Riding from Darley Bridge to the gated road towards Oker en route to the Cafe in the Park in Matlock for morning coffee break – 16 July 2019. Below are upcoming and recent rides, followed by ride guidelines. Photo courtesy of Jeff A
Start Time: of week-day rides, unless stated, is 9.30am
Leaving from: The Wheatbridge Cafe, Chesterfield. Meet up over a drink in the cafe 15 minutes before the ride. Click to view the location.
Lead a Ride? New ride leaders are always welcome to spread the load and encourage more ride variety, member involvement and inspiration. Unsure? Why not pick from our previous routes: West, East or Car Assists
Weekday Touring Pace Rides The list below are only suggested weekday rides. Ride leaders are free to modify the ride as appropriate after considering the weather and ride members abilities/requirements on the day. No ride leader yet? Please volunteer and take your turn.
Date Suggested Destination Details Leader
Tue 20 Aug Maggie's Den, Aldercar / Shipley Park South Required
Thu 22 Aug Rowsley / Longnor
Tue 27 Aug Car Assist (9.30am) from Hartington Youth Hostel over Weaver Hills
10+ staying overnight. Others can join as a car assist. About 40mins by car from Chesterfield. Bad weather? It's good walking country! Tony A
Thu 29 Aug Hathersage / Baslow
North West Required
Tue 03 Sep Rother Valley Trail North Required
Thu 05 Sep
Teversal / Farnsfield East Required
Tue 10 Sep
Cuckney / Shireoaks
North East Required
Thu 12 Sep
Eyam / Hope
North West Required
Tue 17 Sep
Thu 19 Sep
Tue 24 Sep
Youlgreave / Longnor
Thu 26 Sep
Clowne / Rother Valley
North East Required
Tue 1 Oct Matlock/Carsington
South West Required
Weekday Touring Pace Rides
The weekday rides are at present the predominant activity of the club. Taking place during the week, they attract the retired, shift workers and others with time to spare for cycling. Some riders don’t want to be out all day; they will ride to the first cafe stop and then head for home. In summer, riders tend to be back around 5.00pm but it can be later. In winter the ride is shorter with a home time around 4.00pm. Lights are essential at this time. Rides classed as “Touring” pace are in the region of 9.5mph to11mph depending on terrain; some clubs would class this as steady. We are now building a small group of “Faster” pace riders and we hope that will grow. Rides classed as “Faster” pace are in the region of 12mph to 14mph depending on terrain. This may be the club for you so why not give us a go and just turn up and try a couple of rides.
The group meet at the Wheatbridge Cafe, off Dock Walk, Chesterfield S40 2AB. Directions: turn off Boythorpe Rd at Just Tyres, pass the back entrance of Dunelm, then turn first right in front of the brick building with the 1816 plaque. The cafe is on the left after the YMCA New2U building.
Weekday Ride Distances
Summer: 40 to 70+ miles
Winter: 35 to 50+ miles
One or two, occasionally three, depending on time, speed, destination etc
The Peak District (Derbyshire and Staffordshire), Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire
From April until October we run a number of ‘Car Assists’ which move the start point away from Chesterfield
New riders are advised to contact the club as there can be last minute changes to the list because of poor weather etc. Club Contact email
Wheatbridge Cafe is open for tea and coffee – you can have a full breakfast if you so wish. The toasted fruit loaf is particularly recommended.
Please arrive punctually, we do not wait. Phoning riders after the ride has started to find where they are going is discouraged and should only be done in extenuating circumstances. Not everyone rides at the same speed so there will be times when the riders will be split into 2 groups with one group riding at a slightly faster pace than the club norm but probably with the same destination and cafe stops. The same will happen if there is a large number of riders – this is certainly more likely to be the case on good spring and summer days.