Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Moderate alternative ride

For those of you who don't fancy John's ride - for details see below...
Tomorrow, the coffee stop is at Melmerby; I am planning to leave Penrith - gathering on Beacon Edge by the cemetery - at 9.30 to lead a ride to the coffee stop then along the fellside to Appleby for lunch - a lovely ride on familiar roads. It would be lovely to see some of you either for all of the ride or for those parts which suit you!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Club Ride on Sunday 17 September

We will set off from our house  Warwick on Eden,  CA4 8PA.   Turn into the village from the A69 just east of the Wetheral road.  There is parking space in the cul de sac (just past the Queens Inn) or on the road through the village.  The ride is 58 miles with just under 4000 feet of climbing.  Coffee after 14 miles in Brampton and lunch in Haltwistle after 38 miles (Val's Coffee House is open or CO OP).  Drinks and cakes available at the end as we soak up the late afternoon sun in our garden.
John P

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Wednesday 13th September Ride - Langholm

Having returned from a strenuous tour in Spain and in view of the weather forecast, CJ feels that this is not the best route to take everyone.
He hopes everyone enjoys a ride somewhere, there is the 'Coffee Stop' at Morland and any other thoughts could be blogged.

(posted for CJ)

13th September 2017,

A day to remember in many ways, a ride with friends on my 60th birthday, not  only a free coffee but cake with candles and a rendition of happy birthday, what more could I have asked for. I had a great day which finished late pm. Thank you  to all who signed my card. it was much appreciated.
John Forrester

Sunday 17 September - moderate ride on offer

Great turn-out for coffee yesterday - it proves it pays not to be a slave to the forecast!
On Sunday, the coffee stop is at Melmerby; I am planning to leave Penrith - gathering on Beacon Edge by the cemetery - at 9.30 to lead a ride to the coffee stop then along the fellside to Appleby for lunch - a lovely ride on familiar roads. It would be lovely to see some of you either for all of the ride or for those parts which suit you!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cycle to Morland

I will be leaving Langwathby village green at 9.30 for a cycle to Morland tomorrow, 13 September. You know you will feel better when it is over...

Avoid that deflating scenario

Following my ride out today be aware that the area around Lowther & Askham and around Newton Rigg to Newton Reigny the hedge cutting contractors are in full swing and clearing up the road debris is definitely not high on their priority as my front tyre found out.
No doubt other areas will be affected.
Be warned take care in these areas or try to route around them. Hopefully tonight's storm and wind may help displace the debris to to verges.

John Forrester

Letter in the "i"

I have just read a letter in the "i" newspaper, where Dallas makes a very good point about how much better a human voice is at warning pedestrians than a bell, and also about being garrotted by dog leads. Well done Dallas. I never get my letters printed in the "i".

Monday, 11 September 2017

Wheels for all session

Come along to find out more about what is available 
and how you can participate in the future.

Maes Cafe NOT closing

Austin very kindly passed on this ...

Just a quick note to say that we did visit Mae’s today (ride organised by Colin Fisher) and I spoke to the owner/manager. He knows about this rumour of the café closing at the end of August and who started it. He assured me that they have no intention of closing and indeed they were rather busy when we arrived. So it seems that Mike will be OK for the stop in early October.

Notice re Hallbank Hub/Cafe - next Saturday!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Club Ride 10th September from Dalston

Having looked at the forecast this morning, the band of heavier rain due around 1500 hrs seems to be arriving later. However it could be wetter than originally forecast on arrival at Greystoke. I am inclined to stick to my original plan to have an early lunch at Annie's.

John R

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Club Ride on Sunday10th Sept from Dalston.
The weather forecast for Sunday appears to be changing by the hour! Latest BBC weather forecast is for heavy rain in Armathwaite from 1500hrs and scattered showers in Dalston and Greystoke areas throughout the morning. Temperatures range from 10-14degrees Celsius, winds are from the South freshening as the day goes by. With this in mind I am minded to have an 11's / Lunch spot ( I anticipate arriving at 1130hrs) at Annie's Cycle cafe (the gardens are closed for the summer, but we can self serve tea/coffee and soup for £1.30 and eat her flapjack for £0.50, please bring something else to eat). If it is still dry in Armathwaite we can decide whether to stop at the Fox and Pheasant. We can shorten the route or make it less undulating if we need to.

Please look at the blog before setting out to Dalston on Sunday, in case of a deterioration in the weather forecast. Look forward to seeing you at the New CarPark Dalston  ...... John R

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A few challenges for September?

I had an idea to do a couple of trips before the winter sets in.
  1. The first concerns a sportive that I can recommend from having done it last year - details below
    This White Horse sportive as usual comes in various lengths but the 80 mi route is a cracker! Do have a look and if you're interested we might combine transport or at least team up on the route.
  2. This second is an idea for a non Club ride day to go and do a route that takes in several of the most challenging hills in the North York Moors. It starts and finishes in Gt Ayton (home of the world's best ice cream maker Suggitt's!) The route is 125km 2800m ascent and includes Grosmont to Sleights Moor, Rosedale chimney & Blakey Bank among others.
    If you are interested in joining me for this, let me know, and we can choose a time of fair weather and go for it! (The route can be modified at various places to make it a little shorter but not missing out on the ice creams!) 
The GPX for the NY Moors route is here (download it) and below is an image of the route(click)

Wednesday 6th September ride

Alison is leading her ride from Penrith Cross Keys to Plumpton for 11s doing less than 10 miles there and that gently too, she says.
I am leading the ride for the same 11s via Strawberry Hill and Lazonby, which of course will be gently too.
After 11s we both aim to go to Up Front for lunch but we are separating again in the hope that the rejoining will be all the more special, and, if that works well, we may go our separate ways back to Frenchfields too.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as think they can manage with one of us for a bit and two of us for the other bits.

Warm Welcome from Eden Valley CTC.

Hi, Thank you to the group for a warm welcome upon joining, plus the excellent rides to date and including one Sportive (a 1st for me). A special thanks to Alison, Nigel, Ann Faulder and Tara.
The tips and advice have been warmly received. Just back into cycling this has been a good move move for me.
Thank you one and all.

John Forrester

Monday, 4 September 2017

Components for sale - New!

I offer the following for sale before putting them on ebay!

These have come off a new bike so have been used no more than round the car park!

11 speed 6800 cassette 11-28  - £30

rear derailleur short cage RD 6800 -£30

Also a 106 link (care - quite short) ultegra chain gratis for anyone who wants it - again not used I have a new link pin if you require or of course you could use a quick link.

Finally - two brand new Selle Italia saddles
(both c 290g and 135 x 280mm) make an offer?
£5 each to charity? Try before you buy!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Thank you...

... for your generosity on Wednesday's ride to Staffield. Anne is delighted to have raised £250 for her charity Genesis - a big thanks to her and the team at Staffield for an amazing lunch and to Pam, Charles and Mrs Miller's for a wonderful tea. And thank you to everyone for making my birthday so memorable - a grand day out!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Bash a committee member!

