First sociable evening ride of 2018 - Friday 6th April at 5.30pm

I'm planning to run a series of evening social rides, ending at a pub.  These will take place on the first Friday of each month over the summer period when we will be able to ride in daylight for most of the time.  Len and I will be leaving Halton Station on Friday 6th April at 5.30pm for the first evening ride of 2018.  We will ride for approximately two hours, ending at the Hest Bank Inn, where we will have a bar meal. If you would like to join us, please come along to Halton Station.  If you would like to eat at the pub, can you let Patience know as soon as possible, so that I can book a table?

If there is sufficient interest we may be able to do these evening rides more than one a month, but will see what interest there is before committing ourselves. I look forward to hearing from you.

Patience Cooper

Wednesday taster sessions

Patience Cooper, your Social Secretary, is organising a series of taster sessions for off-the-bike activities. Coming up are:

Mountain biking, Grizedale Forest, 11th April, Meet at the visitor centre at 10.30am - bike hire and food available - or bring your own sandwiches.

Tennis (and bowls) with Sue Lucas, 25th April, From 2pm at the Lancaster Tennis Club, 17 Lune Road LA1 5QU (off St Georges Quay) 

Badminton (TBC)

If you've got an idea for a Wednesday 'taster' session of something different, do get in touch with Patience.

Last chance gone! ...for the Club holiday in Shilbottle, Northumberland - Week beginning June 9th

As of 29th March there are now, no more places left for this year's Club holiday, riding in Northumberland and based in farm cottages at Shilbottle. There's room for one woman sharing and a room for two people (a couple, or two men, or two women sharing). If you are interested in joining this holiday please contact Anne Hutchinson by email by 31st March.

Social Mountain Biking session - Wednesday April 11th

Hello All

I am proposing to introduce some social sessions for our members who want to try something different.  The plan is to find activities that are not necessarily cycling-based, but generally involve outdoor fitness-based fun.

I propose that for the first session we go to Grizedale Forest to try one (or more) of the mountain biking trails.  We can hire a range of bikes here and may be able to negotiate group discount rates.  Some of you already have your own mountain or trail bikes and experience of riding off-road and it would be great if you were prepared to advise the less experienced members.

The intended date for this session is Wednesday 11th April and I would suggest that we make a day of it and take packed lunches.  There is a café at Grizedale which we can patronise at some point.

Please let me know if you would like to come along, if you are bringing your own bike or would like to hire one, and if you are experienced would be prepared to help the beginners.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you

Patience

Cycling away break in Hawes

You are invited to join Len and I on a short break away in April, spending two nights in Hawes on the nights of 18 and 19 April.  The plan is to cycle to Hawes via Wharfedale on the Wednesday and back via Sedbergh on the Friday.  Hopefully on the middle day we can explore Swaledale area.

Len and I are booked into the Youth Hostel on a self-catering basis, but may decide to eat out on at least one night.  It is entirely up to others to choose the standard of accommodation that suits them best.  The advantage of a place like Hawes is there is plenty of choice.  Do let me know via this email address or by texting me on 07792 280542 if you wish to come.  The link to YHA Hawes is below.

https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/hawes

Patience Cooper

Beyond the Green Belt - cycling campaign

Beyond the Green Belt’ might sound like a leafy wander through the Home Counties but Cycling UK’s campaign briefing document has a more serious message. It is looking at aspects of cycling in the rural environment. The CTC has led the way in gaining rights for cyclists from the use of Royal Parks in 1885 to the right to cycle on bridleways and some long distance country trails in 1968. But, currently only a fifth of public rights of way in England and Wales are available for cycling.

The document says, ‘Look at a map and you’re bound to find paths morphing from bridleway to footpath simply because they’ve crossed the boundary into another county, or other jurisdiction.’

Three local examples –

CASTERTON, bridleway (bw) from 625 785 changes to footpath (fp) at county boundary 625 779

COCKERHAM, bw from 464 522 changes to fp over Berries Head at 474 533

HEST BANK, bw from 472 657 changes to fp at railway 463 654

Any path not recorded on a local authority definitive map by 1 January 2026 will be legally lost to the public. Although this seems a long time in the future we have no idea how long the highway authorities will take to process our submissions and hopefully act on them. Equally we might feel we don’t use off-road routes very often but future generations may be grateful of our efforts as cycling and interests change.

It would be helpful if members could volunteer to spend an evening or two by the fire and search their OS maps (other mapping systems exist) and find other ‘morphing points’ we can forward. The areas we could cover include Lancashire to the Wyre and Bowland, South Lakes towards Kendal and Grange and North Yorks ie Ingleton and Dent. If you are interested drop me an email.

Brian Greenwood Campaign Co-ordinator