Lancashire and Cumbria Group

Organisers Contact: Stephen Webb, Tel: 07940372433, Email:

This is a Tandem Club regional group.

Stephen Webb2020-10-08 08:05:32LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group : Just to let everyone know, we’ve cancelled our October Group ride on the 11th due to the addition Covid-19 measures in Lancashire. Hope we are able to get together soon. Stephen

Stephen Webb2020-10-25 21:53:09LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group Zoom

Thanks to everyone in the Lancashire and Cumbria Group for keeping me up to date with their tandem activities and sending photos. If anyone in the group would like to join in next Sunday's Zoom session (November 1st, 7:30PM) then drop me an email for details.

Thanks, Stephen


Stephen Webb2020-11-09 14:12:50LA
November 'Virtual' Group Ride
November 'Virtual' Group Ride

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Lancashire and Cumbria Group 'Virtual' Tandem ride this weekend. Although we couldn't ride alongside each other we kept in touch via WhatsApp on our individual rides.  Hope it isn't too long before we are back riding together.


Stephen Webb2020-11-11 21:25:26LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group Christmas Quiz

In lieu of our festive lunch this year we are holding a Christmas Quiz on Sunday 13 December at 16:00.  Simon and Hayley have offered to organise it.  Further details from Simon, email  It will be a fun filled afternoon :-)

Stephen Webb2020-12-14 13:34:22LA
Festive Quiz

19 members from the Lancashire and Cumbria Group took part in our Festive Quiz organised by Simon and Hayley.  Surprisingly, we all found the bike logos round quite difficult!  A great time was had by all and a big thanks to Simon and Hayley for organising it.  Lockdown Tiers permitting, we will get back together in early 2021.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stephen Webb2021-02-02 19:24:14LA

The February club ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Arnside has been cancelled following the latest advice from the UK Government and Cycling UK. We hope to fit these rides in later this year. Thanks for your understanding, Stephen Webb LA Group RO

Stephen Webb2021-03-12 13:20:36LA

Our March club ride has been cancelled. However it is good to see the Lancashire and Cumbria Group members getting out and about. Please keep the snippets of where you have been and photographs coming so I can update the website with news and photographs.

Stephen Webb2021-04-05 19:44:48LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group : Our April ride has been re-arranged and is now on Sunday 25 April, starting from Kendal at 9:30am. Details will be updated on the 'What's On' pages the week before the ride. Pre-booking is essential.

Stephen Webb2021-04-25 19:28:58LA

What a great day out we’ve had today in South Cumbria. Great company and fantastic scenery. We had 7 tandems today on what was an absolutely glorious day out. Keeping 7 tandems socially distanced in 3 groups to comply with the current restrictions and not losing anyone was a challenge in itself, but we managed it  We had two new couples (new to the Lancashire and Cumbria Group) join us today plus the added bonus of meeting a long term member at our coffee stop. She had set out at the crack of dawn to meet us on her solo, on what turned out to be a 50 mile ride for her! Great to catch up with old friends. And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ve another group ride to look forward to, in two weeks, on Sunday 9th May starting from Great Eccleston Square led by John and Anne. I’ll put out details next weekend.

Stephen Webb2021-05-10 15:04:20LA

We had another superb club ride on the Fylde and into the Forest of Bowland over Harris End led by Anne and John on Sunday. 8 tandems, 3 members on solos, and all socially distanced in groups. The weather was kind too! So good to get back out cycling as a group. We've all missed the monthly club rides. Next month's ride starts in Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday 13th June.

Stephen Webb2021-05-30 07:39:28LA
LA Group Ride - June 2021

Only 2 weeks to go until our next LA Group ride on Sunday 13th June 2021 starting from Kirkby Lonsdale and cycling into Barbondale and Dentdale. Keep an eye on the 'What's On' pages for further details.

Stephen Webb2021-06-14 19:49:20LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group June Tandem ride - Barbondale, Dentdale and the Lune Valley

Stephen Webb2021-07-06 10:34:26LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group July Ride

This month's Tandem Club ride is this Sunday, 11th July, starting from Scorton Picnic Site. We will head over 'The Trough' to Dunsop Bridge and on to Chipping.  It promises to be a great day out. Details are on the What's On page.  Hope to see you there :-)

Stephen Webb2021-07-12 10:15:12LA

Lancashire and Cumbria Group - superb ride yesterday in the Forest of Bowland. Finished a great ride with an ice cream in Scorton - delicious :-)

Stephen Webb2021-07-24 11:40:26LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group August Ride

Our August ride is on Sunday 22nd August starting from Crosby Ravensworth, 9:15 for a 9:30 am start.  Paul and Jeannette will be leading a ride in the picturesque Eden Valley.  It is a superb area for cycling and this promises to be a great day out.  For further details see the What's On page on the website

Stephen Webb2021-08-07 12:21:12LA

Apologies for the short notice, but due to the weather warnings for electrical storms in the Eden Valley we have had to postpone tomorrow's planned ride in the Eden Valley.

