Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Ride on Sunday 5th January

This message is advance warning about the club run this coming Sunday.   In the likely event of inclement weather the route will be shortened and there will be a change of  lunch stop.    Abbot's Lodge  will be off the menu replaced by Armathwaite - probably.    When I have a forecast I will update the blog.   

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Sunday 29 December Ride

Please forgive my flippancy:  the 'rubbish tip' term I used in setting up  the ride refers to the Recycling area by the bridge in Lazonby (now I write about 'recycling' I see I might subconsciously, deliberately [?], have avoided the term).
At the moment it seems that there will be about a dozen of us for the ride, 5 of whom are now meeting at Langwathby at 0920 to ride to Lazonby.  It is not compulsory to do this.  It will not be seen as a way of avoiding this part of the ride at the end of the day, so, if any others want to start at Langwathby, they can.
Look forward to seeing anyone who wants to join in for the whole or any part of the ride.
Nigel L

Friday, 27 December 2013

Just to let folks know I have now permanently deleted my blog about the club clothing feedback.

Hope you all had a jolly Christmas and can get out on two wheels if the present rain and gales ever subside!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sunday 29 December 2013

Alison and I are thinking of doing a 'moderate' ride on Sunday:  start Lazonby rubbish depot 1000, Melmerby 11s, Appleby lunch and return to Lazonby;  approx mileage 40. Useful for us, if you are thinking of coming, to let us know (though not prohibited if you do not!).  Happy Christmas everyone.
Nigel L

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Puppet On A String or Ten

Just been (4 nearly grown ups that is) to Upfront Gallery at Unthank to see Xmas puppet production Pied Piper of Hamlin. Really excellent and the rats, well!  So if you or your Xmas visitors want something a bit different, thoroughly recommend it as I think Parker and Janet have mentioned in the past. Not just for young kids either - even CJ was there! Google to find details.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

Highland Laddie

Further to our previous post; you can also get soup and bread for£4.15. There are also big meals!
The true veggies may be reduced to egg and chips unless they take the sandwich option.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Wed 11th Ride. Lunch Highland Laddie

Both Wed rides have a changed lunch venue as the Dalston Women's Guild is having its Christmas lunch at the White Heather.
The Highland Laddie does very good "small meals" that aren't that small for £6.
If we let them know in advance they will do sandwiches but these aren't such good value.
If you have food queries you can phone them on 016973 51839

At the moment the forecast looks ok for Wednesday.
Tea and mince pies afterwards at Dalston.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Carol Service

For anyone interested in joining the Veteran and Classic Bicycle Club for their Cyclists'
Carol Service on Sunday 8th I will be leaving the New Dalston car park at 10,  coffee stop at Watchtree then making our way to Rosley Church for 1pm. There will be tea, coffee and cakes at the village  hall at 1.30. Bring you own sandwich if you want more than that!
Hope to see some of you on Sunday.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Recent rides and Sunday 8th

I am sorry I haven't been out recently. Maybe see you at Glenridding on Sunday 8th. Still waiting to hear from someone about the ride on which I spent half an hour on my own in the filling station cafe in Keswick. What happened to the rest of you? hope you had a good ride today, whilst I was working -- booo!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Lunch & Walk

A reminder about the Christmas Lunch for those who have forgotten that they want to come(!) and a suggestion that we might like to walk beforehand.

The lunch is being held at Mrs Millers in Hazel Dean Garden Centre, Culgaith - you can park in the Garden Centre which is just S of the level crossing. So that's 12.30pm - 14th December and to book (if you haven't already) - give me a ring or use the form and the menu to complete your selection and email it to me. There is a vegetarian and full party menu with lots of choice.
I would be grateful if you could get your requests to me by the latest 8th December. Thanks!

I am happy to lead a shortish walk (90min mainly off road so bring boots or wellies) from Hazel Dean starting at 10.30am and you are welcome to assemble for coffee at 10.00 at Station House beforehand.

CJ's Ride on Sunday December 1st

Mike and Claire invite you to tea and cake after the ride.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Peoples Millions - Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who voted for Watchtree Wheelers in the Peoples Millions. Watchtree won the £50,000.

The money will go towards re-tarmaccing the training area in front of the reception building, building a 1:15 slope as an aid for youngsters learning to ride 2 wheelers, moving the Interserve office cabin to a new location to reduce motorised traffic using the training area. The award is in addition to funding that has been given for tarmacing 1/2 mile of track leading on to the training area.

