Coronavirus - cancellation of rides

Easy rides for everyone

Easy rides for everyone

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Bartley Sailing Club

Steven led 15 riders to Bartley Sailing Club, where we had our coffee break at the outdoor tables in warm sunshine.  

The route, which is here, took us via Woodgate Valley, where the café and visitor centre has not reopened. 

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Costa Coffee, city centre

Sixteen riders out today, in two groups.  Steven took eleven riders, including new recruit Paul, to the Costa Coffee in town that overlooks Old Turn Junction.  The ride included a brand new section, through the housing estate built on the former site of Selly Oak Hospital.  More familiar parts included the Harborne Walkway, a full one-point-six-mile circuit of Edgbaston Reservoir, and back to Bournville on the towpath.  

The remaining five riders took the usual route via the Harborne Walkway, and also included a complete circuit of the reservoir, where the water was very low. 

A fine warm day. 

Steven's route is here.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Two rides today

1.  Longer and hillier ride to Chaddesley Corbett

Six riders out for longer ride to Rowberry's Garden Centre at  Chaddesley Corbett.  Warmer day with some sun.  Hazel brought a new member out who found it a bit hard. 

The route is here

2.  Regular Saturday ride to King's Heath park

Because the café at the Moseley M&S has been completely removed, Steven took eleven riders, on an adaptation of the Stratford Canal and Cole Valley route, to Kings Heath Park instead.

The route is here.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Sainsbury's Maypole

16 out on a warm and fairly sunny day. John took ride to Sainsbury's Cafe at the Maypole. The route is here

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Marks and Spencer, Longbridge

Eleven riders turned out in the rain for a short ride to M and S Longbridge, led by Steve.  Return trip was extended slightly when it stopped raining later in the morning.

The route is here.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Two rides today

A large turnout today, so two rides:

1. The Potting Shed

John and Hilary led a group of ten to The Potting Shed at Singleton's garden centre at Lydiate Ash

The route is here

2.  Bartley Sailing Club

Steven led a dozen riders to Bartley Sailing Club. The trip there took a new route on paths across the Woodgate Valley housing estate. 

The weather held for most the ride, with some rain towards the end.

There have been some difficulties recently with the mapping tool we use to link to some routes.  Here is a screenshot, which can be expanded to show more detail if you click on it..  

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Edgbaston reservoir

Steven took twelve to Edgbaston Reservoir, returning on the Harborne Walkway.  Because of two sets of roadworks near the Chinese Quarter, the route into town included some unusual diversions..

This is the route:

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Two Mugs café, Shirley

Steve led 12 riders to the Two Mugs café in Shirley.  Cool, cloudy, showers on the way home.

The route is here.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Sarehole Mill

Steve led a group of 14 to Sarehole Mill via the same route as the ride he led on 29th May, which is here.

After several hot sunny days, weather cooler and cloudy.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

St Mary's hospice charity: Ride the Reservoir

Fourteen riders took part in the 25km charity ride in memory of Alan Drabble on an exceedingly hot day.

The route is here. 

Here are some photos:

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Edgbaston Reservoir

 Steve led 11 on a very warm day to Edgbaston Reservoir. The route is here

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Two rides today

 1.  An enjoyable longer ride to Arrow Valley, postponed from last week.  The café in the park is still closed, and shows no signs of reopening, but the kiosk is open for drinks outside.  Seven riders, led by John and Hilary.  Dry, cloudy and mostly warm.

The route is here.

2.  On routes old and new, Steven led eight riders, around Bartley Green Reservoir, stopping at the sailing club café, subsequently returning by way of Senneleys Park and Woodgate Valley.

The route is here.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Waseley Hills

The planned longer ride to Arrow Valley was cancelled when thunder storms were forecast.  Hilary led a group of 13 to Waseley Hills via our usual route.  John led two riders, who didn't see the cancellation email and arrived at Rowheath for the 9.30 ride, to Waseley via a more demanding route.

Weather turned out calmer than forecast: drizzle, which cleared up later, and quite warm.

The usual route to Waseley is here.

