Breeze Ride from Cantley Park to Woodley via Sonning
On a lovely sunny morning on Wednesday 9 May, My Journey set off from Cantley Park on an 18 mile Breeze ride to Woodley, via Sonning, with an enthusiastic group of 8 ladies and led by Breeze champion, Chris, ably assisted by Jill. The route had been planned to avoid main roads for the majority of the journey and we passed through Emmbrook and Dinton Pastures on the way to Sonning, where we walked through St Andrew’s Churchyard to mount again for the tow path past the lock tea garden on the way to Thames Valley Park, before stopping at Brown Bag café at the Oakwood Centre for a rest. On the way out two of the bikes had a little collision at slow speed which resulted in some bruises but the brave ladies hopped back back on their bikes speedily (with coffee in sight!). The return trip was down Sandford Lane and through the Hurst Lanes to make it back over the 2 motorway inclines to finish the 18 mile ride. It was a delightful route in the good weather, especially nice breezing past the river, lakes and streams on the way. Passers by (and patient drivers) allowed us on our way in a friendly manner,(helped by feeling less vulnerable in a group), with most smiling at the brightly coloured tops and ladies on bikes in sunnies!
Breeze champions lead free, fun rides for ladies in and around Wokingham with members of the group who can sign up to the rides on a weekly basis, some becoming good friends. Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. Their aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. While cycling is becoming more and more popular in the UK, the proportion of women getting involved is actually declining. Breeze want to change that.
Breeze champions are trained and organise fun, social, local bike rides for women. Rides go at a speed that suits everyone, and they often involve a café break so everyone can have a drink and chat. They also promote female-friendly bike shops, and help more women find bikes to hire and buy cheaply, as well as signposting to adult cycle training. Why not book on a Breeze ride today, ladies… you won’t regret it!...