May 2022 ride from Great Eccleston08/05/2022 LA
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.
April Ride from Greystoke11/04/2022 LA
April ride10/04/2022 SurreyAndSussex
Five tandems from the Surrey-Sussex Group gathered in Storrington on 10th April on a sunny, if slightly chilly morning. We were grateful that the sun was shining and the high winds of late had subsided. Chris and Annie led out on a route that went west amidst the South Downs into the Arun valley with fine views over the Amberley Wild Brooks. After passing the site of the Bignor Roman Villa, we took mid-morning drinks (including some excellent coffee) at the White Horse in Sutton. Suitably refreshed , we snaked through quiet lanes northwards, over the River Rother, to Kirdford and then to Wisborough Green and lunch at the very welcoming Cricketer's Arms. After a fine Sunday lunch we were then treated to a pleasantly undulating return route southwards via Coneyhurst and West Chiltington. Lucky to have such a scenic route in fine weather and good company, it made for an excellent day out on the bike.
International Tally Virton 199708/01/2022 tci1997
Lancashire and Cumbria Group Festive Lunch 202117/12/2021 LA
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
November Ride to Grange Over Sands20/11/2021 LA
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 2021 Ride to Sunderland Point15/10/2021 LA
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.
September 2021 Historic Trail around Burnley19/09/2021 LA
Five Tandems and a single bike left Padiham leisure centre to start our ride around Burnley and district. We climbed out of Padiham and cycled along some nice quiet roads behind the villages of Simonstone and Read before climbing up back lane through Blackhill Wood to take in the views at the car park at the top of the hill. (This car park is equipped with a defibrillator although luckily none of our party needed to use it!). We then descended to Sabden, before heading down past the old Roman road to join the A680 and our coffee stop at the Café by the River. Our route then took us along quiet lanes to the Padiham Greenway and back past our starting point. At the top of the greenway, we briefly joined the Leeds Liverpool canal, before making our way around Burnley centre to join the Brun Valley Greenway which took us past Rowley Lake, before the descent down to Towneley Hall for lunch.
The hall was the home of the Towneley family from around 1200. The family once owned extensive estates in and around Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The male line of the family died out in 1878 and in 1901 one of the daughters, Lady O'Hagan, sold the house together with 62 acres of land to Burnley Corporation. The family departed in March 1902.
After lunch we headed back through the town passing Turf Moor the home of Burnley football club. We then re-joined the canal at Thompson’s Park and travelled along the straight mile an unusual stretch of canal elevated 60 meters above the town on a purpose-built embankment constructed in 1796. It is known as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’, as it bypasses the curves and twists of the hilly landscape, and the need for multiple towpath locks to navigate the ups and downs. It gave us some fantastic views down either side of its slopes as we cycled alongside its tranquil body of water. This then took us through the Weavers triangle. In the 1700s, Burnley was a centre of the wool industry. It switched to cotton in the first half of the 1800s. The second half of the 19th century saw Burnley develop into the most important cotton-weaving town in the world. As Burnley expanded, the area around the canal became known as the weavers' triangle, with many of the large mills situated in this area. By 1911, the towns textile industry was at the height of its prosperity, there were approximately 99,000 power looms in operation, and its population had grown from 4,000 (1801) to over 100,000. We then joined the Ightenhill Greenway for our ride back to Padiham leisure centre, approximately 33 miles.
August Ride in the Eden Valley25/08/2021 LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group : A Ride in the Eden Valley from Crosby Ravensworth near Shap, August 2021 led by Paul and Jeannette
Seven riders turned up in the village, three tandems and one solo. This ride had been cancelled two weeks earlier due to a poor weather forecast. This day the weather was bright and dry at the start with little wind.
Firstly, we visited the church yard of St Lawrence’s church where a young cyclist is buried, Thomas Henry Morris who died in 1929. I will enclose a link if readers are interested: https://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/1929_livrpl_trag.htm
Having paid our respects, we cycled on the pretty lanes to Larch View Nurseries at Melkinthorpe, a distance of around ten miles to our elevenses stop. Here we enjoyed excellent cakes and tea and coffee. This is a most interesting place to visit. Link: La Casa Verde - Larch Cottage Nurseries
On the way to Melkinthorpe we saw a red squirrel dart across the road. Fortunately, it was fast enough to avoid us!
From here we skirted around Penrith, passing the impressive Brougham Castle on the River Eden.
