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Horizons Unlimited Travellers' Meetings

12th Annual UK Summer Event at Ripley

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July 2012

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Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers' Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in the Congo or Cambodia!

Camping area.

View a selection of photos from 2011 on the Horizons Unlimited Facebook page

Want to know what people thought of last years Meeting? Is it worth coming to the Meeting?

"I'm so looking forward to another UK meet. My only problem is that I simply can't get to every talk I want, such is the amount of terrific presentations on offer. Each year I've been astonished at how articulate, intelligent, informative and entertaining the speakers are. I'm willing to help with anything that doesn't keep me from a talk - and my timetable will be full to bursting!" More comments here.

Schedule for Presentations and Events is now available to download...

How you can help - put up a few posters! 2012 poster available! Please post it everywhere!

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Thursday or at the latest Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech seminars are planned throughout the meeting, starting Thursday night.

2012 Speakers and Tech Seminars:


  • Heroes of Adventure Travel - Saturday Night Live!
    Austin Vince will be back again this year with more unique humour and travelling insight.

  • Austin Vince

  • Jupiter's Travellers & Rolling Through the Isles
    Ted Simon
    We're delighted to report that Ted has confirmed he'll definitely be at Ripley again this year. He'll be talking about his new book and the Foundation that's been created in his name to support selected adventure travellers.
  • Everyday An Adventure
    Sam Manicom

  • Sam Manicom and Ted Simon

  • 20 Years and 500,000km Around the World
    Sjaak Lucassen
    Famous for riding 250,000km through 75 countries on an R1, Sjaak's adventures began in 1992 with a journey around Australia. In 2008 and 2009 he completed winter rides to the North Cape in Norwayand the Alaskan town of Deadhorse, facing temperatures lower than -30°C! This double-session will give you a taste of all those past adventures, including Sjaak's expeditions on a Fireblade and his plans for the North Pole!

  • Sjaak Lucassen

  • Riding the Pink Porridge - Trans Canada
    Craig Carey-Clinch and Barbara Alam
    Tales from the Canadian Highway, a new journey from west to east, including The Labrador territory.
  • Touching the World: A Blind Woman, Two Wheels and 25,000 Miles
    Jupiter's Travellers - Cathy Birchall & Bernard Smith
    The story of the first blind person to circle the world by motorcycle.

  • Cathy Birchall

  • Riding Dorothy
    Jupiter's Traveller - Nathan Millward
    Sydney to London on a 105cc postie bike named Dorothy.
  • The Bike is the Catalyst
    Paddy Tyson
    How forsaking plans and choosing a shit bike can lead to political insurrection, beautiful scenery, fear, excitement, love and new friendship, as well as a sore arse, sunburn, paralysis, dinner with a president and being held at gun point. The bike is the catalyst, let it lead you out of your comfort zone.
  • A year (almost) around the world (sort of)!
    Jupiter's Traveller - Dom Giles
    In 2010 Dom set off from Alaska taking 6 months to make it down to Panama (he probably should have taken a GPS). From there he shipped to South Africa and then hit the road (once literally) heading for Nairobi, finishing in June 2011. This presentation will fill in the gaps and leave you wondering why, if it's all this easy, you're still sat in a field in Derbyshire instead of out on the road somewhere.
  • Scooters in the Sahara
    Peter Darke
    The continuing story of the project to support Bansang hospital...
  • Malaysia to UK on a C90
    Ed March
    A 7 month 20,000 mile solo journey from Asia to England on a C90. Engine rebuilds, constant modifications, filming music videos, machine guns and ladyboys. This is not your average 'by the book' motorcycle adventure.
  • Seven-Day Adventures
    Matthew Cashmore
    Traveling the world on your motorbike with a job, a wife and a budget. A rough guide to living the dream in the real world.

