Saturday, 30 December 2017

Season's Greetings - and New Year's Day ride

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas - there is no led ride tomorrow (New Year's Eve) but I expect some of us will meet up at Booth's for the coffee stop to catch up with the news - it is a bit warmer than Wednesday and - I hope - less icy.
On New Year's Day (Monday) I am leading a ride, departing from the church at Newton Reigny at 11 am. I am planning to do about 20 miles, returning to Anne's house where Anne, Pam and I will be supplying soup and a sweet for lunch. Anne and I have enrolled in 'Ride London' at the end of July and need to raise money for the charity 'Genesis Research Trust' which funds research into issues affecting mothers and babies such as prematurity and miscarriage, so any donations for lunch will be gratefully received.
I look forward to cycling with you in 2018.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve

I love going to churches at this time of year - especially ones I don't usually visit or which are not always open. So my plan for tomorrow is to leave Beacon Edge opposite the cemetery at 9 am and to go to Brougham Church - opposite Brougham Hall - for the service of Holy Communion at 9.30. I expect to be leaving there at 10.30 and will be crossing the newly re-furbished Brougham Bridge (I know Dallas and Ian have already done this). I will then do a loop to the River Eden through Great Salkeld heading back to Booths in Penrith for a mince pie.
Anyone is welcome to join me.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Brougham Hall cafe (Betty Ann's) is closed on Sunday

It is going to be closed until 1 February. I suggest Booths as the place for 11.30s - hopefully they will be able to fit us in despite it being Christmas Eve. I hope to see some of you there.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Mountain Bike Ride at 7Stanes Mabie 27th December

An ideal way to get out after Christmas! I suggest we meet at 1030hrs on the upper tier of the car park (please remember to bring £2 for car park fee) with the intention of setting off to do the Red route (82% single track, 19.2km with 430m climb) James Rawes and I will lead the ride which I expect to take around 3 hours (lots of stops to inspect sections). The Red Route at Mabie is a great introduction to off road mountain biking, with long swoopy descents, a little more complex track (which does not need to be ridden all the way) and relatively smooth under wheel.

Please bring something to eat for lunch although the Mabie House Hotel welcomes cyclists and does serve food.

Travel directions: from the M6 take the A75 into Dumfries and follow the A710 out of town towards New Abbey for approx 3 miles. Access to the Trailhead and Car Park is right on a sharp bend in the road. Go to the upper tier of the car park where I suggest we all meet up at 1030hrs with the intention of setting off as near to 1100 hrs as possible.

Please text me (07879 436153) if you are keen to join us so I have an idea who is wanting to come. I have a spare full suspension Mountain Bike for anyone who would like to borrow it. The nearest bike hire is in Dumfries, although the bike shop in Longtown may be worth trying

John Roelich

Monday, 18 December 2017

11s/coffee stop Wednesday 20 December

Although this is down as Melmerby stores and tea-room, Lily and Jed are taking a well-earned break and instead we will be meeting at Melmerby Village Bakery.

Sunday, 17 December 2017


Good news, Geoff will be leading the ride from Tebay, sports  ground
Thanks Geoff
David Harrison

Looking at the forecast @ mid-day Tuesday it says Drizzle! So if you are keen - bring a back light at least. Route can be shortened if weather really bad! I am not proposing to have a coffee stop. Once round the Howgills will probably prove sufficient.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Advanced info - Wednesday 27th Dec club ride

I am down to lead a ride on Wed 27th December.  The ride will be a day of mountain biking at Mabie near Dumfries.    John Roelich will be in charge and he will put something on the blog in the next few days.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sundays ride 17th Dec

Sundays ride is from the Beacon Edge Cemetery lay-by at 10am and is heading for an early lunch at the Old Smithy Caldbeck. Myself and Rosie are leading and we may offer 2 rides to the same destination but at different speeds. If you are thinking of meeting us at Caldbeck then phone 07818241833 just to check we will make it there. Weather a bit unreliable at the moment and plans could change. The forecast is wet but mild, and you are invited to come back for mince pies and coffee/tea  afterwards.

Ride Wednesday 20 Dec

Ride Wednesday 20- December
Sadly my car has broken down (again) and the garage cannot start work until Wednesday. Anyway I will not be able to get to Tebay, sports ground, to lead the ride.
Sorry but can somebody else volunteer to lead, if so please let me know 0176784 82055.
The ride goes to Sedburgh Far Mill (opens at 11.00) and on to Normans's at Newbiggin on Lune for a late lunch.
Thanks  David H

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

3 bike ride Wednesday 13th

I have held off as late as possible from writing this but currently there is a warning of ice from 1600Tues -1100Wed due to freezing surfaces and rain expected early tomorrow.

The air temperatures tomorrow are not too bad but I have decided to cancel the official ride.

