News feed, 16.2.16

Wednesday night ride-outs

As many of you are aware, we have Wednesday night ride-outs during the riding season. I, or one of the Road Crew, lead these informal rides and we leave at 6.30pm, heading to a local hostelry in the region. The ride is between 40 and 50 miles, no matter where the pub is, and we usually arrive before 8.00pm for a drink and plenty of craic.

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Over the past couple of years, we have visited over 24 local pubs, inns and hotels.

The furthest north was The White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, a very nice hotel with fittings from the RMS Olympic (sister ship to the RMS Titanic) adorning the dining room.

Our most easterly pub was The Kings Arms in Seaton Sluice: basically, any further east and you would be in plodging in the North Sea.

The Penny Gill in Spennymoor was furthest south. There was a band on when we arrived last year and the place was jumping.

Finally, The Rat at Anick (not Alnwick) was furthest west. This is a great country pub with fantastic views over the Tyne Valley.

Our Wednesday night whirls get to all sorts of places, on every type of road. One of the great things about them is the route we take getting there. The ride-outs will start again in 2016 on the first Wednesday after the clocks go forward, or to you and me, Wednesday 30 March 2016.

I’ll put the departure time and place in the Events Calendar on the website and the Events page on the Facebook group. Keep an eye out for these when they land. Our Activities Officer usually keeps everyone up-to-date via text too. Our new dealer may be open sometime in April 2016 and they may also want to get involved.

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So if you are free on a Wednesday night and fancy an evening ride to hostelries in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, come and join us. We’re always looking for new places to go too, so if anyone knows of any pubs worth a visit, let me know.

Ride safe everyone. Greg.