First of all I would like to express my appreciation to those members who have arranged and conducted rides on this year’s programme, and to those who have led group rides in my absence, thank you all.
This year we have been asked to put on a ride or two for the South Pennine Walking and Cycling Festival, these rides will appear in the next Journal, and are already on the websites in the forthcoming events section. The ride is on Wednesday 24th September, from Rivington Hall Barn to Darwen Tower, visiting Rivington Pike on the return leg, the lunch stop will be at the Tockholes Tea Room. The second ride which was already on our programme is from Hollingworth Lake on Sunday 28th September, to Hebden Bridge for lunch, via Blackstone Edge and Cragg Value, returning on the Rochdale Cannel towpath.
Again this year, under the R.S.F. banner, I have put rides on the Lancashire County Council Programme of Guided Rides, the next one is from Spring Wood, Whalley on Friday 27th June and the following one is from Wycoller, on Friday 25th July, this is primarily for people new to off-road cycling, and due to insurance requirements I have to advise that helmets are strongly recommended.
Please come along and support these events, which are open to the general public, and perhaps assist with the running of them, all the above rides start at 10-00am, contact me if you require further information.
Next year I intend to put all the rides under the auspices of the R.S.F. both in the Journal and on the Websites.
This year I have not organised any multi-day rides, next year I would like to include some, the Mary Towneley Loop of the Pennine Bridleway has been mooted, this would be over a two day period again, staying at Mankinholes Y.H.A. overnight, each day would be about thirty five miles. I welcome any thoughts that members may have for events next year, be it a one day ride for the programme, or perhaps a few days camping, a bunkhouse, a Y.H.A. or something entirely new! Please put your suggestions forward.
Anyway that’s all for now, safe cycling Brian Parkinson