Well at least bend a committee member's ear! There is a committee meeting coming up soon so if there is any matter regarding the group's activities that you would like to have discussed please contact your nearest friendly cttee member (and most of us are) and let them know. After all it's your group!
we are:
Geoff A
Mike B
Dallas B
Cecilia F
Chris J
Clive K
Nigel L
John R
Alison S alphabetical order of surname but reverse order of importance!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Wednesday 30 August 2 bike ride, lunch and birthday tea

If you have decided not to ride with Ernest, why not join us? Departing from Langwathby at 9.30 we will cycle 14 miles in a southerly loop to Melmerby tea shop for coffee, then north along the fellside before dropping down into Staffield for the lunch provided by Anne - about 12 more miles. How far we go on the way home will depend on how full we are after lunch, but Pam is very kindly hosting a birthday tea for me with cream tea and bubbly (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), served al fresco on her terrace with an idyllic view over the River Eden. The forecast is for dry weather and even some sunny intervals - what's not to like?
Donations for the catering will be given to Anne Faulder's charity, Genesis research Trust The money will be used to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting a mother and her baby. All money goes directly to Genesis Research. Anne says many thanks for any donations given. This is all part of Anne's trip to cycle Madagascar! I say 'thank you' to Pam for helping me to celebrate my birthday!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Club Ride. Wednesday 30th August.

The meet is outside the church gates in the centre of Sedbergh at 9.30am.
Wednesday is market day and so it is best to park either on the approach road coming in from Kirkby Stephen or if entering from Kirkby Lonsdale/M6 turn right onto the loop road that goes around by the school and park by the playing fields.
The route is Dentdale to Newby Head and then via Ribblehead for 11's at Horton in Ribblesdale.
We then cross North Craven passing Austwick, Keasden, Mewith to lunch at Wray.
There are various options for riding along the Lune Valley on the return to Sedbergh.
The weather forecast is generally good.
Do come along for an agreeable ride in some spectacular dales scenery.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Take me Home, Concrete Roads – Sunday’s Ride

About 55 miles with undulations, but intended to be an EV 2.5ish bike grade i.e. 11 to 12mph touring pace.
Starting from chez nous  in Ousby at 9.30 as advertised –still in the throes of our extension so space and hospitality rather  limited as the lounge is hors de combat for a few days more! Sure we will manage cuppas though.
Off we go, chattering away, 20 miles to Orton for  11.30’s.
Meet us en route at Culgaith, Temple Sowerby, Kings / Maulds Meaburn, Crosby Ravensworth  or even the top of Orton Scar if it suits.
15 miles to lunch between the M6 carriageways via Scout Green and over the concrete road (been a while since we did it?) to Haweswater and Bampton Tea Shop  – if we get many for lunch may have to rejig to pub at Bampton or even Shap as tea shop is small and run by just one lady.
Route back via Knipe Scar, Askham, Lowther Park then ad hoc - probably via Cliburn and that nice Centre Parks hill. We can wave at the Bank Holiday inmates ........

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August rides

Alison and I are looking forward to seeing as many of you as choose to come.  To repeat the Runs List: Alison is leading a route said to be 30 miles and my route is said to be 50 miles long.
On reflection, and after a momentarily hysterical motorised recce, the routes could be slightly longer if they were both to include sheltered, purchased sustenance.
The adjustments to be made are gastronomically orientated - Alison's lunch stop (AFTER a 10.30 START to accommodate coffee / tea at the cafe at Lanercost) is at Bewcastle - eating what appeals to you of the fodder brought by you (the extension to her ride to take in a cafe would otherwise entail a 16 mile addition) - (in other words BYO - Alison.)
I have decided that a one stop ride (STARTING AT 09.30) would be improved by a cafe stop at Newcastleton, slightly off the 50 mile route but then including a location on the 80 mile Sportive route.
We can say that views are largely uninterrupted except by the natural folds of the land.  There is, as a result, a paucity of oral fortification locations.  Bring your own if you think you will need more food than is available at the single hostelries mentioned above.
PLEASE note that PARKING at the Lanercost Priory is limited to 2 hours.  We suggest parking by the Bridge to the East where it is unrestricted except by the limitations of its boundaries.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Early warning of 2 bike Ride on 30th August

Early warning of 2 bike Ride on 30th August in aid of Anne Faulder's charity Genesis research Trust The money will be used to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting a mother and her baby. All money goes directly to Genesis Research. Anne says many thanks for any donations given. This is all part of Anne's trip to cycle Madagascar!
The ride will be lead by Alison from Langwathby and stopping for lunch at Staffield. Anne is providing quiche and salad lunch followed by cake! If you intend to join this ride could you let Anne know by adding your name to the list here If you can't make it you can still give to the charity by using the link above and donating on line.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Watchtree Campaign

Do watch the video and publicise this campaign; maybe even contribute!
Thanks Ian and Dallas.

Sunday 20th 2 bike ride

Hello All,
Myself and Rosie are leading an easy/moderately paced ride with only one stop which is at Maulds Meaburn village hall Sunday cafe. Total distance is about 32miles, and there will only be one stop. See you at Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by at 9.30.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Peter has been missing

Now there's an interesting title. Yes, sorry I haven't been out for a while. Family problems! Some of which are now resolved. Becky has moved to London to start a permanent job in Whitehall and my mum's health has improved a bit so I hope to be out with you one day soon. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to buy a Claude Butler 531 tourer or a full suspension Giant Mountain bike for about £100 the price Oxfam will be asking, let me know before I take it to the Oxfam shop. Best wishes to you all, Peter.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 16 August.

Wednesday's ride will start at 0900 from the church in Burneside. There will be parking on our drive for a few cars for those who wish to park in Bowston.
The ride will head south to The Forest of Bowland, going through Burton in Kendal, Caton and over Jubilee Tower to Slaidburn. The return will be via The Cross o Greet and Wray.
As this will be an 80+ mile ride and there are a few climbs (although none are brutal), the pace will reflect this and we may have 3 stops depending on group demand and time. If anyone wants to reduce this distance, they can meet us in Burton in Kendal between 1000 and 1015. This will shorten the ride to approx. 50 miles, but will not miss out any of the climbs! If you intend to take this option, will you please let me know on advance.
At the moment the forecast is looking good, so it should be a good day out. Drinks will be available in Bowston on our return.
Hope to see some of you on Wednesday. NOTE THE EARLY START.
Keith G.
01539 728617 mob 07504191781

Friday, 11 August 2017

Audax/Challenge rides on Sunday 13th August

Further details  (but see previous posting)

0830 Start of 100mi and 200km
0930 Start of 100km

Brevet (clue cards) available at the start and sign on sheets.

Please note as it says on the Brevet cards:
If you abandon or do not see Mike or myself at the finish please let us know by leaving a message on my mobile so we can confirm everyone is safe. Having said that of course, as usual you ride at your own risk!

For those that use GPS here are the routes on .gpx files for the two longer rides
NOTE these were posted 12.30 Friday DO NOT use earlier version!

you will need to download them onto your computer or whatever, and then send them to your GPS in the usual way.
(Place in the Garmin>NewFiles folder on Garmin Edge. They then appear under Courses)

Find your own cafes on the route but the Cycle Cafe in Greystoke  should be open until 6pm.(it being the second Sunday in the month!)on your return!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Congratulations! LEL riders

Well done the London Edinburgh London riders!

