Blackburn and District C.T.C.

Hello & welcome to the web page for the Blackburn & District CTC Member Group. Below you will find information about our cycling group, the club rides & other social events that we have planned in the coming weeks. If you would like to obtain more information then please feel free to send us an email using the link below.  

Our activities

Leisure/Touring rides

About us

We are a friendly diverse club with active members ranging from family members with accompanying young children to riders in their 80s. We take part in many of the various disciplines of cycling including cycle-touring, cycle racing (time-trialling, road racing, track racing on the velodrome), cycle commuting and also mountain biking. Several of our members have undertaken some very broad ranging cycle tours covering all continents, some taking more than a year to complete. Our enthusiasm for the many aspects of the sport of cycling has also contributed to several of our members becoming extremely fit and winning cycle racing medals at National level in recent years.

Given our rides programme, our social programme and our depth of experience of the sport of cycling we have a great deal to offer to any prospective new members. Sunday club rides are always relaxed and sociable and new members are always given a very warm welcome, plus plenty of support and encouragement. In addition to our Sunday rides programme, several of our members also run other ad-hoc rides of varying intensity levels throughout each week, which are generally organised on club runs or by email or text message.

Our membership area is defined by the postcodes BB1 - BB7 inclusive, and by the towns of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley (Mellor, Langho, Billington, Whalley and Clitheroe). Cycling UK members outside of this area are still eligible to ride with us. We usually cycle beyond this area, on Sundays, to the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennine Moors or to the Lancashire Coast.

Information about the group rides

Our main ride of the week is the Sunday club ride. The club has operated a club ride on almost every Sunday for the whole of its 100 year history. In addition to the Sunday rides there are ad-hoc midweek and Saturday morning rides run by members, but these are usually organised at the clubroom or on the Sunday club ride. The schedule of upcoming Sunday rides is:

Date Destination Meet Leaving Time (am) Lunch Special Notes Approx Distance
04/02/2024 Little Bowland WBS 9.30 Littletown Dairy   Short
11/02/2024 Catlow Ford WBS 9.30 Clarion House Bring packed lunch Medium
18/02/2024 Catrigg Force WBS 9.30 Singing Kettle - Settle   Medium
25/02/2024 White Coppice BR 9.30 Rivington   Medium
03/03/2024 Hodder Valley (Joint Ride with Burnley & Pendle CTC) WBS 9.30 Dunsop Bridge/Slaidburn   Short
10/03/2024 Black Bank WBS 9.30 Feizor/Settle Mothering Sunday Medium
17/03/2024 St Patrick's Chapel RCP 9.30 Heysham Maybe bring packed lunch Long
24/03/2024 Norber Boulders WBS 9.30 The Old Sawmill, Clapham   Medium
31/03/2024 The Great Sea Wall RCP 9.30 Knott End Cafe BST starts. Easter Sunday. Long
07/04/2024 Sabden Fold WBS 9.30 Clarion House Introductory Ride Short
14/04/2024 Littledale WBS 9.00 Bridge House Farm - Wray   Long
21/04/2024 Calder Vale (the bluebell woods) RCP 9.00 Daisy Clough - Scorton   Medium
28/04/2024 Malham Cove WBS 9.00 Airton/Malham   Medium
05/05/2024 Chipping lanes WBS 9.00 Brabin's Shop & Gallery - Chipping Introductory Ride Short
12/05/2024 Bowland Knotts WBS 9.00 The Old Sawmill, Clapham   Medium
19/05/2024 Lothersdale WBS 9.00 Gargrave   Medium
26/05/2024 Barbondale WBS 9.00 Dent   Long
02/06/2024 Beacon Fell RCP 9.00 Beacon Fell Introductory Ride Short
09/06/2024 Beamsley Beacons WBS 9.00 Ilkley   Long
16/06/2024 Crummackdale WBS 9.00 Knight's Table, Little Stainforth   Medium
23/06/2024 Wainman's Pinnacle WBS 9.00 Kildwick   Medium
30/06/2024 Crook o' Lune RCP 9.00 Hest Bank   Long
07/07/2024 100 miles in 10 hours AND 100 kms in 7 hours (2 separate events)* GVH 8.30 Kettlewell / Settle / Grindleton Birthday Ride* Long
07/07/2024 A 100 minute ride (15 miles)* GVH 1.00 pm Grindleton Birthday Ride* Short

Please note that the start times shown above are the departure times from the meeting point, so you should aim to arrive there in advance of the stated time.

Introduction to group riding. The first Sunday of the month rides will be approximately 4 hours and will include a cafe stop.

Meeting Places

The meeting places used for clubruns are:

BR - Brownhill Roundabout. GVH - Grindleton Village Hall

RCP - Ribchester Car Park.    WBS - Whalley Bus Station

Monday Touring Rides

The meeting place for these runs is Wilpshire train station at 9:15am for a 9:30am departure. All welcome. Further information is available from Steve Gregson on either 01254 812458 or 01268 542835.

2024 Social Programme

The Clubroom is located at Methodist Church, Albert Street, Rishton, BB1 4JE and club night is Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. 

1-2-24   Mini Magics – Austria with Jack Standen, plus two other mini shows (to be arranged)

8-2-24  Iceland, The Touristy Bits – Ian & Helen Yates

15-2-24  RJ's amazing quiz - Richard John

22-2-24 South West by West - Stew & Sue Clark

29-2-24 The Martholme Greenway – Chris Clarkson

7--3-24  The Bromptoneers – Caz & DC, Lesley & Mark, Stew & Sue

14-3-24  From the Amalfi Coast to the Adriatic Sea – Ian Stott

21-3-24  Prize Presentation Night (tickets required from Anne or Caroline)

11-4-24   The club’s A.G.M. starts at 7.45pm prompt

Last update: 2-1-24


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