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Thursday 27th January

Phil B will be leading:

We are heading West on our Thursday ride this week with plenty of off road riding.  We will initially head up the canal towpath to join the Whelley Loop Line taking us to Amberswood.  After looping the flash we will cut across Hindley to join Park Road and then through the tracks to Bickershaw.  We will circle the Council estate before making our way to the Road to Nowhere which leads us to Fir Tree Flash.  We circle the flash then continue on tracks through to Plank Lane.  We then have a short road section from Plank Lane on to the quiet road leading down to Crankwood.  Another section of track will take us to Dover Lock where we join the canal towpath for a short distance to the bridge at Bamfurlong.  We then leave the canal to cross the Millers Lane estate before joining tracks back on to Amberswood.  We will continue on tracks across Amberswood to Lower Ince.  A brief section of road and tracks take us to Westwood Way where we join the cycleway back to the canal towpath and on to Trencherfield.  The route is just over 17 miles, fairly flat and mainly off road.  A hybrid, mountain bike or e-bike is recommended.  The cafe at The Brick will be open as usual to welcome us for a drink and snack after the ride.

Starting at 9:30am from Trencherfield Mill, Heritage Way, Woods Street, Wigan WN3 4AT

Non members are very welcome to come along for a ride or two before joining, all we ask is that you fill out one of our membership forms before doing so and bring it along with you as well as your own bike & helmet to use on the ride.

No need to let us know if you’re coming along, just turn up on the day!

Membership forms are available for you to download from the website (About Us Page)

Previous Thursday Rides

20th January

Phil B: Parsons Meadow to Worsley Mesnes, cycleway alongside Westwood Way down to join the Leeds-Liverpool canal to Bamfurlong. Tracks around Viridor and Three Sisters. Landgate Lane and back roads through to North Ashton and Garswood.  Tracks from Garswood into Billinge, road up to Windy Arbour then dropping down towards Wigan and crossing Alexandra Park before joining the cycleway at the Saddle Junction taking us back to our start point. Nineteen miles over mixed terrain

30th December

Jim T: Just under 20 miles with a height gain of 733 ft, Standish and out through Coppull, Charnock Richard into Eccleston, back along Bannister Green, Barnskin Lane, Toogood Lane, Tunley Lane Shevington Moor before dropping through Shevington, Crooke, Martland Mill and along Stadium Way back to Trencherfield Mill.

23rd December

Rudderless: Five doing this 19 mile mix of road and off road. Parsons Meadow to Worsley Mesnes, Westwood Way, canal to Bamfurlong. Tracks around Viridor & Three Sisters. Landgate Lane, North Ashton and Garswood, Billinge, Orrell, Kit Green & back to base.

16th December

Phil B: Fourteen participants for a mix road and off road. Undulating 19 mile route that including Parsons Meadow, Triangle Valve, Tontine, Roby Mill, Elnup Wood, Standish and Martland Mill.

9th December

Allan R: Just the eight on a road ride of about 23 miles, heading to Eccleston through Standish along the A49 then back via Wrightington, Shevington and Martland Mill.

2nd December

Jim T: Grand total of 19 taking on this 22 mile road ride through Rivington, Horwich, Lostock and Aspull.

25th November

Phil B: Fifteen on the ride up the flight to Rabbit Rocks, Whelley Loop Line, Ladies Lane, Hindley to join the ‘pig sty’ off road route out to Bickershaw, Fir Tree circling the flash then canal towpath at Plank Lane Bridge, tracks around Pennington Flash before rejoining the canal and returning to Wigan. 19 miles long with 440 feet of ascent.  

18th November

Phil B: The majority off road but included some road sections covering 19 undulating miles. Amberswood where we followed tracks through sections of boardwalk. Hindley Green and on to Hindley. Borsdane Wood, Aspull and then dropping through the grounds of Haigh Hall and Douglas Valley before climbing back to join the canal at New Springs following the canal towpath downhill into Wigan.

11th November

Phil B: The route is around 20 miles and will include off road sections including Parsons Meadow, Viridor, Three Sisters, Carr Mill and Hawkley Woods.  The terrain will be undulating but the uphills will be gradual climbs, with no long steep ones.

4th November

Phil B: Eleven did this 20 mile route that included the cycleway out to Marsh Green then on to Kitt Green and Upholland, Beacon Country Park exploring some of the tracks. Roby Mill, Tontine and Billinge before descending into Wigan to return on the cycleway alongside the new road.

28th October

Jim T: Nine riding despite the forecast of wind & rain. Cobbled canal out to Challenge Way through the woods to Crooke and onto Giants Hall. Leyland Mill Lane up to the Hall, Balcarres, Borsdane Wood, Amberswood & back to Trencherfield

21st October

Allan F: Seven venturing up the Canal flight through the plantations to Haigh, on the road through Blackrod – Horwich round Rivington back down to Adlington and then we will take the track which crosses the River Douglas via a ford ,if you are feeling brave. Canal to Arley , Red Rock , Boars Head then see how we feel about Wigan Lane or through cemetery to Gidlow Lane.

14th October

Phil B: 11 takers for this one, mainly off road and included the Westwood Way cycleway, Hawkley Woods, Amberswood, Crankwood, Fir Tree Flash and a short section of Leeds-Liverpool Canal. 20 miles on relatively flat terrain with no serious hills.

5 Comments, RSS

  • Terry says:

    I have got a electric bike and is that ok.
    Regards Terry.

    • Paul says:

      Hi Terry electric bike should be fine, but just bear in mind that a lot of the off-road trails we use have access barriers (kissing gate type affair)on them. Might be a little more awkward to negotiate with a heavier bike. Only one way to find out though!

    • Geoffrey Smith says:

      I regularly use an electric bike on rides without problem

  • Jack Dodd says:

    Hi to all present today Thursday 2nd August. Thank you for welcoming me today. I hope I didn’t hold you back too much. It was great to see the route and hope I can gain better fitness to join you again sometime in the future. Meanwhile I shall try the Lifestyle group, thanking you for the introduction to Keith. Cheers and safe riding. Jack

  • Pauline Taylor says:

    Does anyone know if the Thursday ride is likely to be on this week due to weather ?

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