When complete, I think Watchtree will be one of the best 'Wheels for All' centres in the UK

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Change to 11's Weds 27th

Elevenses  on Weds 27th has been changed to Little Dodd Nursery  just before Calvert Trust on the Bassenthwaite  road out of Keswick (A591). This is because the cafe at the Osprey centre at Mirehouse is now shut on Weds

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Peoples Millions - Watchtree Wheelers

A reminder that on Tuesday 26th November - this coming Tuesday - Watchtree Wheelers will feature in a televised competition for £50,000.   They are up against the Devils Porridge museum based at Eastriggs/Annan.   Both groups are registered charities.    The group that receives the most votes, will get the £50,000.    Naturally I would like as many people as possible to vote for Watchtree Wheelers (#votetoride).

Watchtree Wheelers is a 'Wheels for All' centre near Wiggonby,  west of Carlisle and is part of Watchtree Nature Reserve.     The centre is the only one of its kind in Cumbria.    Watchtree Wheelers has approximately 50 bikes of which half are adapted bikes for use by disabled people.    The centre is used regularly by disability groups from Carlisle, Wigton, Penrith,  Keswick, West Cumbria and more recently by a group from Barrow in Furness.     The centre is also used by families and in particular for teaching children to ride.    Carlisle Junior Triathlon Club also use Watchtree as a venue for some of their training.

The number to phone to register your vote will be revealed on Tuesday on Border TV.   You can vote from 9am until midnight.   You will find the number on the Watchtree Wheelers website on Tuesday morning.

Please vote for Watchtree Wheelers.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Lorry Blind Spots

Sent from Tom Brewis via Dallas:

Click the link

Comment on the youtube site worth noting. Be sure that you can see the lorry driver's face through his mirror or he cannot see you! 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Ernest's Ride on Wednesday

Ernest has asked me to inform you that tomorrow's ride will be 50+ miles on scenic cruising terrain. It isn't forecast to be frosty, but if conditions require it we will follow safer bus routes, but lunch and 11's will still be Morecambe and Leighton Moss.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sunday 17th November Rides

Les has kindly offered coffee before the start tomorrow hence the 'from' 0900; I am not proposing to leave Les's till 0930.
Alison says that she (and others seeking moderate pace and peace from me) will be going to Bojangles for 11s and then on to Abbot Lodge for 12s.
Nigel L

Tomorrow's ride Cafes

11's suggest Bojangles Bridge Street Appleby open from 10 am. Taste of Eden closed Sundays. Eden River used to be Lemon Tree I can't get to answer phone and even if open, not till 11 am.

Lunch Silver Yard cafe at Orton; recentish place used to be Mad Monks Music

Even though Nigel leading rather than me, still start at our house from 9 am and welcome back here for tea after the ride.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Sunday's Ride - Update

Nigel has kindly volunteered to lead my ride on Sunday, still starting from our house in Ousby so you can take the mickey out of my gammy tooty ! Forecast suggests cloudy and thankfully no ice for further mishaps following last weekend's adventures.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

EV Slide show Friday 15 November

Looking like being a great social occasion and if you have not yet let me know you are coming along there is still time.  Otherwise see you all at the Stoney Beck Inn, Penrith on Friday for 7.00pm

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cafe Stops for Tomorrow's Ride

I am planning to stop for 11's in Muker at the tea rooms in the village store instead of Thwaite as published on the Runs List. In addition, I am looking to switch lunch to the bikers' café in Hawes. The reason for these changes is that I cannot guarantee the original venues being open.

The forecast for tomorrow is looking good - I hope to see you in Kirkby Stephen.

Keith G

Monday, 11 November 2013

Can anyone help retrieve Sue Bland's bike from Grizedale Visitor Centre?

Due to injury Sue had to abandon Sunday's ride (10 Nov) leaving her bike in the wardens office at Grizedale Forest visitor Centre.

Sue to likely to be out of action for some weeks so it would be very helpful if anyone is passing Grizdale and is able to retrieve the bike directly to her or to me (Lance in Cliburn near Penrith, Mobile: 07432 627480). Also, I am happy to collect it and relay it on to Sue from anywhere near the A6 north of Kendal.

Sue lives near Brampton - (details in members list)

Les's Ride Sunday 17th November

Would someone volunteer to lead my forthcoming Sunday ride please?

It's scheduled to start from our house in Ousby with 11's at Appleby and lunch at Orton, but if the hoped-for volunteer would prefer an alternative start venue, just need to blog it and I'll phone the few non-bloggers who may turn out.

So why am I opting out of this coveted role? Expecting bad weather? Can't do the miles? Bike broken? Someone has invited us to lunch? No - I slipped on a rock walking on my ownsome too fast off the hill in near darkness on Saturday and have sprained a ligament or some such anatomical thingy in my foot; took an hour to hobble the remaining mile even with walking poles. Treatment with whisky and beer didn't effect an immediate cure, so a few weeks non-activity beckons!

