The Inbetweeners ( longer ride Pedal Pushers) had a great 24 mile circuit out to Ainsdale today. Starting out for Robins Island we took the country roads through Lydiate and Aughton before heading out across the moss to Plex Lane and on to the Coastal road. Stopping off at Mecycle bike workshop for a coffee. We retraced the route back across the moss as far as the Ship Inn, then cycled through Haskayne, cut across country past Farmer Teds, and back into Lydiate. A couple of us broke off here and came back along the Cheshire Lines, whilst the others carried on to Bells Lane and home at that end of Maghull. A lovely ride led by Trevor, without the usual fierce headwind and some sunshine for a change. Coastal ride planned for next week, when we are pleased to welcome a new U3A member to our group.
Three of us from the Inbetweeners (aka Pedal Pushers longer riders ) decided to have a quick ride around Aughton today as the forecast was poor. Setting off from Maghull we did a rural circuit through to Aughton then on to Town Green from where we had planned to cycle back to Maghull. However the weather was still fair, we had out cycled the black clouds, so we decided to add a little more on…then a little more before we pitched up at Halsall, stopping off at the Village Bakehouse for a very acceptable coffee. However this meant that we needed to retrace our route back to avoid all the canal bridges, where we met the inevitable headwind which blew at us all the way back through to Lydiate. Two hours after starting and with a nice 17 mile ride accomplished we just beat the rain! Thanks Ken for a good ride. see you next week.
The longer riders of the Pedal Pushers group had a good ride today starting from Maghull, circuiting Rainford and returning home via Aughton, a distance of just under 25 miles. Riding via Spurriers lane we came across a council lorry collecting several mattresses which had been fly tipped in the lovely countryside. It beggars belief that people would do this!. Riding on we stopped at the recently re-named Cherry Orchard tea rooms ( formerly the Lavender Farm) where enjoyed a lovely coffee at one of the many outside benches. Suitably refreshed we continued via the bypass towards golf driving range to access the Rainford Linear Cycle path to Rainford junction station. Using country lanes we cycled on through Bickerstaffe and Aughton, where the inevitable headwind made the going considerably harder! Circuiting through Aughton we returned to Maghull just under 3 hours since we left, having enjoyed a great ride through some lovely scenery.
The group have temporarily split to allow those who have not been cycling during lockdown to build up their stamina again. Today Bill led those people on a ride through Aughton, whilst the others of us completed a 20 mile circuit through Aughton, Halsall and Shirdley Hill. It was good to see some of the usual watering holes had reopened with additional outside seating, but today we stopped at Halsall park for our own coffee and cakes. The village was bedecked with scarecrows for their usual festival which made an amusing sight. We tackled a good few hills today which tested our legs, and completed our ride in just over 2 1/2 hours. Hopefully the group can join forces again in the not too distant future.
Just 3 of the Pedal Pushers were foolhardy enough to ride out today. Setting off from Brunswick station, our first stop was about 50 yards on where we had to shelter from a sudden hail shower! Once this cleared we rode on along the promenade where a helpful wind was behind us…although that meant unless it changed direction we would be cycling back into the wind! Leaving the prom at Otterspool we cycled through the Festival gardens, on to Lark Lane and into Sefton Park. In another couple of weeks the full glory of the Field of Hope will be evident, although there were quite a few daffs already in bloom, so it will warrant a return trip. Continue reading
Just 5 of the Pedal pushers ventured out today. The weather forecast said dry until 1pm so we decided to try the Cheshire Lines to Formby. Moral of story…never believe the forecast! 10 mins into the ride it started to drizzle…then became a bit heavier, then the wind picked up driving the rain straight into our faces…and the specs of those wearing same! Having negotiated a fallen tree at the beginning of the path, we made very slow progress through the numerous puddles, fallen twigs and branches and mud a plenty! Half way to Formby, with the rain still falling, we had a rethink and cut through to the bypass and made for the warm cosy atmosphere of the Sunshine café in Ince Blundell. In spite of us dripping everywhere and shedding mud from boots, they made us very welcome and served toasty warm tea cakes and very good coffee. Definitely on our list of coffee stops now. Warm and refreshed we donned wet outer gear again and set off for home. It’s surprising how the wind can drive across the open fields in Lunt, especially when its forcing rain straight at you, but we made it home, glowing from the rain and chilly wind with another 15 miles ride under our belt. Well done guys!
10 of the Pedal Pushers cycled today from Hall Road station to Freshfield, having caused some congestion on the train from Maghull due to the number of cycles. Hopefully the new fleet of Merseytravel trains will have more cycle spaces! Once at the start point we had a very pleasant ride, apart from the biting wind at Crosby Shore. Having reached our halfway point we invaded Kitty’s Café, and enjoyed a welcome drink and snacks. The group them split with 4 people returning home on the train, whilst the other 6 rode home via the Bypass and Lunt Village back to Maghull, giving us a ride of about 15 Miles. Thanks, as usual, the Bill for organising the ride.
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.