Hi Dave and welcome.
As Womble says best to contact your local group, I'm sure they will accomodate you.
Over in Manchester we have rides most weekend at which new riders are welcome but that may be too far for you to travel without a trailer or van. All our rides are listed on the members section of the web site but potential members are always welcome to join us.
If your interested in joining one of our rides just contact our ride secretary details accessible from the group listing.
Thanks, come October- when my new van or pick up arrives- I will take you up on that offer. I am always in or around Manchester but would not fancy riding there, across "The Snake".