Been a funny old week. Last Monday on a beautiful day completed my final 'Birkett' Lakeland Fell top near Shap - there are 541 of these, over twice as many as the 'Wainwrights' which even you dedicated cyclists may have heard of! Ruth still struggling with her toe infection picked up at Cumberland Infirmary in July and Muska our elderly Retriever although having been unwell that morning and walking slowly, met me on the final summit of the round of eight tops. Muska took a turn for the worse and could hardly walk so
carried her an exhausting mile over my shoulders down the rough fellside to a track, fetched the car and then got stuck in the mud turning round; eventually extricating ourselves as darkness fell. Next day took Muska to the vet hoping it was a gastro infection as in the past, they put her on a drip and did tests, but two days later that was it, no more exuberant if sometimes undisciplined dog. 13+ years or 90+  in human terms is fine though.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

For Sale:-

Giro helmet, size XS, very little use, £5;

Cycling shoes, Exus, size 40, very little use, £20;

Cycling sandals, Exustar, size 39/40, as new, £20;

Line 7 boots, Goretex-lined, size40, very little use, £20;

Or all the above £50;

Contact , John W.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Transport to Burneside tomorrow

Would anyone  be able to give me a lift to and from Burneside tomorrow? Maybe from junction 42? At a pinch I could get there but would need lift back. I will check blog later but please give me a call if you can help. Janet

Tomorrow's ride - 10th November

Weather looking good for tomorrow - ride has its ups and downs but no steep climbs planned but certainly some beautiful autumn scenery through the Rusland valley.  There is some parking chez nous as well as usual car park opposite Burneside Church.  Afternoon tea also chez nous post ride - hope to see you!  Cathy

Friday, 8 November 2013

People's Millions - Watchtree Wheelers

On the 26th of November The Watchtree Wheelers will feature on ITV Border news as one of two charities in the running for £50,000 Peoples Millions funding. Viewers get to decide which of the two charities receive the money.  A voting phone line will be open on the day from 9am until midnight.   Our mission is to make sure that every single one of our supporters votes and their friends and family members vote also.   (you can vote up to 10 times)! In the run up to the vote we are trying to build a huge following here and on twitter so that when the time comes we can remind you to vote.    

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Wrong grid for ride on 27th Nov

Grid ref for elevenses at Osprey centre Mirehouse should read  (GR 235282)
for ride on 27th November. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Moderate Ride 6 November

A few of us are going to surprise the main ride (Ian L's) by going to Up Front for 11s (meeting perhaps a little early - Alison thinks about 1030) and then going on to Booths at Penrith for 1200. Alison will be leaving Langwathby at 0930, Culgaith road end, and going via Plumpton.
Anyone wanting to join is welcome.
Nigel L

Rheged Event - Best of Kendal Film Festival

Rheged Sunday 17th November 7.30pm  price £9-50 is the annual evening showing of best films from the Kendal Mountain Film Festival awarded earlier that day.

Several EV's have attended in the past when we organised a pre-event Chinese meal at 6pm in Penrith, or alternatively simply eat at the cafe in Rheged.

If interested, please book tickets directly with Rheged and let us know if you'd like us to look further into the Chinese meal option.

Les & Ruth

Monday, 4 November 2013

Wednesday 6th November ride

11's will be at the Upfront Gallery.     Most of the total mileage will be completed in the morning so lunch in Keswick may be late .   We will not be doing the Skiddaw round.   Instead we will return to Dalston via Mungrisedale and Carrock Fell.   Lights will be essential.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Slide show on 15 Nov

Hi folks

Please will you let me know if you are coming along to the slide show on 15 Nov, 7.00pm, Stoney Beck Inn, Penrith  by 6 November please.  Ta

Tomorrow's ride Sunday 3rd November

The bulk of the mileage will be in the morning tomorrow. Elevenses at Lanercost followed by a late lunch at Houghton Garden Centre at approx. 14.00 - so make sure you bring enough food (or nutrition systems) to keep you going! Suggest you bring lights just in case we are delayed by punctures etc.  Looking forward to seeing you at Wetheral.

Good Cycle video from CycleClips

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For those that don't get the email newsletter from CTC

Friday, 1 November 2013

Posible email scam or malware

I received an email with a header purporting that it was from Paul Gilpin and was entitled " Hello ".

Since Paul is not active with the club any more and there were unknown addressees on the message I did not open the message and deleted it.

This could be a scam or malware.