  • Matthew Cashmore

  • It doesnt matter how much time or money you have, there is a trip for you!
    Dave Lomax
    It's all about the ideas and inspiration! Come and see what you can do with your annual holidays. Think you can't have a big independent adventure in a small amount of time... come along and see film and photographs that tell very different stories (from five of the world's six continents!).
  • A Glimpse of South Africa
    Alex Jackson
    From the coast to the bush and more.
  • Ineptitude and Romantic Failure
    Ian Mutch
    How to get lost in Morocco and Spain and fail with women in New Zealand.
  • Two Pegs to Patagonia
    Bruce Porter
    My wife wanted to see Penguins in the wild. I wanted a long bike ride. From Canada to the tip of the Andes and back on two Italian bikes. 24,500 miles later...
  • One day you have to live your dream...
    Manuela Beis
    How to plan, prepare and realise a 4-month solo journey through South America on a DRZ.
  • From Dreams to Reality - What Anyone Can Achieve
    Graham Hoskins
    Life changing travel adventures that anyone could try. With just 2 weeks and a limited budget what could you? 7000 miles and 16 countries. How about the old Dakar Rally? Graham talks about his adventures with Danny John-Jules (The Cat from Red Dwarf) with clips from the TV series.
  • From Beijing to Paris on a Yamaha XT250X
    Frédéric Scheffer
    17,000km, 3 months, 10 countries. At the age of 23, Frédéric rode from China to France on a 250cc bike. It was the roadtrip of a lifetime.
  • London to Cape Town via the West Coast
    Russell Anthony and Adrian Jonson
    Africa via the west coast, 2 riders, 2 bikes, 2 tents. Definitely 2 tents...
  • Baikal is Halfway Home
    Brendan Ball
    Two beginners survived the Zilov Highway.
  • Panama to Cambodia
    Sheonagh Ravensdale & Pat Thomson
    Sheonagh and Pat (aka Dusty Old Bags) have been riding bikes for a combined total of 75 years. This is a lighthearted account of their latest attempt to get round the world: 22000 miles, 15 countries in 16 months on a couple of Honda Falcon NX400s.
  • UK to India
    Simon Chegwyn
    Royal Enfield and Transalp to India in 2009.
  • eBay to America
    Simon Chegwyn
    North America on a 1982 Gl500 eBay bargain.
  • But I only have two weeks!
    Stephen Clark
    Getting the most out of two weeks without it turning into an "Iron Butt ride"
    The presentation will be based around letting travellers know they can get much more than they think possible from two weeks in parts of Europe that don't require 500+ miles a day. I will explain how meeting the people rather than just passing through their landscape is what makes the journey. I considered calling the presentation "A madman on the road to recovery" as I have fallen victim to the dreaded stress, had to take time off work, change my job etc and was even unable to ride my bike for 6+ months, this will form part of the presentation - as we say "If I can do it, so can you!"

  • Stephen Clark

  • Two Pensioners and a 10 year old bike to North Cape (Nordkapp)
    Nigel and Sharyn Tailyour
    If two pensioners can get to North Cape in Norway on a 10 year old bike then you can too.
  • Turning to the Dark Side
    Mathew Quarterman
    5800km Lima to Rio. 2 wheels, but no engine.
  • Morocco in a Nutshell
    Tim Cullis
    It's now 40 years since Tim's first trip to Morocco on a TriBSA cafe racer and in the intervening time he's spent about three years in the country including trips with offroad bike, 4x4 and trekking with mules. As well as a full logistics run down this session will show the beauty and strange places that Morocco has to offer.
  • How to avoid the Mother-in-Law at Christmas
    Chris Bright
    Trail-riding in northern Thailand. Superb sights, sounds, culture and fun for not a lot of money.
  • TeapotOne - Brewing a Journey
    Bruce Smart - TeapotOne
    What is TeapotOne, why is it happening, and how do you go about planning a trip of a lifetime?
  • Living and Motorcycling in Peru
    David Groves
    13 years riding and running a bike tour company in Cajamarca, Peru.
  • Budget Overlanding - Necessities vs Luxuries
    Graham Field
    Dispelling the myth that only the privileged and those who lead a charmed life can do a trip. Keeping the challenge and avoiding the endurance test.
  • Travelling with a Classic Bike
    Rollo Turner
    If bike and rider add up to more than 100 years these are just some of the things you might never need to know!
  • Life on the Line
    Jerome Bullard
    A 33,000 mile trip that changed my life - from the United States to the southern tip of Argentina.
  • Motorcycle Outreach - Motorcycles for Healthcare
    Craig Carey-Clinch and Barbara Alam
    Be inspired by the story behind HU's nominated charity and how Motorcycle Outreach supports healthcare projects in Indonesia.
  • The Himalayas on a Royal Enfield
    Lilian Hobbs
    A video of my trip on a Royal Enfield across the Himalayas. One moment it's tarmac, the next it's a river crossing, but who cares when you get to ride at over 18,000 ft on the highest road.

