Recent Group Events

This page contains a record of this seasons Group Rides and Events.
Past seasons can be found by following the links in left hand menu panel.


LAST RIDE-OUT : DOING THE DALES - 5th October 2014

Alan & Jean led this weekends ride into the Yorkshire Dales. Fortunately the Sandbach Posse arrived to bolster a poor turn-out, and our compact group of 4 bikes with 6 riders departed from the Tickled Trout services J31/M6 at 9.30am. Although clear and dry the first chill of winter could be detected in the air as we rode through the Ribble valley and Slaidburn to our coffee stop at Tosside. For those seeking a great value breakfast in period surroundings accompanied by a Radio3 soundtrack, then look no further than the Old Vicarage at Tosside! From here we headed for Austwick to pick up some great single track roads over to Littondale, then Via Kettlewell and through Coverdale to our lunch stop in Middleham.

MultiRoyce !
A rare RollerStrada spotted at the White Swan !

Lunch was served at the White Swan Brasserie on the village square. A pleasant ride then followed via Reeth and Muker, over Butter Tubs Pass and down into Hawes. Lots of bikers were out in the afternoon sunshine, many like us enjoying the fast and famous B6255 down to Ingleton where we stopped for afternoon tea and cake. Leaving the Country Harvest on our last leg again provided some swift progress as rode down the lanes to the rides-end at Broughton layby on the A6. Despite our small number we all agreed it had been a really good day out!

Routes and Itinerary can be downloaded below.

Download Itinerary : HERE  ¦  Download Garmin SatNav Route : HERE

LAST RIDE-OUT : SEPTEMBER WEEKENDER - Saturday/Sunday 20th September 2014

Martin organised our annual weekend ride and this year we headed north into the Scottish Borders. The group departed from the Tickled Trout services J31/M6 at 9.00am on Saturday morning. A brisk ride brought us to Penrith for a welcome coffee stop before climbing over a very damp and cloudy Hartside. Over the border we stopped for lunch in Jedburgh and then enjoyed some superb riding down past St.Marys Loch and through Moffat to our hotel. Overnight accomodation was reserved at the Robertson Arms in Carnwath Lanark, who also provided some great food and drink during our evening celebrations.

Biker Babes !
The ladies debating the pros and cons of Daves move to Ducati during our stop at St.Marys Loch

After a hearty scottish breakfast, Sunday morning delivered some crisp clear weather and more fantastic roads and scenery. A sunny coffee stop in Dumfries preceded our ride down to Carlise and across to Maryport for lunch. The day was rounded off by an excursion over Hardknot and Wrynose passes in the Lake District before we all met up at the M6 Truck Stop to say our goodbyes. Another successful weekend completed - thanks to Martin!

Routes and Itinerary can be downloaded below.

Download Itinerary : HERE  ¦  Download Garmin SatNav Route : HERE


NORTH WALES - Sunday 13th July 2014

Mike led our July ride-out starting at Pop2000 services. Six bikes with eight riders made for a compact group as we headed for the Welsh hills and mountains. Our first stop for coffee at the Ponderosa cafe on the Horse Shoe Pass provided a welcome break before the superb roads around Llyn Brenig, and the Llyn Aled single track. Crossing the A5 we continued south over the hills and down to Bala for a lunch stop.

Bwlch y Groes

Suitably fed and watered we then headed around Bala Lake to tackle the highest road in Wales, Bwlch y Groes (Pass of the Cross) which took us over to Lake Vyrnwy. After the gentle single tracks the brisk pace of the A and B roads soon brought us to Oswestry for a fuel stop en route to our tea break at the Boat House in Ellesmere. From there we headed back up to our starting point to complete the 222 mile circuit. A really great mix of roads and scenery- thanks to Mike!

Download Garmin SatNav route : HERE

COAST 2 COAST - Sunday 15th June 2014

Contrary to the weather forecast the sky was dark and threatening rain for our early morning start from McDonalds at Clitheroe. Chris & Elaine led the five bikes making up our group as we headed off eastbound to Whitby via Grassington, Pately Bridge, and Rippon. A short stop was made at Thirsk for a quick coffee before we continued over the North Yorkshire Moors to arrive in Whitby. Alan & Jean, along with Martin, were already waiting at the Captain Cook statue to join us for our group photo.

Captain Cook & Pigeon

After lunch at the Whistlestop Cafe in Whitby we began our Coast to Coast run under the grey but thankfully dry conditions. We were now a group of seven bikes and made brisk progress across to Leyburn where we stopped for afternoon coffee. By 5.30pm we arrived on the promenade at Morcambe and made our way to the Eric Morcambe statue for our final group photo of the day.

