2012 Season


This page records our group ride-outs during the 2012 season. The annual FART Awards results and photos can be viewed HERE

View our 2012 Ride-out Calendar HERE

APPLEBY in WESTMORLAND : Sunday 4th November 2012

Alan oB led our final ride-out of the season to Appleby, starting from the Tickled Trout services M6/J31 at a very chilly 9.15am. Our small but hardy group of 5 bikes with 7 riders headed off into the frosty countryside to our coffee stop at the Naked Man in Settle. Once refuelled with bacon and coffee we continued under blue skies via Hawes to our lunchstop at the Royal Oak in Appleby. By now the temperature had lifted to a high of 8 degrees and provided perfect conditions for our ride south via Kendal. We called for a final tea break at the Truck Haven at Carnforth before the final leg home. A cold but rewarding day out!


Lunch stop at the Royal Oak in Appleby

Download Garmin SatNav file HERE
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MATLOCK BATH : Sunday 14th October 2012

Dave led this ride-out to into Derbyshire which started from McDonalds on M6/M56 Pop2000 service area at 9.15am. Morning coffee stop was at Hartington, lunch in Matlock Bath, ending at Wlmslow for afternoon tea.
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A GRAND DAY OUT : Sunday 23rd September 2012

Martin is led this ride-out to into Yorkshire which started from the M65/J4 Services. Morning coffee stop at Pately Bridge, lunch in Helmsley, and afternoon tea at Squires. From Sherburn-in-Elmet we rode home via Harrogate ending at McDonalds on the A59 Clitheroe.

Download Garmin Route file HERE
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WELSH WEEKEND : Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd September 2012


In the Black Mountains

This years September Weekend run took us on a scenic tour through Wales down to the Black mountains with an overnight stay in Carmarthen. On Sunday we rode out to New Quay and then headed north on the coast road back into north Wales, through Snowdonia, and eventually homebound. An itinerary and route can be downloaded below.

Download Garmin Route file HERE & Itinerary HERE

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CHURNET VALLEY : Sunday 1st July 2012

Butch & Leila led this ride from Pop2000 into the Staffordshire countryside. The July weather didn't live up to it's billing and for the most part we endured poor conditions and low temperatures. This and the previous heavy rainfall conspired to make this a most challanging ride. Undeterred we pressed on beneath the cloud and enjoyed lunch at the Ramblers Retreat in the Churnet Valley near Alton, where we were met by Barry & Olive (on 4 wheels).


The Ramblers Retreat - Churnet Valley
Unfortunately it was here that Alan B discovered his engine was loosing coolant and had to head off to the Ducati dealership in Sale. The remaining group continued on, eventually stopping at Marston for an ice cream at La Petit Farm, before arriving back at Pop2000 at 5pm, where at last the sun came out! Another memorable day out; but some serious cleaning will certainly be required to restore five very dirty bikes to their best!

Download Garmin Route file HERE
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LAKES & PASSES RUN : Sunday 17th June 2012

Unfortunately Barry & Olive were unable to attend this ride but kindly provided a route and itinerary for Chris to lead. In the event just a small group of 4 solo riders took part which allowed us to make some minor changes as we progressed. The day got off the a great start at Barry's first scheduled stop in Beetham for morning coffee which duly received our covetted award for "Best Bacon Butty Ever", and the weather stayed dry throughout providing perfect riding conditions into the Lake District. After making our way through the Lythe Valley and over Kirkstone Pass we decided to make our lunch stop at the newly opened Filling Station Cafe at Keswick where we bumped into a real-life adventure girl - Nyomi. Having already riden her bamboo bycycle from Cairo to Capetown, she was now halfway down a John O Groats to Lands End charity ride. Riding solo and towing her luggage, nothing seemed to daunt her - what a girl!. After lunch we rode Whinlatter and Honnister Passes before heading south to Grasmere. After coffee at the Potting Shed Cafe we caught up with Nyomi again at Dove cottage where she took our photo and we took hers. We concluded our ride south along the west side of Lake Windermere to Newby Bridge and home via the A590 and A6 - a splendid day out! Barry's itinerary and satnav files including the actual route ridden are available for download below.

Itinerary HERE Garmin Route File HERE Actual Route Ridden on the day HERE

Nyomi and her bamboo bicycle - find out more about her adventures HERE & HERE


Our group of 4 and Nyomi's luggage
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3 COUNTIES RUN : Sunday 20th May 2012

Alan & Rachael led this ride-out from the Hartwood on the A6 just north of Chorley town centre, near to Junction 8 of the M61. The itinerary and satnav files are avaiable for download below.

Itinerary HERE Garmin Route File HERE

Errr.., don't remember Chris being on this photo ?
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DAWDLING IN THE DALES : Sunday 15th April 2012

A good turn-out of 14 bikes with 20 riders were rewarded with a bright but chilly Sunday morning for the 9.30 start from the Tickled Trout services on the M6/J31. Chris & Elaine led this ride-out into the Yorkshire Dales with the first leg taking us up to Settle via the country lanes for a morning coffee stop at the Naked Man cafe. Unfortunately a mix-up with the 2nd man drop-off led to a short delay to some arriving in Settle. Once re-assembled and refreshed, the route continued north via Ribblesdale and into Wensleydale before turning left in Askrigg taking us over a little used single track into Swaledale and to our lunch stop in Reeth.
Unfortunately Barry & Olive had to depart from the group after lunch and Alastair & Pat kindly took over the tail-end role. The route then headed south back into Wensleydale, past Bolton Castle and Aysgarth Falls, before riding down Wharfdale into Kettlewell for a short toilet and fuel stop. Our ride over Arncliffe into Malhamdale was spoiled a little by a stubborn Saab driver who refused to give way to the 12 bikes in his rear view mirror for 8 miles of single track. Nevertheless we arrived at Town End Farm for our afternoon tea stop exactly on schedule at 3.45pm. The final leg took us to Gisburn and followed by a quick run down the A59 back to Preston. Despite the cool weather conditions everyone seemed to enjoy the day out and the remains of the group, shown below at the Esso end-of-ride stop, before departing for home.

Download Itinerary HERE ¦ Garmin Route File HERE


The end of a good day out...
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A NEW SEASON BEGINS : Sunday 10th March 2012

Butch & Leila led our first ride-out of 2012 taking 9 riders on 7 seven bikes around Cheshire and Shropshire. A late change to the planned route included a visit to Sleap Airfield for morning coffee.


FARTING at Sleap Airfield near Wem
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