People On BikesWe run a social ride on the second Sunday of every other month. The rides generally use segregated cycle paths or quiet roads around our area and are suitable for teenagers and adults.
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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SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Plane spotting at Someries Castle
Starting at Welwyn Garden City Campus West carpark, a c. 22-mile there-and-back ride to Someries Castle, just outside Luton airport.
The ride will be almost entirely on traffic-free cycle paths, however there is a short stretch of ride on quiet lanes at the start, then 1 mile each way on the Lower Luton Road (30 mph limit) at Wheathamstead. If anyone is uncomfortable with cycling this stretch we will walk along the pavement here.
Lunch will be a picnic (bring your own!) at the castle. If wet, we will retire to a local cafe instead.
Meet Campus West car park, Welwyn Garden City at 10.50am for 11am start. Return around 3.30pm.
Total distance return trip around 22 miles.
Bring a lock and suitable clothing and a picnic. We should be back well before dark but bring lights if you might be going back later.
If you have any questions please contact us.
[Image above reduced from original byForscher scs - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47955922.]
WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST
Don't forget our next monthly meeting.
The good thing about sunny days is they encourage people to come out on their bikes.
Sunday 11th April 2016 was a sunny day, unspoilt by sweet spring showers, and 14 riders joined me on our ride to Hertford for lunch at Serendipity Cafe. Special mention should go to Laura who cycled in from Harpenden and joined the ride at Hatfield Station and Viv who came up from Potters Bar.
The Cole Green Way is beginning to leaf but was a bit too muddy for the ride leaders Brompton, when it got between the tyre and the mudguard at the front. So on the way back, ride leader promptly became tail end Charlie!
Thanks go to Roger for being the rear guard and to Freddy (on his own bike, not the tandem) for making sure Dad didn't ride too far ahead. Finally thank you to all who came along. We hope to see you again soon.
Despite cold and damp weather about twenty people came out for our joint Sustrans and Cleaner Hatfield Action Group litter pick along a section of the Alban Way. Between us we collected about 50 bags of rubbish plus a pile of larger stuff.
There is more about the Cleaner Hatfield Action Group here, including contact details of the organiser. If you want to get more involved please contact her and say hello on Streetlife (you need to register).
Despite the cold we had a really enjoyable ride. A group of us set off to cycle to Emily's Tea Shop in Whitwell. It was a sunny day but with quite a cold headwind. We were well wrapped up so that was not a problem. We cycled at quite a gentle pace with a few stops for breathers.
Somewhere around Codicote we were joined by another rider from Harpenden who amazingly had managed to find us.
We continued on quiet roads and bridleways where we all enjoyed sliding about in some quite slippy mud.
Bikes on bridleway
We finally made it to Emily's Teashop where good hot food and coffee was waiting for us.
Well fed and rested, ready for the return journey
After a great sociable lunch it was a little difficult to get ourselves back out into the cold but we set off and were soon warm again. We followed the same route back and with a tail wind we were soon back in Welwyn Garden City.
Thanks to all who came and made such an enjoyable ride.
One of our group is fairly new to cycling, here is what she said of the ride:
"I thoroughly enjoyed my first cycle ride proper! I was probably slightly ambitious with setting my sights on the Tea Room in Whitwell which was a 20 mile round trip from WGC but I made it! Only possible with the huge support from yourself and the other seasoned members of the group. Thank you for all of the encouragement and patience. I am definitely hooked and will be joining the next outing now that I have some confidence in how far I can go. Thank you again and I would recommend the group to anyone who would like a friendly and unpressurised cycle ride."
With a news item in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, I hoped to see some new faces on the ride and so we did. On the downside, the weather wasn't great. Seven of us set off on the ride and seven made it back, but with a change of people along the way (you know who you are!) Given the wettest December on record, doing a bit of unsurfaced bridleway off the Alban Way was a bit risky, but we got through and those on mountain bikes had mud on their wheels, which looks good.
Most of the ride was on local cycle paths and this included our first official rides along the new Great North Road cycle path to Hatfield station and then the not finished but usable shared use path between French Horn Lane and Queensway. Work was very much in progress and is due to finish next month. Our finally loop round the south of town took in Streamwoods, Oxlease Wood and the annoying gates on the Great North Way, National Route 12. (How is any long distance cyclist with panniers is supposed to manage this bit?) Then up to the "Col de Hill Top" and back to town via the University for coffee and cakes. 10 miles without leaving Hatfield and without getting too wet. Not bad for January.