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We are a group of fair weather cyclists and we don’t go too far either. Some of us have electric bikes. We try to combine a picnic, a drink or cup of coffee with our rides so it can also be a pleasant social event too.

We have a Whatsapp group that runs alongside emails so that members can chat about events / consider rides / talk about bikes and maintenance.

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April 2024

Friday 19th April

10:30 – 12:30

“Short Ride Friday” Event – Meet 10.30am outside Pettigrews Tea Rooms, Bute Park

Join us to gain confidence and get back into the saddle ! This short ride ends with a coffee at 11.00am at Pedal Power Cafe, Pontcanna Caravan Park. Other members will be on hand to give advice. You can also meet us at the Cafe itself !



In early December we ventured down the Ely River Trail, down into Penarth Marina and across the Barrage. We had coffee and a great chat at the Norwegian Church. Rob, Sean and Chris were in attendance.

On 15th December we rode from Pettigrews down the Taff Trail, again into Penarth Marina and across the Barrage. We had drinks in the Mount Stuart pub. There were 5 of us this time, the more the merrier as they say. We had a great conversation and headed back just before the dark overcame us (I’m talking about the light, not our mood). Pictured from Left to Right – Rob, Joy, Sean, Stuart and David. There is NO Santa Claus in this photograph, despite rumours.


Delyth, who used to work at St. Fagans, suggested and showed us around Llwyn yr Eos Farm (Nightingale Grove Farm).  There was so much to see just at this one part of the Museum – will have to make another couple of trips before the summer is over to see the rest of the place.   It was a fantastic day ..  bright and sunny and quite warm in the sun.  It was wonderfull to see the animals there, especially the sow suckling 10 or 12 little piglets.

The ride was great, not too difficult at all.  it was challenging in a good way.  We travelled via several new bike lanes/paths in the Canton area.  The one behind the new estate off Paper Mill Road was especially impressive. Then we rode into Wroughton Road, along the river Ely path, into Bwlch Road in Fairwater then through the countryside to St. Fagans, glorious countryside !

All of us had a great time – some with iced coffees too – and plenty of conversation at our destination 🙂  We even got to practice a little Welsh !

In the picture, left to right.. Myself, Delyth, Martyn and Jan and enjoy the pictures of the little piglets too !


This turned out to be a very pleasant ride with a new member joining us.  Despite the numbers away over the Easter Period we still managed to muster 5 of us.  It was dry and not too warm – perfect conditions.  We extended our journey a little and went for a picnic to the Forest Farm Picnic Area.  Whilst we ate our Tuna sandwiches a squirel came up close asking for food, but we had no nuts. 🙁 .. We then continued to have a look at Radyr Hydro-electric station – there are picnic tables there too but we didn’t have any human food left to eat :(.  Our journey continued to the Glamorgan Canal .. a couple of ducks came close by asking for food, but again, we had no bread or bird seeds for them. 🙁 We have severely let the wildlife down on this occassion !  However it was good to get out and stretch our legs in such beautifull environments.


We had a great ride down to Cardiff Bay, weaving our way along the Taff Trail and visiting the Wetlands on the way. We ended with a drink, a meal and chat at the Weatherspoons pub. We talked a great deal about cycling and about the possibility of organising rides by taking our bikes on the train to Port Talbot/Swansea etc. and riding the along local trails there.


We had a very enjoyable gentle ride in early Spring to the Tynant Arms, Morganstown, Radyr. We met another u3a on the way .. walkers from Garth Olwg u3a I believe ? In the pub we had a very interesting chat, and some of us had a meal.

Some pics from our last ride to the Tynant Arms, kindly provided by Martyn :-

Latest news from the group

19th April – “Short Ride Friday”

Published 26th March 2024

This special event will start at 10:30am outside Pettigrews Tea Rooms, Bute Park – arriving by 11:00am at Pedal Power Cafe, Pontcanna Caravan Park

This ride is totally within the Park so new members can have a safe, enjoyable ride and gain confidence. Other members will be on hand to advise.

If you are unable to cycle at the moment you can still meet us at Pettigrews and walk to our destination. There are also bus stops and car parks very close to Pedal Power itself. You don’t even need to cycle!

“Short Ride Friday” will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month. This event will also allow our group to have regular meetings and to socialize. It will occur whatever the weather (unless cancelled in extreme weather) .

Another benefit of this event will be to introduce members of u3a to the services and facilities at Pedal Power – they are a charity and will actively help people to cycle despite most disabilities and health problems. They actually do “assessments” of people’s needs. So help is available.

Pedal Power Cafe is positioned in an idylic green setting and has comfortable seating. Sometimes on a Friday, a guitarist from the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama plays background music.

You can contact our Convenor, Rob Morris, by clicking below.