If anyone feels they have been so 'cooped up' that they are anxious to get out for a ride then you are welcome to come for coffee at 10 and we can consider options at that time with the possibility of a short trip to Morland/Orton or wherever on fat tyres/suitable bikes, or even a walk but the forecast is for showers throughout the day from 11.

Anyway at least we have the Christmas lunch(1230 Mrs Millers Culgaith) to look forward to on Saturday - I propose the usual Acorn Bank circuit walk beforehand (wellies would be good) so we could meet up ready to start at 10.30 at Station House. Come before (10 00)if you would like a coffee before you start.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Ammo .303 Cycle Cleaner (Suitable for All Frame Types) 12th December 2017

If anyone is interested I have been using Ammo .303 Nitro Cleaner on my bikes now for several months, in my opinion it is better than any market rivals. It is easily applied by a spray nozzle, leave it on the surface for a couple of minutes and just rinse off and dry the bike. The paintwork is left clean and shiny.  It is also a Bio Degradable product.  I does not seem to have no adverse effects on the chain, cassette etc.

The product is available in 1 litre or 5 litre packs.

This is an extract of what the supplier states:.............

Nitro Power Cleaner 1LT or 5LT

Nitro Cleaner uses Sure-Clean technology to easily remove dirt and grime from pushbikes, cars, motorcycles, caravans etc.

Complex chemical formulation gives highly effective cleaning but also safe to use on all surfaces!

Ammo .303 available in 1-lt trigger bottles and economical 5-lt re-loads. Next generation cleaning technology. You will be amazed at the difference of this cleaner when compared to others on the market. No streaking or dulling and will leave a shine on your pride and joy.

If anyone would like some I can get it at a good saving if I buy in bulk. Please phone me if you would like any. Would make an ideal Xmas present.
1 Litre  =  £6.95 (rrp £7.99)
5 Litre  = £19.99 (rrp £24.99)

John Forrester
Mob: 07768-037-299

Monday, 11 December 2017

Two Bike Ride Wednesday 13th

I had one of my procedures at the hospital today so although everything is fine I'm not feeling a hundred percent. The weather forecast looks most unpleasant, windy with heavy rain so I am cancelling my ride.
If anyone fancied their own short ride/walk from Kirkby Stephen they are very welcome back at Winton for tea.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on Saturday.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

John R's 3 bike ride from Greystoke, Sunday 10th December

John put a blog up on the 26th November saying that he couldn't lead this ride and asking for someone to deputise. I'm not sure if anyone volunteered and I can't get hold of John. So I am hoping that I'm not treading on anyone's toes when I suggest that this ride should be cancelled. Bill has already cancelled his ride (see blog below). I have just returned by car an hour ago along the Mungrisdale to Hutton Roof road and it is extremely icy.
A self-led ride to Granny Dowbekins in Pooley Bridge is still a possibility if you can find a safe route.

2 Bike Ride Sun 10th Dec

I have decided to cancel tomorrow's ride.
 The temperature is going to drop well below freezing overnight, and only hover just above, during the day. So there could well be ice on any damp wet stretches of lanes in the Eden Valley. Also the forecast is saying, that this part of Cumbria is going to get snow by late morning tomorrow. It remains to be seen if that's true.
 I am sorry about this, but I'd rather err' on the side of caution, than do the ride and somebody have an accident !.

Bill Holmes

P.S. Don't forget, there is the self-led ( 1 Bike ) ride to the coffee stop at  Granny's, pooley bridge 11.30pm. If anyone wants to venture out.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

2 Bike Ride, SUN 10 th Dec

Starting at Cross Key's @ 10am. Basically direct route to Upfront Gallery Unthank for 11s -
via Stoneybeck, & Catterlen. 
   From Unthank, going   to Wetheral animal centre for lunch - via Calthwaite, Southwaite, Low Hesket, climb up to Aiketgate, then onto Wetheral.
   Heading back through Armathwaite & Lazonby. Total distance around 35 miles.
Since the weather forecasts for the weekend are not too good, there could be snow & ice about!.
   Please keep your eyes on the Blog, if I decide to cancel the ride, will make sure the message is on the Blog by Saturday evening.

                                                         Lets hope the Forecast is wrong !


Monday, 4 December 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2-bike ride

This is the usual first-Wednesday-in-the-month circuit starting outside the Cross Keys, Carleton village, going to the Pot Place Plumpton for coffee and UpFront Gallery, Unthank for lunch. Suitable as a taster for new members the route can be extended depending on who arrives. Let's hope the rain keeps off until we all get home again.

Club Ride Wednesday 6 December

Wednesday's ride will start from Tarn Lane, Burton in Kendal at 1000.

This will be a one stop ride, with lunch at Booths in Garstang (so bring your Booths Card for a free coffee if you have one). The route out will be via Over Kellet and Quernmore, with the return leg taking us through Cockerham to Lancaster and picking up the cycle path before returning to B in K.

