Category Archives: Lancashire

Ride Leader plea for free family bike ride

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I was wondering if I could ask for some assistance from people far more knowledgeable in the field of cycling as me than me… sorry if The Rough Stuff Fellowship gets inundated with these sorts or requests!

Lancaster University Student’s Union is organising a free family friendly bike ride on Saturday 3rd May.

The bike ride is going to be started by Olympic Cyclist Jason Queally at 10am, and offers 3 mileage options (1.8m, 6m, 17m), all of which will be guided on cycle way and marshalled roads.

Whilst this ride may be a shorter distance than you are used to, we were wondering if The Rough Stuff Fellowship might be available to help us on the day, by helping us to find Ride Leaders?

We are working with British Cycling and our university cycling society, but we’d really like to involve local cycling groups in the event to showcase the fantastic cycling resources that exist locally. We know that students and local people want to cycle more, but often are a little fearful of heading out alone – guided rides with people with local cycling knowledge would offer a great opportunity to promote local cycling (and your group!!)

We are hoping to find:

X4 leaders for the 17 mile route (approx 2hrs ride time)

X4 leaders for the 6 mile route (approx 1 hr ride time)

X12 leaders for 1.8 mile campus circuit (this could perhaps need fewer people if the do more than 1 ride)

The route will be risk assessed and leaders would be fully briefed. We appreciate you may not cover the Lancaster area, but we can also pay you reasonable travel expenses and refreshment expenses.

The ride is also part of the Roses Sporting Tournament – an annual sporting competition against York University – so we want to build a home team advantage!!

Of course, it would be great if you could promote this ride to your networks – it’s totally free and will be well supported on the day, with the addition of free sporting activity to watch for the remainder of the day (there is also free parking on campus).

If you have any questions, or are able to assist us, then please do email me or give me a call – my number is 01524 510849

For more information about the event, please visit:

I look forward to hearing from you.

With kind regards,



Cycling e-petitions to sign

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The local Cycle Campaigning Group Dynamo would like your help with two e-petitions that they currently got running on the Lancashire County Councils website:

  1. A petition for a direct, dedicated cycle route between Heysham and Lancaster.
  2. A petition to cycle through out Lancaster City Centre at Rush hours.

Cotton Grass on Loftshaw Moss

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A view of Cotton Grass on Lofshaw Moss taken by Simeon on yesterday ride to Great Stone of Fourstones, you can see rest of the ride photos at this link.


New Bridleway between East and West Roeburndale

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Above is map of the new permitted bridleway between East and West Roeburndale.

Its not often you come across new permitted bridleway which could be useful improving a cycle ride but the new permitted bridleway between West and East Roeburndale could add extra twist to a ride, if you include it as part of ride over Salter Fell Road. The bridleway is well signposted on both sides of the valley but not that well signposted between Outhwaite Wood and the ford across River Roeburn, I must admit that did not try cross the ford and use the footbridge a little bit further down to cross over the River Roeburn  and push my bike along public footpath to re join bridleway on the other side which was case of following signposts for the Lunesdale Walk until you meet up with the bridleway again and then case of following bridleway which well made farm track through Middlewood Study Centre and Backs Bottom Farm up to tarmac on Moor Lane. The bridleway on the east side may get wet in few places after a bit of rain.

The best time of the year to do this bridleway is in spring when the bluebells are in flower in Outhwaite Wood and the Orchards are in flower in the valley bottom or in Autumn to see the Autumn Colour.

On the ride last Sunday, I did ride from West side of Roeburndale to the East side of the valley, you can see photos of the ride at this link.


Protect Wyresdale

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A proposal to convert Wyreside Hall, Dolphinholme, into a large hotel and to  build an additional leisure complex and conference venue on the site has been submitted to Wyre Borough Council. Its planning committee will meet very soon to decide on the fate of this application. The Protect Wyresdale group has been formed by concerned members of the local community to raise awareness of the scale and potential impacts of this particular development. These include:

  • Huge impact on road users and road safety – the winding and narrow lanes are popular with walkers, cyclists, joggers, horse riders and other visitors. The hotel project will not be sustainable without big changes to the local road networks and character of the area.
  • Light pollution – significant increase in light from the car park, sports facilities, hotel buildings and increased traffic. As highlighted on the BBC’s hit series, ‘Stargazing’, there are fewer and fewer dark skies in the UK.
  • Noise pollution – noise generated from day to day conference hotel activities and weddings including music and fireworks.
  • Wildlife habitat destruction – the valley is widely appreciated as a haven for wildlife, including a vast range of birds, owls, bats, deer, hares, fish and other river-dwellers.
  • Visual impact – the proposed extensions are out of keeping with the original Robert Adam listed building and will be seen from many different locations in the area as the building sits on top of a hill.

You can have your say. Write a letter to Mrs Andrea Stewart, Planning Officer, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU and view the application at:
You can contact Protect Wyresdale Group: or visit the website at