More coming soon as details arrive!



Lots more to come!


  • Live Engine Re-Build for Charity
    Ed March (and his Honda C90)
    Watch Ed in the marquee as he attempts a full top-end re-build of the C90 to raise funds for Motorcycle Outreach. To take part, just buy a ticket and guess how long it will take him.

Ed March and his Honda C90
Ed March and his unstoppable C90

  • Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere. Two hours.
    • We're delighted that Continental Tyres will be giving this year's guide to changing and maintaining tyres. They'll show you how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one. The best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires. Bring your changing / patching kit with you! Hand's on practical, try it yourself.

Tire Changing clinic
Changing a Tyre, tech session 2009
(It will be in the Marquee for 2012)

  • Overweight is Underprepared 5!
      Dave Lomax
      Who would have thought 5 years ago that this presentation would be used on Grant and Susan's DVD series and prove so popular? Updated and back again by request to let you know about the things that are essential to travelling light. Not least, the difference between what you 'want' and what you 'need'. You will be astounded at how little you really need to travel super efficiently and light (cheap!!!).
  • How to Film your Adventure
      Austin Vince
      Instructional double-session from the master of adventure motorcycle film-making.
  • Travel the world and get paid to do it
  • Paperwork for the 'Stans
      Zebb from Motoloco
      Everything you need to know about essential paperwork for travelling through the 'Stans.
  • Keeping your Airhead on the road
      Phil Hawksley
      A Q&A session to help you keep your Airhead running.
  • GPS Mapsource and BaseCamp
      Tim Cullis
      Double session workshop on using Garmin products to plan your trip.
  • A fortnight round Morocco - a detailed beginner's package
      Mike Vitkovitch
      Aimed at novice adventure riders, a well proven route with details of where and how to travel, stay, eat and enjoy the trip! A handout of the information will be available at the talk.
  • Demystifying the Myth
      Yosi Rapaport
      What to pack, how to pack it, and why less is always more.
  • Trip Preparation and Planning
      Colin and Dee Masters
      The pleasures and pitfalls of long-distance riding.
  • Adventure Motorcycling Medicine Update
      Dr. Wendy Peters
  • First Aid Demonstration - Including the Safe Way to Remove a Helmet
      Dr. Wendy Peters
  • Tax refunds to fund your trip
      Steve Mercer
      How to get the HM Revenue and Customs to give you monrey to fund your trip.
  • Escape to the Country
      Andrew Sercombe
      All the gear and a Big Idea. Now what? Getting started the easy way.
  • Panel - volunteers please!
    • How to get someone of the opposite sex to go travelling with you - panel and discussion.
      Why is it so hard? What are you doing wrong - or right? All viewpoints discussed!
  • Women only
    • A VERY popular session - it's a must for the ladies, so plan on being there!
  • Roadkill Cookout
    • Danny Taylor and Fil Schiannini
      Watch and learn - how to skin a rabbit, prepare, cook and enjoy other tasters. And what does Thai Green Curry have to do with Roadkill? Check schedule at the firepit for demo times.

  • Roadkill Cookout

  • Ask the Experts!
    • Panel Session! Still have a nagging question or two? Want to ask, but not sure who? There will be a panel session to get all those last details covered - ask anything at all! MOST of them we'll answer...


Important Presentation Info!

The main conference room will squeeze 250 people. Smaller rooms hold up to 100, so there will be THREE and sometimes FOUR shows happening simultaneously, so you can pick and choose what you watch. We will repeat as many shows as possible so that you don't miss out.

The Marquee (the Souk!) we used for the first time in 2010 will be back, and will be used even more. It easily holds 3-400 people with standing. Many of the shows in the main room will be streamed to the big screen in the marquee, so you have two choices for where to watch.

There will also be Breakout sessions, which anyone can call! We'll have signup sheets for breakouts, just grab a sheet and list what subject you want to talk about and where and when, and people can sign up and meet you there! Sessions can be during dinner, or over breakfast or meet at someone's bike, whatever, it's up to you.

