2007 RAT Review



CUMBRIAN WEEKEND - 8th & 9th September 2007

Alastair & Pat organised and led this overnight weekend run of 7 bikes and 11 riders on a great ride-out around the perimeter of the Lake District. The route saw us head north from the Tickled Trout over Quernmore and via Kirkby Lonsdale to Sedbergh for a morning coffee stop. By now the clouds were parting to reveal a beautiful sunny day as we continued north via Brough and Appleby to Penrith. A short cut around Brougham Castle brought us down to Ullswater for a welcome late lunch stop at the Tea Rooms at Aira Force Falls. After refuelling at Glenridding we doubled back and headed over Dockray joining the A66 to Keswick. Over Whinlatter Pass and through Thornthwaite Forest riding west out to the coast before heading south down to Seascale. En-suite sea view rooms had been reserved at the Calder House Hotel, who also provided a spendid dinner on Saturday evening, to accomodate our one night stay.

After breakfast on Sunday we left the hotel and headed south down to Broad Oak, over Stanton Fell to Broughton and then on to Holker Hall for lunch providing an opportunity to visit the Motor Museum before continuing homeward down the A6/M6.


NORTH WALES - 12th August 2007

Butch kindly volunteered to lead this months RAT ride into North Wales. The ride left the MCO shop at 9.30am facing a 200 mile run in uncertain weather conditions. The group was swelled to 7 bikes and ten riders after a rendezvous in Cheshire. As we headed south down the A49 the sky darkened and we endured a heavy downpour. Our morning coffee stop allowed the dark clouds to blow over and the rest of the day then fortunately remained dry. The route took us through rolling countryside to the southern tip of Lake Vernwy where we crossed the dam and headed north over the highest pass in Wales. Then downhill into Bala for a well earned lunch by the lake. More of the fabulous Welsh roads and scenery were enjoyed as we continued on to Denbigh where we stopped off to visit the castle and take a break. The pack disbanded at Helsby services on the M56 where everyone thanked Butch for stepping in at late notice to provide a great Sunday run.

Our youngest RAT member Cameron reaches a new high on the North Wales Run


SOUTH LAKES - 8th July 2007

George & Lesley led the July RAT Run through the beautiful countryside of the South Lakes. A good turnout of 15 riders met up at the Tickled Trout on the M6 northbound in good time for a departure at 10.00am. The route headed up the M6 to junction 35 and continued north on the A6, stopping off at the Lakes Diner for morning coffee, before heading into the Lake District via the Lyth Valley. An enjoyable lunch stop was made at Hawkshead before continuing south through Grizedale and down to Grange over Sands for afternoon tea.

Group shot of Orrell RAT members on the Lake District Run


MATLOCK BATH - 24th June 2007

Sorry no ride report available :( 


YORKSHIRE DALES - 20th May 2007

The twelve bikes that defied a poor weather forecast and arrived for the meet at the Tickled Trout were rewarded with a great run through the Yorkshire Dales in perfect riding conditions. A morning coffee stop at the Naked Man Cafe in Settle preceded our excursion into single track territory taking us through Kirkby Malham and on to Kettlewell. The sunshine tour continued northwards up the Wharfdale valley, then past Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle, before heading over more single track to our lunch stop in the village of Reeth. The afternoon route took us through Swaledale and Gunnerside, then over Jeremy Clarkson's favourite UK road - Butter Tubs Pass. We dodged the sheep all the way down into Hawes, stopping for a short break at the Wensleydale Dairy, before heading west to Sedbergh. Aternoon tea stop was the infamous Devils Bridge swarming with Jixers and leather-clad power rangers making the most of the sunshine. We finally headed homeward via Halton and Quernmore before joining the A6 southwards to Preston. Tiger riders from as far away as Reading and Leeds came to join this Dales Run and their attendance was much appreciated. A big thank you to both Paul and Chris.

Morning coffee stop at Ye Olde Naked Man in Settle


HEARTBEAT WEEKEND - 14th April 2007

Martin again led the annual Heartbeat weekend trip to Goathland in East Yorkshire which has quickly become a regular fixture in the RAT calendar.

The pack assembled on a very warm Saturday morning at the Eastbound Birch Services on the M62 for the 10.00am departure. A swift blast along the motorway to Ferrybridge preceded us heading north to our lunchstop at the famous Squires biker pub at Sherburn-in-Elmet. In the afternoon our arrival in Scarborough was unfortunately cut short due to coastal fog so we continued on to our final destination of the pictureque village of Goathland in the North Yorkshire moors - well known for being the location for ITV's Heartbeat. Landlady Kath again welcomed the Orell RAT pack for another stay at her Guesthouse on the Common. Saturday evening saw us all return to the Mallyan Spout hotel for a hearty meal and several drinks.
After Sunday breakfast and a stroll around Goathland we saddled-up for a great circular ride northwards along the coast to Guisborough, inland to Stokesley, and then down the famous B1257 to Helmsley. Despite the warm sunny weather, only two bikes rode out to join the return run on Sunday from Helmsley. After lunch in the busy village square the pack headed for home across the Pennine moors via Pately Bridge, Grassington, and Skipton.

Preparing to leave Goathland on Sunday morning


CARLISLE HONDA RUN - 25th March 2007

Dave Coxhead and Steve Parrington from MCO headed-up the first Orrell RAT Run of the 2007 season. Considering the clocks moved forward one hour the night before, it was a good to see 10 bikes turn up at the shop for the early 9.00am start. The group set out northwards using the M6 to Kendal then switched to the A6 over Shap and via Penrith before joining the M6 again at J42 to bypass Carlisle town centre. By the time we arrived at the Lloyd Honda Dealership a couple of late arrivals swelled our number to 12 and all were Triumph riders! The RAT Pack made quite a sight as we invaded their forecourt. The dealership were kind enough to provide complimentary hot drinks and sandwiches whilst we viewed the bike showroom and accessories shop. The return route provided some excellent riding over the north Pennines as we headed for Alston via Brampton and then over Hartside to Penrith. We continued south to Appleby and over the moorland to Tebay, before descending on a very busy Devils Bridge for an afternoon coffee stop. Considering it was March, the weather was ideal for this brisk 260 mile opening run. All agreed it was a successful start to the 2007 season!

The Triumph invasion arrives at Lloyds Honda - Carlisle