Stephen Webb2021-08-08 15:47:50LA
Re-arranged August Ride

Great News! Paul and Jeannette will be leading the re-arranged Eden Valley ride on Sunday 22nd August.  See the What's On for details.

Stephen Webb2021-09-02 17:20:22LA
September 2021 Ride from Padiham Leisure Centre

Our next group ride is on 12 September starting from Padiham Leisure Centre and will be led by Malcolm and Gillian. They have a superb route planned for us.  See the 'What's On' for details.  Please let Malcolm know if you are planning on joining us.

Stephen Webb2021-09-09 15:27:11LA
A Ride to see the Tour of Britain

We have planned a ride to watch The Tour of Britain pass through Melmerby on Friday.  It's an out and back route from Appleby.  We will aim to leave the bridge at Appleby by 10:30 and cycle the 15 miles to Melmerby, getting there around midday.  See the What's On for details.


Stephen Webb2021-09-19 12:17:28LA
Lancashire and Cumbria Group October Ride

The next ride of the Lancashire and Cumbria Group is on Sunday 10 October 2021 starting from the Park and Ride car park adjacent to Junction 34 of the M6.

Route: The route heads west along the cycle way through Lancaster and on to Sunderland Point.  Then we head to Heysham for our coffee stop. After coffee we head along Morecambe Prom to Hest Bank, Nether Kellet and through Carnforth to Leighton Moss for our lunch stop.  From there it's on to Yealand Redmayne, Priest Hutton, Borwick and Nether Kellet to cross the Lune at Halton to return to the start along the Lune Cycle Path.. Stats: 40 miles, 1800 ft climbing

14/11/2021 Lancashire & Cumbria
Meet in the car park at 10:00 and start with a coffee at Beetham Nurseries before setting off at 10:30 to Grange Over Sands.  We will cycle past the Beetham Parish Church and into Dallam Park and pick up route 700 across the marshs to Levens Hall.  We'll take the 'Sampool' route to Gilpin Bridge and then get back on Route 70/700 to Grange via Meathop.  We'll return via Lindale and Witherslack before picking up our outward route back to Gilpin Bridge.  Then we'll head through Levens Village and back to Beetham via Heversham and Ackenthwaite. Ride route GPX/TCX
Contact: Stephen Webb Tel: 07940372433 Email:
12/12/2021 Lancashire & Cumbria
Festive Lunch.  A short ride may be organised beforehand.  Look out for updates.
Contact: Stephen Webb Tel: 07940372433 Email:
09/01/2022 Lancashire & Cumbria
A short January ride to blow away the cobwebs and chat about the 2022's ride programme.  Plan is to cycle to Ingleton for a coffee and call in at Bridge House Tea Room for lunch.  Short ride back to the cars after lunch.
Contact: Stephen Webb Tel: 07940372433 Email:

October Ride to Sunderland Point and Morecambe

We had recced this particular ride a few weeks ago and the one thing we learnt from the recce was that we would have to cycle the planned route in reverse if we wanted to avoid getting trapped by the rising tide at Sunderland Point.  And that’s just what we did.  The only disadvantage to that is the hills were saved until the end of the ride!

The weather was perfect for cycling as the 3 tandems, one solo and a recumbent set off from the car park adjacent to Junction 34 of the M6 and headed along traffic free cycle paths through Lancaster and across the Lune via the Millennium Bridge towards Heysham.  Numbers were down from usual as many members were away on holiday.  Well, they certainly missed a treat this month.  The cycling was gentle as we headed across the causeway to Sunderland Point which provided us with extensive views across the estuary to the Bowland Fells.  We could even see the Yorkshire peak of Ingleborough popping its summit above the skyline.

We retraced our route back to Overton and took the lane into Heysham, stopping for a well-deserved coffee at Tracy’s.  Then it was onto the prom towards Morecambe.  We passed the start of The Way of The Roses, and even Eric and Ernie on our way to Hest Bank, where we started the first bit of climbing of the day up to Nether Kellet.  The climb was well worth it with superb views over to Warton Crag and across ‘The Bay’.  We stopped at the top of the climb to discuss our plans for lunch as we were running a bit later than planned, partly due to the many stops for photo opportunities and partly, a big part in fact, due to going quite slowly along the prom.  It is a shared cycleway, so no traffic thankfully, but you need to take care with pedestrians and dogs! 

We opted for a picnic lunch in Carnforth, sitting outside enjoying the warm autumn sunshine.  Was it really October?  After lunch we headed through Warton to Yealand Redmayne before circling back south through Priest Hutton and Borwick.  We only had one more climb up to Over Kellet before a long descent to Halton where we picked up the Lune Cycleway back to the start.  40 glorious miles in a lovely part of the country with wall to wall sunshine.  A big thanks to Matt for the action photos from his on-board video cameras.