There will be slide shows and talks Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, as well as all Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday too, (see the schedule). Come early and make it a great weekend!


After the roaring success of last year, the 'Slow Bike Race' is back again for 2012 with the fantastic support of Rieju Motorcycles. All overlanders know that you are going to spend a significant amount of time, picking your way at slow speeds through mud, slaloming potholes and slow motion dodging through loony traffic. What better way to show off your skills! It won't be easy, but it'll be fun. The first 27 people to book at the Meet get to take part. Kick off 10am sharp on Saturday morning. There'll be a prize! And a bonus prize for the slowest rider who completes the course within the rules. Um, NO SIDECAR OUTFITS or 4x4's :)

Slow Bike Race (photo by David Yard)


Back again for another year, the HU Travel Bike Show!
Free to enter, open to all bikes.

Prizes for:

  • Most Unsuitable
  • Most Stickered
  • Best Modification
  • Most Travelled

Shine it up - or perhaps get it dirtier... and bring it to the front parking area Saturday afternoon - details at registration.

See the Schedule here

Trail Rides

Trail Rides

The TRF has VERY generously volunteered to show you some excellent trail rides in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. These guys know this part of the world like the backs of their hands. There will be three grades of rides you can book onto:

- Hardcore (Knobblies)
- I’m Smiling (Enduros)
- Beginner (I can do this!)

The rides are roughly 30 miles and can last 2-3 hours. Talk to the guys on the TRF stand if you don’t know which is going to be the best grade for you.

The rides will be on Thursday & Friday and will leave from a meeting point 26 miles from Lumb Farm at 10am and 2pm. There will be another set of rides on Saturday at 12pm.

Due to the kind of roads, it’ll take you about 40-50 minutes to get to the meeting point. So, for the 10am rides you’ll need to leave Lumb Farm by 9am and for the 2pm rides you’ll need to leave by 1pm.

If you're interested please put your name down on arrival at the TRF stand across from the Registration Tent. There will be sign-up sheets for each ride posted. First in best dressed. Rideouts are limited to 6 people per ride.

Full on crossers with race pipes and numbers are definitely likely to be frowned upon. It’s up to you to make sure that your bike is road legal and insured. All participants have to sign a liability waiver at the time of booking. The TRF has tried to ensure that the routes chosen are all legal, but run leaders are volunteers who will not be held liable for any legal problems. YOU are responsible for your own safety and any damage to your bike.

Donations to the TRF fund are requested from all ride participants, but will be waived if you join the TRF at the event.

Live Music - Saturday Night - Round the Bonfire

In what has become a tradition for the Ripley meeting, on the Saturday night you'll find live music round the bonfire. This year we'll be rockin' to Stevie Simpson and his mandolin...

Charity Draw

2012 Charity is Motorcycle Outreach, through the sale of raffle tickets and the generous donation of prizes from all the vendors on site and from afar. If you'd like to donate a prize for the charity raffle, send it direct to Lumb Farm marked to Angela Woods FAO Horizons Unlimited or just bring it along with you to the event itself.

Confirmed prizes so far include a £200 voucher from Brittany Ferries, 12 month subscriptions to RiDE and MCN, a voucher for a pair of tyres from Continental Tyres, the hire of a Suzuki V-Strom DL650 with topbox for 3 days and 2 nights from Saltire Suzuki in Edinburgh, signed copies of all four of Sam Manicom's books and Adventures in Yellow by Norman Magowan, plus two motorcycle jackets and a scarf from Turcano Urbano.

Motorcycle Outreach does much the same as Riders for Health, but in Indonesia! :) In 2011 you raised a very vital £1,200.00 for them with your raffle ticket purchases!

As with 2010/11, the draw will be held at 5 pm on Saturday in the marquee. If you're in a presentation at the time, numbers will be matched to prizes for you to collect later. Prizes will be available to pick up from 5 pm Saturday until 10 am Sunday, so no need to be there to win! The raffle for any uncollected prizes will be redrawn at 10 am on the Sunday - so don't throw your tickets away.


Tasty meals with generous portions served all day, every day, from 8.00am and well into the evening. There's a wide and varied menu, including vegetarian options. Lumb Farm haven't increased their food prices since last year, which you'll find are equivalent to, or less than, what you might find in most pubs. Eat in the restaurant, bar, or al fresco!


