This is ride is open to all members of the group, but is also suitable for people who have not previously ridden with a cycling group, so that they can get experience of riding with a group and so we can assess their requirements and advise them on how to continue.

Don't worry that you haven’t ridden in a group before, there is nothing difficult; we will explain what we do and how riding in a group is different from riding on your own before we start.  And in particular, don’t be concerned about the pace of the ride and not being able to keep up; the ride leader will adjust the pace of the ride to suit the group as we go along.  And we always have an official back marker; so no one will get left behind.

Before the ride, check out the page on our website about taking part in one of our rides "Taking Part", and take a look at the Advice from Cycling UK on riding in a group.  If you are new to riding with a group, please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time, so that the ride leader can brief you on how to ride safely with a group of other riders. 

You must not join a ride if you or anyone in your household is experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms
or if you have been advised to self-isolate

(D) Tour of Wirral's Lighthouses (suitable for newcomers)

10:00 Wednesday May 29 2024

Current Participants: 0 space(s) available

    The grade D ride is 27 miles long, starting and finishing outside the Visitor Centre on Park Drive in Birkenhead Park.  The ride will begin at 10:00 and John Hampson, the ride leader, will be at the start from 09:45 onwards.  If you are a newcomer to Wirral Cycling Group please get to the start by 09:45, so that John can explain how we ride as a group.  The route will take us to all the lighthouses, past and present, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is due to finish at about 15:00.

    The ride is mostly flat but with two proper hills: one up to the Beacon in West Kirby Boundary Road and one up Bidston Hill at Bidston.  Don’t worry though; it is ok to walk up either hill.

    There will be ten stops on route:

    1. Woodside Lighthouse
    2. The One o’Clock Gun (not a lighthouse, but interesting anyway)
    3. New Brighton Lighthouse
    4. Upper Mockbeggar Lighthouse
    5. Lower Mockbeggar Lighthouse
    6. Lower Lake Lighthouse
    7. Upper Lake Lighthouse
    8. The Lighthouse at Red Rocks (also not a lighthouse)
    9. The Mariners’ Beacon at West Kirby
    10. Bidston Lighthouse

    Lunch will be at the Baked Cafe in Larton after 20 miles.

    You can view or download the planned route on GPX from Komoot: Wirral Lighthouses