Here is a timetable of all known summer cycle ride activities, including those organised by Darlington Freewheelers and Town on the Move. I have made suggested dates for our own events that would fit in with these, which will be confirmed at the May meeting of Darlington Cycling Campaign. All Darlington Freewheeler rides start from Darlington Market Place at 7pm. Contact Peter Lumley on (01325) 356226 for further information.
Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Heighington
Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Sadberge
Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Piercebridge
Thursday 2nd Family Green Lanes Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 11:00 am
Duration: 2.5 hours. Aimed at parents with their children, this ride will take in the green lanes around
Sunday 5th 50 Mile Trial Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM This 50 mile cycle ride is an ideal way to prepare for the longer rides later in the year.
Wednesday 15th Evening Cycle Ride to Walworth Gate Start: Dolphin Centre 6:30PM
Duration: 2.5 hours. An easy going ride on quiet roads cycle paths to Walworth Gate.
It is advised that you bring lights in case of unforeseen circumstances, and to help you getting back from the end of the ride.
Sunday 19th Cycle Treasure Trail Start: Asda,
Duration: 1.5 hrs. Meet at Whinfield Road Asda for a treasure trail around Skerningham Woods nature reserve. There will be a prize for the first to complete the trail.
Sunday 3rd 70 Mile Trial Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time: 2:30Pm – 4:00PM. Heading out towards the Cleveland Hills this is a natural progression from the ‘Round 50’ and includes a climb up Clay Bank. Check in and lunch stop at the The Dog and Gun in Potto.
Saturday 16th Company of Cyclists Venue: Town Hall forecourt 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Free -try out of different types of bikes (including some wild and wacky ones). There will also be opportunities to talk to bike experts. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
Thursday 4th ‘Pupils & Parents’ Schools Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 10:00AM
Duration: 3 hours. A ride from the town centre to a nearby green space, using quiet back roads and some surfaced off road routes. Activities will be arranged for arrival at the site.
Sunday 7th Castles Trial Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre
Finish time: This 85 mile ride takes in some of the region’s most scenic countryside and is linked by castles. There is a stop for lunch in Thirsk market place.
Sunday 21st Salters Circular Off Road Cycle Ride Start: North Road Station,
Duration: 3 hours. A ride around the countryside to the North of the town, following mostly quiet roads and with a sizeable portion of off road riding. This is a ride for those with a mountain bike, looking to find new routes to ride near the town.
Wednesday 24th Nature Reserves Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 1pm
Duration: 2.5 hours. A ride from the town centre for children with accompanying adults, visiting a local nature reserve. The ride will go along quiet roads and off road cycle lanes, with activities arranged by the countryside team upon our arrival.
Sunday 4th Hell of the North Trial Road Ride Start: Dolphin Centre
Finish time: This is a challenging 100 mile ride which is only for experienced cyclists. The ride goes through some spectacular scenery and lunch is in Kirby Stephen.
Sunday 11th Darlington Cycling Campaign Cycle Route Tour 4