Summer of Rides

A Summer of Rides, what’s this all about?? As part of our aim to unite and encourage more female bikers, we have set up rides all across the country to create a safe space for people to meet new friends within their area. Perhaps even to meet people before our main event in August, although you do not have to be a ticket holder to come on any ride!

All genders are welcome on all of our rides and at our show, as although we are celebrating and supporting female riders, we understand that the men in our lives may be a part of our biking journey and shouldn’t be excluded. We’re aiming for biking equality.

We have our events listed on Facebook and below, ending with our Exhibition on the 21st August. You don’t have to book on any of the rides, but it does help us manage numbers if you mark yourself as ‘Going’ on the Facebook event. We hope that you can find one local to you and join us on at least one ride this summer!

21st May

Route 1066 to Motogirl

To celebrate MotoGirl opening their doors at their new premises we are organising a ride to them, along with a chance to meet new biker mates! Meeting at Route 1066 Cafe around 11.30am and leaving at 12.30pm. L-plate/125cc friendly- we will have a careful ride around the countryside en route (approx. 1hr 15/1hr 30) before dropping in to MotoGirl to check out their new place and shop in small groups (depending on numbers).

5th June

Suffolk Coastal Loop

The second of our summer of rides and meet ups covers some of the Norfolk/Suffolk coast on a lovely loop. Meeting at The Dennington Queen at 12pm if you want to buy some food and drink before setting off and leaving at 1pm. That gives everyone time to get from Ipswich to there and meet up if they want to. We will then ride from there to Snape for our first check point (and petrol) at the Henry Moore statues. Then on to Thorpeness and grab coffee/cake etc to refuel and to photobomb our second checkpoint. We will head from there to Southwold via Middleton for our third checkpoint and then back through to Dennington via Henham, Bramfield, Halesworth and Laxfield.

For this ride we are linking in with the PETROLETTES rally to help support our joint cause of encouraging and celebrating more women on bikes. This ride is for all genders, however we ask if you are female please could you register for this ride on (it’s free!) stating your city as IPSWICH.

L-plate/125cc friendly- The ride is around 3 hours in total. The first stopping point is around an hour, 40 minutes to the second point then around 45 minutes back to The Dennington Queen. The ride leader for this route is Lianne.

5th & 6th June

Meandering the Midlands

The Women in Motorcycling welcome you to a midlands ride in association with the Petrolettes Rally! Meeting at 9am at McDonald’s, Cannock WS11 1TD on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June- feel free to come to one or both or join at any part of the route! The ride is spread over 2 days but feel free to join for all or part of the route as part of the rally. The ride is for all abilities and genders but we ask if females can register free with CANNOCK as their city to support the Petrolettes- Full ride details available on the Facebook page, quick details below:

9am McDonalds Cannock WS11 1TD to leave at 9.30.
Salt Box Cafe, Derby.
Matlock Bath/Riverside Fish & Chip Shop.
Wetton Mill Tea Room, Ashbourne.

9am McDonalds Cannock WS11 1TD to leave at 9.30.
Hetty’s Tea Shop, Froghall.
The Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield.

The ride leader for this is Maxine Holliday.

19th June

War of the Roses

We’ve got an epic day out for you exploring the absolute best of the North West of England… who will win the war of the roses – Yorkshire or Lancashire? You decide! All genders welcome and 125cc friendly! The whole ride is around 6 hours including stops, covering around 110 miles. The route is hilly and there are a couple of steep sections, but we will always go at the slowest riders pace!

Meeting at St George’s Square (BRIDGE GATE SIDE), Hebden Bridge at 9.30am ready to leave at 10am, we set off into Lancashire over some incredible winding roads skirting moorland and lakes, heading up through the Forest of Bowland and dipping into Yorkshire via the famous Devil’s Bridge.

After a refreshment stop and photo opportunity we head through amazing roads passing through the Yorkshire town of Hawes and finishing up the ride in the market town of Skipton.

