Our annual bike ride to the historic village fair in Reach takes place on 4th May 2015.
We assemble in front of the Guildhall in the Market Square, Cambridge from 9am for a 9:30am departure. We first head down to Jesus Green and follow the river all the way to Ditton Meadows. Then continue on national cycle route 51 to Newmarket Road Park & Ride site.
You are welcome to join us at any point along this route. The last scheduled departure is 10:00am from the Park and Ride site.
From there we continue on NCN 51 passing through Stow-cum-Quy, Bottisham, Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior on the way to Reach.
We arrive in time to watch the opening of the fair at noon, when the village comes alive with children dancing around a maypole, morris dancing and fairground attractions. There are food, drink and activity stalls. We stay at the fair until 2pm, and then return to Cambridge across the Fens using NCN 11. We arrive back in Cambridge by around 4pm.
How many people are you expecting on the ride?
It really will depend on the weather on the day. In 2014 we had almost 600 riders (see our report) and this year we are hoping for a similar number.
Are children welcome on the ride?
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Accompanied children are welcome on the ride – but you will be responsible for looking after them. We travel at a pace which should easily accommodate most children who are regular cyclists. Younger children might find the full return distance a bit much, but if they’re on trailer bikes they should be ok. You can make the ride shorter by joining the ride along the route, at Newmarket Road Park and Ride site for instance. You must be prepared to bail out and go back with them! The route is almost all along quiet roads but there are some sections on roads shared with motor traffic.
Are you on Facebook?
Yes, please join and share our facebook event to help spread the word.
Are you on Twitter?
Yes, for the latest tweets and to add your own use the hashtag #ReachRide.
How do I contact you?
Please contact us via the Cambridge Cycling Campaign’s website.
Are there any alternative rides?
Another ride to the Reach Fair meets outside Ely Railway Station at 9.30am to depart at 10am for Reach. This is a free ride led by Ely Cycling Campaign which follows the National Cycle Network and is also suitable for the whole family.