The route took us north to Melmerby for lunch, passing through Edenhall and Langwathby. We enjoyed lunch at the Old Village Bakery which is also recommended when cycling in this area. We were fortunate when it started to rain we were undercover, at the bakery, as the showers were quite heavy at times. The ride back to the start was more direct, through Temple Sowerby and Kings Meaburn. We arrived back at 4.00pm after almost 40 enjoyable miles.
Paul and Jeannette Rodman
Tandem Club TCR2021 rally09/08/2021 tcr2021
July 2021 ride The Forest of Bowland12/07/2021 LA
A superb ride from Scorton Picnic Site up and over 'The Trough' and down to Puddleducks at Dunsop Bridge for coffee. After coffee we had an undulating ride by the River Hodder towards Bashall Eaves then west to Chipping for our lunch stop in the sunshine outside the church. After that, we ambled back to Scorton for delicious ice cream at The Barn. What a day! 44 miles - which just flew by :-)
June 2021 Ride into Barbondale and Dentdale14/06/2021 LA
6 tandems + a few hills + coffee and scones = great time by all :-)
May ride on The Fylde and the Bowland Fells26/05/2021 LA
On a fine bright Spring morning there was a good turnout in the sleepy village square of Great Eccleston for our May ride. We set off through the village and the quiet country lanes towards St. Michael’s on Wyre and on to our coffee stop at the Light Ash Cafe, Myerscough. Fortunately the weather was fine, as it was outside service only.
From there we crossed the A6 at Bilsborrow and left the flat Fylde to climb gradually towards the Bleasedale Fells, admiring the beautiful bluebell woods along the way. We turned left uphill over Oakenclough fell and Harrisend fell, stopping on the top to admire the views across the coastal plain, spotting landmarks such as Blackpool Tower and Morecambe Bay. This was followed by a fast descent down to our lunch stop in Scorton village
April Group Ride to Levens Hall and Kentmere27/04/2021 LA
Great day out - 7 tandems, socially split into 3 groups, enjoyed a ride in glorious weather from Kendal to Levens Hall and Kentmere.
February -March 2021 Lockdown Rides10/03/2021 LA
Lancashire and Cumbria region group members rides in February and March 2021
November 'Virtual' Group Ride09/11/2020 LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group's 'Virtual' Tandem Club Rides
Tandem International 2019 - Marciac25/10/2020 tci2019
Pictures from TCI 2019, taken from facebook, pictures by Gerald Davidson, Dawn Barnaby and Jenny Weeks
Lancashire and Cumbria Group – October Rides25/10/2020 LA
With Lancashire in additional lockdown measures and the advice from Cumbria County Council to restrict groups of 6 to two households, our monthly group rides have been put on hold for the time being. However, within these constraints we’ve been managing to get out and about on our tandems, either on our own or as a mini group of two tandems.
John and Janice caught the late October autumnal colours in South Lakeland on one of their rides, visiting Cartmel and Bowland Bridge. This area has quite a few steep climbs but the effort of climbing the hills always brings its own rewards with spectacular views of the central and southern fells to the north and Morecambe Bay to the south with the Bowland Fells beyond. In fact, the day after Janice and John visited that area of South Cumbria, I completed a similar ride with Mike on our solos. The wooded hillsides are simply stunning in October with the golden autumnal colours.
Jeanette and I met up with Paul and Jeannette in early October for a tandem ride down to Beetham and across to Arnside and bumped into Matt coming in the opposite direction on his trike. We couldn’t have planned to meet up at our lunch spot even if we’d tried. We’d only changed our route at the very last minute as Jeanette knew where we could find a couple of picnic benches. Paul and Jeannette also spent a couple of days exploring the Eden Valley, another beautiful area and superb cycling country.
New members to the Lancashire and Cumbria Group, though not new to the Tandem Club, Emily and Geoff joined Jeanette and me on a ride in the Lyth Valley and over the fell along the ‘gated lane’ as everyone knows it by, over to Ings. We’ve been this way many times this year and it became one of our favourite ‘lockdown’ rides. Now that a few cafes are opening up along the route, we’ve been able to take the opportunity to stop and enjoy a coffee (and perhaps a slice of cake!) on our rides.
John and Anne have been mixing tandem rides with walks recently, and have visited north Cumbria and also Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire before Lancashire’s lockdown level was increased!