Sarah K, Martin Y and Adam (Martin's son) all finished the LEL Audax with time to spare!
Apparently the weather was not exactly favorable and about 40% of the riders were over time or had to pull out. Martin commented..
" in recovery mode; need tingling bits to stop tingling, swollen  bits to recede and some skin to grow!"
Dianne commented that she had less sleep than any of the riders as one of the volunteer helpers at the Alston control.
On the club Wednesday ride up near Langholm we met lots of LEL riders on the return leg and one still on the way N! They looked in various states of health / fitness one was flat out at the side of the road asleep!

Here are some pics from the trip - thanks Martin and Adam

Congratulations all a tremendous achievement!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Clubrun 6th August

Close shave!
If you're wondering what I'm on about this time, click here.

Weather forecast not good from about midday, so may shorten ride if it turns out as bad as they're predicting. Don't forget:
1. 9.00 a.m. start
2. Bring food in case.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Mae's at Uldale Closing

Mae's Tea Room and Gallery at Uldale is closing at the end of August this year.

Mark the owner told Sue yesterday while she was reviewing her art work.

On the Run's list Mike has an 11's stop there on the 18th October.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


I would encourage members to look at this video. Many will have seen it before but the point I would draw attention to is that if the road is wide enough (ie opposing vehicles can pass easily) then it is safer to ride in pairs in a close pack. Not in a long line.

It is sometimes difficult to decide when this is appropriate and certainly not on narrow winding lanes of which we have many in our area. When the road is wide enough and the traffic is not too heavy ride in pairs (up to 4) it's safer, more sociable and it saves energy!

But if we are in a big group riding in single file because of the conditions then please leave at least a car sized break every 4 so that following vehicles can get past safely. It should be the responsibility of the fifth rider to draw back from the group to leave the space and others behind should not take this as a cue to overtake him/her and catch up with the group ahead.

Be aware of other road users at all times!

I hope this doesn't sound too teacherly! - I mention it purely to promote thought and discussion

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ride Wednesday 2th from Langholm

The weather conditions may influence the ride and although it is posted to go over to Newcastleton we may (by agreement) go up to Eskdalemuir and see how the weather is.
Hope to see the more hardy ones out at Langholm 0930!
Further post 0800 Wed - looking again at the weather a run over to Lockerbie might also be possible - at least a comfortable stop could be found! Decide at 0930

Thursday, 27 July 2017

New Runs list

runs list for August - October is here
also via website
Thanks Mike and all volunteer ride leaders!

The 3rd AUDAX / CHALLENGE Rides Sunday 13th August

Early warning so that you have time to sort out the routes and decide which one to do. As befits the3rd of these the rides are somewhat longer 100km, 100mi (160km) and 200km!

Details of the routes can be found here:

100km map (click to enlarge)
100km route instructions

Its generally better to download the instructions before printing

100mi map (click to enlarge)
100mi route instructions

Its generally better to download the instructions before printing

200km map (click to enlarge)
200km route instructions

Its generally better to download the instructions before printing

Please let me know by email if you are interested in doing one of the rides so we know roughly how many to expect. I quite understand if on the day when the weather is poor or something else comes up you might not be able to come but vague numbers would be helpful. I know that the CTC Birthday rides finish that weekend.

There are several blogs which people may have missed about the 2 previous events and you may like to look at those to get a better idea of what it's all about. Audax1Audax2, more info

Looking forward to seeing some of you out on the 13th August and a big thank you to Mike B for doing the 100km route.
Details of timings to follow but 08.00 start for the 200km route may be necessary!

Any problems with the information - give me a shout.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Good luck Sarah and Martin!!

I will shortly be publishing our third and final Audax type challenge rides for 13th August but in the meantime I would like to draw your attention to a much more impressive event happening next weekend.

London Edinburgh London is one of Britain’s greatest cycling challenges. Run in conjunction with Audax UK it takes place every four years.  Riders go from London to Edinburgh and back in under five days. It’s not a race, but you have just over 100 hours to get back to London.

1436km long it has 11,128m of climbing

So Good luck to our members Sarah K  and Martin Y and  Martin's son Adam. May the weather be good and the roads smooth! 

Club Ride (2 bikes) Wednesday 26th July

This is the third blog concerning Wednesday so it would be a good idea to read the previous two before making up your mind.
The "two bike" ride will leave Dalston at 9.30 for an early coffee stop at Dirty Harry's Cafe (High Hesket), then on via Armathwaite for lunch at Talkin Tarn (where I'm sure there will be a pleasant micro-climate, despite the general forecast). Then return via Wetheral. Total distance 43 miles.

Coffee stop/self-led ride Wednesday 26 July

Thiefside is now shut; I blogged on 4 July to say we would meet at Up Front café at Unthank instead. However, as Mike's ride is going to Dirty Harry's on the High Hesket Business Park on the A6, I am suggesting that as the coffee stop  meeting place this coming Wednesday. If you prefer to go to UpFront, you will still get a point for your attendance - as long as you let CJ know.
Best wishes,

Club ride (3 bike) - Wednesday 26th July CANCELLED

The forecast for Wednesday is - to put it mildly - not good!.   In view of that and the nature of the long ride into the Lake District, I have after consulting Mike, decided to cancel the ride.  

Mike will be putting a blog on about his '2 bike'  ride.   There will also be a blog about the alternative cafe stop.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I intend to cycle the route I was intending to ride on Wednesday.     Obviously it  will not be a club run.   The forecast is good.   If anyone wants to join me I will be leaving Dalston car park at 9am.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

moderate ride Sunday 23rd July

Post for Alison,as it is Nigel writing for her, but being by Nigel it is as faithful a recording of the directions given by Alison as he can manage, hopefully so successfully so that it can be said to be a post by Alison too.
Distances between likely breaks, 15 miles (to Sally's tearooms for 11s) 11 miles to Rockliffe (where the pub is open so that if the weather turns inclement soup and or sandwich might be obtained.  We had a coffee there today and were welcomed). 11 miles back to Sally's for tea / late lunch depending how timing etc is working out. 15 miles back to Lazonby.
The hardest climbs are in the last section, not just because you will have ridden a fair few miles before  you get there.  Alison asks that you do not blame us for this as we did not put the hills there.
Look forward to seeing people there.

Longer ride Sun 23 rd July

The ride will be : -

1. Start

Langholm ( # Riverside car park ) 09:30

# Note : - The car park should be open since the “ Langholm Common Riding “ is held on the last Fri of July ( 28 th ) – not as first I thought on Fri 21 st July.

2. Lunch

The House & Hound Bonchester Bridge ( Tel  01450 860 645 ). I phoned to confirm that they will be open at lunch time on Sunday.

3. Return

Via Whitrope and Newcastleton ( for Tea if required ) OR Whitrope, Hermitage and down the A7 back to Langholm.

The total distance with a Newcastleton return is about 60 miles ( 95 km ) with 5900 ft ( 1800 m ) of ascent.

Returning via Hermitage & the A7 adds a mile or two and but is slightly less hilly.

I hope the weather is kind to us and hope to see some riders at Langholm.