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Car Wanted

After a replacement car for my son in Brighton. Budget £1000 for smallish  4 door petrol, engine size up to 1.6 litre. So obviously quite old but hopefully in good cared for condition. Do tell me if  you know of anything. Thanks - Les Meer

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Wed alt cafe Abbott Lodge

Ian and I are bringing Simon and Avril to Abbott Lodge tomorrow.
Hope to meet some moderate riders.
Will try and get there by11 depending on the wind

Wednesday's Ride

Cathy and I recced the ride last week and found that there were sufficient refreshment stops on the route to make the BYO for 11's unnecessary.  We now plan to stop at Seathwaite for 11's and Torver for lunch (instead of Broughton in Furness).

For anyone daunted by Wrynose, it only takes a few more minutes to walk the ascents than ride them and the long descent from the top through Cockley Beck and down the Dutton Valley through Ulpha make it well worth while - not to mention the ride round the east side of Coniston. The ride is 50 miles in total.

If the conditions are looking hazardous an alternative route will be offered. I hope to see you tomorrow.

Keith G

Monday, 28 October 2013

Newsletter and Runs List

The latest version of both of these can be found on the website:-
or you can down load them - Runslist  and Newsletter

do take time to read the Newsletter as it will keep you up to date with the clubs activities - Particularly the following:-

Slide Show, Friday 15 November, 7.00pm, The Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith : Please let Karen know if you are coming along and whether you would like to show some slides- max time 15 mins per person. If you would like some food half way through - £5.00 per person please let me know – Karen tel 01228 712689 or

Club Christmas Dinner - 12.30pm - 14th December Mrs Millers Culgaith : This is usually a very pleasant not to say festive occasion and this year it is being held at Mrs Millers Culgaith - about 100m from our house so guess who's organizing it! It's not even November but if you want to secure your place at the Christmas Lunch - BOOK NOW Look on the BLOG for details or see Geoff. Alternatively just ring me on 01768 88444 – thanks Geoff.  I will put up reminders from time to time

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Watchtree Wheelers

Watchtree Wheelers are planning to replace their entire fleet of 2 wheel bikes.   The bikes are hybrid mountain bike type Ridgebacks.   The bikes are 1yr old, in good condition, lightly used and are well maintained.   Also for sale is a Pashley trike.   This was donated 2 or 3 yrs ago, is in good condition and hardly used.     If interested, contact Ryan Dobson tel 077589 73529 or go to

Something for next year?

This info might be useful if you want to entertain family/friends with or without bikes.  
The bike-bus services started in July this year.
Wray Castle was opened to the public by National Trust in 2012.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Wednesday's ride

Looking forward to seeing folk Wednesday.

If the weather is poor, we can do fewer miles, but still manage both cafes!

 Word of caution with regard to parking at Cotehill:

If you are going to park next to the village hall please leave enough room so that the bus can reverse around the corner (with hall on its left). Do not park along that road any further than the green gates (i.e. any further towards St John's Close). You might be better parking on the grass verge outside the village towards Armathwaite on the left - beyond St John's Close and beyond the church. In summary: keep away from St John's Close and their grass verges/drives.
A couple of people could park at Low Cotehill on the left of our lonning (make sure cars/tractors can pass). Go towards Wetheral and our lonning is at the bottom of the hill on the right.
If you are coming by car from the Carlisle area then I suggest you maybe park in Cumwhinton.

Please also keep your voices down....

Christmas Lunch - Book Now or at the AGM

It's not even November but if you want to secure your place at the Christmas Lunch - BOOK NOW

This is usually a very pleasant not to say festive occasion and this year it is being held at Mrs Millers - about 100m from our house so guess who's organizing it!
12.30pm - 14th December
You will be able to hand in your requests at the AGM or alternatively use the form and the menu which you can down load by clicking on the links.

Thanks for getting on with it promptly!

Good Value front light

I recently bought a new battery powered front light from amazon.

It came with no instructions but as you will see from the ad. it is cheap and extremely powerful.

With addition of a fresnel spreader lens it is more than adequate for riding at speed in total darkness.

Additionally it comes with charger battery pack and fittings for bars and as a head torch all for £15

Here is the link

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Articles for next Newsletter

Please will you sent any articles, photos or snippets for the  November Newsletter to by 23 October.

Thanks Karen

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013

Northern Counties Veteran & Classic Cycle Club

Dallas has asked me to put this up:
right click on the poster for a larger view

There is another ride in November - for info click here

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Wiggo and me

You know you haven't seen much of your Chair recently. Well - I've been trying to recruit new members.............