The £10 camping fee for the whole 4 days is not included in your registration fee this year. The camping fee is being charged by Lumb Farm and not by Horizons Unlimited.

There are TWO camping areas, one as you come in on your left, and the main area at the end of the driveway behind the buildings. Access to BOTH is behind the buildings. The main camping area fills up fast, so early arrivers please don't take a big area, just squeeze in, and leave a pathway for early departures. The quietest area is probably the secondary area, on your left just as you arrive - but no promises!

NOTE: The lower field has a small area that's prone to seepage from the site's septic tank - which is supposed to be "no problem" but as the weekend goes on it has been errhhm "overwhelmed" so look for the signs and steer clear!

NO 4 wheeled vehicles in the main camping fields at any time without specific permission. It's too crowded and causes too much damage to the grass.

4x4 and Camper Vehicles - Unlike in previous years, the 4 wheeled 'camper' zone will be in a designated area at the top of the bottom field.

Showers - Men's available in the new outside blocks. Women's still inside the main building.

Wi-Fi - there is Wi-fi available in the Pub area, but it's a single connection for EVERYONE so don't expect fast!

Barbecues - ONLY at the firepit area, not on the camping fields AT ALL. There are NO cooking facilities except what you bring, but there's tons of excellent pub food at good prices available.

Food and Beer - available in the pub. Please DO NOT bring YOURS into the pub! Angela, the landlady, obviously got upset when people did this in the past.

Dogs - due to a particularly noisy dog in the past, there will be no dogs allowed to camp in the main camping areas at all. VERY sorry we have to do this, but there were a lot of complaints, and understandably so, about a dog barking all night, so we're forced into this restriction. 4 Wheelers can have their dogs in the parking lot area, and there is an area on the driveway on the right as you arrive, near the very bottom of the hill, where people with dogs and tents camped last year and were happy with it, so we will continue to do that this year. Noisy dogs will be ejected regardless, so please keep your dog quiet.

Children - safety concerns have been raised, especially with folks riding around on motorcycles, not always sober! Some of the presentations are absolutely inappropriate for kids, and yet their parents brought them along anyway! It is not fair to the presenters (or the audience) to expect them to censor themselves so that children can attend talks that are intended for an adult audience, and we could run afoul of child protection legislation. IF you wish to bring your kids along, YOU explicitly accept these stipulations and therefore FULL responsibility for kids under 16 (and 14+ year olds will pay full adult price). NO children admitted to talks after 9pm.

Equipment for Sale

There will be a pin board for you to post equipment, bikes etc for sale.

Free stuff - A Scratch Patch

(as suggested by Michelle Clarke in an email:)

"We all know how expensive these overland travel dreams can be, but also how you often manage to accumulate travel equipment and bits and pieces that just end up gathering dust. That thingamabob that you have been meaning to give away for ages could be exactly what some skint newbie is in need of before a first trip.

How about a table set aside inside as the Scratch Patch at the UK HU meet? A place where people can put those extra inner tubes for the bike that they already sold but forgot to give to the new owner (clearly labelled as to size of course ); that jerry that you bought that doesn't fit your mountings; that Lonely Planet for Mongolia - anything that might be a big help to someone else.

(of course, anything that does not find a home by the end of the weekend will need to be reclaimed)"

Perfect - we'll set up a spot somewhere, so bring your goodies!

Travel Vendors

Vendors sign up here to join us!

2012 Vendors:

Many more expected...

Books - get your signed copy direct from the Author!

Expected attendees (but never any guarantees):

Ted Simon with his brand new book 'Rolling Through the Isles', plus the classic 'Jupiter's Travels' and 'Dreaming of Jupiter'.
Austin Vince will have his DVD's for sale as well as his books 'Terra Circa' and 'Mondo Enduro'
Dennis Robinson, 'Scooters in the Sahara'
Nathan Millward, with his first book 'The Long Ride "Home"'
Robert Wicks new book 'The World's Great Adventure Motorcycle Routes' and the rest of his series: 'Adventure Motorcycling', 'Adventure Riding Techniques', and 'Building the Ultimate Adventure Bike'.
Sam Manicom, with his books 'Tortillas to Totems', 'Distant Suns', 'Under Asian Skies' and 'Into Africa'
Paddy Tyson, with his book 'The Hunt For Puerto del Faglioli'
Graham Field, with his first book 'In Search of Greener Grass'
Overland Magazine, the great new publication from Paddy Tyson
Jerome Bullard, 'Life on the Line'
Rollo Turner from Panther Publishing will be there with several great travel books.

