Ride Go Landscape – 15th to 20th September 2019

Ride Go Landscape – 15th to 20th September 2019

  • Ride Go Landscape
    September 15, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A 5 day ride starting at Myerscough horticultural college and finishing at Capel Manor College in Enfield while raising money for the BALI Chalk Fund.

In Brief:

  • Challenge Type: Road Cycling
  • Challenge Name: Ride Go Landscape
  • Destination: UK
  • Dates: 15th – 22nd September 2019
  • Grade: Moderate to hard!
  • Accommodation: Hotels, colleges, etc

Date: 15th – 20th September 2019


This rugged team of fundraisers have steadily been working their way around the UK cycling on and off road, and even climbing the nation’s three highest mountains en route. Now they have turned their attention to a road cycling event to raise funds for education in the landscaping industries.

There will be a group of core riders doing the whole 5-day ride as well as places available for those who would like to join for just a day.

Route overview:



  • Tackle famous climbs like Malham Cove and Cragg Vale (the longest continual ascent in England at 968 feet /295m of climbing in 5.5 miles (8.8k) with an average gradient 3%)
  • See where it all happens visiting the UK’s best horticultural colleges en route


Sunday 15th September – meet at start location for briefing, meet your fellow cyclists and the pie team, evening meal, etc.

Monday 16th September: Myerscroft College to Bingley and unbelievable Scenery!

It’s less than 10 min ride to Myerscough College from the hotel and the start of our challenge. From there we head through Garstang (the world’s first fair trade town) and up onto the fantastic Hawthornthwaite Fell & Blaze Moss. After coffee in Dunsop Bridge its off to Clapham via Stocks Reservoir at a northern Clapham Common and some very nice new tarmac. At Clapham there is an opportunity for an extra 30k loop through White Scars, Twisleton Scars and Ribblehead Viaduct.

We all meet up again before Stainforth and ride through Malham Cove (steep descent), around Skipton and then the option of either a quick straight road to the hotel or a more picturesque route on quiet roads through to Keighley and on to Bingley

Tuesday 17th September: Bingley to Sheffield

What a fantastic day! The Grand Depart of the Tour de France. The Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain all have ridden large parts of this spectacular day.

It includes Cragg Vale (England’s longest continuous ascent), Holme Moss (remember those great scenes in the Grand Depart?), and a fantastic final 20kms into Sheffield just following the new tarmac! It’s a shorter day, but it has plenty of challenge… and some wonderful descents!

Wednesday 18th September: Sheffield to Cannock

This very much feels like a transition day from the hills of Yorkshire to the quiet lanes of Staffordshire. Again the college is within 5 minutes of the hotel. We then need to ride through Sheffield, taking the parks wherever possible. Within 10kms we are away from the city and up on the last of the moors at Ramsley before the scenery changes as we move into Derbyshire , skirting Matlock, through Belper and to lunchat the imposing Ketleston Hall & Park.

From here we have a section of mainly flat country lanes until we cross Blithefield reservoir and up into Cannock Chase (with some optional extra exploring) to finish the day.

Thursday 19th September: Cannock to Chapel Brampton

The Flattest Day So Far! This is the day without hills – almost. We start with a detour to South Staffs College (with some interesting topiary) and then after we’ve wound our way through the busier area around Sutton Coalfield (still mainly quiet roads) we reach the lanes of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire for a pleasant rural afternoon to Sedgebrook Hall where a pool and sauna await.

Friday 20th September: Chapel Brampton to Capel Manor

This day is relatively flat and again on quiet roads even as we head towards London. Along the way we will pass Cranfield University, great views, Bosworth Battlefield Site, ride through Aspley Wood, Woburn town and park, and Barton Hills before skirting our way through to Capel Manor.

On arrival at Capel Manor there will be a chance to celebrate your achievements before you travel home. No accommodation provided.

Please note itinerary is subject to change.

More details to follow.

Cost of the event:

£1650 per person

Included in your Package;

  • 5 night’s accommodation in hotels, colleges, etc
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 excellent packed / picnic lunches
  • Refreshment stops in the morning and afternoon on each riding day
  • Post ride snacks
  • 5 evening meals
  • Guided riding with pie guides at a ratio of approx 1 guide to 8-10 cyclists
  • Support vehicles with bike spares, medical kits, water, etc
  • Tour leaders in charge of the logistics of the ride
  • Medic x 1
  • Return transfer of your bike from The Storage Pod, Weybridge to the start of the ride and back to Weybridge from the finish
  • pie water bottles
  • Gala dinner on the last night
  • A commemorative jersey

Not Included in your price

  • Travel to the start or from the finish
  • Single room – Please call to check availability and cost
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle insurance
  • Personal expenditures

BALI Chalk Fund


Established in 1975 in memory of BALI founder member Geoffrey Chalk, the BALI Chalk Fund provides funding for skills development across the landscape industry. Trustees comprise past and current BALI members (including several past chairmen) whose role it is to identify industry needs that meet the Fund’s criteria for support, and develop innovative ways to deliver appropriate solutions.

To date, the BALI Chalk Fund has facilitated the development of industry training materials, awarded travel scholarships to enable young landscapers to learn from their counterparts overseas, provided training prizes for the winners of the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition and supported land-based colleges by providing trophies for outstanding achievement to students on landscape-related courses. The Fund is currently helping to support the development of an industry student enrichment programme.



Fundraising information and JustGiving links to follow.

Who are pie?

pie are unique in the industry offering only bespoke guided rides for companies, charities and groups of individuals.

Looking After You

The route will be fully recce’d and will be along smaller roads where ever possible making the cycling fun as well as challenging.  The Ride Go Landscape is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 8-10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Each day you will receive morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch and post ride snacks.

Core riders will receive breakfast at the accommodation before setting off, dinner and accommodation each night.

Day riders will receive morning and afternoon stops, a substantial lunch and post ride snacks.

pie Guides

The Ride Go Landscape Bike Ride is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who help all abilities complete the challenge.

  • We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists
  • All of our guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen amateurs and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience and skill
  • All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists, from start to finish
  • They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van
  • Many pie guides are first aid trained
  • If more than one route option is available, cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day
  • pie team


We have set up a Strava “club” for Ride Go Landscape. The link will be sent to you when you sign up.  If you have already got a personal Strava account you can just log on using the link we will send, join the “Ride Go Landscape” “club” and start your training with other cyclists.

If you haven’t got a Strava account, simply enter your details in the “Sign Up for Free” section on Strava.

Social Media

Follow us at #bespokeguidedrides #pieevents


The BALI Chalk Fund Ride Go Landscape Bike Ride is by invitation only – spaces are limited.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Brian Herbert brian@outdooroptions.co.uk or Richard Gardiner Richard@nagsolutions.co.uk

To Secure your Place on the Ride:

To book on the Ride Go Landscape 2019 ride register using the Registration button below.

Once we have received your registration we will send you the details to make a bank transfer or pay by cheque for the deposit of £500. Apologies but we are not able to accept credit cards.

All payments are non–refundable. Please therefore take out suitable travel insurance should you need to cancel for an insurable reason.

If you are signing up 10 weeks before departure or less, please pay the total amount in full.  If you would like a single room, please check with us first as availability is limited (01932 460090).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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