November looks like it is going to be another ‘Zoom’ month up here in the North West unless we can come up with a plan within the current government guidelines. Let’s see!
Tandem 2019 - Kirkby Lonsdale25/10/2020 tcn2019
Pictures from the National Rally in Kirkby Lonsdale
Barton Bridge Skidby21/10/2020 Humberside
With the Covid 19 virus ravaging the country, HTC are managing to get out while we can. This week sees us tackling the Humber Bridge and Discovering east Yorkshire. 18 Oct 20, HTC met at the Baysgarth Leisure Centre. Derek & Wendy Perry and Pete & Lyn Hobson. A planned route to the northern lands, tother side of the big bridge. A non storming or pillaging ride. A ride of hospitality, to sample the water of Yorkshire and feast upon the cakes they had to offer. Befriend the locals and foster good relations in the northern territories. After a ride through the town of Barton upon Humber, we crossed the Humber Bridge. In to the east riding of Yorkshire. Skirting the edge of Kingston upon Hull and heading for the mill at Skidby. The roads where quiet, but lots of cars and walkers had parked up and where taking in the local beauty walking spots. The first part up to the mill at Skidby was slightly uphill. A stop at the mill café was a welcome break after a short uphill section. However, what has been a real nice café in the past was not today. Having waited for 20 mins for a waitress to take our order 45 mins later we where still awaiting for our snack and drink. They never came we left. And went to another local café a few kms up the road. Who where more than happy to serve us . leaving the cafe took us up the hill to the high point of the route, if it was a nice clear day, we may well have been able to see Lincoln Cathedral. A nice longish down hill section followed where we could feel the wind in our hair. Before coming back to the bridge through North Ferriby and along the south bank of the Humber Estuary. A real nice ride with some real nice views.
October Rides12/10/2020 LA
In spite of the extra lockdown measure in our region, we've been getting out and about in small, or very small groups!
September Group Ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Carnforth14/09/2020 LA
Four tandems turned up at Kendal Leisure Centre for our September ride. It was a damp day, but fortunately not too cold.
We split into two groups of two tandems in each to maintain social distancing. The route took us past Oxenholme Station on the B6254, later crossing the M6 near Old Hutton. By now we had climbed to around 200 metres, a steady pull from the start. We took the old drover’s road known as “Scotch Road” which is always peaceful and quiet, and it doesn’t go a lot higher, rejoining the main road at Old Town.
An attraction of this route, are the fast descents, ideally suited to tandems. We soon arrived at Kirkby Lonsdale for elevenses at the Royal Hotel, after fourteen miles. We booked this stop in advance, and it made a welcome stop. We enjoyed scones and cream in very comfortable surroundings.
From Kirkby Lonsdale we took the A683 towards Lancaster. This is a nice open road with good views. A regular feature of this route, are motorbikes, who head for Devil’s bridge, at Kirkby Lonsdale. We turned right before Hornby, to cross the River Lune, which provides an excellent view of the river from the impressive Loyn Bridge which is estimated to be over three hundred years old.
Our route then took us through Over Kellet, to Truckhaven, at Carnforth for lunch (27 miles). Normally this road, the B6254 has good views over Morecambe Bay, but today it was misty. By this stage, the earlier fine rain we had ridden through, had gone.
The return route took us through Holme village to Farleton view, which is a farm café, near junction 36 of the M6. Here we enjoyed tea and cakes before heading back to the start, on well used lanes back to Kendal, a total of 44 enjoyable miles.
Website front page pictures.
August Group Rides18/08/2020 LA
LA Group Rides – August : A Tale of Two Rides
August marked a return for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Group to group cycling – well almost! With the current restrictions, we are limited to 6 riders, or three tandems in a group, and today there were 4 tandems. So we decided to have two groups. John and Anne led a ride for two tandems on the Fylde and into the Bowland hills and we led a ride for two tandems in South Cumbria taking in a few fells before a lovely ride down the Winster Valley.
We left Kendal with Paul and Jeannette on a glorious day, perfect for cycling, and headed via quiet lanes to Staveley and the Lakeland Farm Centre at Ings for coffee. At the same time (40 miles south of Kendal), John and Anne were setting off with Hayley and Simon from Great Eccleston Square and cycling through the village for the short ride to their coffee stop at the Light Ash Cafe, Myerscough, on their way to the Bowland Fells.