Bring some cash! :)

Download the 2012 Presentations and Events Schedule as a PDF here

Plan what you want to see! The schedule is subject to change, so don't hold our feet to the fire - stuff happens! But we will try very hard to ensure that it goes off as planned. To avoid disappointment, be sure to check the latest schedule posted at the meeting on the day. And even that can change. :(


ONLINE Registration is closed, but there is still room to register on the day!

Admission pricing (for PAID pre-registration):

If you registered and paid before November 1, admission was £45 plus Camping/Venue fee.

If you registered and paid before March 1, admission was £55 plus Camping/Venue fee.

Register and PAY between March 1 and June 30, 2012, admission was £65 plus Camping/Venue fee.

At the door admission is £75 for all four days plus Camping/Venue fee.

Friday ONLY £35 at the door, no camping.
Saturday ONLY £40 at the door, no camping.

NOTE: Car parking - due to the EXTREMELY limited car parking space, and a lot of problems in the past, there is a £10 charge for onsite car parking. Pay on the day. All parking charges will be donated to Motorcycle Outreach.
4WD / Adventure Travel vehicles that you're sleeping in, no additional charge, and we have a private area for you. Presenters with equipment, no parking charge.

Entry fee includes admission to the slide shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and Sunday am, and other events during the day every day. Camping is NOT included in your entry fee for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you arrive a day or two early there is no problem finding a spot to camp, no charge. Just eat there and they're happy! If you want to stay over a day, similarly no problem.

Accommodation and meals are NOT included.

Check out the Books pages for Travel books and videos.

Support your favourite website!


Sorry, ONLINE registration is now closed. There IS still plenty of room, so come to the Meeting and you can register on the day!



Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Just to clarify the membership situation: Currently there is no requirement to be a member to access the website, the HUBB or to receive the monthly e-zine. For now, what you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive.

We will also upgrade your status in the HUBB to Member. In addition to recognising your contribution through your status, this will allow you to upload a custom profile picture and custom avatar, store more private messages, upload more pictures (10 MB maximum storage) and create polls.

You can also get a t-shirt, mug, fleece jacket or other Horizons logo product from the Souk, and purchase Member logo products at the basic price. Just let us know and we can arrange access to the Members Private Store.

Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or shortly thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.

T-Shirt Deal

2012 T-shirt Slogan not yet determined.

Top quality cotton t-shirts in black or grey. We will have a range of sizes available, but quantities will be very limited, so if you wait till the day, there might be none left in your size.

The Synthetic t-shirts are in a beautifully made wicking material, and make great travel / riding t-shirts as well as all-round wear t-shirts.

Note that we will have a very few t-shirts extra at each meeting, but to be sure you must pre-order and pay in advance.

2012 Tshirt slogan "The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!"


(large, full back)

The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!


Front 'Pocket patch' logo on all tshirts

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

(You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Poster in pdf format (380kb) full colour 2012 poster.

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location for 2012 is the same as 2004 - 11

Lumb Farm, Ripley, Derbyshire, UK

Lumb Farm may have once been a farm, but is now a pub with numerous rooms and grounds suitable for our purposes in a beautiful setting. Seating for 250 people with catering at all prices and tastes. Other than camping, no accommodation is available at the venue. See the hotel links section if you're not camping. It has a large grassy campsite behind the pub and an area for a bonfire to welcome you. There's showers for our event only. A new room has been added for presentations, but the old showers and squash courts are gone. Al showers will be in outside blocks.

Lumb Farm
Derby Road

01773 744 299

More info on their website.

Camping IS NOT included in your entry fee!

Getting There - GPS, Maps

The Farm is situated on the B6179 just south of Ripley, opposite Marehay Vauxhall Garage, and half a mile north of Denby Pottery.

