2013 Season


The lucky recipients of the covetted FART Awards were honoured at our annual Capricorn Dinner at the Rigbye on Thursday 9th January as follows:

Rider Attending Most Rides – Butch – “FART Top Rider 2013” T-Shirt;
Pillion Attending Most Rides – Elaine – “FART Top Pillion 2013” T-Shirt;
Best Ride Catering Award – Leila – Cake Tester/Tea Towels (Cup-cake Motif);
Longest Ride (Excluding Weekender) – George – “Motorcycle Diaries” Book/Compass Bookmark;
Shortest Ride – Barry – “FART” Coasters;
Best Weekend Ride – Chris – “FART Tour-Meister 2013” T-Shirt;
Most Extreme Weather Ride – Martin – Buff/Hand-warmers;
Most Surprising Ride – Dave – “FART Mystery Tour 2013” Beanie Hat/Classic Trucks Calendar;
Most Scenic Ride – Alan – Calendar(Dales)/Helmet Cleaner;
Most Helpful Pillion – Jean – Coffee Mug/Tea Towels (Coffee-time Motif);
Longest Suffering Pillion – Les – Scouse Passport/”Calm down” Bookmark; and,
Pillion Most Often in a Car – Olive – Model Taxi.

Grateful thanks go to the Official Awards Committee, Barry & Olive, for organising this event.

View our Ride Reports below and our 2013 Ride-out Calendar HERE


MEANDERING WITH MARTIN : Sunday 10th November 2013

Martin led our final ride-out of the season to Ripon in Yorkshire. It was a cold and frosty morning and the start from Blackburn Services on Junction 4 of the M65 was delayed due to the icy conditions. Unfortunately the weather meant Barry & Olive were late and would join us later in the day via car. Eventually we set off and made our way to Ripley Castle for a late coffee/lunch stop. Despite the low temperatures, clear skies and sunshine provided good visibility as we rode through the Dales. In the afternoon we arrived at the Marton Arms near Ingleton to be greeted by B&O and a very welcome warm drink. The ride finally ended by the canal at the Tithe Barn in Garstang around 5.00pm.

Ripley Castle 

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YORKSHIRE DALES - Sunday 29th September 2013

Alan & Jean led this ride-out into the Yorkshire Dales. Blessed with another sunny Sunday, six bikes all two-up set out from the Tickled Trout services on junction 31/M6. Unfortunately Barry and Olive were delayed in arriving for coffee in Settle due to the new Crossrunner wanting a lie down at a junction - thankfully nothing to serious that can't be easily mended. After coffee we proceeded over the tops though Arncliffe and down to Kettlewell, tracking the river Wharfe upstream to the climb to Cam High Roman Road before swiftly dropping 1000 feet downhill into Gayle to our lunch stop at the Wensleydale Creamery. Butch joined the group in Hawes having suffered a bike failure earlier in the day preventing him from getting to the start.

Heading down to Hawes
Wensleydale - Heading down to Gayle

After lunch the ride continued west along the fast A684, then turning left onto the old Coal Road taking us over into Dent valley. A steep climb up Stone Rigg took us into the dramatic landscape of Barbondale. Then back on the main roads we headed south past a very busy Devils Bridge as we sped to our coffee stop at the Crook O Lune car park. Finally to Quernmore and up onto High Moor where we stopped briefly to enjoy the view from the Jubilee Tower. Our route to the ride-end via Abbeystead and Chipping was interrupted and lengthened by a police diversion near Longridge, and we eventually arrived at the Spar filling station on junction 31a on the M6 at 5.30pm before splitting for home. Another enjoyable, and eventful, day out!

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WELSH WEEKENDER - Friday/Saturday/Sunday 1st September 2013

Chris & Elaine led our weekend tour into mid Wales, based in Rhayader near to the Elan Valley.
Overlooking Llynn Brianne

Download Garmin routes HERE  Download Itinerary HERE

LAST RIDE-OUT : SOLWAY FIRTH - Sunday 4th August 2013

George & Les headed up this group ride-out into the far northwest of England. After following optional overcast routes to Penrith, 6 bikes with 9 riders re-assembled at the Upfront Gallery for some welcome morning coffee and vegetarian bacon sandwiches, where Barry & Olive joined us travelling by car. Under clearing skies our route followed the coastline of the river Eden and Solway Firth providing views across the border to Scotland. At Abbeytown we ventured inland to our lunch stop at  the Wheyrigg Hotel, where although service was a little slow, it gave us all time to relax and enjoy the food on offer. We rejoined the coastal route at Silloth keeping the Irish sea on our right as we headed southward to Maryport. Then inland via some single track lanes to Bassenthwaite Lake where we stopped for afternoon tea at the Castle Inn. 

Bassenthwaite Lake and Solway Firth

By now it was late afternoon and with 80 miles still to ride some departed for home via the A66/M6 and some via the A591 through the Lake District. Everyone agreed it had been a splendid route taking us into an area not previously visited and providing a memorable day out. And at over 250 miles, George & Les have truly laid down the gauntlet to any challengers for the "longest ride" award!

