Easy Riders Cycling


Photo from our ride along the river Cam on Thursday 4th August 2016. Starting from ‘The Plough’ at Fen Ditton, we cycled to Chesterton where we crossed the Cam and cycled to Bates Bite Lock where the above photograph was taken.

Co-ordinatorsColin and Anne Taylor – e-mail: colinandannetaylor@live.co.uk,  tel:  01799 543 127, mobile: 07540 067 553

In recent years Colin and Anne Taylor have explored many cycle rides of around 10-15 miles, some local to Saffron Walden and some further afield, mainly on the level and using lanes, byways and quiet roads where possible. They would like to share these with other U3A members of a similar outlook.

The group meets on a monthly basis, starting on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year, although weather dependent in the winter. A relaxed pace is set to allow riders to enjoy the scenery, flora and fauna and the social aspect of cycling.  All rides include a pub stop for lunch and a return time at about 3-4pm. In the summer months, if members are enthusiastic, full days out with some longer, but still leisurely, rides further afield can be planned.

Cyclists participate at their own risk and must wear appropriate footwear and cycle helmet at all times.

Our numbers are gathering all the time; we now have 12 active ‘Easy Riders’ listed and we generally have 7 or 8 on the rides; a good number for a relaxed and sociable outing!

If you are interested please contact Colin and Anne – e-mail colinandannetaylor@live.co.uk , tel:  01799 543 127.  It would be useful to know if members are able to transport their own bike (and assist others) to the meeting point, which will be agreed in advance of each ride, or would require assistance.


Easy Riders’ first cycle ride of 2017; Thursday 5th January – Wow! Who’d a thought it? We cyclists were bathed in sunshine for the whole ride – in January!


The photograph above shows (l-r): Patrick, David, Simon, Anne, Colin & Rod at Parndon Lock

We met at our usual start time of 11.00hrs at Burnt Mill near Harlow, parking at The Moorhen pub on the banks of the River Stort. Before setting off, we had a look around one of the canal boats run by “Canalability” (a charity offering river trips to parties including disabled person(s); David is a volunteer captain for this worthy organisation). We then picked up the towpath along the River Stort and Stort Navigation into the countryside. The sun shone brightly, though the water had a layer of ice on it. The ride passed beside Roydon Mill and then on to join with the River Lee and into Lee Valley Country Park where we explored the tracks beside the many lakes. Turning Northwards, we passed by the picturesque Dobb’s Weir. Travelling back upstream, we stopped off at the newly-reopened pizzeria at Roydon station for lunch. The short ride back along the river to Burnt Mill was – like the rest of the ride – very pleasant. We rode an estimated 15 miles in total and there was, notably, an extra chill in the air as we left for home.

Our numbers are gathering all the time; we now have 12 active ‘Easy Riders’ listed and we generally have 7 or 8 on the rides; a good number for a relaxed and sociable outing!

Contact colinandannetaylor@live.co.uk to be included in our numbers.



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