Hilly route (20 miles) is here

Saturday, 26 June 2021

King's Heath

Steve described the route of his ride to King's Heath today as "Alan-esque" - a round-the-houses tour of the back streets and alleyways of Selly Oak, Selly Park and Moseley, ending at Rourke's café at All Saints community centre.

Seventeen riders on the outward trip, nine on the return, as some chose a quicker route home.  Cloudy and cool.

The route is here.

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Lizzie's Farm

18 Riders led by Steve to Lizzies Farm near Lydiate Ash on a cloudy cool morning. the route is here

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Two rides today

1.   The Lounge at Alvechurch

A group of four went to The Lounge at Alvechurch.  The route is here. 

2.  The Jewellery Quarter

Steven led nine to the Jewellery Quarter.  The route back included the new bridge over the canal in Selly Oak, possibly for the first and last time, as the ramps, both ascending and descending, were too twisty for most.

The route is here.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Two rides today

1.  Eight riders set off on a longer ride, led by John and Hilary, to Henley-in-Arden, where we had a break at Costa Coffee.

The route is here.

2.  City Centre

Steven led thirteen, via some new housing in Selly Oak, and then along the busy towpath, to Central Square in Brindley Place.  Return took in Edgbaston Reservoir and Harborne Walkway.  Most the riders paused to be included in a wedding photograph outside the Register Office.

The route is here.

A beautiful summer day.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Two rides today

Fourteen riders out today. 

John led one group to Bartley sailing club via Woodgate Valley.  The route is here.

Steve led the other group to Sarehole Mill via Ackers by the same route as the ride to Sarehole Mill in September 2020.  The route is here.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Waseley Country Park

 15 riders out on a cool but dry morning.  Unfortunately two riders had three punctures between them resulting in two not getting to Waseley.  The route is here

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Two rides: Edgbaston reservoir and Bartley Green sailing club

1.  Steve led a group of eight to Edgbaston reservoir, where we had an outdoor coffee at the café on the corner of Leslie Road.  A cold day, mostly dry, but raining by the time we got back.

The route is here.

2.  John and Hilary led a short ride to Bartley Green Sailing Club with four riders. The route is here.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

No ride today

 Weather was as forecast - persistent heavy rain - so no ride today.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Bluebell ride and rides to Waseley

 A chilly Mayday for a hilly ride, led by John and Hilary, to see the bluebells in Great Farley woods, and two rides to Waseley, led by Richard and Steve.  Another good turnout - 19 riders.

The route of the bluebell ride is here.

Photos courtesy of Hazel.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Jewellery Quarter, Shirley, Alvechurch

A fine sunny day.  Twenty-one people on three rides, to the Jewellery Quarter, Shirley and Alvechurch.

The route to Alvechurch is here.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Sarehole Mill, Becketts Farm, Woodgate Valley and Bartley reservoir

 Three more groups today to different destinations.  After a chilly start, a lovely calm sunny day.

The Woodgate Valley route and cafe stop at Bartley Reservoir is here

The Becketts Farm route is here

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Warley Woods, Cannon Hill park

 Another good turnout for "rule of six" rides yesterday.  Two groups went separately to Warley Woods, where the golf club café was closed but the shop was selling takeaway drinks.  A third group went to Cannon Hill park via a roundabout route.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

First rides since "rule of six" reintroduced

 At least 18 people turned up to join rides on a chilly Easter Saturday, following the reintroduction of the "rule of six" on 29th March.  Two groups went separately to Waseley, where the café is open for outdoor coffees, and one to Edgbaston reservoir.  

We're looking forward to regular Saturday outings from now on, meeting at 10.00 at Rowheath and, while the rules remain in place, dividing into groups of up to six when we meet.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Longer ride to Tardebigge

To mark the relaxation of lockdown rules (up to six riders now allowed) on 29th March, Richard O led four riders on an enjoyable ride via Redditch to Chataways café at Tardebigge, where we had outdoor coffees.  We returned via Rowney Green.  A hilly route, rewarded with good views into the distance as we got our breath back at the high points.

The route is here.

Many thanks to Con for his photographic record of the ride.