Origami Phoenix Monthly Cycle Ride


Contents

About the Origami Phoenix Ride
Planned meetings
How to get to Meriden
Reports on past rides


About the Origami Phoenix Ride

The 'Origami Phoenix Ride' is a cycle ride usually held in England, normally on the second Saturday of every month. The location varies from month to month. The ride was originally held particularly for the owners of folding (hence the 'Origami' of the ride name) and separable cycles, but anyone riding any kind of cycle is welcome - indeed, you are welcome to join us at the start for breakfast and a chat even if you don't have a cycle or don't feel like riding ! 

Tea RoomsThe usual arrangement is to meet from about 10:30, with a ride starting at about 11:00. The distance covered is typically 15 to 25 miles. This is a social ride, and we ride at the pace of the slowest, with plenty of stops along the way to regroup if necessary. Rides usually start and end at the same location, which is generally near a railway station, so that those who do not choose to travel by car can easily get to and from the event. 

{Start}The Origami ride attracts a wide variety of cycles and riders. You do not even have to come on a folder, as the Marin mountain bike seen here shows!

The first Origami Ride was held in August 1994, but was a one off, and it was not until April 1997 that the ride was revived on a monthly basis (hence the 'Phoenix' of the ride name). The ride was originated and organised until his death in February 2002 by John Pinkerton. Although we no longer have a formal organiser for the rides, they still take place every month, unless the date (second Saturday of the month) coincides with a Bank Holiday, Moulton Bicycle Club BoA Weekend, or another major cycling event.


Planned future meetings 

For all rides, we meet from about 10:30am, with the ride starting at 11:00am, unless stated otherwise. The planned finishing time will depend on a number of factors, for instance ride length and time of year, but will almost always be before dusk. Riders who need to return for a specific time should consult the ride leader, but be prepared to return under their own navigation.

Note that as the location of these rides varies from month to month, it is important to check the location before travelling to an event - the planned rides are listed on this page (see below). You can also check by contacting the Origami team via email here to see what is planned.

Further details will be added for the rides as they are available, usually about two weeks beforehand.



Planned 2018 rides

June 9th              Leighton Buzzard


Meet in Buzzrail Cafe at the Leighton Buzzard Railway (narrow gauge heritage railway), Pages Park Station, Billington, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TG, from 10:00am for 11:00 am start.

The ride will officially start from Pages Park Station at 11:00am, but for those of you who wish to enjoy a steam train ride, there is a scheduled train departure at 10:30am from Pages Park Station to its turnaround point, ’Stonehenge Works Station’, arriving there at approx.10:55am. The Origami ride route will pass Stonehenge Works Station, and will pick up any train ride people around 11:25am giving them time to look around the site. The train ride option may only be available to folded Brompton owners - still negotiating this. If you wish to take the train ride (or just look around the engine shed) you would have to be at Pages Park Station by approx. 10:00am.

Getting there :

By Rail: 

Leighton Buzzard's mainline station is on the opposite side of the town, about 1.8 miles (10 - 15mins) away by bicycle. London Northwestern Railway operates frequent trains to and from London Euston, Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes and Northampton, and on to Birmingham and Crewe. Note that the Southern service to and from Kensington Olympia, Clapham Junction and Croydon will not be running due to engineering works

Then follow this route from the mainline station

By Road :

There are large signs at the entrance, and free all-weather car parking. 

 From Leighton Buzzard town centre: Follow the brown steam train signs southwards along Lake Street, Grovebury Road and Chartmoor Road. Look out for the entrance on the eastern side of Billington Road.

From the M1: A link road is now open between the new junction 11A on the M1, and the A5 to the north of Dunstable. From there take the A505 towards Aylesbury. After 4.5 miles turn right at the roundabout with the A4146/B440, go straight ahead through traffic lights and two more roundabouts and the railway is on the right. This provides the most direct and fastest way to the railway, especially from the London direction.

From Aylesbury and Oxford: Take the A418 eastwards as far as the A4146 roundabout, then turn right following signs to Dunstable, go straight ahead at the A4012 roundabout for Leighton Buzzard, and turn left at the next roundabout where 'Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway' is signed. Follow the brown signs along Billington Road, going straight ahead at traffic lights and two further roundabouts. The station entrance is on the right, just before the public park.

From Bedford and Milton Keynes: From Bedford, take the A421 into Milton Keynes, then follow the A4146 from the south of Milton Keynes, signposted Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. Following signs for Dunstable, keep straight on at the A4012 roundabout for Leighton Buzzard, and turn left at the next roundabout. Follow the brown signs along Billington Road, going straight ahead at traffic lights and two further roundabouts. The station entrance is on the right, just before the public park.

From Dunstable: North of Dunstable on the A5183, turn left at the roundabout, signposted Aylesbury. At the A505/A4146 roundabout, turn right and follow the brown signs along Billington Road, going straight ahead at traffic lights and two further roundabouts. The station entrance is on the right, just before the public park.

From Hemel Hempstead: Follow the northbound A4146 (Leighton Buzzard Road), which becomes the B440, towards Leighton Buzzard, and go straight ahead at the A505 roundabout. Follow the brown signs along Billington Road, going straight ahead at traffic lights and two further roundabouts. The station entrance is on the right, just before the public park.


The Ride:

Total distance Approx. 21 Miles, approx. 40% cycleway. Starting from the ‘Leighton Buzzard Railway’. Track surfaces good. Rolling terrain until meeting up with part of the old Leighton Buzzard - Dunstable railway line, cycling up the ‘Sewell Cutting’ cycleway, a gradual easy straight climb, approx. 1.8 miles. There will be a short relatively steep 350 yard section, cycleable for most, to National Trust visitors centre for the Dunstable Downs, then on to the lunch stop, the Old Hunters Lodge. The return ride will be an easy, predominantly downward gradient.

July 14th             Stafford


August 11th        Didcot


September 15th  Swindon
(note 3rd Saturday)


October 13th       Ely


November 10th   Watford


December 8th     West Midlands

 

Thank you

 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in a ride this year, and very especially to all those who have lead them.

Also, big  thanks to those who have volunteered to lead next year !



Origami mailing list

We have a mailing list, who are usually sent details of each ride about 1 - 2 weeks before the event. Normally there will only be one email per month (possibly 2 if there is a real need), and the list is normally only used to give information specifically about the Origami Rides. If you would like to be included on the list, please send an email indicating this to origami@foldsoc.co.uk. No personal details are held apart from simply the email address.


Travelling by train to Origami rides

While folding bikes are usually carried as 'luggage' without restrictions carriage of non-folding bicycles by rail in the UK can be complicated. The excellent a to b website has useful information on carriage of bicycles by train here.


Reports on past rides

Since we changed to using a more convenient 'blog' system for posting Folding Society news, we will usually report on Origami Rides there rather than below. The news blog is available by accessing The Folding Society web site.

Photographs of more recent rides can be viewed on a FlickR group (UK Origami-Phoenix) that has been set up for this purpose. Anyone joining an Origami ride is encouraged to join the group and upload their photos of the ride.


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