A funny story

A little girl (let's call her Janice) was very good at English, so her teacher decided to set her a little challenge:

Teacher: "Janice, can you think of a situation where you would feel mixed emotions?"

Janice: (thinks for a while) "Yes. Watching the headmistress ride over a cliff on my new bicycle."

This is brilliant...!

Just watch the video on this link, it's wonderful.

Tomorow's ride Sunday 13th October

Looking forward to seeing folk tomorrow.
Word of caution with regard to parking at Cotehill:

If you are going to park next to the village hall please leave enough room so that the bus can reverse around the corner (with hall on its left). Do not park along that road any further than the green gates (i.e. any further towards St John's Close). You might be better parking on the grass verge outside the village towards Armathwaite on the left - beyond St John's Close and beyond the church. In summary: keep away from St John's Close and their grass verges/drives.
A couple of people could park at Low Cotehill on the left of our lonning (make sure cars/tractors can pass). Go towards Wetheral and our lonning is at the bottom of the hill on the right.
If you are coming by car from the Carlisle area then I suggest you maybe park in Cumwhinton.

Please also keep your voices down....

Having said that - maybe no one will turn up!!!!!

Friday, 4 October 2013


I've just bought a rear LED light at a bargain price.
The supplier Adventure Northumberland Ltd of Alnwick claim to have only 12 more for sale.
This link will take you to their Amazon sales site : -

The unit is a bar construction that can be mounted on a rear rack or seat post and appears to be of a strong waterproof construction.


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Club Photo sets

Some of the more observant of you will have noticed that the Photosets on the club's website have stopped working. This is because the links to various Picassa albums do not work any more and this has precipitated me into changing the Photo page. It uses out of date technology and I am anxious to replace this with a system that works  on computers, tablets and phones. (Like the pictures of the TriVets)

here are a couple to get you in the mood...

Paul planning a route near Shilbottle

wet....but it was the most direct!

I'm therefore going to need replacement photos! I have some but if you can supply pictures of Club Events or holidays with appropriate references I should be very grateful. Please do not send them to me by email! I can lend you a memory stick and at the same time give you an idea of the required resolution.

So get hunting for those pictures.
Here are a few rules of thumb to help selection
  1. 10-12 max of each event 
  2. I can scan proper photos but...
  3. .jpg or .png  format, each picture 250kB max; 1090px max width or height.
  4. perhaps no more than five or six years old although it would be nice to have some 'historical ones' as well
  5. Not private holiday snaps (!) for the moment, but if they involve several of our members on a trip - fine.
 The AGM might be a suitable time to let me know you have some or whenever you see me on a ride

Thanks in anticipation

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday 29th September - No ride scheduled

As there is no ride listed on this day, potential riders might like to consider an excellent coffeee stop in Culgaith. The Village has it's annual Art Exhibition in the village hall (at the crossroads) and Tea, Coffee and Homemade cakes will be on sale at very reasonable prices (£1.50 for tea and cake).

Do you need any more inducement?

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sunday 22 September

If you are thinking of going on Cathy's ride, please, please ignore this post;  Alison risks loss of a valued friendship not to say dispassionate advice on riding techniques (to the effect that Alison should forgo stunt riding in favour of wheels on the ground touring ....) if she poaches riders tomorrow.
That said, it is possible that there are one or two riders who want only coffee and company (even in the absence of Cathy) and who would go to Abbott Lodge to meet about 1110 (that is not a spelling, if spelling applies to numbers, mistake);  if there are, it is suggested they go there then, before or later.  Alison and I, and one or two others, intend to.
Nigel L

Friday, 20 September 2013

Club Ride on Sunday 22 September

Tea and refreshments will be available after the ride so if anyone wishes to park at our house they will be most welcome.
The ride will be between 45 and 50 miles - I hope to see you on Sunday.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Code of Conduct

At the August committee meeting, we agreed to publish the club's code of conduct on the website and draw members' attention to it, and section 4 in particular.
Well it's there now, under "Documents", so please have a look.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

This is  a repeat of the run on the 28 August
See you there

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Tour 16 September 2013

I am going to ride to have a peek at the tour.  I propose to have an 11s stop at Booths in Penrith then go on via Greystoke, Troutbeck, C2C route south of A66, Threlkeld,  along St John's.  Lunch BYO and / or see what can be had at the Hotel at the south end of B5322 then south as far as possibly the car Park overlooking Thirlmere - in hopes of getting a longer view.  I have not ridden to check the route so there may be variation.  If anyone wants to join me, that would be nice;  otherwise you have  a pretty good idea how to avoid me.
Nigel L

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ride on Sunday 15th September