Rough ride times:

10am leave Hebden Bridge.
11am arrive Hudsons ice cream stop, Chatburn, leaving at 11.20am.
12.30pm arrive Devil’s Bridge, refreshment stop, leaving at 1pm.
1.50pm approx arrive in Hawes for lunch stop (Fish and Chips and pubs in area), leaving at 2.50pm.
4pm approx arrival in Skipton.

Please come with full tanks as there isn’t a petrol stop factored in until Hawes which is approx 80 miles. If this might be an issue for you please let Lindsay know.

The ride leader for this ride is Lindsay Atkinson.

26th June

*POSTPONED* South Wales Coming Soon

*POSTPONED* Due to a clash with ABR and no ride leader we are moving the date of this ride. Let us know if you wish to plan a route and lead this ride, with a proposed new date, at

3rd July

Some Like it Scot

A fabulous day out with the amazing Kerry the Adventurer, 125cc and learner friendly and all genders welcome!

Meeting at Moto Stirling at 9.30am to leave at 10am, this route winds around the lovely Loch Lomond and will be around 3 hours of riding time with stops in addition.

The ride leader for this ride is Kerry Wright.

10th July

The Jam & Cream Battle Ride

We’ve got an epic day out for you exploring the stunning coast of Cornwall and Devon to settle the argument once and for all……which goes first, the jam or the cream….you decide! All genders welcome and 125cc friendly. The ride is around 5 hours and will cover approximately 120 miles.

Meeting at Ride and Defy, Newquay at 9-9.30am for coffee and be ready to leave for 10am, we set off to Wadebridge via the coastal road running through several breathtaking beaches to Wadebridge, stopping at ‘nice baps’ for breakfast rolls.

We’ll then hit the Atlantic highway to cross the border into Devon, stopping for petrol and coffee on the Bideford waterfront before heading into the countryside finishing at Union Road Moto-Velo for lunch.

Rough ride times:

10am leave Ride and Defy

11am arrive at Nice Baps for breakfast leaving at 11.30am

12.45 arrive at Bideford waterfront for coffee and petrol leaving at 1.15pm

2.15 arrive at Union Road Moto-Velo for lunch

The ride leader for this ride is Maria Di-Fonzo.

17th July* new date (moved from 4th)

Down the Dales

Why do they call Yorkshire God’s Own Country? Well you’re soon about to find out on our Down the Dales ride around some of the most striking roads in Yorkshire! Meeting at Route 59 Cafe, Skipton, on the 4th July at 9:00am ready to leave at 09:30 am. As usual, this ride is for all genders, and 125cc welcome (with a few steep hill sections). We always ride at the slowest rider’s pace!

We’ll head to Skipton for a fuel stop then follow the gorgeous winding roads up past Grassington and Kilnsey up towards Hawes for a coffee (a fabulous route we took southwards on the War of the Roses ride), then up to Tan Hill, the highest Inn in Britain for a photo! Followed by glorious scenery all the way down to Leyburn for lunch at Manor Cafe, then Ripon, circling back to Route 59.

Approx. timings:
Meet Route 59 at 9.00
Leave Route 59 at 9.30
Hawes around 11am, leaving at 11.20
Tan Hill at 12 for a photo
Manor Cafe at Leyburn around 12.45, leaving at 13.45
Ripon arrival 14.30
Route 59 Cafe arrival approx. 15.30

The ride leader for this route is Michelle Telford.

30th July

Ruroc/EH X Oily Rag Bike Night

We’re joining the Ruroc and Enginehawk team on the 30th July as they sponsor the next bike night at Oily Rag Clothing and everybody is welcome, including the guys! Learn more about the sponsors of our show and the future of their motorcycle gear.

They’ll be doing some giveaways for bike of the night and have loads of the team down there to hang out with you all! 

