Croston Capers

Monday’s Day Riders met at Ormskirk Station and 9 of us set off for Croston via Eccleston and Mawdesley. The weather was sunny and perfect for cycling although the temperature never rose much during the morning and we looked forward to reaching Croston’s Velo Cafe where we found a sheltered spot and sat outside enjoying the sunshine and lake view.

After our respective hot drinks it was time for the return journey towards Tarleton and on to Burscough.

For the next 6 weeks Mike Miller has kindly offered to coordinate the rides in my absence. Very Best Wishes to all.

Wet n’ Wild

Our U3A Day Riders today survived winds and waves along Otterspool Promenade, mushy wet leaves in Sefton Park and deceptively deep puddles along the Trans-Pennine Trail. Fortunately there were no mishaps and we all arrived home in one piece.

Hopefully next Monday’s ride to Croston will enjoy better weather. Meet at 1000am at Ormskirk Station for the first leg of the ride to The Velo Cafe.

Pedal Pushers…full or half?

Having been rained off so many Wednesdays this year, the sun finally shone for the group. So 8 pedal pushers ( accompanied by 2 folk from Easy Riders) took advantage of the good weather and set out on the Sefton Circular route starting at Maghull. The ride across Jubilee Wood was not good due to the very uneven path, but we were soon through this obstacle course and having crossed Brooms Cross road, joined the canal bank at Netherton.  Continue reading

Pedal Pushers on the Wirral again!

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Taking advantage of the good weather, and the slightly less packed trains before the schools break up, the Pedal Pushers had another Wirral ride today. Catching the train to Brunswick we cycled back to the pier head to catch the ferry to Seacombe. Once here we had a great ride along clear cycleways as far as New Brighton. Some of the group turned back here, and cycled back to the ferry, via Wetherspoons where they had lunch  ( which we only found out later) whilst the other 3 of us decided to continue as far as West Kirby. For some reason the cycleways on the Wirral are not as clearly marked as in Sefton, and we got rather lost, but at least we weren’t as unfortunate as the car that had driven onto the beach and got well and truly stuck! Hopefully the Coastguard got to it before the tide came in.
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Pedal Pushers: 2 seasons in 1 day!

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Several of the Pedal Pushers, plus a couple of Easy Riders, met today from various points of Maghull at Robins Bridge, and rode to Scarisbrick Marina, a distance of just over 16 miles for a return trip. The day started pleasantly warm with lovely sunshine, and we cycled along country lanes, admiring the crops watching the farmers bring in their harvests, and sat in the sun at the Marina to enjoy a drink. The Marina was very busy with many boats moored there, along with some very interesting house boats which stay there as a  permanent base.  Continue reading

Pedal Pushers: On the Wirral Way

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5 Members of the Pedal Pushers cycling group took advantage of the shady paths of the Wirral Way today completing a 13 mile ride from Hooton to West Kirby. 95% of the route was off road, so we had a great ride through some lovely countryside and enjoyed a snack lunch at the local café in Thurstaston, just 3 miles from the end of our ride. Thanks Bill for doing a recce of the Wirral line stations noting step free access…If only Mersey rail could do the same!

Pedal Pushers : Field Of Hope

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Following the usual tradition the Pedal Pushers cycling group rode to Sefton Park, Liverpool yesterday to visit the Field Of Hope. This expanse of different cultivars of daffodils was originally planted as a fund raising venture for the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton, which is only a couple of miles from the park. People could purchase a daffodil bulb for £1 which was then planted in the park. Over the years the bulbs have increased by natural spread. The display is much later than usual this year, due to the poor weather we have had, but nevertheless, the display is beautiful and well worth a visit.

Pedal Pushers: Sunshine at last!

Following weeks of bad weather on a Wednesday, illness and holidays, the Pedal Pushers managed to get an almost complete group on the ride today. Using the Cheshire Lines cycle way we rode out from Maghull, did a circuit around the lanes and paths of Lydiate and Aughton before a coffee stop at Hartleys, Then following the cycle lanes, and avoiding the debris left by the hedge cutters, we rode back to Maghull. Just under 8.5 miles, but enough to get the joints going again. Hopefully we’ll get a longer ride next week on our annual Spring trip to Sefton Park to see the daffodil displays.

Pedal Pushers: New year update

Pedal Pushers minus the photographer!

Pedal Pushers minus the photographer!

The Pedal pushers is an intermediate cycling group who meet on a Wednesday morning and cycle on average 12-15 miles per session. A coffee stop is always included in the ride! We have started on our 2018 cycling programme which makes use of the abundant cycle tracks in the Sefton area and further afield. At the moment the group is at capacity numbers as we are mindful of the inconvenience which may be caused by large groups of cyclists travelling on Merseyrail. However if anyone is interested in the group please contact Bill Ashton 0151 285 1817.

Pedal Pushers visit the Lavender Farm

BEC996F9-CDA0-4E36-B69C-9415D46C8EE44 of the Pedal Pushers, plus one Easy Rider, met this morning at Moss Lane and cycled to the Lavender Farm just off the Rainford Bypass. Ably led by Bill Ashton, our intrepid leader, we cycled the 15 mile round trip using mainly quiet roads, but not without an encounter with several lorries and a couple of tractors intent on last minute hay making. The day turned out to be lovely and sunny and surprisingly hot, so we were glad of the refreshment stop to recharge our batteries, if not rest our legs. The fields at the farm had mostly been cut, but if you closed your eyes and felt the lovely sunshine, the smell of lavender in the air could trick you into thinking you were in Provence. Pity we had to open them again and see the Rainford Bypass! Another great ride. Thanks Bill!