The forecast is horrendous and a complete change of route is a strong possibility.    I have in mind a route taking in Grizedale, Newby Bridge, Hawkshead etc.      Because of low light conditions, lights will be advisable.  The weather may not be as bad as forecast and I would not discount doing the published route at this time.   If we ride the route, 11's will be BYO as there is no cafe at Ulpha.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tour of Britain

On Monday the 16th we ( Sustrans, Eden ValleyCTC and Cycle Carlisle) are having a stall at the start of the 2nd stage in Carlisle. Anyone who is thinking of coming to watch the start do come and see us.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Ride from Kirkby Stephen 11th September

It would seem from the weather forecast that we are in for heavy rain from mid-day so alas we will have to change the ride to something a little shorter. Back lights might also be a good idea as some mist is forecast. See you at the start and we can make a group decision there!
We'll keep with the 9.15 start to avoid confusion!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Sunday's Ride

Tea and refreshments will be provided at our house after the ride on Sunday. If anyone wishes to park here they are most welcome.
The forecast is looking much better now - hope to see you out!
Keith G.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Bank Holiday Monday Ride

Cathy, Jules and I are going to revisit Ian Ludlam's great ride over the Trough of Bowland tomorrow, starting from Burton in Kendal. If anyone is interested in joining us please get in touch. It will be a hilly ride of approximately 60 miles.
Tel: 01539 728617
Mob: 07504 191781
Maybe we will see you tomorrow?
Keith G

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Tour of Britain 16th September

Just thought some of you might like to see arrangements for the departure from Carlisle of Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain on Monday 16th September:

The route seems to go to all kinds of places accessible to EVCTC members! (They must have known) (Except they don't seem to be stopping at Abbot Lodge)

For full details:

Thursday, 22 August 2013

News breaking...

Parker: “Hi, sweetie. Have you heard the latest news?”

Mrs Parker (slightly bored sounding): “No, dear, what is it?”

Parker: “Bradley wants to change his name to Chelsea and live as a woman!”

Mrs Parker (breathes in sharply and nearly falls off chair): “WHAT!?!? You mean Wiggo has a gender identity issue?”

Parker: “Ho Ho Ho. Of course not. I mean Bradley Manning”
Please note that the start will be at:
TEBAY- Sports Ground at the normal 9.30
David H

Langwathby Village Hall Fundraising Event

Langwathby Village Hall are having a series of Autumn Talks to raise money for the village hall.  As Eden CTC are occasional users of the hall I thought it would be nice if we could get behind them.  I'm doing the first one (about cycling), so I thought it might be of interest and, I could do with the support!

Details below:

Friday 13 September
A 2000 mile Cycle Ride Around South.East Asia     Jeff Trueman
Friday 11 October
Adventures in South Korea   Richard Moatt
Friday 22 November
Promoted to Brigadier for a Week in Kosovo  Brian Thornton

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
Venue: Langwathby Village Hall

Tickets £5 each or buy all 3 for £12

Tickets available from:
Brief Encounter 01768 881902
Or Gordon Edgar 01768 881997

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ride Wednesday 21st August

Lunch tomorrow will be at the Noreham Cafe, Cockermouth should anyone like to join us there.   The ride will be approx 60 miles

Monday, 19 August 2013

More 100 stuff

Thanks to all those who generously donated on the day and special thanks to Geoff & Eileen and Laurie & Margaret for their catering; it staved off the bonk very nicely.

I don’t know where the odd £1.30 came from…

See last paragraph of letter – the Hospice have done their homework!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Survey of Lake District Scenic Beauty

I've been sent this and thought some of you might like to contribute to the survey ? Karen

The Lake District is among Britain’s most beautiful areas and is visited and enjoyed by millions of people annually. Its lovely landscapes contribute to its popularity among the members of your cycling group. With the support of the Lake District National Park Authority, I am carrying out a survey to measure and map the landscape quality of the Lake District National Park. The results will inform and assist the Authority, councils, land owners and other bodies in their planning, management and promotion of the region.
The survey comprises a set of photos of the Lake District and involves rating them on a 1 – 10 scale of landscape attractiveness. The value of the survey depends on having as many people as possible participate.

No qualifications or experience are required and the responses will be anonymous. It is open to anyone 18 years or older. To participate simply click of the following


The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If it is inconvenient to do it now, I suggest you put it aside to return to, or send it to your home email. You can indicate at the end of the survey if you would like to see the results.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Ride Wednesday 14th August

I've put Wednesday's ride down at 65-70 miles but that will, of course, depend where you ride from!
I won't be leading the ride back to Renwick - I'll be finishing at Wetheral Animal Refuge - where we could have our afternoon break. So make sure you know your way back from there! The round trip Cotehill - Renwick- Animal Refuge is about 60 miles. Those coming from Langwathby will clock up about 73 miles. Coffee at Renwick at 10.30 means that some folk might like to join us and then opt for shorter loops.
If anyone is considering parking at and/or riding from Cotehill, please give me a ring.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

100mi ride in Papers!