Tomorrow's moderate ride

This is the third of John Wilson's series following the River Eden Source to Sea. Meeting at Lazonby where the bridge crosses the river (there is a car park) we follow the roads along the west shores of the river, north to the sea at Rockcliffe and back down the east side. The weather may not be conducive to picnics, so although we will still have a picnic lunch (by the seaside) we are planning a late coffee and possibly an early tea at Sally's at Warwick Bridge. If people are daunted at the prospect of 53 miles or at the hills in the second part of the ride, you can either turn round at Warwick Bridge or go into Carlisle after lunch and catch the train back to Lazonby. Unfortunately the trains are not particularly timely; the 1259 departure is too early, the 1502 doesn't stop until Appleby and the 1700 means you will have time to while away in Carlisle, although Dallas offers hospitality for anyone favouring this option.
If there are any changes after we reccy the route today, we will blog later on.
Hope to see some of you tomorrow,

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ride Wed 19th July is ON

Bill Oppenshaw will lead the ride tomorrow, from the same start, so ignore the last blog.
Thanks Bill.

Ride on Wed 19th July cancelled

Apologies, but due to back problems, I am unable to lead my ride tomorrow.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Club Ride Wed 19th July

Wednesdays 3 bike ride meets at 9.30 at the Cemetery lay-by on Beacon Edge, Penrith and is heading for Grizedale forest visitor centre for lunch, or cafe in Hawkshead depending on the time, via the Kirkstone pass and the Windermere ferry. Return via Dunmail. You need some change for the ferry ticket machine. My favourite day out in the Lakes.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Les' Ride Sunday 16th July

As advertised, rated 2.5 bikes ie steady touring & chatting pace! North via usual back lanes to Talkin, Brampton for lunch then meander back.

Start at our house in Ousby (arrive any time after 9 am but please not earlier) - which literally is a building site as we are in the process of a lounge extension! Any plumbers / joiners / electricians / plasterers in EV?

Or meet en route eg Renwick about 10 am or Talkin Tarn cafe for 11's.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Ride from Kirkby Stephen Wednesday 12th

Published as a bit of a hill fest it's really not too bad and we will be keeping together at a sensible pace! The stats are 1970 m ascent (6460 ft) 108 km (68 mi) and (I think) a great route. We'll stop at Low Row or somewhere in Swaledale then at the Service station on the A66 (grass roof) then take the Lanes through to between Selset and Grassholme reservoirs and back via North Stainmore to Jen's for tea (Thanks Jen!)
GPX of route here

The route starts in Hartley because OS maps don't believe there is a connection between KS and Hartley but we will as usual meet in the car park and then the cloisters (outside the church in KS)  

Jen's Ride on Wednesday 12th July

Obviously you can park at Yew Tree House but I shall leave at 9.15 ready for Kirkby Stephen departure at 9.30 continue via tiny lanes to foot bridge over a ford (help needed please) then Crosby Garret, view of  Sunbiggin tarn aiming for 11's at Newbiggin. Continue via Fat Lamb for lunch/picnic at Farfield Mill then a gentle climb up Garsedale to the Moorcock, a few more hills before a great downhill via Mallerstang to Kirkby Stephen then teas at Jen's. Distance nearer to 45 than 40.

Any from Geoffs ride welcome to call for tea too

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Ride on Friday 14th July

Some of you may be interested in a British Cycling Ride Social that I am organising on Friday 14th July. If you are at free on Friday have a look at ,
To sign up you need to register with British Cycling which is free.
Phil Blanshard

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Club ride Sunday 9th July

The ride is as advertised and should be approx 50-55 miles from Dalston. For those wanting a longer ride, we will be leaving Cotehill crossroads at 8.30 so look forward to seeing you at some point. Bank Mill cafe for lunch or the sand dunes! Undulating route with very few climbs. Steady pace.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Club Ride Wednesday, 5th July

Annan 9.30 a.m., all as per published runs list. Grade is 2/3, i.e.. more than 50 miles, but at a steady 'touring' pace. Weather forecast is much better than today (it couldn't really be worse!).

Self led ride/11s/coffee stop on Sunday 9 July

This is advertised on the runs list as being at Stainton which has, sadly, closed. Instead we propose to try a new venue - Eden Gallery Tea Rooms, 3, St Andrew's Churchyard, Penrith (between NatWest and the library). The café on Wednesday 28 July (instead of Thiefside) will be Up Front Gallery, Unthank.
There is no change to this Wednesday's café stop which is at the Pot Place, Plumpton, for those of us not fancying 70 (ish/+) miles from Burneside or Annan...

Cycling research

I have done an interview with Michael Nattrass and it was fascinating. I would encourage anyone interested to take part and help him in this worthwhile research. He has sent me the following which explains what it is all about:
I am currently working towards a PhD at UCL, looking at how different road users come to make sense of the right and proper uses of the road network as a space for cycling in Carlisle.

At the moment, I am looking to recruit adults who walk, drive or cycle in Carlisle as participants for this research project.  If you live in or around Carlisle and your main mode of transport is walking, driving or cycling then you can participate.  Participation would involve being interviewed for about an hour, at a time and location to your convenience. 

During the interview, I will show you a collection of short video-clips of different people cycling across Carlisle, as they use varying combinations of roads, pavements and cyclepaths.  The questions I would like you to answer, are whether you think the actions shown in the videos are right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable.  This simply draws upon your own extensive experience of using these transport spaces when walking, driving or cycling’. 

If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, at


Monday, 3 July 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 5 July

Wednesday's ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930. There is parking on our drive for a few cars if you wish to park here, otherwise there is parking by the right hand side of the church as you head towards Bowston.
The route will take us to Kirkby Lonsdale, where we will have 11s at the Bakery. From here we will head for Morecambe via Burton, Halton and the Lancaster cycle route. Lunch will be on the Stone Jetty. The return leg will be via Cragg Bank, Silverdale and Arnside (possible ice cream stop at the jetty!), before returning to Burneside via Natland. The total distance will be approx. 72 miles, but after the first 10 the terrain is fairly gentle.
There will be refreshments post ride at Bowston for those who wish to join us.
The forecast is looking good so hopefully we will see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Audax Ride 2 July

We  found a black neoprene wallet (empty) on the road after the Hesket Newmarket Geoff banana stop. We picked it up and I have it.
If you dropped it, please claim it back from me.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Audax Style rides on Sunday 2nd July

The details are:
There will be two courses 50km and 100km both setting out from Melmerby Village Hall
(NY 612374).
The 100km route will set out at 10 00 and the 50km route at 12 00  so that they should both arrive home at about the same time. (1500-1530ish)
There will be tea/coffee and back-pocket traybake on departure and the same on return at a proposed cost of £5.
As last time you can do the course(s) either individually or in groups - it's up to you, and the idea is to follow the course and pick up the information.
The course route cards are available to pre-read at the links below although I will have a few extras on the day (Better to have a look at the route beforehand!)

100km course here
50km course here

Hope to see lots of you on Sunday

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sat July 8th help needed

Hello All. If anyone could help to lead a ride from Newton Rigg to Hesket Newmarket on Sat 8th July in the afternoon for the Sustrans Festival that I am helping to organise, then please get in touch.
Its 30m at a moderate pace, with a stop at the cafe in Hesket. There will be a designated Sustrans leader, and as a local you would just need to help with directions. You can also bring a friend?
Phil Blanshard

Club Medium Pace Ride. Wednesday 28th June.
Meet. Greystoke 9.30 start.

