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.

Peloton Progress

I’m not sure if there is a collective noun for a gathering of cyclists but there was one yesterday at Old Racecourse Road when three U3A Cycling Groups met to go on their respective rides.

The Day Riders made our way through Lunt, Thornton and Crosby to pick up the Coastal Path through to Hightown, Formby and Freshfield where we took the by-pass route into Ainsdale where it was time for a brew and where we met up with Phil’s Breakaway Group.

We returned against a stiff headwind across The Moss to Halsall.

Next week’s ride will be to Widnes via the T.P. Trail, meeting at Aintree Station.

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

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.


Easy riders – Beryl’s big birthday

On Monday May 22nd a group of 9 members of the Easy Riders Joined with Beryl and John for lunch at Miller and Carters, Aughton.

a most enjoyable lunch was shared and a Birthday cake presented, which we promptly helped her to eat, along with jugs of cream provided by the extreemly helpfull staff.

I think the photos amply illustrate our total enjoyment.

Our very best wishes go to Beryl and Also to John, our leader. who very shortly will also enjoy his Big one.


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In order to celebrate our U3A 10 year anniversary and to commemorate the bicentenary of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which runs through our area, we are planning a cycle ride, combining all three cycle groups, the Day Riders, Easy Riders and Pedal Pushers, from Lydiate to Liverpool, along the Leeds Liverpool canal towpath.

The proposed date of this event is Monday, 19th September 2016, commencing from Lydiate (Parish Hall), where the Day Riders group will join the canal between Lollies Bridge No. 17a and Lydiate Bridge No. 17 at 9.30am.

We will then join the other two groups at the park area, just after Maghull Swing Bridge No. 12, near to Maghull Baptist Church at 10.0am, for a ‘photocall’ for our website and/or newsletter. The local press will also be invited to take photos and do an article on the event.

From there we will set off (a staggered departure at 5 minute intervals) led by the Day Riders, to Liverpool Canning Dock, where the new canal extension ends. There will be stops along the way for refreshments and more photo’s taken on arrival. It is anticipated that the ride to Liverpool will take approximately 2 hours duration.

The groups will then make their way home. The Day Riders returning to Lydiate along the canal towpath, and the other two groups will make their way to Sandhills Railway Station returning to Maghull by train.

As the canal is owned and managed by the Canal & River Trust, we need to apply for permission to hold the event. An application form and risk assessment form have been prepared and forwarded, we are also required to provide proof that we hold Public Liability Insurance, which is in hand.

Please note that the above details may be subject to change.

Ian (Gent)