Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Two and a Half Bike Ride, Wednesday 20th June

The meeting place is the Carlisle Rugby Club car park, which is just off Warwick Road (A69) in Carlisle. As you enter the car park, head to the left and park in front of the Squash Club. The stats for the ride are 50 miles and 1500 ft of climbing. We set off at 9.30am and head off through Rickerby Park to Linstock and Crosby on Eden. I had intended going straight through to Newby East, but the council are carrying out road works on this section and it will not be safe to try. So a slight diversion along the A689 and a loop around Carlisle Airport to reach Newby East and then to Corby Hill to cross the A69 at the traffic lights. We get to Brampton via Townhead and Geltbridge for coffee at Oakbank Coffee Cabin on Longtown Road. The next section takes us through Lanercost, Walton, Hethersgill for the lunch stop at Longtown. The return to Carlisle is via quiet roads to Houghton and back to the squash club. The forecast is for showers in the morning and a dry afternoon. Hope to see a few members for this trip around the Borderlands.

Monday, 18 June 2018

2 bike ride on Wednesday 20th June

The ride is in the Ribble Valley with close up views of Pendle Hill. 
Start is at 9.30am from the entrance to the main car park in Clapham. Directions are; Turn off the A65 into Clapham village, go over the bridge and turn left. There is free parking alongside the river all the way up to the church. The main car park is on the right. All day parking £4.50.
The ride is along quiet easy riding lanes and the total distance is 48 miles.
Route; Clapham, Austwick, Giggleswick, Wigglesworth, Paythorne, Gisburn, Rimington, Downham, Chatburn, Holden, Settle, Clapham.
There are two good food stops, Gisburn (18miles), The garden centre at Holden (30 miles) and the option of locally made ice creams on the village green at Downham around mid-day.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Kieth Jowett

Sylvia  rang earlier today to say that Kieth died last Tuesday.  He has been in a care home in Bradford for 3 years and had become very frail recently. A sad end for such a strong, determined and enthusiastic cyclist who road with the club for many years.

Update on Sundays ride

Crosby Ravensworth village hall are doing a salad and pudding lunch on Sunday for £7.50 if anyone would prefer that. I think we will still take a picnic, but it does mean the village hall loo will be open.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Rides on Sunday June 17th

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides but heading for the same destinations. We leave the Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by Penrith at 9.30 and head for Bampton Cafe for 11'ses, and then cycle via Shap to Crosby Ravensworth for a picnic stop by the church. Return via Morland. The distance is about 40 miles. forecast is good so see you at the start.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Hi All
James and I are breaking out this summer to have a go at the End to End. As we will be passing through Cumbria we would be delighted to have some company at that or indeed at any stage
The programme is (overnight dates)
26 June Lands End
4 July Southport
5 July Kendal
6&7 Carlisle
8 July Crawford
15 July John O Groats

Best wishes
David Harrison

2-bike ride tomorrow 13 June

This is stage 2 of John Wilson's 'River Eden Source to Sea' route and takes us along roads familiar to many. We will be setting off from Appleby cloisters at 9.30 and doing Colby hill the easy way - downhill! - via Bolton, crossing the river before Temple Sowerby to coffee at Culgaith, crossing back to the south side of the river at Langwathby to take the Great Salkeld road to Lazonby and our picnic by the river. Return is along the north side of the river - Glassonby, Hunsonby, Skirwith, Blencarn and Long Marton.