Bury Section Cyclists Touring Club Sunday Ride


About Us

Ever Triend Cycling Tour

Each Sunday morning, in all weathers, Bury CTC members get on their bikes and leave Bury for areas of scenic beauty surprisingly near to home. The Ribble Valley, Lancashire Plain, Forest of Bowland, Calder Valley, South Pennines and Cheshire are all within easy reach.

On longer runs, but well within a days ride for a reasonably fit cyclist, are the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.

Runs are always planned to take in the quieter roads whatever the destination.

Cyclists' Touring Club

Founded in 1878, the CTC is a national organisation which is subdivided into local District Associations. Bury Section is part of the Manchester DA.

Bury Section began life way back in the 1929 with club runs held every Sunday since then - only interrupted by the Second World War. In 2004 we celebrated our 75th anniversary with the production of our new stylish orange and blue ‘CTC Bury’ cycling strip.

Club Runs

Our main activity is a regular programme of Sunday rides (we call runs) covering a distance of between 40 to 100 miles depending on the season and the weather.

There are two groups A&B. The B group rides are at an easier pace.

For those who only want a morning ride, there is always the option to ride just part way and return early.

All riders are advised to carry some food, a drink, tools, a spare inner tube, some waterproof clothing and a little money. Cafe stops are made. You should make sure your bike is in good order before setting out.

We particularly welcome younger riders, but under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and if under 18 you need parental consent.

The club also offers you opportunities to cycle tour further afield at home and abroad; and Youth Hostel and camping weekends on Bank Holidays.

Club Membership

We have male and female members, and as a newcomer you would not have to join immediately, but you can participate in a number of rides to see how you like it. It is normally required that you join after riding four club runs.

The subscription is paid annually to national headquarters and not to Bury section. The current annual cost for full membership is £33. If you are under 18 or a full time student it costs just £12. If you are over 65 or unwaged, them membership costs £20 for a year. For the latest information contact headquarters. The address is:-

Cyclists' Touring Club, 69 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3HS.

Tel 0870 873 0061 e-mail


Membership is good value for the insurance benefits alone. And a bi-monthly magazine ‘Cycle’ is delivered to members’ homes free of charge.

Where Do The Runs Start?

Both groups always meet outside Wilkinsons store on The Rock, Bury.

We sometimes pick up riders at secondary points - if we are heading north usually at the Rostron Arms bus stop in Edenfield; if heading west outside the Ainsworth Arms, Bolton Road or if heading east in Rochdale at either Chris Paulsen Cycles or the Town Hall.

See the sports pages in the Bury Times for the latest information - this also includes a report of the previous Sunday’s ‘A’ ride.

You can also buy a copy of 'Northern Wheel', a quarterly magazine produced by the Manchester DA ( priced at £1.50), from Peter Barnes, 20 Portrush Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 5GP. It’s full of local cycling news and comment and includes CTC Bury pages with the runs list.

Social Life

Don’t miss the Charlie Westlake Open Invitation Bike Rides held on the first Sunday in June.

Our quarterly club meetings held at the Old Blue Bell, Bell Lane offer an opportunity to socialise off the bike too.

An Invitation

Come and sample the enjoyment of club cycling with us. Cycling’s easier in a group and newcomers of all ages, male and female, are always welcome.

See you on Sunday!

Contact Information

Bury Section Cyclists Touring Club Sunday Ride


Tel: 0161 761 1170