Coffee will now be at Knott End Cafe in order to catch the 11.45am ferry to Fleetwood
Thursday ride 24th May –two choices.
Thursday's ride starts at Millennium Bridge at 9:15, the Gentle ride going, via Middleton and Heysham, to Bay View cafe at Bolton le Sands for coffee.
This Gentle ride will then continue to Bentham, going via Wray and Wennington. It will return via Millhouses to Wray for tea.
For those who wish for a harder ride, Neil has kindly offered to lead the following additional , Harder ride:
Again starting at 9:15 from Millenium Bridge.:
Coffee Bay View ( to link with gentle ride) Lunch Casterton Golf Club Tea Bridge House Wray (optional).
Neil's route to Bay View will be through Halton, (Arrow Lane) to Nether Kellet, Over Kellet, Warton, Bolton Le Sands.
The route to Casterton will include Nether Kellet, Over Kellet, Capernwray, Docker, Newton, Whittington, K.L., Casterton.
Return via Roman Road, Overtown, Tunstall, Wrayton, Wennington, Wray.
Hope to see you there! Mike Codd - Rides co-ordinator (and Gentle ride leader).
Here are a couple of photos of Dave Hugill modelling some Lancaster & South Lakes CTC cycling jerseys that were kindly donated by Dan Livermore, grandson to Eric Livermore who was a luminary of the club a few years bike. Eric was famous for riding a 'flying gate' and here Dave is posing with his own 'flying gate'.
Photos by Patience Cooper
Meet at The Boot and Shoe (if riding) at 10.45am or at Bridge 64 Cafe, Garstang at 11.45 am if using transport (check out the cafe's Facebook page).
Very reasonably priced, good quality lunches available (If we are there before midday we can still have the superb breakfast deals eg Sausage, bacon and egg bun £3.75!) followed by a one hour card making session organised by Anne (cost £3 to make three cards - examples below). The use of the cafe is on the understanding that we buy lunch there first.
Numbers will be limited to 10 due to the available space. All are welcome but it is essential to let Anne Hutchinson know if you are coming so that she can prepare for the class - numbers are limited to 10 so book with her now!
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, 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)
If you've got an idea for a Wednesday 'taster' session of something different, do get in touch with Patience.
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.
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
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.
‘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
A blast from the past! Here is the front page from what was to become 'Saddlebag', the way that Lancaster CTC shared news in the 1980s. We will have an occasional series of pages from Saddlebag - watch this space.
Here are some photos of Mike and of his fabulous commemorative plate celebrating 300,000miles and 21 years as secretary of Lancaster & South Lakes CTC. Thanks to Kathy and Baz at Bentham Pottery for the photos and son Lee for making and designing the plate .
The 2018 Bowland Forest Populaire, an Audax UK event, which will also be a Cycling UK Tourist Competition, has been announced for 29th April 2018. It will once again be linked to the Wray Scarecrow week and the ride will follow closely last year's route of 102kms [64miles]. For the flier click here, for further details click here.