The ride initially heads to Threlkeld for an early coffee stop and then Keswick to start a circuit of Derwent Water. Lunch will either be at Rosthwaite or if the weather turns very wet at Grange.
There are some hilly bits of the ride but these will be taken at an appropriate pace and the distance between cafe stops is not great.
I hope to see many medium pace riders on tomorrow's summer club run.

Ride Wednesday 28th June

The route will remain as posted unless the weather turns really bad (at the moment it is due to be cloudy but dry in Keswick area but then we will be passing through the wettest spot in England!)
We will be going round Skiddaw to the Crown Inn then up to Buttermere and over Honister; back via Portinscale Threlkeld and Mungrisdale. (<70mi 2100m ascent)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Help with London Edinburgh London

I copy an email from Helen Swift ...

The London-Edinburgh-London 1400km Audax epic bike ride is coming through Cumbria on 30th July-2nd August.  As well as providing information on this (there will be 1,500 international riders and many unusual bikes) I’m also recruiting volunteers to help run a check point at Brampton.  We pay expenses and provide food. 
Would it be possible to advertise this to your members via your web site? 

I’ve attached a flyer and there is much more info in on the website                               

Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you,


Heather Swift (LEL controller - Brampton)
Click for enlarged view

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Coffee stops/11s/self led rides to...

we are very sad that two of our popular venues - Thiefside and Stainton - are not going to be open to us in the future. We wish their proprietors the very best in the future, whatever it brings. We are also thinking that Pooley Bridge - which has made us very welcome - is not the place to be in July and August - even if they can fit us in, the roads will be very busy. So on Sunday 2 July the coffee stop will be at Melmerby Village Hall (or you can go at tea-time) to coincide with the Audax style rides leaving at 10 and at 12 from Melmerby Village Hall that day - details to be posted shortly. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions about cafes within a 10 mile radius of Penrith, please use the comments opportunity below. Cafes which have popular Sunday roast menus are best avoided that day. The remaining cafes for the next runs list are:

Wednesdays: The Pot Place (1), Mill Yard café Morland (2) Abbott Lodge (3) Mrs Miller's Culgaith (4) ....(5) Sundays: Granny Dowbekins at Pooley Bridge (except for August - see runs list when it comes out)(1) Melmerby Stores and tea room (2) Brougham Hall (3) Booths (4).....(5)


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Moderate bike ride on Sunday 25 June

There are no changes planned to the route on the runs list. We will meet at Appleby cloisters, aiming to leave at 9.30 with tea/coffee 10.30/11 at Culgaith. We then travel along the west of the river to Lazonby for a picnic lunch by the bridge. I may put in an afternoon tea stop depending on the ride conditions. This is stage two of the 'River Eden Source to Sea' route devised by John Wilson - thank you, John. Alison

Monday, 19 June 2017

Club ride - Wed 21st June

The ride will start from behind the pub in Calthwaite at 9.30am.   There are a few changes to the ride.   Instead of going into Alston, the route will include going direct to Nenthead via Garrigill.    I have no plans for stop for 11's unless riders want to.     Lunch will be in Allendale.   Possibility of an afternoon stop at the community cafe in Hallbankgate.   Total distance approx 70 miles.   The forecast is for showers and sunny intervals.      I hope I have not discouraged anyone coming on the ride.   I hope to see you at the start.

Friday, 16 June 2017

2 bike ride Sunday 18th

🚲🚲  I tried to put these on the heading but failed!

The ride will start at Dalston new carpark at 9.30. 11s will be at Watchtree and lunch will be BYO sandwiches to the chapel at Port Carlisle where there is tea and coffee making facilities or you can go to the Highland Laddie at Glasson.

Flat, easy paced about 40 miles but we can see how we feel on the day. The forecast at the moment is good so hopefully it will stay that way.

There will be a cup of tea and a piece of cake at 37 Carlisle Rd afterwards.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Moderate Ride Wednesday June 14

Route as posted on the Runs List. However, please note that we will arrive at Morland (the 'Alternative' elevenses meet as well) probably a bit later than 11. A late lunch stop at the Pot Place is also planned.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 14 June

Wednesday's ride will leave Grasmere (Quarry Car Park at White Moss opposite the toilets) at 0930.
The route will take us over Holbeck Lane to Staveley and Winster before we reach Bowland Bridge Stores Cafe for 11's. From here we will climb over Gummers Howe and from Newby Bridge we will head for Coniston via Bouth and Spark Bridge and enter via the east side of the lake. The return leg after lunch will be via Yew Tree Tarn, Little Langdale, Blea Tarn and Red Bank.
The total distance will be approx. 60 miles, with 6000 feet of climbing, so we will aim to ride as a group at a steady pace, particularly as there is potential to get off route if you are off the front.
The forecast at the moment is looking good so hopefully I will see some of you in Grasmere on Wednesday.
Keith G

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Help wanted on July 8th/9th

Hello All,
Some of you may know that I am the coordinator for the Eden Valley Sustrans volunteers, and as such I have organised a series of rides, connected with the Sustrans Festivol taking place from Newton Rigg college, Penrith on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July.
The organisers have asked if I can find some riders with local knowledge to accompany these rides. Sustrans will provide the leaders for the rides, so you don't have to be a "ride leader", just help with navigation etc.
The  3 rides on the Sat are for 4 hours in the afternoon and range from 40 to 60km, and the 3 rides on Sunday are in the morning and are for 3 hours and are 30 or 40km.
They will be what we consider to be 2 bike rides ie a moderate pace, and all will have a cafe stop.
If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch.
Phil Blanshard

Sunday June 11th Alternative Elevenses Cafe

Unfortunately the Farm Shop in Stainton has closed. We have arranged with Thiefside to provide the alternative this Sunday so they will be expecting us. Thanks to Peter for letting us know. Please make sure others know if you think they might not notice the blog.

Ride on Sunday 11 th June

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick word about the ride on Sun. I am changing the 11's stop from Appleby to Morland, because of the Appleby Horse Fair being on that I'd forgotten about. 
Orton will still be the lunch stop, and will be coming back via Shap, Bampton & Askham.
The mileage could be a bit less than the 45 miles stated and the ride will start at The Cross Keys at Carleton as published.
I hope to see some of you at the start. 
( Placed by CJ on behalf of Bill )

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Club Run from Glendale Cotehill Wednesday 7th June

Please note 9.00 am start from Glendale.
Glendale is approx 250metres north of Cotehill on the road to Cumwhinton. Parking is available on the drive but please close the gates (Dog).
Ride as on the Runs list. Tea etc at Glendale after the ride.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Wed June 7th moderate ride

We will be leading a 40 mile ride to Talkin Tarn on Wednesday, leaving Beacon Edge Cemetery, Penrith at 9.30. Stopping only once, either take a picnic or buy something at the cafe for an early 11.30 ish lunch. Forecast is good, so looking forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow.
Phil and Rosie.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Yesterday's Audax Star Ride!

Thanks to Geoff for organising a thoroughly enjoyable pilot audax type ride yesterday.  Fourteen of us enjoyed following superb detailed directions along a well thought out route, riding at our own pace, social chat along the way and stops wherever and whenever it suited us.
This was a great pilot for an alternative style of club ride, hope there's several more in the pipeline.  Thanks for all the hard work, Geoff - it was worth it!
Cathy and Keith

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Audax/Challenge ride next Sunday 4th June

For a bit of background see this post

The route from Langwathby Green, starting at 0930 is available here for you to look at beforehand You have the choice of doing it individually, or as a group. So if you are unfamiliar with the idea you can have a go for fun, or if you prefer challenge yourself as an individual. Though standard Audax routes start at 100km ('populaire') and 200km they can go up to 600km or more! (over several days).
On Sunday the distance is 94km almost 60mi (link to route again) - not too tough!

