Half the Pedal pushers

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.

Hail, Sun, Wind and two parks!

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

Wind, rain and plenty of mud!

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!

Pedal Pushers in Formby

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.

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!