The total distance will be 50 mile over predominantly kind terrain and at the moment the forecast is for mild temperatures with rain coming in later in the afternoon. If the weather should look threatening we will have the option to shorten the route and head for Condor Green from The Bay Horse and have lunch at the Café de Lune. This contingency option would make the ride just over 40 miles but obviously get us back quite a bit earlier - let's hope we don't need it!

Hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Tomorrow's 'two bike ride'

This is such a gentle ride, that we might arrive far too early at the Melmerby Village Bakery so I may be forced to add in some loops... I plan to leave Appleby cloisters around 10, then will cycle up past the station to meet anyone coming by train. We will be following the fellside route to Melmerby and coming back into Appleby on our return up the Colby hill. I hope it will be an enjoyable day out.

Nigel's ride tomorrow 3rd December

Today was wet at times over to the West and I think along the fellside too.  Yesterday at this time Great Dun Fell was covered with snow.  It looks as if there is due to be (further?) rain tonight.  The forecast for tomorrow is for above freezing on the fell but it 'feels like' -4 to -5.
It is possible that we will get up the fell tomorrow but if that is all you are coming for, I cannot guarantee I will be going up.  If there is ice, or it even looks as if there most probably is ice, I shall not be going up.
I hope you will come along and see what the day doth bring you.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hey up from Argentina & Chile

Heyup lads and lassies from Argentina and Chile.
Here's a pic of Chilean Lakes and Mt Fitzroy / Cerro de Torres, latter in fairly rare amazing low wind sunny weather.
Chilean Lakes District seems great for cycling, but here in Patagonia more for toughies only. Just met UK couple doing South America north to south cycle camping for 6 months, today against a 40 mph headwind which frankly doesn't appeal!
Confess that plane, bus, car hire and day treks in the mountains fully satisfy us 'jubilados' (great Spanish word for retirees - jubilant!).
Gather UK weather been iffy, hopefully better when we get back shortly before Xmas. Meantime enjoy yourselves in the cold and damp Cumbrian climate and have a super EVCUK Xmas din dins gathering.

Les and Ruth

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Sunday 3rd December. Nigel's ride

I had hoped that we would ride up Great Dunn Fell, for several, for the first time. Today the snow was on the fell tops including Cross Fell and the Golf Ball on the top of Great Dunn Fell. The weather forecast I have (usually one of the most optimistic ones) shows that between now and Sunday it is not likely to be particularly hot. At least the forecast does not suggest there will be further precipitation in the same span.
I still intend to lead a ride from Appleby Cloisters starting at 10.00 a.m. I hope we will get through to Melmerby Village Bakery  for the food stop. It is possible that we will not be attempting the Fell (though we might - it is due to be a little milder on Sunday).
I may post another blog nearer the time.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Rides on Wed 29th Nov

Myself and Rosie are leading 2 rides starting at 10am from Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by. Rosie is going to The Pot Place Plumpton for an early lunch at 12. I will be doing a longer slightly faster ride. The lunch stop is down as Pooley Bridge, but if people want to be sociable I could change it to the Pot Place but just do a longer route. The other problem could be ice on the roads, as the weather looks good, but it will freeze overnight. So if you were intending to meet either of us on route its probably best to phone Rosie on 07818241833 at 10am. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

John Roelich’s Club Ride - Sunday 10th December

John Roelich’s Club Ride Sunday  10th December. I am very sorry but I will not be able to lead this ride as we have to travel to Shipley for the weekend. The ride is due to start from Greystoke with a stop for 11s at the Mill Inn then to Pooley Bridge. If anyone is able to lead the ride for me that would be brilliant. I would be happy to swap rides if this is acceptable. Please contact me on 07879 436153 if you are able to help out. John Roelich

Celebration of the life of Helen Charlton on Saturday 2 December

click on images to enlarge

I know some people will be making their own way, but I will be at Greystoke car park at 10 am to lead a ride to Mungrisdale. I am planning to follow the route Mike led on 20 September, which is the last ride I did with Helen. This takes us to Hesket Newmarket (past Helen's house which she pointed out to me at the time) then along the fellside to Mungrisdale. There will be a vehicle travelling from Greystoke car park which can carry any contributions for the bring and share lunch which don't fit in panniers. If anyone wishes, they could wear the club shirt as it is brightly coloured and may help to identify us at the event.
I look forward to seeing anyone who wishes to join me. Guests are welcome - all they will have to do is to complete our guest rider form.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ride on Sunday 26th November

