How to join the West Wolds U3A cycling group
Come to the next meeting and make yourself known to one of the Greeters. He or she will explain what the U3A is about and introduce you to a member of the cycling group.
The cycling group is there for you to enjoy a leisurely ride locally and, on occasions, journey further for a day out.
Although bicycles (tricycles) are normally pedal powered, some riders will benefit from battery assisted cycles. All riders are expected to ride with safety in mind, wear a helmet and an appropriate “high vis” jacket, top garment or a reflective sash.
For information about joining this and other U3A activities call Heather Barratt on 01673 849393 or send an email. You may, of course, complete the U3A’s contact us form and someone will get back to you.
Cycle Group rides and events are currently coordinated by Gordon Jennings. He welcomes suggestions for future rides and is happy to deal with cycling questions from our U3A members. Please call 01673 844222 / 07948881121 or click here to send an email to Gordon
Weekly Rides normally commence at 10 am on a Friday and are led by one of the cycling group
Fortnightly Rides were short and intermediate local rides trialled during October on Mondays or Wednesdays. Before continuing, we await feedback on their success or otherwise. Click to offer feedback
Group Rides are planned with the dates and routes published below. The exception may be when members make their own way to a fixed destination or meeting place from other locations.
Some rides could be affected by weather, so watch for an email in advance of the published ride.
Visit the Cycling Dairy to see where we have recently ridden
The days ahead
Friday 20th October :- Market Rasen to Wickenby Airfield.
Chris has offered to lead this ride setting off at 10am from Tesco, Market Rasen. This ride uses minor roads and passes through small villages on the way to Wickenby Airfield.
The airfield cafe hosts an interesting museum and serves light snacks, main meals as well as tea and coffee. If the weather is fine there is a sheltered patio and seating area outside. However, internally the cafe offers a good view of any light aircraft taking off and landing.
There is has no “off road” riding involved, so all types of bikes are fine on Chris’ route.
Monday 23rd October, Market Rasen to Ten Acres return
This shorter local ride starts at 1.30 pm and takes us from Jamerson Bridge Street in Market Rasen (beside the play area) out on the Walesby Road as far as the woodland caravan park . From there we go left taking the woodland road over the bridge at Nova Scotia as far as the road at the Walesby level crossing. Turning left on Gipsey Lane we then cross the busy A46 road and continue west for 200 meters on the Osgodby Top Road to the Ten Acres Cafe.
Because we have an earlier start we have time to take light refreshments at the 10 Acre Cafe and return to Market Rasen for 3pm.
Friday 27th October – Barnetby toward Barton upon Humber.
TBA ~ a ride from Barnetby le Wold to the Deepdale Garden Centre on the approach to Barton upon Humber. The route takes a quieter road out via Melton Ross and continues north on Race Lane.
This is a comfortable undulating ride of around 22.5 km (14.5 miles) return.
Watch this space for joining detail.
Friday 3rd November From Middle Rasen visiting Goltho and Wragby.
This ride starts in Middle Rasen at 10am, but if you intend to start and finish in Lissington please be waiting at 10.20 in Lissington at the junction with the long road from Middle Rasen. Starting and finishing in Lissington reduces your ride by nearly 9 miles.
This is a very pretty ride which takes us south to eventually turn north for a refreshment stop in Wragby . It includes passing through tiny villages like Reasby, Apley, Goltho and West Torrington as well as skirting Hardy Gang Wood with its heron nests set high in the surrounding trees.
Please click through and see the route.
Friday 10th November
Friday 1st December ~
Friday 8th December ~
Friday 15th December ~ U3A Lunch
Friday 22nd December ~
Rutland Waters ~ TBA
Please liaise within others in the group re vehicles (+ cycle carriers) so, where possible, we pair up to travel the A46/A1. Journey time is about 1hr 20mins
Meet 11am, at arrowed public car park, Whitwell LE15 8BL. Car parking charges are £6/ day.
Cycles, tandems and power assist cycles are available for hire from shop adjacent to the car park.
Rutland Water’s outer circuit is about 17 mile with an option for our more keen riders to extend their ride where the land juts into the reservoir. The route offers a number of locations where cyclist can stop, refresh and use facilities. It is a fairly gentle and safe route with some undulations, mainly using the track shared by walkers.
Commence ride anticlockwise from the Crafty Fox Café at 11.30 am.
Family / U3A members may wish to accompany the cycle group to walk or enjoy the nearby water park or other attractions separately.
Plan to commence journey back by a specific time, say 4 pm – subject to amendment.