Those who were on the 100mi ride will know that we were visited by a journalist and photographer at the start. Here is the result.
Click the pic to see the larger version.
Thanks to Peter Angood for the scan.
For those who can't pick out the text - :

HARDY riders cycled up hill and down dale on a 100-mile route around north Cumbria, taking in a-scone or two on the way. The group of CTC Eden Valley bikers set off from Cotehill in perfect conditions to make their way through Wetheral, Carlisle, and Rockcliffe, before heading to Dalston for elevensies. The route then took them south via Langwathby and Culgaith for lunch. In the afternoon, the group headed through Renwick, Croglin and Brampton for tea, before returning to Cotehill.

Club chair Janet Streeter joked: "As you can perhaps tell, this is a social ride and not a race - CTC has been described by some as standing for 'cafe to cafe'. "We will have time to draw breath, enjoy the scenery and there will be plenty of opportunity for the usual friendly banter and conversation that we hear on all our club runs. "We wanted to encourage riders to do 100 miles." The atmosphere was relaxed and joking away as they checked the chains and brakes on their bikes. But with the hilly section between Renwick and Brampton awaiting in the afternoon, Mrs Streeter was under no illusions of the task ahead. She said: "The riders will have to maintain a good pace to complete the route in a day,which is no mean feat when you consider that the majority of our members are over 55 and some in their 70s. "One of the challenges for the riders is to know that they shouldn't start too fast. "There's a little bit of a culture that you have to go as fast as you can all the time."

Friday, 9 August 2013

Sunday Ride from Langholm 11th August

As the weather looks a bit 'iffy' we may well decide on a slightly less demanding route. Eg Newcastleton for coffee and Hawick for lunch returning by A7 or via Hermitage and A7 to Langholm. I wouldn't like people to be put off by the combination of poor weather and long ride! It looks to be mainly showers rather than continuous rain so shouldn't be too bad. We can make a group decision on the morning! See the brave ones in  Langholm. Geoff

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Growing younger!

In my next incarnation I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last nine months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!
I rest my case.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Latest Newsletter and Runs list

These are both now available on the website or as per the links below:


Runs list for August thro' October

Thanks to CJ and Nigel for there hard work.

Those who do not have access to the internet will receive copies in the post. So if you are one of those and are reading this .......!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Microlight Flight

Nothing to do with cycling whatsoever, but bit like the gliding evening we did a couple of years back, chance for  some adrenalin rather than pootling about the lanes!

My surprise birthday prezzie from Ruth  a few days ago was a microlight evening trip   from the local  landing strip 4 miles away near Glassonby (sure you will have biked past it) with a local owner/enthusiast. He charged not much more than the fuel for a nearly 1.5 hour superb trip up to Hartside, buzzing our house twice, chasing Ruth in our  1949 MG along the road and then over to Lowther, Ullswater, Greystoke  and Penrith. A few wow  factor steep  turns, red baron chasing another microlight, barnstorm the  runway then down. These things travel at nearly 60 mph and this chap  is a great pilot who seems to enjoy taking people  out for a flight and chatter in broad Cumbrian! And he will fly more gently if that's what his passenger prefers - but I  opted for maximum thrill! Will be definitely going out again with hopefully a trip over the Lakeland Fells as far as Wastwater. So if anyone is interested,  let me know and I will pass on contact details for the pilot. 


Thursday, 18 July 2013

What a coincidence

Who would have believed it? There I was cycling happily along a rather anonymous but nevertheless beautiful french lane close to Auxerre last week (whilst filling in time waiting for the European Bike Express (bus)) and there was this sign. I almost fell off the bike!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Have You Missed Me?

Be honest, probably not! But here's why I come on very few rides at present. Ruth has joined the Ramblers who walk Wednesdays and we now can't leave our 13 year old dog all day, so that means I can only get out part day. Don't misinterpret - really happy that Ruth has joined Ramblers, she gets lots of fun out of it. Fine if I can ride in to 11's and then go home around lunchtime, but with most longer rides out of my area that ain't on, so just the ALT local meets when available. I'm not around many Sundays as Fell & Rock meets or classic car events etc tend to be weekends, or if I am, once again rides often out of my locality and I'm reluctant to drive 60+ miles round trip to the start. And all that means I'm not fit enough for the long rides anyway, so Catch 22 really. Mind you, had a great ride from here on the C2C  to Gibside NT near Newcastle recently to join the Sustrans Festivol weekend, so can still spin the pedals.