Download Garmin route HERE ¦  Itinerary HERE

PEAKS AND PENNINES  -  Sunday 7th July 2013 

Chris & Elaine headed up this group ride of 10 bikes with 15 riders setting out from Pop2000 on the hottest day of the year so far. The first leg of the route saw us head into the Peak District via Alderley Edge, Whaley Bridge, and Buxton, before a single track excursion bringing us to the old Parsley Hay railway station for morning refreshment.

After coffee we set off on a tour around the Derbyshire hills taking us through Youlegrave, by Chatsworth House, along Stanage Edge, through Hathersage and Eyam to our lunch stop at Castleton. By now the temperature was getting a little sticky for riding and our al fresco table at the Castle Inn provided a welcome respite.

After a minor dispute the lunch bill was finally settled and we headed off via Winnats Pass, northward and into the Pennines. The route via Hayfield and Glossop crossed the Woodhead Pass before climbing to the summit of Holme Moss where we stopped to take in the view and enjoy an ice cream.  

The final leg over Wessenden Head and Saddleworth brought us to the end of our route at the M62 in Littleborough. Unfortunately George & Les suffered an unscheduled dismount in Meltham which delayed their homeward journey somewhat, hopefully minor repairs to dented bike and pride will soon be complete.

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DAVE'S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR  -  Sunday 9th June 2013

Dave had obviously paid his dues to the weather gods for this months group ride-out. The early English summer provided perfect riding conditions for the 10 bikes with 16 riders setting out from Pop2000.

The first leg took us south on the A49 to Prees Green for morning coffee. The newly appointed staff at the cafe could not cope with the sudden influx of custom, and so Jean stepped in to take charge of the kitchen and ensured we all got served with a smile.

Riding around Shrewsbury we continued south to Clun before enjoying a splendid lunch on the Welsh border at the Horse & Jockey in Knighton.

A mix a single track and twisty A roads provided a memorable ride to Newtown before we made our way back northward to Oswestry for fuel and ice cream.

Everyone enjoyed the day out and Dave ensured he wouldn't be picking up this season's "shortest ride" award, with this interesting 200 mile route!

Sign clutter at Clun

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WET WALES - Sunday 14th April 2013

Mike led this group ride into North Wales with 7 bikes seting out from Poplars all expecting some showers along the way but we were fortunate enough to get to Cerrigdrudinion via the A49, Ruthin and the Clocaenog forest for elevenses just as the weather began to spit a little occasionally.

We moved on up Llyn Brenig and round to Llansannan and then wended our way through the middle of the Llyn Aled reservoirs in a big loop before heading onto Bala for lunch just as the rain began. An hour for lunch in various establishments left us all sated and looking for more scenery. 6 bikes carried on and Alastair and Pat arranged to meet us at the Boathouse in Ellesmere which they duly did. But not before the main group had travelled the single track road down to Lake Vyrnwy from Bala through some stunning scenery and interesting forest. A half loop around Vyrnwy and then out Llanheadmochda ? and on through Oswestry and up to ellesmere to meet up with Alastair and Pat at the Boathouse restaurant and cafe, newly refurbished with both cafe for us and a posh restaurant. The rain had disappeared after Vyrnwy and we sat out on the edge of the mere having our afternoon tea watching the baby geese frolic in the sun. It was unfortunately on the way back that those poor souls without the aid of a BMW wind tunnel designed fairing were exposed to the wetter weather coming in for the last hour or so as we headed back to Middlewich via Whitchurch and Nantwich.

The newly opened Starbucks coffee shop at was the old Little chef in Middlewich signalled the end of our journey around 5pm some 200 miles from Poplar to Middlewich, a longish day but due to the quicker biking roads we were not forced to cut short the comfort stops as we all made really good progress. Some of us a little drier than others. Man of the match award must surely go to Leila as she was perched on the back of Butches scrambler getting everything the back wheel could throw up at her. She required regular degaussing at all the stops and was sure to need physio for the next week.

Download Garmin route file HERE

SHREDDING SHROPSHIRE - Sunday 14th April 2013

Butch & Leila designed an interesting route into the Cheshire and Shropshire countryside with a lunch stop at the Coalbrookdale museum near Ironbridge. A good turn-out of 11 bikes with 17 riders enjoyed the ride which ended at Leila's home in Sandbach, where she served the whole group with tea and delicious home-made cakes. If this high standard of catering continues, a "bake-off" may be required later in the season! Links to download the route and itinerary are posted below.

Mystery Location
The ruins of the Elizabethan wing at Moreton Corbett castle

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SOUTH LAKES SHAKEDOWN : Sunday 3rd March 2013

To help blow away the winter cobwebs Barry & Olive led our first ride-out of the season taking us to the Lake District. A good turn out of 8 bikes and 12 riders enjoyed a well-planned day out. After calling in at the "Brief Encounter" tearoom on Carnforth Station for coffee and bacon sandwiches we encountered a good mix of roads taking us via Windermere and Grasmere to our lunch stop at the Blue Bird Cafe on the shore of Coniston Water. Considering the early date, the weather was good enough to dine al fresco before our ride back south. Links to download the route and itinerary are posted below.

FARTing at the Blue Bird Cafe - Coniston                                                              Happy Anniversary Elaine!

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