Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Wednesday 19th December 2018 Coffee stop

Melmerby Stores (cafe) is listed for our coffee stop tomorrow. It is not open tomorrow. BUT the Bakery in the village is. The coffee is good (well I think so) and there are lots of options, so, do not be disappointed come to the village anyway.
Hope to see you there.

Wed 19 th Dec - Ride from Carlisle to Talkin Tarn

Since Peter is unable to lead his ride, I am offereing a shortened version of the route with one stop only for lunch at Talkin Tarn.
  The route will cut out Rockcliffe & Heathersgill & take more direct routes to Brampton & Talkin Tarn.
The start will be at the end of Mayors Drive in Bitts Park just south of the River Caldew bridge to the racing track.
   The distance to Talkin will be approx 21 miles with a return to Carlisle of approx 14 miles.
I hope to see some of you there.

Monday, 17 December 2018


Weather looks ok, some showers but above freezing.
I think the days are too short for 2 stops so I intend to change to  one, an early lunch stop at Kirkby Stephen, The Mulberry Bush Cafe.
Happy Christmas     David

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Sunday's Ride Update

Weather looks horrible now but it could improve a lot by tomorrow. I hope to be at Greystoke by 9.45 am and we can assess the weather and, more importantly, the road conditions then. We will then decide if there is a need to change plans. My mobile number is 07906 896503.

Friday, 14 December 2018

2 Bike Ride on Sunday 16th December and a note about the alternative coffee stop

I have decided to make this a one stop ride as the days are short and we might be able to coincide or at least overlap with the self led riders at Granny Dowbekins. I hope we will arrive at Poole Bridge by 12 noon taking an 18 mile loop from Greystoke in the morning. Hopefully the weather will be bright and we might get Christmas card views of the northern fells from the Hutton Roof and Berrier area. In the afternoon the ride back to Greystoke will be about 17 miles via Askham, Penrith and Newton Reigny. As it is likely that we will cut through Lowther and Newton Rigg you might like to think about which steed to bring - although there are only very short sections of rough.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Friday 14th mtb ride.

Fridays ride is leaving Askham village car park at 10am and we will ride round the new trails at Lowther before riding over Askham fell to Howtown. Then along the lakeside road to Pooley Bridge where we will have lunch. Then back over Askham Fell.
This ride is suitable for mtb newbies. We should be back at the car by 3pm. Hope to see lots of you out.

Monday, 10 December 2018

2 bike ride on Wednesday 12 December

My one stop 35 - 40 mile flat scenic ride this Wednesday will start with coffee and festive mince pies and cake from 10.00 until we leave at 10.45am. (If arriving by car please will you park on the road outside the Parish Hall, not in the car park). Our house, Rowan Lea is on Church lane, CA5 6PN, opposite the church and grave yard. The large gate will be open to the back garden so just make your way through to the back, with your bike. We will leave at 10.45 and take small lanes towards Newton Arlosh then around Anthorn before stopping for bring your own lunch in the RSPB Campfield Visitor Centre (we can make a tea or coffee for a small donation). We will then have a wonderful ride along the coast with views to Bonnie Scotland before making our way across country back to Thursby for around 3.00pm and more festive refreshments for those that want. If you cant make it I wish you a happy cycling Christmas !