However, Muska the dog won't live forever .....................

Enjoy your riding.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013


The time for the next Newsletter is fast approaching.  I would be delighted if as many people as possible contributed.
I was thinking, apropos of 'popular demand' and the weather, that I would have a section of 'One liners' (no objection to these extending to two) on 'Cycling is ...' - be that for better of worse.
A substantial article, or several, might save you reading a long filler editorial;  please send me what you can.
Happy in pedalling, Nigel L

Monday, 8 July 2013

In answer to a much asked question...

On Sunday's run 7th July, lots of people were asking how we came to be eating at a private house (Byers Farmhouse at Bewcastle) when it's not a café.

How a new “Café” was born

In October 2009, Janet and  I met Neil Main, a local farmer, near Rawney as we were cycling on the road between Bewcastle and Newcastleton. We had just gone through a gate on the road and decided to keep it open for him as he turned up in his Landrover  just as we were about to set off. We chatted for a while and he told us how he had moved from Lanarkshire and was now living in Byers farm at Bewcastle.

Well, a funny coincidence then happened. Some weeks later when I was riding through High Stand Forest which is near our house, I met David and Carolyn who turned out to be the people  he had bought Byers Farm from. They were now living only  about a mile away from us near Cotehill. I mentioned that we had met Neil and that he had said we could call in for tea and scones some time. Well, Carolyn said that Neil’s wife, Margaret  is a very good cook and that we should take him up on the offer.

So I did, and we arranged to go to Byers Farm and all had a wonderful time with bacon sandwiches, scones and endless pots of tea. We’ve repeated the experience a few times since!


Sustrans could get lottery money for it's schemes this year; please see

and vote for them!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

New (to me) website for components

With two bikes in need of new chain wheels, cassettes and chains I have been scouring the web for the best prices.

At least for Shimano this site appears to knock spots off the usual suspects Evans, Ribble, Chainreaction, Merlin, etc. 

e.g. Chainreaction total price £97.89  Bike-discount £81.38  
Perhaps delivery will take a longer??? (from Germany)

Update: Ordered online Tuesday - Delivered Friday

Watchtree Wheelers

Here is a lovely article from the Cumberland News.

Ian L is a volunteer at Watchtree and Anne has been selling soup recipes to raise money for the charity - I bought one at Shilbottle and the quality of soup in our house has definitely gone up since!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ride on Wednesday 26/6

There is an alternative section on this ride if you do not want to do the track - but of course you will miss the best bit though! I've done this ride on my road bike and tyres and I usually walk the steep more rocky section.  Its a fantastic ride so see you Wednesday.


Monday, 24 June 2013

TriVets pictures on website

hall pic
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You may be interested to see some pics kindly submitted by Rosemary and Peter on the Trivets page of the website. I have put them there as a test for future galleries which should be accessible by all devices ipads etc which at present cannot view the 'flash' galleries.
As a result I should be grateful for any more pictures that members have as i will be steadily replacing some of the older galleries.
PS Shilbottle pics
to follow

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Strange sign

Seen at the end of Hollins Lane Silverdale on a ride last Sunday: Can anyone suggest what it means?

Caravan site for firemen?
Beware cyclists in particularly long capes?
Wheeled hedgehogs only?
(Thanks to Rachel for the pic)

Friday, 21 June 2013

A big thank you.

Many thanks to all involved with the splendid organisation of the TriVets. It was a lovely day.

Special thanks to my group leader, CJ1. That's him waving at me.

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Chris Read

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Tri-Vets event yesterday 19th June

What a day we had! We were blessed with wonderful weather, a beautiful route, plenty of helpers at HQ, excellent marshals and a great organising team. (Not to mention the delicious food!) - result: lots of happy cyclists! I'm sure we'll be talking about this event for many months to come. Many thanks again to all who gave up their time and worked so hard to make the event such a success!

Trivets - a bIG thank you

Mrs G and I would like to thank all those who helped to make the Trivet event a brilliant success.
We both enjoyed the superb route and of course the refreshments etc.
A special thanks to Keith for accepting our late application and to Cathy for her excellent route leadership.

BTW .... I was going to request the event steward to test the 'faster' groups for drugs due their up hill high octane overtaking but as Janet streaked past me - I thought... blast it ... she probably is the head steward!  :)

Many thanks again to all who made it such a great day and a memorable experience.