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Supported Leisure Rides

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Explore Bristol’s cycling network on our Supported Leisure Rides. These short, gentle rides are the perfect way to get back in the saddle and build your confidence. Our experienced Ride Leaders guide groups on local cycle paths and quiet roads. This is a great way to meet other people and boost your well-being: Book now!

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  1. Who is it for?

  2. How much does it cost?

  3. What do I need to bring?

  4. Safety during COVID-19

Who is it for?

These rides are for adults who want to get active or try something new after lockdown but don’t have the confidence to cycle alone or join a cycling club. If you want to improve your physical or mental well-being and enjoy the freedoms of two wheels, our short, gentle rides are for you.

  • Our rides are for adults aged 18 and over. 
  • You must be able to cycle continuously, at a gentle pace, for 20 minutes.
  • Priority will be given to people who are lacking in confidence or haven’t cycled in years.

Beginner or feeling a bit wobbly?

Check out our Cycle Buddies sessions or our ‘Get Cycling’ Courses.

Aged 55 plus?

Try our group rides for Over 55s.

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How much does it cost?

Our rides are free at the point of use, thanks to funding from the Bupa Foundation. However, as a charity that relies on donations to keep our services running, we would appreciate a small donation for each ride, if you feel able to do so.

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What do I need to bring?

You will need a roadworthy bike and suitable clothing for the weather that day. You will be out for 1-2 hours on a gentle ride with a couple of stops, so wrap up warm on cold days: gloves are recommended. On warmer days, bring water, sunglasses and a visor or hat. We’ll be stopping for takeaway coffee and cake, so bring your money if you want to join in. Always bring any medication you need with you and make the Ride Leader aware of this (and any relevant health issues) at the start of the ride.

What if I don’t have a bike?

Please let us know well in advance of your ride. We may be able to lend you a bike (including electric bikes). Alternatively, you can arrange to loan a bike via the Better by Bike scheme or you can buy a fully refurbished bike from us.

Do I need to wear a helmet? 

Wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement so we advise you to do whatever makes you feel comfortable. 

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Safety during COVID-19

Our rides follow Government Guidelines, we are confident that these rides are safe for people who are healthy and not in a high-risk group.

If you are unsure whether it is safe for you to cycle, we suggest you follow these guidelines on safe cycling during COVID-19 from Cycling UK.  As always, our Ride Leaders will be observing strict safe systems of working guidelines for COVID-19.  

Please do not attend our rides if you feel at all unwell.  Our Ride Leaders will also not attend if they themselves are feeling unwell. Life Cycle UK reserves the right to terminate the ride early if we feel it is in any way unsafe to continue.

Click here for information on the symptoms of COVID-19. 

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Book now - rides are listed below

Please make sure these rides are right for you before booking: Click here to find out more. Having trouble filling out the application form? Do you have questions that weren't answered by this page? Please email rosie@lifecycleuk.org.uk.

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Short Leisure Rides

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 11:00

Supported Leisure Ride - Three Brooks Nature Reserve: Cycling mostly on dedicated cycle route or quiet residential roads to the picturesque Three Brooks Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke. We will circuit the nature reserve which is on gravel track. Bring a packed lunch.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 10:00

Supported Leisure Ride - Malago Greenway and South Link explore: A relatively flat route, mainly off road on shared pedestrian/cycle paths from to Manor Woods. Stopping for a picnic, bring a packed lunch.
Please note 2 meet points:
10am Create Centre Car park
10.30am Temple Meads, BS1 6QF

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 10:00

Supported Leisure Rides – Grimsbury Farm: A 15-mile return ride, mostly along traffic-free cycle paths along the Bristol to Bath railway path. Multiple meet points along route, including Kingsmeadow @ MadeForever where there is an optional additional cafe stop at the Forever Friends Cafe. Taking Sustrans route 16 through Warmley, and on to Grimsbury Farm Café before returning along the same route.
Three meet points:
10 am Temple Meads, BS1 6QF,
10:30 am Easton Community, Centre, BS5 6AW,
11:15 am Kingsmeadow @ MadeForever, BS15 4RQ

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 10:30

June Cycle Café: Come meet other riders and volunteers for a chat over tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome - and your first drink is free!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 10:00

Supported Leisure Ride - Lockleaze to Oldbury Court: Starting at The Vench in Lockleaze this ride uses a series of shared cycle and pedestrian paths through Stoke Park Estate and Snuff Mills to arrive at the playground in Oldbury Court.
The ride is mostly off road and on quiet roads and so suitable for beginners, but it does have some steep hills which some riders may choose to walk.