CTC Lancaster & South Lakes is a 'main member' group (i.e. not an affiliated group) of Cycling UK, the Cyclists’ Touring Club, covering the geographical area of the northern most part of Lancashire and of south Cumbria. Lancaster and the South Lakes is a large area covering all the postal districts with the prefix 'LA' but many of the activities of the group are concentrated around the Lancaster district. CTC Lancaster & South Lakes has a full programme of Sunday Club rides, an annual Club holiday and we organise events linked to both the Cycling UK Challenge and Audax UK.
A number of our members also ride with the Thursday Riders, affiliated to CTC Lancaster and South Lakes, and it also has a full programme of rides. Some members have links with the Tandem Club and the Rough Stuff Fellowship as well as with other cycle clubs in the area. The programmes of our Sunday club rides, Thursday rides are available through the links as are the Rides and Social Events Diary and the Calendar. Do get in touch with any of the Committee Members whose contact details can be found through these links or the menu at the top of the page, if you want to find out more about the club.
We welcome new members who should contact either our Club and Members Secretary, Len Howard, or our Rides Secretary, Mike Codd. The Club does not organise races, hill climbs or time trials - it specializes in day touring. This means rides of between 45 and 70 miles that can take most of a day but we like to stop for coffee (and scones!) in the morning and then again for lunch at midday or a little later. Some new members - and some who've been riding with us a long time - prefer shorter rides such as the Tuesday morning ride, or they just come along to coffee and then make their way back. For those not used to riding longer distances, the 20-30 miles of a ride to coffee is a good introduction. At lunch time, rides usually visit a particular cafe or a small town with a number of cafes and pubs, but some members like to take their own sandwiches, especially during the summer. The pace of rides vary but ride leaders are careful to match it to those on the ride and everyone is happy to stop and 'regroup' every so often. When the ride takes a turn at a junction we make sure that everyone knows which way to go. The countryside around Lancaster is particularly beautiful and the ride leaders in the Club have built up a detailed knowledge of possible routes in all directions. We seldom go 'off-road' but have a preference for the quieter back lanes. Sometimes the rides include hills - but the uphill effort is rewarded with views across the landscape and sooner or later, a freewheel descent.
The Club also organises social events including a 'festive dinner' early in each new year, a pancake dinner, quiz nights, evening rides to a pub, photo and film evenings and more. Do contact our Social Secretary, Patience Cooper, if you would like to find out more or have ideas for social activities you think would work for the Club. Club members have a strong interest in the provision of facilities for cyclists in the Lancaster and South Lakes area (and beyond) and have a Campaigns Coordinator, Brian Greenwood, who keeps tabs on the changes to cycles lanes, public rights of way, temporary traffic lights, multi-use paths and other cycleways.
Campaigns for cycling
Club members have a strong interest in the provision of facilities for cyclists in the Lancaster and South Lakes area (and beyond) and have a Campaigns Coordinator, Brian Greenwood, who keeps tabs on the changes to cycles lanes, public rights of way, temporary traffic lights, multi-use paths and other cycleways. If you have an issue with the provision for cyclists in our area, do get in touch with him and let him know. Some of our members are also involved with Dynamo, a local group in Lancaster and Morecambe, who keep in touch with the local authorities, negotiating for new cycle paths and action on dangerous roads and improving the environment for cyclists.