The Lakeland Farm Centre at Ings has only been open a couple of years and there is plenty of room to sit outside the café with your refreshments. It is a glorious spot with fantastic views of the Lakeland fells as a back drop to the seating area. The next stretch south from Ings is up a gated lane south from Ings and can be a ‘bit of a challenge’ shall we say, for tandems. We are fortunate to have electric assist, and we took on gate duty so that Paul and Jeannette didn’t have to stop, though I think they might have been glad of a breather at the odd gate on the climb across the fell.
Once at the top, the hard work for the day is done, by and large, with a picturesque run along narrow, but very quiet lanes down to Bowland Bridge and along the Winster Valley to Witherslack. We rode on towards Meathop to our picnic spot on the edge of Meathop Marsh. The weather was warm, sunny and our position on the marsh afforded us superb views of the fells further north, safe in the knowledge that the afternoon ride across to Gilpin Bridge and Levens Hall for an afternoon tea stop, was going to be flat. Hills and climbing in the morning, and a leisurely flat ride in the afternoon across the Winster and Lyth Valleys – perfect planning!
Meanwhile, John and Anne were leading Hayley and Simon through Bilsborrow into the Forest of Bowland, towards Bleasedale, before a gradual climb north through the hills of Oakenclough and Harrisend Fell. Here there are terrific views over the Lancashire plain to the coast. It was then downhill all the way to Scorton for the lunch stop, where they found it noticeably warmer and less windy than up on the hills.
The two groups kept in touch during the day, messaging and sharing photographs of their rides via WhatsApp. Modern technology is simply amazing. From the shared photos, it did appear to be warmer and less windy in Cumbria, which is unusual for our part of the country.
As we completed our 38 mile day out in Cumbria with a leisurely return across the Lyth Valley for afternoon tea at Levens Hall, John and Anne were doing something similar, cycling back on a flat route along the lanes to Stakepool and across Pilling Moss. They returned to Great Eccleston by crossing the River Wyre at the Cartford Bridge and arrived back at the start for an ice cream in the sunshine after an enjoyable 35 miles.
We have had some long Zoom discussions on how best to restart our monthly rides within the current guidelines, and these ‘mini-group’ rides appear to be the answer for the time being.
Stephen and Jeanette Webb/ John and Anne Hall
LA Group August Rides09/08/2020 LA
Well, the rides are back on. We had four couples out today, Sunday 9th August. We split into two groups of two, one starting from Great Eccleston and the other starting from Kendal. Both groups had fantastic rides in the August sunshine. It's a start, what's the proverb? Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. That's the one. Let's hope our numbers start to increase now that we've restarted our rides.
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 tcn2018
UK National Tandem Rally at Market Rasen
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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 tci2017
2017 Easter Rally and AGM05/06/2017 tce2017
2017 Easter Rally and AGM at Bishops Green near Newbury, Berkshire
National Rally, Thornton-in-Craven, Yorkshire27/05/2017 tcn2017
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 tci2016
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 tce2016
2016 Easter Rally & AGM at Avon Tyrell
2015 International Rally22/08/2015 tci2015
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 tci2014
Tandem Club International 2014 - Gouarec
Tandem 2014 - U.K. National Rally31/05/2014 tcn2014
Pictures from the U.K National Tandem Rally held near Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales
Easter 201401/04/2014 tce2014
Pictures from the 2014 Easter Rally
Tandem 2013 - UK National Rally23/08/2013 tcn2013
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 tci2013
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 tce2013
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 tcn2012
U.K. National Rally, Kettering, August 2012
International Tandem Rally 201204/07/2012 tci2012
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 tce2012
Tandem Club Easter Rally 2012 ~ Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest National Park.
Tandem Club National 201112/02/2012 tcn2011
U.K. National Rally, Lucton, August 2011
Easter 201110/02/2012 tce2011
Easter 2011, Arundel Youth Hostel, West Sussex,
Tandem Club International 201110/02/2012 tci2011
Rozel Camping Park, St. Martin, Jersey, The Channel Islands
Family Camping Weekend 201110/02/2012 TandemClub
International Rally 201007/08/2010 tci2010
International Rally 2010 Camping Alferweiher Luxembourg
Family Camping Weekend 201002/07/2010 TandemClub
Family Camping Weekend 2010 Wyreside Park
National Rally 201029/05/2010 tcn2010
National Tandem Rally 2010 Ringmer, East Sussex