A Coastal Canter

For Monday’s ride, 12 Day Riders (14 actually as 2 just missed the start) from M&L and O&A U3A’s met to ride the Coastal Route to Banks and then inland to Croston. It was good to welcome Ralph back into the fold following his summer training with Phil’s crew. We set off in glorious weather and picked up a nice tail wind as we made our way through Ainsdale. An added bonus was the current closure of part of the Coast Road to motor traffic. This gave us the chance to pick up speed to Southport. From Banks it was a sprint to our lunch stop at Sooty’s Garden Centre. Here the epicureans amongst us took full advantage of the half-price offer to carbo-load for our return journey through Croston and Ormskirk. All returned safely from this 48 mile ride. Next week meet at 1000hrs at The Derby Arms to ride to Ainsdale via Maghull.

Tackling the Trail!

Today 7 riders from M&L U3A and O & A U3A set off in drizzle rain to join the Trans-Pennine Trail. Due to the weather the trail was mostly devoid of other trail users so a swift pace was kept up to Halewood. The weather brightened up as we reached Hale and on into Widnes for a welcome brew at the Catalyst Museum. Cycling through Spike Island we picked up the T.P. Trail once more which took us to Fiddlers Ferry on the Warrington outskirts. Mike Miller led this section through the lovely trails along Sankey Valley emerging at Carr Mill Dam. An excellent ride of 57 miles, the majority of which was off road. Next weeks ride will be the coastal route to Banks and on towards Tarleton. Meet at 1000hrs at The Derby Arms.

A Rolling Ride!

Today 10 riders from M&L and O&L U3As joined forces for our ride out to Chorley. This time the weather was kind as this particular ride was cancelled two weeks ago due to horrendous conditions. Leaving the relatively flat landscape of West Lancs we headed into some hilly country in the outskirts of Wigan before a lovely stretch of canal bank took us to our first cafe stop at Adlington. We carried on along the canal, passing Botany Bay and another welcome brew at Top Locks before turning for home via Chorley, Euxton, Mawdesley and Burscough. An excellent ride of 54 miles, expertly led by our good friend DAG.

A Hilly Ride!

Today 12 riders from M & L U3A and Ormskirk and Aughton U3A met to ride to Prescot. Weather conditions were excellent and we made good progress along the Rainford By-pass. Our usual cafe stop in Prescot was closed due to Covid. Probably the first closure since the war! We found an excellent cafe in nearby Tesco’s and enjoyed a brew in the sunshine. Some nice downhill sections towards St.Helens was soon replaced by a long haul up to Billinge where it was time for another brew at Fir Tree Cafe and a return home via Bickerstaffe to complete this 47 mile ride.

Tesco Tea Break! (Not our litter!)

Liverpool Waterfront Ride

This Monday’s ride for 9 Day Riders saw us set off from Lydiate Parish Hall and take the canal bank to the Eldonian Village in Vauxhall and emerge onto the Liverpool Dock Road. A spin across Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront took us to Otterspool and along the promenade and into Sefton Park for our brew-stop. We set off once again and rode into Childwall to pick up the Trans-Pennine Trail to Aintree. Heading into Maghull our ride took us along the Cheshire Lines path and back to our Lydiate start point. A ride of over 44 miles that took in canal bank, promenade, bridlepath and road.

Five get wet in Upholland!

Six actually but the weather caused one of our U3A Day Riders to cut the ride short. We set off from The Derby Arms, led by Mike Miller, in fine drizzle which progressively got heavier. Reaching our brew stop at The Fir Tree Cafe in St Helens, and after sanitising and providing contact and trace details, we enjoyed a hot drink whilst our clothes dripped on the floor. We cut the ride short which was a popular move and made our return journey. Despite the weather we enjoyed an excellent ride of 33 miles.

Next Monday 20th of July we will meet at Lydiate Village Hall at 1000hrs to ride along the canal bank to the dock road. From there we cross the waterfront and on to Otterspool and into Sefton Park. We will return along the Trans-Pennine Trail and Cheshire Lines path to Lydiate.

Day Riders – Leaving Lockdown!

Today 10 riders from M & L together with friends from Ormskirk and Aughton U3A set off in blustery weather to ride to Heskin, Mawdesley and Croston. The weather brightened up as the morning went on and we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine at our brew stop at Delph Quarry. Three electric bikes amongst us had us digging deep to keep up at times as we rode along some lovely lanes in that part of West Lancs. An excellent ride of 40 miles and it was great to reunite with old friends once again.

Sunny Sefton

Today’s U3A Day Riders set off from The Derby Arms for a ride to Ainsdale. We made our way via Lydiate to Maghull, passing The Nordic Walkers with a cheery wave, and down through Lunt and Thornton to reach Formby. Our usual watering hole, The Velo Cafe, was closed so our brew stop was at Formby Wetherspoons where we sat outside enjoying ‘unlimited’ coffee in the warm Spring sunshine. Soon we were off again and on to Ainsdale to ride back across the Moss to Halsall where we went our separate ways. A great ride of 35 miles in almost perfect conditions. Next week’s ride will be to West Kirby is cancelled.

Croston Crosswinds

Only three Day Riders took to the roads today in the aftermath of Storm Jorge. The group met at The Derby Arms and then we made our way to Edge Hill and on to Lathom. A favourable tailwind pushed us towards Croston where we were pleased to see the Yarrow was much lower than we expected.

Croston’s lovely pack horse bridge

The Velo Cafe was full of cyclists but soon we were tucking into scones and tea cakes to fortify us for the return via Rufford, Burscough, and Ormskirk through to Maghull. Those calories were soon used up as we pushed on against head and side winds. A great ride of 41 miles with a challenging return journey.