Five Tandems and a single bike left Padiham leisure centre to start our ride around Burnley and district.  We climbed out of Padiham and cycled along some nice quiet roads behind the villages of Simonstone and Read before climbing up back lane through Blackhill Wood to take in the views at the car park at the top of the hill.  (This car park is equipped with a defibrillator although luckily none of our party needed to use it!).  We then descended to Sabden, before heading down past the old Roman road to join the A680 and our coffee stop at the Café by the River.  Our route then took us along quiet lanes to the Padiham Greenway and back past our starting point.  At the top of the greenway, we briefly joined the Leeds Liverpool canal, before making our way around Burnley centre to join the Brun Valley Greenway which took us past Rowley Lake, before the descent down to Towneley Hall for lunch.

The hall was the home of the Towneley family from around 1200.  The family once owned extensive estates in and around Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.  The male line of the family died out in 1878 and in 1901 one of the daughters, Lady O'Hagan, sold the house together with 62 acres of land to Burnley Corporation.  The family departed in March 1902.

After lunch we headed back through the town passing Turf Moor the home of Burnley football club. We then re-joined the canal at Thompson’s Park and travelled along the straight mile an unusual stretch of canal elevated 60 meters above the town on a purpose-built embankment constructed in 1796.  It is known as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’, as it bypasses the curves and twists of the hilly landscape, and the need for multiple towpath locks to navigate the ups and downs.  It gave us some fantastic views down either side of its slopes as we cycled alongside its tranquil body of water.  This then took us through the Weavers triangle.  In the 1700s, Burnley was a centre of the wool industry. It switched to cotton in the first half of the 1800s.  The second half of the 19th century saw Burnley develop into the most important cotton-weaving town in the world.  As Burnley expanded, the area around the canal became known as the weavers' triangle, with many of the large mills situated in this area.  By 1911, the towns textile industry was at the height of its prosperity, there were approximately 99,000 power looms in operation, and its population had grown from 4,000 (1801) to over 100,000.  We then joined the Ightenhill Greenway for our ride back to Padiham leisure centre, approximately 33 miles.

Brougham Castle, near Penrith

Lancashire and Cumbria Group : A Ride in the Eden Valley from Crosby Ravensworth near Shap, August 2021 led by Paul and Jeannette

Seven riders turned up in the village, three tandems and one solo. This ride had been cancelled two weeks earlier due to a poor weather forecast.  This day the weather was bright and dry at the start with little wind.

Firstly, we visited the church yard of St Lawrence’s church where a young cyclist is buried, Thomas Henry Morris who died in 1929. I will enclose a link if readers are interested:

Having paid our respects, we cycled on the pretty lanes to Larch View Nurseries at Melkinthorpe, a distance of around ten miles to our elevenses stop.  Here we enjoyed excellent cakes and tea and coffee.  This is a most interesting place to visit.  Link: La Casa Verde - Larch Cottage Nurseries

On the way to Melkinthorpe we saw a red squirrel dart across the road. Fortunately, it was fast enough to avoid us!

From here we skirted around Penrith, passing the impressive Brougham Castle on the River Eden.

The route took us north to Melmerby for lunch, passing through Edenhall and Langwathby.  We enjoyed lunch at the Old Village Bakery which is also recommended when cycling in this area.  We were fortunate when it started to rain we were undercover, at the bakery, as the showers were quite heavy at times.  The ride back to the start was more direct, through Temple Sowerby and Kings Meaburn.  We arrived back at 4.00pm after almost 40 enjoyable miles.

Paul and Jeannette Rodman

Map Reference: 54.2121, -2.77106
Ride length: 50 km
Meet in the car park at 10:00 and start with a coffee at Beetham Nurseries before setting off at 10:30 to Grange Over Sands. We will cycle past the Beetham Parish Church and into Dallam Park and pick up route 700 across the marshs to Levens Hall. We'll take the 'Sampool' route to Gilpin Bridge and t ...
Location: North Lancashire
Map Reference: 54.0729, -2.77395
Ride length: 65 km
Ride ease: Easy
Lancashire and Cumbria Group October 2021 Ride Setting off from the park and ride car park adjacent to Junction 34 of the M6 we will follow the cycle way through Lancaster, crossing the Lune at the Millennium Bridge and heading to Sunderland Point on the Lune estuary. We will then head to Heysham fo ...
Location: CA,FY,LA,PR
Postcode: CA,FY,LA,PR
Map Reference: 53.9468, -2.75686
Ride length: 69 km
Ride ease: Average
Lancashire and Cumbria Group July 2021 Tandem Club Ride The ride starts from Scorton Picnic Site (PR3 1BU) and steadily climbs in a north easterly direction along Long Lane towards Marshaw and heads towards Wyresdale Tower and through 'The Trough of Bowland'. There is a fast descent down to Dunsop B ...