Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ride Wednesday 30th

Don’t miss the earlier 9.00 am start from Langwathby Village Hall then via the Meaburns to Orton 11s stop for approx. 10.45, after 19 miles. The idea is then to go via Ravenstonedale to Mallerstang to The Moorcock. Either stoke up at Orton Gallery or bring some food for a snack-stop at the Moorcock Inn. (It was closed last time I was there). Back via Garsdale, Sedbergh for a late lunch, and along the side of the Howgills to Tebay and tea at Orton then re-trace to Langwathby. The “Alternative” ride loop, Orton to Orton, is a smidgen over 40 miles. The full ride from Langwathby is just over 80 miles. I have ordered another stunning day weather-wise. See you there!

Peter KO

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Club Rides Sunday 27th September

We have arranged for both rides to have lunch in Dalston. There will be soup, bread, a selection of cakes and tea or coffee. This is in aid of MacMillan and a suggested donation of £5 would be appreciated. While no one will be turned away it would be helpful if you could let us know by phone (01228 710110) or text (07906 896503)if you would like lunch. Mike's ride won't reach Mae's Cafe in Uldale until well after 11. Claire's ride should reach Caldbeck around 11.

Date for your diary

I have again made a booking at Mrs Millers for our annual Christmas Lunch. Further details and booking can be made at the AGM, but just so you can make space in what are no doubt very busy diaries for this usually very pleasant get-together I'm giving you early warning!
Oh yes the date!
Saturday 19th  December


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Club Ride Wednesday 23 September.

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930 and as usual there will be parking for a few cars on our drive. If the parking is busy near the church, there are 2 large lay-bys between Bowston and Plantation Bridge on Winter Lane.
The planned route for tomorrow has approx. 6000 ft of ascent over 66 miles and is therefore a lumpy ride, but with no brutal climbs.
As the forecast is currently predicting rain in the afternoon which will get heavier later in the day, I have a Plan B to shorten the ride if necessary to 50+ miles - still lumpy - but with only one stop - probably in Coniston.  This should allow us to get back before the weather gets bad.
There will be tea on offer at Bowston after the ride.
Hope to see you tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ride Sunday 20th

Because of the weather outlook I have decided that the ride from Brough tomorrow will be somewhat shorter to avoid the heavy rain that is predicted around 4.00pm. This is particularly disappointing as Dick had offered us tea as we passed through Nenthead.
The route I propose therefore (subject to discussion with those that turn up!) is over to Middleton then Stanhope for lunch and returning over the St Johns Chapel road to Langdon Beck. This will still be 100km (63mi for those who went to school before 1970) and include 1900m of ascent so I hope you will still find it worth the epithet 'testing'. See you in Brough at 9.30 Sunday.

Beryl Burton (West Yorkshire Playhouse)

Janet and I are going to see "Beryl - A Romance on Two Wheels" when it comes to Carlisle on October 8th. If interested, phone 01228 598596 for tickets. There are other times and venues too, see http://www.highlightsnorth.co.uk/
The write up in the highlights rural touring scheme booklet is really good; should be well worth seeing.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Eat Sleep Cycle - Reminder

Eat Sleep Cycle

In 2011 Anna Hughes cycled 4000 miles solo around the coast of Britain - a ten-week adventure that took in the highs and lows of Britain and everything in between. Her book, Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain, telling the story of the journey, was published in March this year. In September she will tour her book from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, visiting cycle clubs, bookshops and cafes at various points along the 1000 mile route, to give talks, readings and signings. And of course, she’ll be pedaling each mile as she peddles her wares!

Anna will be speaking at Saddleback Café, Keswick on Thursday 17th September 1800.  Entry is £3, redeemable against a copy of the book.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Club Ride Wednesday 16 September

Wednesday's ride will leave the Quarry Car Park, Grasmere at 0930 and will be hilly. The route will take us over Wrynose via Elterwater with 11s at The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite. The descent from the top of Wrynose to Duddon Bridge via Cockley Beck is well worth the hard climb.
From Duddon Bridge we will head for The Wilson Arms, Torver for lunch and return via the east side of Coniston Lake. The total distance will be approx. 52 miles.
At the moment the forecast is for the possibility of light showers in the afternoon, but the bulk of the climbing will be over by then, and hopefully things will change for the better (ever the optimist!).
Hope to see you Wednesday,
Keith G.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Fame At Last!