I am reluctantly cancelling my ride tomorrow. The Met Office have issued a weather warning for our area of rain, sleet and hail showers. "As temperatures fall, icy patches are likely to form in places, especially on untreated roads, pavements and cycle tracks, leading to slippery surfaces and tricky driving conditions". I'm unwilling to lead a ride with this warning. Of course, it may not be nearly as bad and you may individually decide to ride - perhaps on treated roads to Brougham Hall which is the alternative café stop.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Christmas Lunch 16 December

Christmas Lunch at Mrs Miller's Culgaith
16th December at 1230

I think it's time we set a deadline so that we can get everything sorted - please complete the form below (or contact me) by next weekend (Dec 2nd latest) - thanks

The dinner this year is at Mrs Millers .... it could be the last opportunity at the present site.... (but that's another story!)

the menu is here: click/tap to enlarge

Please select what you would like and fill in the form at this link (click) - I will gather it all together and pass it across to James.

Please pay me cash when you see me, or via online banking at 40-45-11  61270761 and mark it Xmaslunch  Tips and drinks will be sorted individually on the day.

If you forget what you ordered then you can see the list here

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Wednesday's Ride Cancelled

Given the horrendous forecast for tomorrow I have cancelled the ride from Burneside. Hopefully some of you may get out with either Ian or Dallas.
Keith G.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Moderate ride 22nd November

The weather forecast looks dire but Dallas is prepared to lead a very much reduced ride if anyone wants one or Ian's ride will be longer depending on the wishes of anyone who turns up.
Rather than wait in the carpark where there is no shelter come to number 37 from 9.30 onwards.

Club Ride Wednesday 22 November

Weather permitting, the ride will start from Burneside Church at 1000 and will be a one stop route heading out to Leighton Moss via Underbarrow, Brigsteer, Burton in Kendal and Over Kellet. The afternoon return leg will take us to Silverdale and Arnside before returning via the Kendal cycle path. The total distance will be approx. 50 miles on predominantly kind terrain.

At the moment the forecast is for heavy rain all day and strong winds. I will monitor this with a view to:
a) go ahead with the ride as outlined if the forecast improves significantly
b) shorten the ride if necessary
c) cancel the ride if the forecast remains unchanged.

I will update this blog tomorrow afternoon when we will have a more up to date  - and hence more reliable - forecast.
Keith G.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Short Ride on Sunday 19 November

Please note that my short ride tomorrow (Sunday 19 November) starts from LANGWATHBY VILLAGE GREEN and not Greystoke as shown on the Runs List (an error!).

For further info, see my Blog for Monday 13 November.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Club ride - Sunday 19th November

The ride will start from Greystoke at 9.30am.     Having ridden part of the planned route today I have decided to change it completely.  

The revised ride will be to Keswick, Whinaltter, Embleton and back to Greystoke via Uldale and Hesket New Market.     The distance will be about 55miles.   The forecast is for it to be dry and cold.   Frost is  possibility.    We will make a decision about refreshment stops as we go.  Portinscale and the Whinlatter Visitors Centre are possibilities.

Hope to see some of you at the start.   Remember - it is a 9.30am start.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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Weather looks ok.
Please bring lights incase we get delayed
See you tomorrow

Wednesday 15 November 2 bike ride

When I looked at the draft runs list, I thought I could see David and his 3 bike riders at Greystoke Car Park at the start of the ride, head through to meet the café people at Melmerby then meet David and co again at Plumpton (depending on pace obviously) - sort of joining the dots. Then when I came to working out a route which avoided the A roads, I realised it was - WARNING - nearly 20 miles to coffee! At least it means we will have done most of the mileage (and some of the hills) by then (plan is via Laithes, Catterlen, Stoneybeck, Bowscar, Langwathby, Skirwith, Ousby to Melmerby). From Melmerby we will go to Gamblesby /Glassonby /Kirkoswald/Lazonby and that big hill (sorry) to Plumpton then just a short ride back to Greystoke car park. I hope I haven't put you all off!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Amendment to Runs List for 19 November 2017

Please note that the start venue for my short ride on Sunday 19 November 17 is LANGWATHBY VILLAGE GREEN and not Greystoke as shown on the Runs List recently published. (Problem due to spreadsheet program self-populating column.........!)

This is a short, easy-going winter ride, stopping for a drink & cake at Morland followed by another short leg to Appleby for lunch. After lunch, an easy-going ride along the fellside back to Langwathby. (Obviously not a ride for lung-busting climbs and time-trial speeds!!)

See you there, Socialites.......

