WelHatCycling

People On Bikes

We run a social ride on the second Saturday of every month. The rides generally use segregated cycle paths or quiet roads around our area and are suitable for teenagers and adults.

We also run family rides to particular events that we think might interest people. These will be fairly short and should be suitable for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Start time and starting point vary depending on the ride, so do check the events listings below. Rides are free and open to all, but when you arrive you will have to sign in.

Destinations that we visit may have an entry fee, this will be noted in the ride details.

If you'd like more information on any ride, or if you would like to suggest a ride, please email us. Details on the Contacts page.

Click here for a list of proposed future events. Note: details and dates may change so please check nearer the time.

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Forthcoming Events for 2015

April 2015

ALBAN WAY LITTER PICK

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL 2015

WelHatCycling and Sustrans are organising another litter pick along part of the Alban Way this Saturday starting from where we left off last year.

Alban Way litter pick 2014 WelHatCycling Alban Way litter pick 2014

Please bring sturdy footwear, clothes that don't matter getting grubby and gloves if you prefer to bring your own. The forecast is for sun so bring sun protection and water. Litter pickers and bin bags will be supplied by WHBC on the day.

Meet at 10:00 at the Lemsford Road crossing of Alban Way, Hatfield. We will work towards the Galleria and finish about 13:00

The more people who come, the more we will clear so get your boots on and come and join in. Sustrans volunteers will also be there so there will be plenty of people to chat to.

May 2015

NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015

Our May ride will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the National Cycle Network. The network inspired by Sustrans (the sustainable transport charity) now extends to over 14,000 miles across the UK and includes all of our favourite former railway routes.

We will be starting in a blaze of glory from outside the main entrance to the Howard Centre, WGC at 11:00 and will ride south to join the Hatfield contingent outside the main entrance to the Galleria at 11:45.

From there we will head along the Alban Way to take lunch in the cafe in Verulamium Park. After lunch we head north to Harpenden and back into WGC via Ayot Greenway.

The total distance is 28 miles, but if you only want to join us for part of that, you are welcome to leave whenever you wish. As usual we will ride at a leisurely pace and will not leave anyone behind. We also carry a small tool kit to get you home in the event of a minor breakdown.

The ride is free, but on this occasion we will ask you for a donation to Sustrans, to help it continue its charitable work. If you're feeling really keen, you may want to ask others to sponsor you for the ride!

Click here to see the complete route.

Past Events from 2015

February 2015

FEBRUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

WELWYN GARDEN CITY ORBITAL

A small select group of two ventured out on a dry, but chilly morning for this month's ride. This was probably as well since we were doing a bit of mass lawbreaking by riding along one or two footpaths (that ought to be cycle paths) to link up the circuit.

The ride took us past Moneyhole Lane Park, Panshanger Airfield, a bridle path heavily disguised as a private no through road, Tewin, Digswell and via the footway (for safety reasons, of course) alongside Hertford Road to Welwyn Village. Here we were lucky enough to have the privilege of riding a closed road (for works that hadn't happened) to Ayot Green. The effort of climbing to Ayot Green was rewarded by a long freewheel down to Lemsford, then on past Stanborough School.

By this time, we were feeling distinctly peckish. The Gosling Cafe was the intended lunch stop, but since we were both very close to home, we decided to abandon the rest of the ride via Stanborough Park, Mill Green and Gypsy Lane and return home.

The full ride is shown here.

January 2015

JANUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

TOUR DE HATFIELD

Well I will be honest. Half an hour before the ride the rain was falling heavily and the wind loud. I'd just had a call from one person to say not coming due to the weather and my son had decided not to come along. I headed for the starting point in Hatfield Market Place expecting no one to show. I'm pleased to report I was very wrong. When three riders turn up who have come from Luton (actually riding from Welwyn) something must be going right with our publicity! So there were ten of us who set out. The sun came out and although it was cold, as the Tour de Hatfield was a ride round town, we were nicely sheltered from the wind.

Riding around Hatfield
Exploring Hatfield cycle routes

The aim of the ride was to remind people just how many cycle paths Hatfield now has, so we did a loop round Ellenbrook and de Havilland Village using the cycle lanes in the business park, followed by the Alban Way, now back to full width with cleared edges and then the quiet streets of Old Hatfield. Through Streamwoods one rider had a close encounter with a falling branch, not something that's happened before. Our grand finale was to ride the new Woods Avenue cycle path ending with a well-earned coffee at Hatfield Coffee House.

Sitting in Hatfield Coffee House
Good coffee!

Past Events from 2014

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Past Events from 2013

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Past Events from 2012

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Past Events from 2010

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Past Events from 2009

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