Whirlow Wheelers Club Runs

Sunday and mid-week club runs are the most important part of Whirlow Wheelers, so here's the low-down...

Runs List - Spring 2024

Each entry below gives the date and destination of a club run. The start time and place includes a 'What3Words' location, the '///' link. Click that to see the exact start location on a map. Most rides also include a link to a map of the route - usually on www.ridewithgps.com but some route planners use other maps.

Please note: club runs do not have a ride 'leader' as such, we ride as a group of friends. The ride 'guide' listed below is simply the club member who planned the route. It is up to each rider to ensure that they are happy to ride the route and can manage the gradients and surfaces involved.

21 Apr 2024: Cowshed from Owler Bar

Out via Wadshelf, Darley Dale, Pilsley and Monsal trail, back via Cressbrook, Great Hucklow and Grindleford.
Start: 9:00am Owler Bar [///] , Café: Cowshed
Route: 49m/3816ft, [MAP], Ride guide: PeterB

28 Apr 2024: Hollinsclough - direct

To the village that time forgot. Via Bakewell, O’Haddon, M’ash, Hartington, Longnor. Ret. Usual.
Start: 9:00am Calver [///] , Café: Chapel T Room
Route: 43m/3500ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Gordon

5 May 2024: Back and Fourth (?) over the M18

A back-lane meander further north than usual, taking in Firbeck, Stainton, Old Edlington and Slade Hooton. Back via Letwell, Woodsetts, both Anstons and Kiveton.
Please let Mike know if you intend to ride so the cafe can be booked.
Start: 9:00am Barlboro [///] , Café: Leger Lakes
Route: 47m/2548ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Mike

19 May 2024: Tissington

A trip south to Herberts tea Room at Tissington. Out via Eastmoor, Cromford and Longcliffe. Back via Parwich, Hartington & Monyash
Start: 9:00am Calver [///] , Café: Herberts Tea Room
Route: 54m/3600ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Mike

26 May 2024: Hulme End

Via Cromford, Via-Gellia, Newhaven & Biggin. Back via Longnor & Monyash
Start: 9:00am Calver [///] , Café: Hulme End Station
Route: 51m/3450ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Andy

23 Jun 2024: Carsington Water

Out via Hassop, Youlgreave, Pikehall & Bradbourne, back via Brassington (!), Longcliffe & Chatsworth.
Start: 9:00am Calver [///] , Café: Carsington Visitor Ctr
Route: 44m/3250ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Andy

14 Jul 2024: Stretton Hall Farm

via Barlow, Chesterfield and Palterton. cafe at 31 miles.
Start: 9:00am Top of Froggatt [///] , Café: Stretton Hall Farm
Route: 50m/3394ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Andy

25 Aug 2024: Tansley Garden Centre

Out via Owler Bar, Barlow, Eastmoor and Ogston. Back over Eastmoor and Baslow Road.
Start: 9:00am Top of Froggatt [///] , Café: Tansley Garden Centre
Route: 44m/2926ft, [MAP], Ride guide: Andy

There's no printed runs sheet for the current season - the above is all you get!.

Looking for inspiration? Check out some of our previous clubs runs here.

When and Where

Mostly it happens on a Sunday morning while decent folk are in bed doing Wordle (or whatever), starting at  9:00am (summer) or 9:30 (winter) from Calver.  Some ride there and some (sharp intake of breath) drive there.  (And some park out of site and pretend to have ridden out.)

So we don't get bored we sometimes start elsewhere, typically Barlboro for a flat(ish) ride out east, or Malin Bridge for a decidedly unflat ride oop north.  The exact start point and time is published on the website along with a 'what 3 words' location - click the '///' link to see it on a map.

Club rides are generally fairly civilised and meander up hill and up dale trying not to get lost, or have anyone get differently lost to the rest of us, but just occasionally (?) someone will have a rush of blood to the head and go steaming off up some big 'ill.  They slow down at the top and wait for the rest of us to catch up - mostly.

We typically have 50-ish miles on the clock by the time we get back and average around 12-14 mph - maybe a little more if it's flat.  (Hah - who are we kidding!)

A club run from the inside

A couple of short video clips from recent club runs.

Axe Edge and Flash

A club run in June 2022 to Hulme End via Axe Edge! A fabulous descent from Flash down to Hulme End but easy to miss the turning!

Clumber Park and Retford

A flattish (?) ride around North Notts

Next club run

21 Apr 2024: Cowshed from Owler Bar

Out via Wadshelf, Darley Dale, Pilsley and Monsal trail, back via Cressbrook, Great Hucklow and Grindleford.
Start: 9:00am, Owler Bar [///]
Café: Cowshed
Route: 49m/3816ft, [MAP]
Ride guide: PeterB

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page last updated: 08/02/2024

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