Pete M

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sunday 12 November - impromptu 2 bike ride

With thanks to Peter for his ride a month ago, I plan to adopt the same route leaving Langwathby at 10 am and cycling via Bowscar, Stoneybeck, Catterlen, Laithes, Greystoke, Hutton John, Wreay and Brackenrigg to Pooley Bridge. It is just under 20 miles to 'coffee' at Pooley Bridge (I know - hardly a 2 bike ride, that) but we will be rewarded when we get to Granny Dowbekins and will then do a similar length circuit back to Langwathby via Celleron, Askham, Lowther Village, Hackthorpe, Great Strickland, Morland, Temple Sowerby and Culgaith. Obviously the route may be curtailed depending on the wishes of the group and the weather and we aim to be back in Langwathby well before dark.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

3 Bike Ride Sunday 12th November

Sunday’s Ride is a one stop ride as advertised on the runs list, leaving Raughton Head House at 10am for Pooley Bridge for lunch. I’ve planned a roughly circular route of 50 miles or so, however the actual route taken will depend on the weather and the frostiness of the roads on the day.
There is ample parking beside the village school - walk up to the T junction (20m) and our house is about 10m to the left of the phone box through gap in the stone wall. Come to house at 9:30 if you’d like a coffee before the ride and there’s tea and cake at end of the ride.

Celebration of Helen's life on Saturday 2 December

I know that a few of us would like to attend this. And the club is very good at 'bring and share'. I am thinking along the lines of meeting at Greystoke car park around 10 and cycling through to Mungrisdale for lunch. Those that can't carry their 'bring and share' contributions in their panniers can transfer them to a car which will be driven through. Anyway, look out for more details nearer the time.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Celebration of Helen Charlton's life

Shereen a friend of Helen's from their teenage days advised me today [ 7th Nov ] ( via her mobile phone ) that a Celebration of Helen's life will be held as follows : -

Venue- Mungrisdale Village Hall 
Date - Sat 2 nd December 
Time - 10:00 to 16:00

Celebration -  In line with Helen living a simpe life amongst the Society of Friends there will be silent thoughts with spoken recollections by those who feel moved to speak.
Dress style - No black or sombre dress please wear normal clothing. Cyclists should wear their normal bright coloured clothing.
Breakfast / Lunch - Some friends will partake of breakfast porridge prior to going on a short walk. There will be a communal Bring & Share Lunch at about 13:00.

I understand that notice of the gathering has been placed somewhere on facebook ( but I don't know wher it appears ).
I will place a further notice if the plans above change.

3Bike ride Wednesday 8th Nov

As per the ride list, the route is a one stopper to Orton for lunch and will be taking in a few bumps along the way (short hills) going clockwise around the route in the map below. despite todays weather the forecast for tomorrow is quite good! Look forward to seeing some of you from both 2 & 3 bike rides at the start! Greystoke 10.00am
Click image to enlarge!

Stats: 96 km (60 mi) 1409 m (4620 ft)

Monday, 6 November 2017

Club 2 Bike Ride: 10am Wednesday 8th November

The 'slower paced' ride on Wednesday will leave Greystoke and take the lanes down to Ullswater and Pooley Bridge. The venue for coffee is Moreland which we should reach via Great Strickland at about 11.30am. (17 miles).The onward journey includes Temple Sowerby, Culgaith, Langwathby to a revised late lunch stop at Plumbton.(further 17 miles). We will then take the direct route back to Greystoke arriving hopefully around 3.30. The total ride distance is 40 miles.
Come along and enjoy the fine autumn weather. There are options for varying the route if it is appropriate.
Please be sure to bring bike lights.


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Folding Multitool

I have just discovered a very desirable folding multitool on the floor of our conservatory.
I assume it dropped out of someone's pocket last Sunday.

If who ever has lost it lets me know I will return it at the first opportunity.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Club run Sunday 5th November

I'm not expecting any gunpowder or treason, but here's the plot:

9.00 a.m. start from Cotehill X-roads as advertised. This should allow us to get to Eden gallery tearoom in plenty of time to meet the self-guided ride there (and be early enough to make sure they've not scoffed all the scones).

After that, meander through the lanes to lunch at Upfront, then back to Cotehill.

I have been poorly lately, so not up to (my definition of) normal fitness. I may have to desert the run after 11's, so could be looking for a volunteer leader.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Trending......Motorists aren't the only ones who pay for our roads!

Motorists aren't the only ones who pay for our roads!

I feel sorry for some recent correspondents.
There's Kevin from Aughton who is still paying 'Road Tax' despite it being abolished in 1937! He probably meant the emissions-based Vehicle Tax, of which bicycles are exempt.
His 'privilege of driving down roads' is paid for by everyone (including people with bicycles) who pay income tax, council tax, even VAT. Bit let's not let facts get in the way.
The there's Doug and Frank who've had their important journeys momentarily inhibited by 'lycra-clad' cyclists. I trust they will write in to inform everyone each time they suffer a temporary delay.
Heaven forbid they get stuck behind a jodhpur-clad horse rider, or some hi-viz-clad bin men, or an overall-clad farmer in a tractor, white and red-clad level crossing.
Or a fur-clad dog being led across a zebra crossing, a chino-clad Sunday driver dawdling down a country lane, or a beige-clad pensioner confused at a busy junction.
Or a leather-clad teenager on a 50cc scooter, or school uniform-clad children crossing the road with a lollipop lady.
Or a handcuff-clad drunk being arrested after crashing into a lamppost, suit-clad office workers rubber-necking at a motorway pile-up
Or paramedics tending to a 'lycra-clad' mother-of-two still in the road having been knocked down by a reckless car driver with a dangerous attitude towards other human beings because of their chosen mode of transport.

