Due to the CoronaVirus emergency, Cheadle U3A FACE to FACE Activites and Group meetings are suspended until further notice.


By | 26th May 2018

Joan Charles
Email Group Leader
01538 753545
Cycling Pictures

Health and Safety Advice
Please make sure you have read and understood the revised Health and Safety Advice! Before you can join a Cycling Group Outing you must fill out the Disclaimer Form, sign and date it and hand it to the appropriate Cheadle U3A Group Leader.

Group members at Apedale – 22nd August 2019

We organise two rides per month during Spring, Summer and Autumn. The rides are typically 15 to 25 miles in length and we aim to keep the amount of uphill climbing to a minimum. We use traffic-free cycle tracks, canal tow paths and quiet roads with café stops where appropriate.

New riders are made very welcome. U3A membership is not required to try out your first ride with us.

Details of each ride are circulated by Email a few days beforehand. Please contact the group leader if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

There is normally a contribution of £1 per ride; this is waived for your first ride with the group or when car parking charges apply at the start point.

If you are not sure of your ability to join a particular ride then please contact the ride leader to discuss.

Cycle Programme 2020:

From 17th March, all U3A activities have been suspended due to the risk presented by CoronaVirus. The planned cycle rides, as a U3A group, shown below, are therefore also suspended until we are advised by the U3A that we may resume.

Day Date Ride Name
Start Point
Distance Ride Leader
Thu 19th March Manifold Trail
Hulme End
up to
16 miles
Peter Lamb
07940 784660
Wed 1st April High Peak and Monsal Trails
21 miles Malcolm Jones
07484 332690
Thu  23rd April Cheadle and Cheddleton
Cheadle Leisure Centre
  Clive Brassington
07521 199251
Wed 13th May Shropshire Surprise
  Dee Ford & Gary Quin
07576 439468 (Gary)
Thu 21st May Secret Stoke
Central Forest Park
  Andrew Hornsby
07812 107608
Thu 4th June Nottingham
Trent Lock
21 miles Peter Lamb
07940 784660
Wed 17th June Manifold Valley
Hulme End
~16 miles David Burrage
07900 396947
Thu 2nd July Audlem
Audlem Town
  Sylvia & Graham Scragg
07426 015612
Thu 9th July The Salt Line
Hassall Green Car Park
  Peter Brown
07771 827711
Wed 22nd July Ford Green Circular
Ford Green Hall
  David Clowes
07512 245900
Wed 12th August Derby and Nutbrook Trail
Alveston Park, Derby
28 miles Malcolm Jones
07484 332690
Thu 27th August Ashbourne and Carsington
  Clive Brassington
07521 199251
Wed 9th September Trentham to Aston Marina
Trentham Gardens
  Pam Lovatt & Dee Ford
07795 956728 (Dee)
Thu 17th September Monsal Trail
Bakewell Station
  Chris & Martin Ketterick
Tue 29th September Apedale and Newcastle
Westport Lake
~16 miles Jim Chapman
07443 032725
Mon 12th October Cromford Canal
  Clive Brassington
07521 199251
Thu 29th October Baconfest
Thorpe, Tissington Trail
  Joan Charles & Peter Brown
07547 504373 (Joan)

The programmes for the rides that we completed from 2017 to 2019 may be viewed by Clicking Here.

  • Programme subject to change due to weather, road works, etc.
  • Shortly before each ride an Email will be sent out with details of the ride.
  • Please notify the ride leader if you intend taking part.
  • Meet at the start of the ride at 10:00 for 10:30 departure unless otherwise instructed.
  • You are advised to:
    • Wear a cycle helmet.
    • Ensure that your cycle is in good order and has a bell.
    • Take a spare inner tube.
    • Take sufficient food, liquid, medication, sun cream.
    • Take wet weather gear.
    • Bring emergency contact number and relevant medical details.

  • Any Questions? Contact Joan Charles Tel: 01538 753545.

Some Notes on E-Bikes
More of our members are now using electrically-assisted bicycles; however, the rides are paced to suit those of us who are still manually propelled and the ride leader will wait for you to catch up and have a rest, if needed. No-one will be left behind.

Peter Lamb wrote an article for this web page on E-Bikes when he was one of the first in the group to go electric and he has recently produced an update which can be read by Clicking Here.

Peter has now written another article on trying and buying an E-bike. Click Here.

Trying an E-bike

A number of people came to the “Try an Ebike day” last July and were quite positive about the experience. If you would like more information on electric bicycles then Peter Lamb may be able to point you in the right direction.

Peter can be contacted on 01538 722912 or Email: phclamb21@hotmail.co.uk

Click Here for more background information.

Previous 2 and 3 day rides – Click on the links below
Occasionally we organise trips further afield.

Morcambe Bay Ride – 2016

North Wales Ride – August 2018