Hirst Lock to Rodley Nature Reserve Towpath Ride

Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 10.30am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Car Park near Hirst Lock, Hirst Lane, Shipley.  BD18 4NQ
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
4 hours 0 mins  (2 hours 30 mins cycling)
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Meeting at the Hirst Lock Car Park avoids the congested roads of Saltaire though we do pass through this World Heritage site. Mostly towpath or private access road, there is a short stretch of quiet road at Dockfield. We travel along National Cycle Network 66, through Rodley and onto the volunteer operated Nature Reserve. Here we can get a cake and a cuppa, but if you think you will need something more substantial, take a sandwich to eat in the visitor centre. The reserve has several wetland areas populated by a wide variety of birds which can be viewed from any of several hides, should the day prove suitable. Binoculars? Yes if you want.

On the route we pass through areas of Shipley, Thackley, Esholt, Apperley Bridge, Calverley and Rodley not normally seen from a car, and there are other tea-places where we can stop for refreshments or shorten the ride if necessary.

The total mileage is 17, but as it is an 'out and home' ride it can be shortened.

I would advise that you bring a drink and a snack for top ups along the way, also some money for refreshments when we stop.

Newcomers to Breeze rides are very welcome.  Dress appropriately for the weather: several thin layers are best and a rain jacket could come in handy. Wearing a helmet is advisable, though not essential.

The towpath can get very muddy after rain, so please bear this in mind when choosing what to wear for the ride ;-)  

My number on the day is :- 07940 975 971

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 I look forward to you joining us.

Starting Point
Car Park near Hirst Lock, Hirst Lane, Shipley. 
Starting Postcode
BD18 4NQ

Meet the Champions

  • Judy Robinson
    Judy Robinson They tell me that I'm the oldest Breeze champion on their books but that doesn't worry me, as riding my bike again after so many years has certainly given me a new lease of life. Just happy to be here, I'm no longer competitive. I don't go fast, far or steep, but I do love my bike and want to pass on my enthusiasm to others so they also may enjoy the joy and freedom that riding a bike can give, share the fun that I'm having and get fitter in the process. If I can do it, I'm sure you can.

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