Let's look out for each other.

D Gordon, Ormskirk

spotted by Dallas

Thursday, 2 November 2017


I am very sad to tell you that Helen died last night in hospital.
Less than a month ago she was golfing in Spain in 87 degrees and was due to go on another golfing holiday next week. In the meantime, she loved her cycling and was talking about buying a new bike without electric assistance. She certainly lived life to the full. She only joined the club recently, although she had been a cyclist all her life and had, I think, been a CTC member in the past. We will all miss the opportunity to get to know her better.
Our thoughts are with her next of kin and with all her friends at this difficult time.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Three Bike Ride Wednesday 1st November

Ride as advertised. A short ride to the Wherigg Hotel for coffee and then on to the seaside on the lanes. Steady pace. Hope to see some of you out tomorrow.

Wednesday 1 November - 2 bike ride

Nigel and I will be running our usual ride(s), meeting outside the Cross Keys at Carleton village at the winter time of 10 am. I take the shorter route - suitable for beginners - possibly doing no more than cycling to the Pot Place and back, depending on the inclination and capacity of those who cycle with me. Nigel will do a few more miles, probably a bit faster, meeting at the Pot Place for coffee and going on to UpFront gallery for lunch. I look forward to seeing some of you there.
Apologies to those of you who prefer Nigel's use of the English language - but this time I got to the blog first!

Cafe List - help needed!

As promised at the AGM here is a link to the cafe list which CJ and Parker initiated some years ago.

Please feel free to make amendments and add comments where you know things have changed and  I will then download these from time to time.

If you know of any new cafes then of course go ahead and add them at the bottom of the list starting at 101 for the Ref No so that we know which are new entries

This is something for the bad weather when you are looking around for something constructive to do?? So no rush.

This is a slightly risky business as anyone with the link can edit but if you get into difficulty let me know and I'll replace it with the most up to date version that I have!
Thanks in anticipation!

Monday, 30 October 2017


Many thanks to Dallas and all those on her ride for giving Helen the best chance possible. Helen's next of kin is now at hospital with her and will keep us informed of developments. We have been asked not to contact the hospital direct as they have been inundated with phone calls - it shows how valued a person Helen is. We all hope for some good news.

Sunday, 29 October 2017


For those of you on today's 2 bike ride.

Helen is stable but has a leaking heart valve. She is in an induced coma but they will bring her round tomorrow and then probably send her to Newcastle for further assessment and treatment. They don't think she has suffered any brain damage thanks to Pete Moore's prompt action.
I will phone the hospital tomorrow afternoon for an update.

Thanks to everyone on my ride for their support, especially to Pete.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Saturday 28th October Ride before AGM

I am proposing to ride from Langwathby Village Hall to Gamblesby starting at 10.00 a.m. and getting there for 11.00 a.m..  Gambeslsby Art Group have their Annual Exhibition starting at 11.00 a.m. where they will be serving teas and coffee with edibles.  Routes we may take will be influenced by speed of participants but the shortest of the routes we may take is about 10 miles to Gamblesby and 6 return and the longest option is almost infinite.
Look forward to seeing anyone who cares to join me.

New Runs list for Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Thanks Mike for putting it together and to all volunteer leaders without which the club would not happen!
The New List is on the website and available to download as a complete single sheet here
Best to download it before you print

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Update on AGM Agenda

Shame on me!
I had not included the Campaigns report on the Agenda. Here is the new one to download

Monday, 23 October 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 25 October

Wednesday's ride will start from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale at 0930. There is free parking on both sides of the bridge.
The route will take us over Barbondale to Dent and then over Dentdale to Horton in Ribblesdale for 11's. From here we head for Clapham via Hellwith Bridge and on to Ingleton for lunch. The return leg will take us through Burton in Lonsdale and back to Kirkby.
The route will be hilly, particularly in the early stages and will be approximately 50 miles. The forecast is looking quite good at the moment, so hopefully it should be grand ride.
Hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sundays Rides 22nd Oct

Myself and Rosie are leading 2 separate rides this Sunday starting at Beacon Edge Cemetery lay-by at 9.30. Due to it being half term, we are going to have our lunch stop at Greystoke Old Smithy Cafe, and both groups will meet there around 11.30. I will be leading a slightly quicker group on a longer route of about 45 miles, and Rosie's ride will be about 30 miles.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