From Ripley Town Centre take Derby Road past the Leisure Centre and Fire Station straight over 2 roundabouts and turn left opposite Marehay Garage, up the winding road and Lumb Farm is at the top on the left. From A38 Coxbench exit straight through Kilburn, Denby past the Denby Pottery works and follow signs into Ripley and Marehay turn right opposite Marehay Garage, up the winding road and Lumb Farm is at the top on the left.

"Ripley is a town with its roots in industry, mainly due to the Butterley Company with its ironworks.

Today the town has a shopping centre, and a leisure centre, and despite rebuilding work, some of the original buildings remain to be seen today."

Lumb Farm map

Lumb Farm entrance

GPS Co-ordinates:

WGS84: 53° 1.9’ N, 1° 24.3’ W.

OSGB: SK 400 485

Map of the area.

Click above map for a large version.

www.StreetMap.co.uk overall view, all the way to Liverpool

www.StreetMap.co.uk closer, showing Derby and Alfreton

www.StreetMap.co.uk very close, showing the B6179 Derby Road, and Marehay

www.StreetMap.co.uk closest possible, Ripley only.

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know



Other Accommodation Possibilities

Ripley Premier Inn
Good choice - Susan and I have stayed there ourselves! 5 minutes from the venue and secure parking for bikes. 24 hour Reception. Tell them it's a "Horizons Booking" for a FREE beakfast! Ask for Caroline if there's any questions.
Nottingham Road, Ripley,
Derby DE5 3QP
Tel: 01773 512334
Fax: 0871 527 8935

The Moss Cottage Inn, Ripley, reasonable prices but books fast. £46.95 per room. 01773-742-555, DE5 3JT (1.7 miles approx) (2010 reviews were not good due to construction, so it was a punt for 2011 - and no one has reported to us anything, so it's an unknown for 2012!)

The Hop Inn, Openwoodgate, Belper, 01773 823900. Inexpensive.
(3 simple miles from the venue)

The Lion Hotel, Bridge Street Belper DE56 1AX Tel 01773 824033 - Fax 01773 828393
"The Lion Hotel is situated in the centre of one of Derbyshire's most historic towns - Belper. The hotel provides an extremely high level of comfort and service." (4 Miles from the venue) Email

Talbot Hotel, Belper. Tel: 01773-822258 (5.3 miles)

More in Belper

Information about the area

Ripley Information Centre, Ripley Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley DE5 3BT
Tel: 01773 841488 Fax: 01773 841487

"Denby Pottery Visitor Centre, Derby Road, Denby DE5 8NX, on B6179, south of the town, has a museum, guided factory tours and a shop of the famous Denby Pottery Open: factory tours, Mon-Thu 10:30 & 13:00, Fri 10:30; Craft room 10:00-15:30 daily. Factory shop Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00."

Midland Railway Centre, Butterley Station, DE5 3QZ, a very big collection of steam & diesel locomotives, with coaches & goods wagons as well as miniature and model train layouts. Shop, etc, Tel: 01773 570140

Wingfield Manor, South Wingfield, A610 then A6 before right to Crich and South Wingfield, ruined 15th-century mansion and tower used in the film "Jayne Eyre" and TV series "Peak Practice", Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned here, Tel: 01773 832060 Open: Wed-Sun Apr-Nov"

Derbyshire UK has links to everything you want to know about the area itself.

Derbyshire Curiosities - Derbyshire curiosities looks at some of the natural and man made oddities to be found in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Check out the plague cottages at Eyam and other oddities.

Derbyshire Photo Gallery for some pictures of the area.

Derbyshire Customs will acquaint you with some of the odder local practices, including Well Dressing, evidently a BIG activity in the area during the summer. Unfortunately, our event will be too late for you to participate in Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday, which sounds like great fun! "The goal posts are 3 miles apart. It has little to do with normal football, for the game has few rules. Murder and manslaughter are barred as is the transportation of the ball by vehicle. Play after midnight is also forbidden."


Local Hosts

Sam Manicom Iain Harper

Sam Manicom and Iain Harper are the main meeting organisers.

Sam deals with general organisation, including the volunteers and vendors. Iain looks after the technical side of things and the presenters' support team. They can always use your help - please volunteer for a couple of hours, help out, and meet people and make new friends!

See you at a meeting this year!


Editors note:
We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.
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