The weather looks to be OK so come and have some fun!
Hope to see you there - further details of information controls at the start


If there is interest on 2nd July starting from Melmerby VH, we propose to run two introductory self-led courses of approx 30mi (50km) and 60mi (100km) These will start at different times so that they finish with refreshments at the Village Hall in Melmerby. Hopefully this will provide a challenge and get a large group of us together after the ride(s) Look out for this on the blog and the runs list.

This is not an official event but a replacement for a group ride, however as in group rides we can accept up to three visitors(non cycling uk) or others who can show they have their own insurance.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Bike tyre pump found

Has anyone lost a 6 inch long "Bikehut" pump? It was found in the bike park at Mrs Miller's Tea Room at Culgaith this morning after the coffee stop. Let me know on 01228 710110 if you think it's yours.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 31 May

The ride will start from The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen at 0930.
The route will take us out over Lamps Moss to Gunnerside, where we will stop for coffee. From here we will head for Richmond and stop for lunch. Our return will be via Redmire and Wensleydale, with a possible stop in Askrigg for afternoon tea, depending on group needs and time.
The total distance will be approx. 72 miles, with Lamps Moss being the major climb on an undulating route. The forecast is looking very good, with wall to wall sunshine in Richmond!
Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Friday, 26 May 2017

club ride - Sunday 28th May

The ride from Langholm will start at 9.00am and not 9.30.   Meet at the car park by the river.   The route will be to Eskdalemuir where we stop for 11's (either the Community Hub or the Samye Ling Centre)    On to Tushielaw and eventually to the A708.   Lunch stop at the St Mary's Loch.   Next possible stop will be in Moffat.   Back to Langholm via Boreland and Corrie Common.    Total distance 90 miles and the entire route will be moderately hilly .    The forecast at the moment is for it to be overcast and 10% possibility of rain.   I hope I have not discouraged anyone from turning up.
The pace will be moderate (10-12mph)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Club Ride Wed 24th May

Note start time 09:00 Wednesday in Hesket Newmarket. Parking in car park at bottom end of village green (same side as pub) or around edge of the green. Meet on green opposite the pub.

Ride is as the runs list following the Reivers Route to Workington via Sustrans Route 71 and return on first bit of C2C Route from Whitehaven via Whinlatter. Coffee in Cockermouth after 17miles and lunch in Whitehaven after further 18 miles or so. Total ride length about 79 miles.

I will be cycling from home in Raughton Head to start of ride, if anyone would care to join me (leaving at 08:20) you will be most welcome. This will add 6 miles onto each end of the ride for a total ride length of about 90 miles.

Hope to see you Wednesday.
07921 297045

Fig Tree Cafe, Thiefside

The cafe will be open on Wednesday for anyone wishing to meet up there. They hope to be open throughout May and June but unless there are any changes in circumstances they will have to close from July 2nd. They were very grateful for our support and appreciative of our many signatures on the petition.
Posted on behalf of Alison and Pam

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ride Sunday 21s t May

The ride will be as published : -

Annan Main Square ( near Town Hall ) at 09:30

Cafe 91 Lockerbie ( Approx 14 miles )

Cafe beside River Nith in Dumfries via Ae village ( Approx 23 miles )

Return stage
To Annan via the Nith Estuary, Caerlaverock Castle, Ruthwell, Powfoot and Newbie ( Approx 19 miles )

The total distance will be 62 miles

Monday, 15 May 2017

Club ride Wed 17th May

Wednesdays ride from Penrith Cemetery on Beacon Edge starts at 9.30 and will be a moderate ie 2 bikes ride, first to the Abbey cafe in Shap for elevenses, and then to the end of Haweswater for a BYO picnic lunch. Bring something to sit on! We will then head back to Penrith via Askham. Forecast looks OK so hopefully see lots of you out. Distance about 35 miles.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Two bicycle ride Sunday 14th May

This ride will be as posted, starting at Geoff's  (100m N of the Level crossing NY608293) room for a few cars or park up lane or below Crowdundle Beck on Newbiggin Road. Tea etc after.
This is a steady(/traditionally) paced ride but with one or two hills and essentially intending to enjoy a pleasant tour. Starting along the fellside to Murton and so to Appleby for coffee. Then via Burrells and the Soulby road to Whygill head and Orton for lunch. In the afternoon up the Lyvennet taking in the stepping stones at High Whitber and back for tea. (78km 859m ascent)
Hoping to see some of you tomorrow. Weather - possibility of showers in the morning but then turning into a glorious day!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thiefside Garden of Eden Garden Centre and Fig Tree cafe

It is with great regret that I am blogging to say that this café and garden centre is likely to be closing, possibly in the near future. It is one of our most popular café stops as well as featuring in some of the rides. Until it closes, our custom is very much appreciated so please continue to support it as you can. A petition is available for you to sign to 'help us to save our family run garden centre and cafe' which has been there for 10 years.
The next scheduled café stop there from the runs list is on Wednesday 24 May (the fourth Wednesday in the month) - if there is any change, hopefully it will be appear on the blog.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sunday 4th June Audax/Challenge Ride – what’s it all about?

With encouragement from some other members of the club I proposed to run 2 or possibly 3 small ‘events’ initially for club members and friends this year and maybe if they catch on, in a more formal way next year opening them up to anyone who wants to join in.

First it may be of interest to explain why they are called Audax – (the word means ‘bold’ or ‘daring’ hence the term challenge ride) There is a lot of detail on the Audax UK website but to summarise it developed from a 200km cycle event in Italy in the late 19th century. Audax events are not a race but the sole purpose is to complete the course. At its inception it was a team event but is now more normally an individual challenge of endurance navigation and self reliance.

When you enter an event you are sent a description of the course, then arriving at the event start you are given a card on which is recorded either times at which you pass through manned controls or information to act as evidence that you have been there. These might be information from a sign or, on permanent courses, till receipts at garages or cafés.
Enough said about the origins.I thought that if we ran a series of events it might encourage some of us to take up the ‘challenge’
So the plan is to run a 50mi (80km) introduction on Sunday 4th June when there was no ride on the Calendar. The course will start from Langwathby green and will be either a group ride for those that are unfamiliar with the idea but are interested to take part, or as an individual rider. All courses will be published on the Blog before hand (obviously - without the data required!)

On 2nd July starting from Melmerby VH, we propose to run two introductory self-led courses of approx 30mi (50km) and 60mi (100km) These will start at different times so that they finish with refreshments at the Village Hall in Melmerby. Hopefully this will provide a challenge and get a large group of us together after the ride(s)

In August - date to be agreed if there is interest, we will hold a 100mi + (approx 200km) course.

I am trying to keep the organisation as low key as possible but would be glad to hear from anyone who could help in the organisation of these events, mainly July and August.