3 Bike Ride on Wednesday 18th October

Basically the ride is as advertised. We are likely to arrive at Mae's Tea Room in Uldale a bit after 11 as it's quite a long climb from Dalston - but don't let that put you off! The pace will be moderate. The rest of the ride is downhill to Mawbray and flattish all the way back to Dalston. You're invited to tea at the end too. The total distance is shorter than advertised - about 53 miles.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wednesday 18 October impromptu 2 bike ride

Charles has kindly plotted a route for me to lead on Wednesday. We will be leaving Langwathby at 9.30 and travelling fairly briskly via Bowscar, Fairhill, Carleton, Eamont Bridge and Brougham for 11s at Abbot Lodge (16 miles). We will then travel another 10 miles or so for lunch - probably at Culgaith - and - weather permitting - an extended route via Kirkby Thore and the fellside back to Langwathby. Total distance 42 miles. It would be good to have your company!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

AGM Saturday 2pm 28th October - Langwathby Village Hall

Just a reminder that this exciting event is less than two weeks away! Geoff needs any items for the agenda by 20 October. If you are hoping to join the bring and share lunch but haven't yet entered up your offering, please refer to Geoff's post of 2 October for the link. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Sunday 15th October - so called '3 bike' ride

As a result of a recce of the route a few days ago, the ride will be shorter than originally intended.   The ride will be 40-45 miles only.  

The route from Dalston to Blue Gate Crossroads will be fairly direct and followed by a tour of the  Caldbeck hills before dropping into Caldbeck for 11's.    The ride will continue through Hesket New Market, Haltcliffe, Johnby, Blencowe, Skelton and lunch at the Upfront Gallery - finishing off with  a meandering ride back to Dalston.

This route is dull and uninspiring.   Anyone starting from Dalston I am sure will be welcome to join Bill at Caldbeck for his ride  to Keswick (I haven't asked Bill if you will be welcome but I am sure you will be)

The forecast at the moment is quite good.    I hope to see some of you at Dalston

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sunday 15 October Melmerby cafe is closed...

The owners of Melmerby Tea Rooms and Café have decided to allow themselves a well-earned day of rest on a Sunday - for the next runs list it becomes a Wednesday 'self led ride'.
As we have two rides going to Caldbeck for coffee on Sunday, I am hoping that will serve as a venue for everyone who gets out, but if anyone favours a coffee stop closer to Penrith, please just blog where you want to go (or ask someone else to do so). Melmerby Old Village Bakery will be open.
See you Sunday...

Sunday 15 th Ocober - 2 Bike Ride

Ride will be starting at Greystoke at 09:30, going through Johnby, Heskett Newmarket, to Caldbeck Smithy Cafe for 11's.
   Leaving Caldbeck we head towards Uldale Fells, then drop down to Overwater and Basssenthwaite village, then on to Keswick for Lunch - possibly at the cafe in the central car park ( next to where Keswick Moutain Bikes used to be).
   From Keswick back through Thelkeld, Styles & gated road to Mungrisdale, Berrier & Greystoke.
  Distance is about 45 miles. Looking forward to seeing some of you at the start.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Penrith Winter Droving Sat 28 Oct

Eden Arts are seeking people to act as marshals along the route of this years Penrith Winter Droving parade, 5.30 to 8.00pm Sat 28 Oct. Let me know if you would like to be involved.
David Harrison

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Wednesday 11 th October - 3 Bike Ride

Since I’m waiting for hernia surgery and the condition is worsening I feel it is unwise for me to lead the published ride.

Would anyone who wishes to do the ride please self lead. It would be good if anyone who knows the route attends so that they could escort others round the circuit.

To assist self leading I have attached marked up map extracts showing the route plus the proposed 11’s and Lunch locations. 

Since weekday parking in Annan High Street is time limited a map is attached showing a small free off car park. All day parking is possible in certain side streets and further east on the High Street nearer to the “ Tesco “ end of town.

I hope that some riders will do the ride and enjoy the outing in spite of pessimistic weather forecasts.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Wednesday 11th October ride (Nigel for Rachel)

Had a quick look at the route which is a pretty much there and back. 20 odd miles each way. Total ascent c 1500 feet. Pace is intended to be 'steady' (not hard), we should not be pressed for time.
As it is a 1000 a.m. start I am proposing to have a coffee at the Mulberry Tree Cafe before the start (say 0915) as there will only be the one seated stop for the ride (if people want a BYO stop en route, please do not forget to bring one). Looking forward seeing some of you.

