Monday, 25 September 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 27 September

Wednesday's ride will start from the quarry car park in Grasmere at 0930. The plan is to more or less follow the first half of the Fred Whitton route, but to avoid busier main roads where possible.

From Grasmere we will go over Kirkstone via Holbeck Lane and head for Threlkeld for 11s. From here we will go through Keswick and head for Borrowdale and Honister Pass. From Buttermere we will go over Newlands Pass and head for Portinscale for lunch. The final leg will take us through Keswick, round the back of Thirlmere and back to Grasmere. The outlined refreshment stops can be changed and negotiated on the day depending on group needs.

This will be a demanding ride with over 8000 ft of ascent and the distance will be approx. 75 miles, but the pace will be steady. The forecast is good and the scenery is stunning, so I hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Cycling stuff at Aldi Thursday 28th September

Just a 'heads up' for the suave looking cyclists on a tight budget .... 😉
Aldi has some good offers in store this Thursday.  Details here 

I have found the merino base layers and shirts to be very comfortable, harder wearing (a bit of polyester is added to the wool) and at least one third of the price of the 'must have' labels. If you want the merino ... be sure to get there early Thursday morning.

Can someone explain the purpose of a tail light with a video camera? 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Moderate ride Sunday 24th

This will leave Penrith Cemetery Gates lay-by on Beacon Edge at 9.30 and will head to Appleby (Eden River Cafe on Bridge St) via Askham, Shap and Crosby Ravensworth, for an early lunch after 25 miles at about 12. So bring a snack for 11ses. Total miles about 40. See you on Sunday.
Phil and Rosie

Club ride - Sunday 24th September

The ride will start from the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown at 9.30am.   The cafe will be open from 7am if anyone would like refreshments before we start

The route to Langholm will be via Chapel Knowe and Canonbie.   11's will be at the Whitshiels cafe at the north end of the town.

Langholm to Brampton will be via Claygate, Haggbeck and Stapleton and it will be hilly.    Lunch will be at the garden centre on the outskirts of Brampton.      The afternoon section via Walton and Boltonfellend will be easier.   The total distance of the ride will be about 60 miles.  

I hope to see some of you on the ride.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Cafe Update .. Brougham Hall

For the information
Bettyanns' Tea Parlor at Brougham Hall is currently closed for a couple of weeks as the owner Kim is in hospital. She will keep me posted as to when it will re open.
She is however going to try and arrange for a friend to cover and open purely for teas and coffees and scones in the interim.

John Forrester

2 bike ride Wednesday 20th September

A gentle ride for the more fainthearted (see Geoff's blog for Wednesday's 3 bike ride). From Greystoke to the Mill Inn at Mungrisdale for coffee via Hesket Newmarket (15 miles). Then to Pooley Bridge for lunch (another 15 miles). Total ride a bit less than 40. Some hills but all fairly short and we will ride at a gentle pace so come and give it a go.

3 bike ride Wednesday 20th September

At present the weather is looking dry for this ride which is not for the fainthearted! Though we will take it at a steady pace - The full route which may need to be modified goes from Brough  via Middleton-in-Teesdale to Blanchland. We will stop at Stanhope for coffee and lunch in Blanchland. The return is via fairly desolate minor roads back to the Tees valley. Route GPX here. The stats are 118km and 2514m of ascent. We could do it the other way round and there are several opportunities for shortening the route if that is the group decision. Last year it was agreed to be a memorable outing!
hope to see you at the shop in Brough 0930 start!