Our RSF winter rides tend to be more in the Western areas of Lancashire (where it's a bit flatter) to avoid any adverse Pennine Winter Weather that might make a winter ride need to be cut short. Although west Lancs winter rides can be very muddy, which can feel a lot like hill climbing... not on the Guild Wheel! The 21 mile route is well surfaced and signposted, so anyone can enjoy the route.
Stephen & I have done the GW a couple of times already, so to make things more interesting we cycled to and from the meet, making a 45 mile round trip.
|The lunch stop near Catforth|
|cyclists infront & more behind|
|Brian's pic of us all|
Other riders had cycled from Chorley and Southport. Cycle routes to the Guild Wheel are great from all directions (Sustrans mapping shows the National Cycle Network routes)
|Brian's pic of S, me near the Docks|
|Brian's pic of W Lancs lanes|
|we said our goodbyes|
After a leisurely few hours, we took the tandem back to the hills. Last time we tried an off-road route home, which was not rideable on the tandem, so we tried a new route (to us) following part of the Lancashire Cycleway and were rewarded with some beautiful evening sunshine.
|It's slightly uphill|
|sunset looking towards Ribble Valley|