Geoff A

Alison's ride tomorrow

Let's hope the weather stays fine for us. Details as on runs list - about 40 miles meeting at Appleby Cloisters at 9.30. The car park in Appleby charges but it is not unreasonable or I believe parking is free at the swimming pool. Coffee will be at Kirkby Stephen - either the Mulberry Bush or the Red Geranium. There are no cafes at the source of the River Eden so please bring a sandwich. Jen has kindly invited us back to hers for tea on the return journey although some cyclists may prefer to press on - as Nigel will be with me, travelling to Appleby in a separate car, we will be able to split the group if need be.
Thanks to John Wilson for devising this route following the Eden from source to sea. The idea is that, as far as roads allow (which isn't always far), we go out one side of the river and back on the other side.
I hope to see some of you tomorrow.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Janet's Ride Wednesday 10th May

Weather looks like it will hold. Total distance (I think) 55 - 60 miles. Hilly in the morning, undulating with some short climbs in the afternoon. Bring your own elevenses to have at Bewcastle. Wild and woolly country, quiet roads. Steady pace. Looking forward to seeing some of you at Wetheral.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sunday 7 May - Karen's ride

The ride on Sunday will leave Caldbeck, The Old Smiddy, at 10.30 so if you want a coffee arrive before that.  There will be no additional coffee stop.  Lunch will be at the Filling Station, Keswick.  Return will be via Mungrisdale.  It will be a hilly 50 mile route at my usual steady pace. Everyone most welcome.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Week Away 2018

Once again the Week Away this year in Louth, was a great success thanks in large part to Dallas and Claire who organise the details of who goes where and how much and when we need to pay.

The time has come they feel, for someone else to take over. So we are looking for volunteers!
It is not too onerous a task but it is better suited to two individuals so that one can check the other and avoid mistakes. Dallas is more than happy to guide whoever fancies taking on this very worthwhile task for the first year.
Please contact Dallas in the first instance if you are interested.

Thoughts have been given to next year already as it is important to get a booking in sooner rather than later. To that end, please would ALL GROUP MEMBERS that might consider coming on the Post Easter Week Away please fill in a short questionnaire located HERE (click) Select one of the bullet points and don't forget to submit the form (ie click the SUBMIT button at the bottom)

We are extremely grateful to Claire and Dallas for all the work they have done over the years in making the Away Week an Happy, Easy-going social highlight of our year  - They can't be held responsible for the weather!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tomorrow's moderate ride

I'm blaming a 'senior moment' when I entered the mileage for tomorrow's ride which will follow the usual route from Penrith Cross Keys over Beacon Edge, along Fair Hill to the Stoneybeck roundabout then follow the railway line to the Pot Place. From there the short route to Unthank is less than 5 miles with about 7 or 8 back to Penrith. Not 35 miles - possibly not even 20!
I hope to see some of you tomorrow,

Message from Rachel Club Week Away 2018

If anyone reads this could you put it as a blog please. It looks like the peaks could be where the EVctc hols are going to be in 2017.
Just wondered how member would feel if the holiday was move to May.
Say 12- 19 of May for next year.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Club run = Sunday 30th April

There is likely to be a slight variation of tomorrows route.    Leaving Greystoke at 9.30am, the route will go through Motherby and eventually Watermillock before continuing to Glenridding for 11's at the cafe up the lane on the right overlooking the river.   Lunch will be at Bilbo's cafe in Anbleside.   The afternoon route will be St John's in the Vale, Mungrisedale and probably Berrier to Greystoke.   The distance will be about 60 miles.   The day should be dry but breezy.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the start.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Bike7 cycles

Daan and Levi have had a really good shop at Longtown for some years.

This is a bit far away for most of us, so you will be interested to learn that they now have a shop near the centre of Carlisle at 1, Market Street (01228 739926).

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Owner of a lonely heart...

WLTM cyclist(s) 9.30 a.m. Cotehill crossroads tomorrow for ride to Thiefside, maybe more (depends on the weather!).

Monday, 24 April 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 26 April - CHANGE OF RIDE!!!!

Given the forecast for Wednesday is for strong winds and low temperatures in Kirkby Stephen and rain in Richmond, I have postponed this ride until May when hopefully we can enjoy an excellent ride in good weather. Instead will lead the ride I intended doing in May.
So, we will now meet at Burneside Church for a 0930 start. There's parking on our drive for a few cars if you wish to park here.
From Burneside we will head for Glenridding via Kirkstone for 11's before going over Matterdale to Threlkeld, St John's in the Vale, round the back of Thirlmere and having Lunch in Grasmere. The return leg will be via Ambleside, Holbeck Lane and Troutbeck for a total distance of 60+ miles over hilly terrain.
At the moment it looks like the temperatures will be kinder here, so hopefully it should be a good ride.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Wooler wheel sportive 13May

This dropped into my inbox as Sec. Some may be interested - looks great course(s)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Club ride Sunday 23rd April

If there are any members left in Cumbria this weekend, you would be welcome to come on my ride in  Scotland tomorrow! The weather is set to be dry and the ride is about 60 miles.
We will be leaving Annan (war memorial) at 9.30 and riding to Lockerbie for coffee, then on to Dumfries for lunch. I suggest you bring your own lunch just in case, but normally there will be at least one cafe open on a Sunday for tea and coffee.
Looking forward to seeing a few people and wishing the rest of you a great week away in Lincolnshire.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Seaside ride 19th April

The ride will be pretty much as posted ie starting from Catterlen phone box. There is parking on the side of the B5305 and on the minor road NE of the junction.  Route 109km stopping for lunch at Bank Mill Nursery Cafe. (which is slightly off the published track) Weather not too bad and route could be quite testing in the wind! Note probably there will not be a coffee stop but we will decide depending on how people feel! (we could stop at Caldbeck) Hope to see you there!

GPX file

Moderate Ride on Wednesday 19 April 17

I will be leading Alison's Ride on Wednesday and we'll depart from the Fig Tree Cafe, Thiefside at 9.30am. Unfortunately, the cafe doesn't open until 9.30am, therefore there won't be time for a coffee before we leave! However, 11's will be taken at Hesket Newmarket Cafe, after which we'll ride to Dalston, where Dallas has kindly offered us the use of her conservatory to enjoy our sandwiches. (For those not bringing a packed lunch, there are shops in Dalston selling food for lunch.) After lunch, we'll ride to Thiefside to finish.

Anyone wishing to join me in riding from Langwathby to Thiefside for the start, can meet me at Langwathby Village Green at 8.25am

Monday, 17 April 2017

'Two bike ride' Wednesday 19 April

Thanks to Bill for reminding me that my name is still attached to this ride on Wednesday - unfortunately I have to take my Dad to a hospital appointment but Peter has kindly agreed to lead the ride, broadly following the same route but check the blog for details. Thanks very much to Peter,

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Club Ride Sunday 16th

My ride on Sunday from Beacon Edge Cemetery, Penrith, starting at 9.30 will be to Alston for coffee via the C2C, and the we will go north to Haltwhistle, Lanercost, Brampton, and back to Penrith. Lunch TBA. The original plan was to go to Middleton, but as it is Easter Sunday it will be busy, and going north we can mainly keep to quieter roads. About 75 miles, 6000 ft of climbing, and ideal for Peak Sportive training!

