People On BikesWe run a social ride on the second Sunday of every other month. The rides generally use 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.
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SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER
The Whetstone Wanderer
Our December ride is a 26 mile loop ride into north London, departing promptly from Simmons, White Lion Square, Hatfield at 11:00. Please arrive at 10:45 to sign in.
From Hatfield we will migrate south to South Mimms and take the route via the village to the A1 horse and bike bridge at Trotter's Bottom. Skirting east of Barnet we then drop down to the Dollis Valley Greenwalk to Whetstone. A brief stiff climb over the Whetstone ridge and we head down into East Barnet for a lunch stop at Costa.
Refuelled we return north via the Pymms Brook valley and Monken Hadley Common. This gets us to Hadley Wood and a return ride north along National Cycle Route 12 to Hatfield.
Much of the route is on off road cycle paths or quieter roads, but with busy roads to cross in places. In order to cross Monken Hadley Common we have to push our bikes for approximately 1/3rd mile as this is a footpath only. The entire route is here.
Please note that there are no trains on our local railway on 11th December 2016 so it is not possible to do half the ride to Barnet and return by train, unless your bike will fold and fit into the replacement bus.
If the weather looks poor, please come equipped with gloves, woolly hats and water proofs as necessary. Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing! Bring a lock for parking for lunch and maybe lights, though we should be back to Hatfield well before dark.
Don't forget our next monthly meeting.
Our October ride happened to coincide with Apple Day at Tewin Orchard so that was chosen as the destination. We decided to meet at Wrestlers Bridge in Hatfield because if we had started in WGC it would have been rather a short ride (although we could have extended it by going a longer way round). Three of us set off from Hatfield and we picked up another three at Morrisons in WGC.
From Morrisons we cycled south alongside the B195 then crossed the road to take the cycleway leading to the roundabout at the junction of Moors Walk and Panshanger Drive. Continuing north on the cycleway we passed Panshanger airfield and descended a steep gravel track to the B1000. We turned right and cycled along the verge for about 100 metres before crossing the road and heading up the track past Tewin Mill House to meet Archers Green Lane where we turned left. A bit of a climb brought us into Tewin and we carried on past Lower Green to Upper Green where the Apple Day was taking place.
There was a good selection of cakes available and various stalls to visit, apples to taste and apple juice and orchard honey to buy.
Some of us went on a guided walk around Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve and we all made our own way home. It didn't rain and although it wasn't particularly warm we saw plenty of sunshine. A good ride which was enjoyed by all.
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.