November 'Virtual' Group Ride09/11/2020 LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group's 'Virtual' Tandem Club Rides
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!).