Yes, me! I appeared on ITV Border TV just after 6 pm today, following an ad hoc interview at Hartside just after the awards. So, I now can claim TOB fame!

Many of us enjoyed Stage 5 of the Tour today at various locations, Rachel leading a group to view the Croglin King of The Mountain section and then many of us on to Hartside. On the climb from Renwick I overtook about 20 riders, but there again about 200 overtook me .....

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


En route to a wonderful evening microlight flight over the Eden valley yesterday, I bumped into Catherine Renwick owner of Hartside Cafe. She reckons Hartside road 'gate' - wherever that is - will be closed to cyclists and walkers from about 1.30pm.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

ALT Ride - Wed 9 th Sept

The published meet venue is Booths for 11's. 

I intend to ride there and go on for lunch at the newly reopend Station Cafe at Langwathby ( as per the flier placed as a blog on Sat 5th Sept ). 

A printed copy of the flier was on veiw at the Newton Reigny Birthday Rides where it was badged as the " The little blue train cafe ". 

I expect that Birthday Riders on local rides used the premises and that it will be popular with spectators on Thursday's ToB Stage 5 that passes through Langwayhby.

Amost New Mavic Tempo Mtb shoes

They were just a tiny bit too small. I've worn them once. Offering them to anyone with size 10 UK (EU 44 2/3) feet. £50 (mass 390g (each) without cleat)
Recessed cleat so ideal for getting off on the steep bits!
Intend putting them on ebay shortly so give me a ring if you're interested.

Geoff A

Monday, 7 September 2015

Ride Wednesday 9th

Those coming on the Weds ride will delight in a cornucopia of cycling challenges
We will be starting at Ings and for those who are technical the GR is  NY444988,for those
who navigate from pub to pub then you will know the Watermill just past the Church as you
takethe first slip road past the Petrol station on the main road from Kendal to Windermere. I will be lurking in the close vicinity by the road leading to the gated road.
We will take some light refreshment at Low Sizergh before heading for Dent. Back home via some
little twists and turns!!

Sunday, 6 September 2015


Anyone joining Rachel's ride is welcome to park at our house in Ousby rather than Melmerby or Langwathby. Park sensibly in the drive and/or on the roadside so as not to block others. We don't need to know in advance and may not be in when you come & go, matters not!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Station Cafe - Langwathby

 Received today:

Hello I just wanted to let you know that I have opened the café at Langwathby Station. previously Brief Encounter, and we welcome cyclists (and dogs in one of our rooms).
We offer a varied menu with lots of vegetarian dishes, home baked bread, pastries & cakes & a wide range of teas, coffees & drinks. Special dietary requests are catered for. The emphasis is on fresh food and home baking and we use lots of Eden Valley produce from our free-range eggs (2miles), Brewer’s Droop sausages (1.5miles), salads & soft fruits (5miles).
We offer eat-in and takeaway options and can provide packed lunches & picnics to order. Local delivery is also available by arrangement.

I have attached our basic flyer with summer opening times and contact details & hope that your members will give us a try!

Kind regards
Janet (not our chair!)

I don't think this means that  cyclists and dogs have to share accommodation!

Ride Sunday 6 th Sept

The route will be as published : -

Start - Melmerby Village Green at 09:30

11's - Brough  via Long Marton, Appleby Burrells and Gt Musgrove ( stage distance 25 miles )

Lunch - Middleton in Teesdale using the B6276 ( stage distance 14 miles )

Tea - Alston using the B6277 ( stage distance 21.5 miles )

Finish - Melmerby ( Stage distance 11.5 miles )

Total distance = 71.5 miles and total ascent = 6200 ft

Since I've not ridden a bike since Tues 25 th Aug and have just returned from a tiring week  in the London area, a south coast outing and visit to Dorset as a " tourist ", I may cop out of doing the whole ride and return back to the start from Brough.

If I do this I would appreciate another rider or riders completing the circuit with the rest of the group.