Wednesday 11 October - 2 bike ride

As Rachel is elsewhere, Nigel will be leading her ride departing from Kirkby Stephen (the cloisters) at 10 am - note later start time. The route is down Mallerstang to Hawes - owing to a shortage of cafes en route, BYO 11s and have a great ride.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sunday 8th October ride

Peter is not well enough to ride tomorrow.  Alison and I will be leading the ride.  We intend to use the same route (Peter's, not just Alison and I riding the same way). Look forward to seeing those of you who also want to ride.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Pete M's 2-Bike Ride on Sunday 8th October 2017

As there is no ride logged for Sunday 8th October, I have been 'persuaded' to add an 'Extra' to the list! Meeting place is Langwathby Village Green and time of departure is 9.30am.The ride will be at the usual 2-bike pace (touring as opposed to Sportive) and we will take a circuitous through Stoneybeck, Catterlen, Greystoke and Wreay to Pooley Bridge for 11's (hopefully meeting up with the Cafe Dwellers at Granny Dowbekin's).

After tea/coffee & scones, our route takes us through Askham and Hackthorpe to Great Strickland, then a swoop down to Morland and Bolton before cruising through Colby and down to Appleby for lunch.

Following the lunch stop, we'll then head off along the Fellside, through Long Marton, Milburn, Blencarn and Skirwith before miraculously arriving back at Langwathby Village Green! Total mileage works out to something like 49 miles.

With a reasonable weather forecast, I'm hoping for a good turnout and look forward to welcoming you at the Village Green on Sunday.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Club Run Wednesday 4th October from Glendale Cotehill

The ride will be as on the runs list with elevenses at Booths in Penrith and lunch at the Mill Inn Mungrisedale. There is parking on the drive.(please shut the gates).  Tea and cake when we get back.
Hope to see some of you in the morning.


Tuesday 10th October, 7.30 pm. Melmerby Village Hall

Teenagers to pensioners are welcome to join members of Melmerby WI for this free talk and demonstration of how to pack into a kayak all you need for a week’s wild camping and then go paddling around the Scottish Islands. Kayaks, tent and equipment will be on show in the Village Hall. Alison & Nigel have been kayaking and wild camping in Scotland for many years and have a wealth of experience which they will share with us. They will be bringing some slides of the places that they have visited as well as their equipment.

Wednesday 4th October ride

Alison and I are doing our rides from Carleton to Plumpton (11s) and Up Front at Unthank (lunch) again.
The pace of the rides may be different.
The weather for both groups, if there are two groups, will likely be the same, which, unusually, is not forecast to be that great.  We have our answer to that: Alison is on a track (mantra) of 'we like rain' (only she is getting used  to 'I like rain' as she is not sure how much others have adopted her thinking).  I added to Alison, make 'we' so I maintain that I can so assert 'we'.
It is unlikely that it will rain all day. The lifting of spirits from shared experience could engender such a feeling of delight that the rain packs up and plans another day to depress (not that we would allow thinking that rain is depressing though the rain organisers do not know that and are unlikely to adopt the mantra easily).  There are risks from taking things to extremes, what if rain packed up as it was failing to depress? We would be really depressed and dehydrated.
You may not want to ride with me after the above but as I lead from the back, you could still stay away from me all day.
Look forward to seeing you in the area of the Cross Keys to start.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Early warning of upcoming AGM

AGM Saturday 2pm 28th October - Langwathby Village Hall

The AGM is coming up soon and I am asking for any items for the Agenda to be submitted to the Secretary by 20th October deadline. No doubt there will be a short ride before lunch at 12.30.

I am also assuming/hoping that those who would like to get together for what is always a very sociable and enjoyable bring and share lunch will as before fill in the grid here(link) and give some idea of what they are going to bring and for how many it will cater. Those who cannot provide may like to give £5 to funds. A summary of what people have offered can be found here

Either way, it would be useful for catering/numbers if you could indicate on the link above whether you aim to attend the lunch.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Len's Club Ride on Sunday 1st October

Due to unforeseen family circumstances I am very sorry that I will be unable to lead Sunday's ride.

However, I have provided the intended route on the maps (including a larger scale of the Penrith area) which Mike has kindly added.
The ride joins the self led group at Eden Gallery opposite St Andrew's Church in Penrith.  Could someone there please phone the Strickland Arms (01931 712238) with numbers and eta for lunch. The owners, Anton and Penny, welcome cyclists and have memorabilia of the Tour of Britain and the Tour de France. 
The route is clockwise starting in Greystoke at 10.00am. It is about 30 miles and graded as a "two bike ride".

Monday, 25 September 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 27 September

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

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

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

Cycling stuff at Aldi Thursday 28th September

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

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

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

Friday, 22 September 2017

Moderate ride Sunday 24th

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

Club ride - Sunday 24th September

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

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

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

I hope to see some of you on the ride.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Cafe Update .. Brougham Hall

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

John Forrester

2 bike ride Wednesday 20th September

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

3 bike ride Wednesday 20th September

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

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)

60th Birthday.. Thankyou 13.Sept.17

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