Cycling to see Prince Of Wales

iAs ‘ The Prince of Wales’ was docked at the Liverpool Cruiser Terminal our group of 8 decided to incorporate a visit to see her as part of our ride on Monday March 2nd.  A most impressive sight. She is so large we could only get a small portion of Her in the picture.

The ride consisted of taking the train to Brunswick Station and cycling from there to the pier head and the Cruise Terminal, followed by the usual Cup of Tea.  A local Bobby was persuaded to take the photo for us.

we then cycled home via the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Weather was good for the first time in weeks.

Easy Riders. Eastham to Brunswick

Brian led the group on a ride starting at Eastham on Monday 23rd July 2018.  We are now  getting used to the current weather but it WAS a hot day.  A train was taken to Eastham Ferry, via Central Station and on arrival we stopped for a cup of Tea ( or two ) at The Old Ticket Office, now a really nice cafe .The ride took us back to Liverpool Pier Head via the Ferry, on a route as close to the river front as possible,  this ride had not been done previously.   From the Pier Head we continued up river to Brunswick Station and thence home.

Thoroughly enjoyed by us all.  The day had been well picked as The Queen Elizabeth was berthed at the Cruise Terminal and we could see her in all her glory.

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In spite of the poor weather conditions we had six rides by mid February this year, starting on New Years Day.

Our second run was a short ride to Lydiate and Aughton with time for a quick change of outfits before meeting up at Miller and Carters to celebrate Ken Pool’s 80th Birthday. see photo.

Last year, first Beryl and then John Ramsden reached the same milestone and we had a similar celebratory lunch.   We do, also, have riders in their 50s, 60s and 70s in the group.

Beryl also set a new first by swapping her bike for a ‘Pedal Assist Electric Bike’. we saw the benefit on our ride back from Scarisbrick Marina, via Ormskirk. At the bottom of Holborn Hill Beryl switched to maximum power and shot off up the hill leaving the rest of us toiling up a long way behind. Continue reading

Wine Tasting Group Holiday.

On Saturday Sept 23rd 2017 under the guidance of George Birchall, 13 members set off on a 6 night wine tasting holiday to Andalucia. Despite being booked to fly with the dreaded “Ryanair” we all arrived safely in the town of Antiquera which turned out to be a really nice little town. The whirlwind tour started on our first full day with a visit to the wonderful ” Mesquita”, Mosque turned Cathedral, in Cordoba, a world Heritage Site and great experience, with a truly knowledgeable tour guide. The Mosque / Catholic Cathedral id possibly only superceeded by The Alhambra in Granada.. All on the same day we visited the old Jewish Quarter and The Alcazar/Fortress. there was of course a Vinyard to be visited on the return to our Hotel.

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Ride to Lavender Farm, Rainford.

Last Monday, August 19th, only 4 members of The Easy Riders reported to Maghull Station for a ride to The Lavender Farm, Rainford.  The weather was not expected to be good.  It was decided to vary our usual route and take Coach Road, thereby avoiding the traffic of The Rainford Bypass.   All went fine on the outward journey, well nearly.

The return journey was partly new to us, there was some indecision over certain choices of route.   Mostly we got it right, though one of us did take a tumble, and another did get a wasp in his helmet. The café had a sign saying ‘Closed’, but it wasn’t, a riot was avoided.

Quite a normal ride.  Enjoyed by all.


sefton circularClick for map

On Monday July 24th 2017  8 easy riders, lead by our leader, John Ramsden, cycled The Sefton Circular Route in an anti clockwise direction. the route is 24 miles long but due to a track closure we actually cycled 27 miles. So far our most ambitious outing.

On one occasion 2 (unnamed) members nearly took a swim in the canal.  Due to the diversion we were obliged to travel for a period on very sandy, difficult paths, through the pine woods, causing us to dismount and walk.

We rode Maghull, Woodvale, Ainsdale, Freshfield, Formby, Altcar, Hightown, Crosby Marina, Rimrose Valley and back to Maghull and was enjoyed by all.

We did ,of course, have a short stop for teas and coffees midway.


Foodie Group Annual Garden Party

17 members of the Foodie Group attended the annual Pick nick at Brenda’s, who as previously offered the use of her wonderfull garden. The weather was kind to us and eventually turned out to be warm and sunny.

A superb variety of food, both Savoury and Sweet was supplied by the members, and we were all able to try a bit of this and a bit of that.

We did of course also enjoy the contents of a few bottles of various sorts. Lots of laughter and conversation enjoyed by all.

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July 30th. 2017 – A Day To Remember.  A poem by Carolyn

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