Eric & Co

After the best part of 300 miles of riding we then made our way southward and home. A tiring but great day out! Garmin satnav route is available for download below.

Download Garmin SatNav route : HERE   Meeting location map: HERE


CHESHIRE CHASE - Sunday 11th May 2014

Regardless of the poor weather forecast, a group of 9 bikes with 14 riders assembled at Pop2000 for the start of Butch's ride-out. Despite all our wishful thinking, the grey skies turned to heavy rain for our first leg down to Bridgemere, and away from the main roads the conditions made for a challenging ride. The coffee stop and shelter was most welcome at Bridgemere Garden Centre where Leila joined our group on her scooter. Unfortunately Barry, George, and Mike decided to leave the ride at this point, so 3 down and 1 up, our group of seven bikes continued southwards. The rain finaly ceased and a little sunshine broke through as we made our way through the lanes, travelling under the Shropshire canal no less than three times en route to our lunch venue on Cannock Chase - although at times it did appear we rode in the canal itself!

Maybe a contender for the "Wettest Ride" award....

The Spring Slade Cafe provided a hearty lunch before we rode off through Rugeley and across Blithefield Reservoir. Heading back north we continued to dodge the rain clouds until our luck ran out in Havensfield where a heavy downpour once again tested our resolve. As we arrived at Rudyard Lake Leila was in desperate need of fuel so Butch modified the route to take us into Congleton where we took advantage of a McDonalds next to the Shell filling station. After refreshments the group agreed it had been a damp but "grand day out" - and from here dispersed homeward to hose-down some very dirty bikes !

Passing through Penkridge with Leila riding solo on her scooter

download SatNav route : HERE  -  download Itinerary : HERE


LAKES LARKABOUT - Sunday 13th April 2014

Coffee stop at Carnforth Station

A group of eight stalwarts on five bikes met at Tickled Trout Services on an overcast and surprisingly chilly morning! George & Les, ChrisP, Martin, Dave and his new pillion Diane joined Barry & Olive for their ride into the Lake District. First taking the M6 and joining the A6 at Broughton, continuing northward to Garstang, and turning left onto Cockerham Road. At Cockerham we took the A588 to Lancaster, then rejoined the A6 to the morning refreshment stop at The Brief Encounter Tearooms at Carnforth Station.

After coffee we kept to the A6 towards Milnthorpe on still quite a cold morning and then joined the A591 to Windermere, turning eastward onto Patterdale Road (A592).  This took us over the Kirkstone Pass amidst glimpses of sunshine, but in a strong breeze, following which we turned onto the A5091 headed for Troutbeck and the A66. On joining the A66 westbound we rode the eight miles into Keswick for our lunch stop at the Queen’s Head café-bar, just off Bell Close car-park. We were well-received here, being invited to park our bikes in the Hotel’s private garage as well as enjoying an excellent lunch!

On leaving Keswick the temperature had risen slightly but the breeze was by now a little troublesome, especially on exposed stretches of road. The ride continued along the A591 passing Thirlmere, Grasmere and Rydal Water to Ambleside. We then kept to the A591 towards Windermere again but this time we turned west onto the A592 at Rayrigg Road. From here we rode through Bowness to the A5074 and then continued through the Lyth Valley to the A590 at Levens Bridge. We then retraced our steps down the A6 to the tea stop and end of ride at Truckhaven, Carnforth. ChrisP hadn’t been there before so it was a new experience for him!

download SatNav route : HERE  -  download Itinerary : HERE



Yorkshire Rainbow

Our first ride-out of the season was led by Chris & Elaine and started from the BP Tickled Trout service area just off junction 31/M6. A good turn-out of 9 bikes with 13 riders assembled for the 9.30 start under grey skies. A mix-up at the tail-end created a minor delay in us all arriving at Hebden Bridge for morning coffee and a welcome warm-up. The scenic route then took us back over the moorland through Skipton and into the Yorkshire Dales. Although clear and dry, several rainbows warned of wetter weather ahead and as we climbed over Arncliffe and back down into Settle we got a good soaking. The Naked Man cafe in Settle provided respite and a good lunch where Barry & Olive joined us to swell our ranks for the last leg. Riding back into Lancashire for our final stop at the Barn In Scorton for afternoon tea. From here we dispersed onto the A6 to head south and complete our first ride of 2014. More details and Garmin satnav route available below.

download SatNav route : HERE  -  download Itinerary : HERE


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