There will be Food, Music, Drinks & great company from 5pm-9pm so pencil it in your diaries! Oily Rag, Unit 9, Rockhaven Ind Est, Triangle Park, Metz Way, Gloucester GL1 1AJ.

31st July* new date (moved from 25th)

The Norfolk Crescent

*Please note the new date- the 31st July*. A leisurely loop around the Norfolk Coast, suitable for all- with learners and all genders welcome!

Meeting at Greggs Norwich Road, Thetford (Breckland Retail Park) at 9.30am for a 10am start. The ride leader for this route is Esther Bedford.The route Esther has chosen heads out of Thetford via Kings Lynn to Sunny Hunny, then down the coast road as far as Cromer, and heads back inland through Holt, Fakenham and Swaffham back to Thetford. 

Notes from Esther- ‘There are planned stops in Hunstanton (half hour), Cromer (hour)and Swaffham (half hour). We should be at Cromer in time for chippy lunch.

It should break the ride up into three one hour (ish) rides, and a short half hour one at the end. It’s a good stretch – 145 miles or thereabouts so we’ll take our time, have a laugh, and enjoy ourselves.

If anyone wants to join part way along, or leave before the end, that’s fine. We can stay in touch and let you know where we are so we can pick you up at one of the breaks.

It’s looking like it’ll take 10am – 4pm allowing for traffic, toilets, talking and staying together!’

14th August

Queen For a Day

‘Queen for a Day’ Ride – August 14th 2021 ? Message Judy Richter to book your place as this ride is places limited.

Follow the ancient routes of Mary Queen of Scots as she ‘visited’ some of the magnificent castles and houses in Derbyshire and Staffordshire during her incarceration by her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1st. From June 1569 to February 1857 Mary Queen of Scots was moved between a series of properties in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire until she was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.We trace her movements between Tutbury Castle, Wingfield Manor, Chatsworth House, Old Hall Buxton, Hardwick Hall and Chartley Castle…with tea and cake stops and a little history talk in between. We will not be entering these premises as not all are open yet due to COVID, however, that may change. Further details will be confirmed ASAP.

So, this August 452yrs after Mary Queen of Scots left Chatsworth for Wingfield Manor we shall do the same and follow on to some beautiful yet foreboding properties. The route will take us from Chatsworth down to Wingfield Manor, across the Chevin Hills where the old Portway still winds it’s way across the hills and we will stop and look at Dark Lane where local tales tell of Queen Mary being carried on her litter up there. On to Tutbury and it’s Georgian High Street leading up to the Castle-which Mary describes as dark and damp, a place she despised. Time for refreshments at one of the quaint cafes there. A fabulous run over Cannock Chase towards Chartley Manor and the Castle ruins where we will stop for a loo break at Amerton Farm. The curvy A515 invites us back northbound to Buxton where Mary stayed courtesy of The Earl of Shrewsbury and Bess of Hardwick … so, on to Hardwick Hall (more glass than wall) and we end our ride at the Hardwick Inn.


14th August

Red Leicester

Welcome to our Red Leicester ride full of cheesetastic puns as we ride 100 miles through Leicester and the surrounding areas. As usual, 125cc and beginner friendly, with all genders welcome!

Meeting at McDonald’s at Fosse Park, (Red) Leicester at 9am, ready to leave at 9.30am. We will head towards Melton (cheese) on the A46 and Grantham to have a stop at Chris Walkers (cheese and onion) for bike oogling and coffee. Followed by Oakham (and cheese sarnies), Rutland Water, Uppingham (and cheese toasties), through Market Harborough and L(b)utterworth ending at Idle Torque shop for nothing to do with cheese…!

Apologies for the terrible inserts… they were our idea so don’t blame ride leader Dulcie Hardwick!

21st August

The Women in Motorcycling Exhibition

The main event! Don’t forget to put this in your diary as the event to be at this year! We open the gates of Tutbury Castle between 10am-7pm for a fun-filled day out, full details on the Home page. Spread the word…