Carlisle cycling research project

I took  part in  a research project by Michael Nattrass in 2015 about how people cycle in Carlisle. He is now working on a PhD. Would you be willing to help him?  I found it very interesting. It involves doing a ride-along and interview. To see the flyer which explains the project and how to get in touch click here (give it a few  seconds - looks like it's in a strange foreign language at first!).

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Club Rides Wednesday 12th April

Claire's Ride: Will be about 30 miles and with a completely different route to that scheduled. Elevenses at Hesket Newmarket and lunch at the Pot Place.
Mike's Ride: Will be about 50 miles and a moderate pace. Late elevenses at the Mill Yard Cafe, Morland. Lunch (late) will also be at the Pot Place.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A million pound Cycleway

Rural communities fund have given Cumbria CC a million pounds to extend the cycleway from Allonby to Silloth on the west coast. This is really good news to establish a safe cycle alternative to the sometimes dangerous coast road.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Club Ride Sunday 9th April

Rosie and I are leading a ride from the cemetery on Beacon Edge Penrith, starting 9.30, to the Smithy Cafe at Caldbeck for an early lunch. Only one stop, so bring a snack. We will be on the tandem so the pace will be easy. Total distance about 35 miles. Hope to see lots of you there.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 5th April

Ride as advertised on the Runs List. Leaving from Dalston at 09:30 for coffee at Maes in Ulldale (14miles). Lunch in Cockermouth (25miles).
Return via Whinlatter, Keswick, (maybe stop for cup of tea in Threlkeld??), Mungrisdale & Hesket Newmarket for a total distance of about 64 miles.
Weather looks to be a bit dull, but at least no rain on the forecast!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cafe at Hallbankgate

A chance for a breather from the headwind on the Alston circuit!
There's now a community café in Hallbankgate, opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat:  8:00 a.m. – noon
Sun:  9:00 a.m. – noon
Hours soon to be extended, see
for full details of café.

Interesting news from Rory Stewart

Rachel has asked me to blog this for her. Nice to hear about Watchtree.
Dear Rachel,
Thank you for contacting me about cycling safety.

I cycle to and from Westminster regularly so I fully appreciate your concerns and I also recognise the importance of cycling. I am also a strong supporter of The Watchtree Wheelers - who provide cycling opportunities for all whilst specialising in providing facilities, equipment and training for disabled and disadvantaged people. This extremely successful and popular local charity was established in 2009 and does a brilliant job in making cycling accessible to all. I can see the joy it helps bring to those who are able to use these excellent bicycles, and who gain so much from being able to cycle in the nature in and around Wigton.

I am pleased to be able to say that the number of cyclists killed on our roads fell to its lowest level on record in 2015. However, we can never be complacent. I have been assured that Ministers remain fully committed to creating a safe environment for all road users, and in particular vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Sections 204 - 225 of the Highway Code aims to educate and remind drivers of the needs of more vulnerable road users, including both cyclists and pedestrians.
A revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) came into force in April 2016, which contains a number of measures designed to improve the safety of cyclists on the road, including low level cycle signals, a new type of crossing and changes to advanced stop lines. TSRGD also includes changes that make it easier for local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas.

The Department for Transport is also working on wider cyclist safety in other ways, including changes to vehicle design, publicity, campaigns, as well as mandatory training for HGV drivers and optional training for cyclists.

I understand that the Department for Transport is looking at the issues raised in the Turning the Corner campaign, and that they are currently determining the best way forward.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

With best wishes

Sunday 2 nd April - Borders Ride

Depending upon weather conditions, the route will be : -

1. Start to 11’s

Depart from Langholm ( riverside car park ) at 09:30 for 11’s at Newcastleton via the Mc Diarmid Memorial  - about 10 miles

2. 11’s to Lunch

Ride to Bonchester Bridge via Saughtree and Note’ O the Gate – about 19 miles

3. Lunch to Tea ( if time & weather permits )

Bonchester Bridge to Newcastleton via Whitrope and Hermitage – about 20 miles

4. Newcastleton to Langholm

Retrace as per outward journey – about 10 miles

The total distance is about 59 miles. It is a hilly route with over high moor land with over 5500 ft ( 1700 m ) of ascent ).

Depending upon weather & time constraints the return section to Langholm could be modified to join the A7 from Hermitage.

Cafe in keswick

Another cycling friendly cafe in Keswick

Free WiFi for Strava..
Homemade flapjack £1
Homemade fruit & cheese scones
Gluten free cakes
Vegan cakes and soup
Free water bottle refill
Bike locks to use
Safe bike park space
Vintage cycling tops for sale
staff with local knowledge
Winlatter Bikes 50 yards away
central location
nice clean WC
comfy sofas
real fire

74 Main Street, Keswick CA12 5DX,

Friday, 31 March 2017

MODERATE Ride on Sunday 2nd April

We'll meet at 9.30am at Langwathby Rail Station and head out via Stoneybeck to Catterlen and Laithes (10.30-ish at Laithes if you wish to join us there). From Greystoke, we'll ride to Ullswater and take a short break at Pooley Bridge (20 miles).

Leaving Pooley Bridge, our route takes us via Askham and Great Strickland to Morland (10 miles) for Lunch (bring a picnic if you want to eat by the river). After lunch, we'll head back to Langwathby via Temple Sowerby and Culgaith (10 miles). Total for the full route will be 40 miles of reasonable terrain, taken at a very moderate pace.

At the end of the ride, you are very welcome to come back to our house for tea and biscuits with Joy and I.

Bike Box For Sale £90

If anyone is interested, I have a B & W International bike box for sale in excellent condition.

The RRP is £245 but you can get them on the internet for around £200. It is a hard shell and black in colour and in the event that fixings wear, they are all replaceable.
So if you want a good bike box for £90, email or give me a ring.
Keith G
01539 728617
07504 191781

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Club ride - Wednesday 29th March

The ride from Wetheral will start from the village green.   Because the cafe in Walton will be closed,  we will stop for 11's at the garden centre just outside Brampton on the Longtown road.    The route and distance will depend on the weather conditions.

11s Wednesday 29 March

I am proposing to leave Appleby (cloisters -  outside the church) at 10 to cycle to Mrs Miller's at Culgaith via Bolton and return to Appleby along the fellside - route to be determined in view of the weather. I know the big car park in Appleby charges but I don't think it is too expensive and there is probably some on-road parking.
Maybe met up with a few of you there?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A grand day out!

Twenty of us enjoyed lunch at Thiefside which just shows what you can do when you put together a bit of grit and determination (Geoff & Co), a bit of imagination (Janet and Paul) and a few hangers-on. We even had a tuneful rendition of 'Happy Birthday to...' Guess who ate the cake.
Well done to everyone for braving the weather.

11s becomes lunch???

Honestly - peer pressure! We all woke up this morning and groaned but none of us want to be the first to say 'not going'. So some of the coffee-stoppers have become ladies who lunch. As the weather is due to improve (it has a long way to go) some of us are leaving Langwathby at 12 to cycle to Thiefside for 1 pm. Hopefully there will be a damp but cheerful group for lunch.

Changed plans for Parker's ride

Looking at the weather forecast we have come up with an impromptu Grade 2.5 ride instead of going up to Longtown.
Meet Cotehill crossroads at 12.00 or Thiefside at 1.00p.m. for lunch. Followed by 30 - 40 mile impromptu ride. Hopefully we will meet up with some of you at some point!