National 2011

12/02/2012 TandemClub

U.K. National Rally, Lucton, August 2011

Easter 2011

10/02/2012 TandemClub

Easter 2011, Arundel Youth Hostel, West Sussex,

Tandem Club International 2011

10/02/2012 TandemClub

Rozel Camping Park, St. Martin, Jersey, The Channel Islands

Family Camping Weekend 2011

10/02/2012 TandemClub

Polstead, Suffolk,

Old Pictures


International Rally 2010

07/08/2010 TandemClub

International Rally 2010 Camping Alferweiher Luxembourg

Family Camping Weekend 2010

02/07/2010 TandemClub

Family Camping Weekend 2010 Wyreside Park

National Rally 2010

29/05/2010 TandemClub

National Tandem Rally 2010 Ringmer, East Sussex