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Meet: 3rd Thursday in the month
Time: Usually 10.30am start
Distance: 15 - 25 miles
Terrain: Trails and minor roads.
Finish: Around 4pm
I have organised routes for the whole of 2019. Routes up to (and including) December 2019 can be found on the 'events' pages. Our rides are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month, unless the date is inconvenient (June ride is on the 4th Thursday). We hope to stick to the agreed routes and dates, but circumstances (weather, usually) may dictate a change.
We aim to enjoy the ride, so we take our time and chat along the way. The rides are not a test of stamina, but are intended to help us keep fit, so we balance the easy bits with a few hills (hills are unavoidable around Ashbourne). But if a particular hill is too tough it's ok to get off and walk.
About halfway we stop for lunch and coffee. All very civilized. So, no excuse, if you have access to a bike (any type of standard size bike will do) pump up the tyres and join us. Cycling is the easiest and most effective way to keep fit.
If you intend to join us:
Let me know by phone or email.
Let me have a phone number - in case I have to inform you of any changes, or ring you on the day to cancel the ride (usually because of bad weather).
U3A require me to ask for an emergency contact and phone number - please let me have these prior to the ride.
Bring a spare inner tube (quicker, and more reliable, than repairing a puncture)
Wear reflective clothing.
Wear a helmet.
Lights, particularly rear lights, are recommended.
For more information please ring or email me.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu May 16th||Meet at Manifold Trail car park, Waterhouses.|
Route: Manifold Trail/Hulme End/Haysgate/Warslow /Ecton /Ecton Bridge/Manifold Trail/Waterhouses. Lunch at Hulme End Tea Room. 20 miles
|Thu Jun 27th||Meet at Fairholmes car park, Ladybower, at 10.30. Route: West track along Derwent and Howden Res/East Track to A57/A6013/South Track along Ladybower Res/A57 to West track along Ladybower Res/Fairholme car park. Bring a packed lunch. 22 miles|
|Thu Jul 18th||Meet at Tibshelf Ponds car park (B6025), near Tibshelf, at 10.30. Route: 5 Pits Trail. |
If you have never been cycling in this area, the title 'Pits Trail' may give the impression of a disused industrial landscape. But not so. The land has been reclaimed with care, and it is a lovely area to cycle through. Lunch at a local café (basic food), or bring a packed lunch. 21 miles
|Thu Aug 15th||Meet at Top of Old Hill, Ashbourne, at 10.30. Route:Wyaston/Rodsley/Hollington/Shirley/Osmaston/Hole in the Wall/Moorend/Offcote/Ashbourne. Bring a packed lunch. 18 miles|
|Thu Sep 19th||Meet at Bakewell Station car park (off the A6 approach, from the south, to Bakewell) at 10.30. Route: Monsal Trail, with detour to Great Longstone. Lunch stop at Monsal Head, or bring a packed lunch. 20 miles.|
Note: This route is not circular, and may be modified.
|Thu Oct 17th||Meet at Yeaveley Arms, Yeaveley, at 10.30. Route: Alkmonton/Boyleston/Church Broughton/Sutton on the Hill/(North of) Etwall/Dalbury Hollow/Lane Ends/Longford/Rodsley/Yeaveley. Lunch stop at Ashe Hall, or bring a packed lunch. 23 miles|
|Thu Nov 21st||Meet at Tibshelf Ponds car park (B6025), near Tibshelf, at 10.30. Route: Phoenix Greenways - Silverhill Trail/Traversal Trail/Stainsby Mill/Hardwick Hall/Trail. Lunch at Hardwick Hall or bring a packed lunch. 22 miles|
|Thu Dec 19th||Meet at Luke Lane (close to junction with A52), at 10.30. Route: Thurvaston Stoop/Trusley/Radbourne Lane close to Mickleover/Radbourne/Kirk Langley/Mercaston Stoop/Brailsford. Lunch at Hackwood Farm Tea Room, or bring a packed lunch. 18 miles|