Saturday, 21 April 2018

2 Bike ride Sunday 22nd

Apologies for the late blog but both of us were out of the country. Back now so we are leading a ride from Beacon Edge cemetery, Penrith, leaving 9.30am to Talkin Tarn. About 40 miles, with a cafe or picnic for early lunch. One stop only. Hope to see lots of you there.
Phil and Rosie B

Friday, 20 April 2018

John R’s Ride Sunday 22nd April

Parking will be in along from Abbey Bridge Lanercost on the LHS (you have gone too far if you reach the cafe Car Park) The route planned will go to Askerton and is undulating to start with. From here we will go to Bewcastle and either follow the Reivers route to Blackpool Gate or contour round via Roughsyke. Thence we will travel through Kershope Forest to a late 11’s /early lunch stop at the Olive Cafe in Newcastleton. Our return route will take us along the B6357 to Kershopefoot and is flatter than the morning ride. The tearoom in Walton is open until 1600 hrs for a tea stop at the end of the ride

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cafe Open in Border Country

Hello Eden Valley Cycle Club

Some of you may already know the cafe at Slack House Farm (Cycle Route 72 - B6318) We are open for the season and ideally located for food, refreshments and cake.  

After the Roman Fort at Birdoswald, turn left at the junction and only 200mtrs on the right.

A warm welcome to you all.

Bryony and Joy

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 18th April.

The ride starts from Greystoke at 9.30am.
We will take the direct route to the shore of Ullswater via Wreay and then hopefully enjoy a spring morning ride around the lake to 11's at Glenridding. The ride then climbs over to Dockray and on to Mungrisedale. Lunch will be either at Mungrisedale (early) or Unthank (late) depending on how people feel.
The overall distance should not exceed 40 miles.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 18 April

Wednesday's ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930. As usual, there will be parking for a few cars on our drive.
The route will take us over Kirkstone to Glenridding where we will have 11s. From here we head for Threlkeld via Matterdale End and on to St Johns in the Vale. We will probably have to use the A591 if the road around the back of Thirlmere is still closed to get to Grasmere for lunch. The return leg will take us through Ambleside and over Holbeck Lane for a total distance of approx. 60 fairly hilly miles.
The forecast is looking good and there will be post ride refreshments in Bowston, so a grand day out should be had by all!
Keith G.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

2 Bike Ride Sunday 15th April

Ride basically as published. 15 miles from Greystoke to Mungrisdale via Hesket Newmarket. Then a further 15 miles to lunch at Pooley Bridge. A short ride then back to Greystoke. Looking forward to some slightly warmer weather.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Ride Wednesday 11th April

(Start 0930 at GR 488337 Phone box at Catterlen road end B5305)

The weather is not looking too bad maybe even a bit of sun! So although we may modify the route I intend to go for the seaside trip. The planned route totals are about 109km 1065m ascent. We go out via Caldbeck Wherriggs and Abbeytown and returning via Aspatria and Fletchertown.
Coffee will be late at Wheyrigg Hotel (approx 11.30) rather than Wigton but we may prefer to stop at lunch and tea instead. Let me know if you would like to meet up at coffee and I will make sure we stop there!
Hope to see lots out for the seaside trip!

Whilst writing - I know a few club members are doing the Forrest of Bowland sportive on Sunday(good luck and I hope the weather stays fair) but if anyone would like a lift to the superior Daffodils sportive starting in Thirsk and travelling through the wonderful North York Moors (did it last year and going back for more!) let me know and make sure you get your entry in by Wednesday. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Alternative Cafe is BOOTHS in Penrith, not Morland on Wednesday 11th April

We have discovered that the Courtyard Cafe in Morland will be closed for one day this Wednesday, so we are suggesting Booths in Penrith for the self led meet up point.
 ....Recently received

Dear Geoff
Please could you share this email about the next Borderlands Cycle Sportive with your members.
Many thanks Janet 
Wooler Wheel Organiser 

Putting your heart into it! 

 That’s the theme of the next Wooler Wheel Borderlands Sportive on May 12th as money from the event will go to support The British Heart Foundation

WOOLER WHEEL CYCLE SPORTIVE Saturday 12th May 2018 in aid of British Heart Foundation Now in its 5th year the event takes place in Northumberland and Scottish Borders, with a choice of 4 routes with nominal distances of 170, 100, 60 km and a dedicated 30km junior sportive for under 16-year olds. Enjoy these rides for their own sake or use them as part of your training programme, for example, if you're a road racer or a triathlete.
This year’s events hope to raise £5,000 for British Heart Foundation in memory of a previous Wooler Wheeler from Alnwick who sadly died of a heart attack last November aged just 45. He was passionate about anything cycling so having spoken to his wife we thought it would be fitting that the event helped raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Want to lend a hand?
 If you’re not cycling at present but would like to help out we’d can always use more marshals to help riders around the route. Even if can only offer a short time during the day that would be great or if you know anyone else I might be able to ask to help out. Contact for details on becoming a marshal. Enter the Borderlands events via the British Cycling or
Enter the Borderlands events via the British Cycling or Wooler Wheel websites and entries close on Sunday 6th May 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

2 bike ride on Sunday

Myself and Rosie will lead a ride from Beacon Edge cemetery Penrith on Sunday leaving at 9.30. We will be ending up at Pooley Bridge for 11'ses and go there via Catterlen, Skelton, Greystoke, and Dacre. After 11'ses we will return via Askham. Total distance 30 miles. Hope to see some of you at the start.

Sunday 8th April - Club ride from Gretna

The ride will start from Central Avenue, Gretna at 9.30am.    The route will be fairly direct to Langholm.   We will not be going via Claygate because of additional problems with that road.    Because the distance to Langholm will be shorter than intended and relatively flat we will not stop for 11's.    The first stop will be lunch at Eskdalemuir (30miles)    The community cafe in Eskdalemuir is excellent with a fairly wide menu and reasonable prices.    From there we take a direct route to Boreland, Corrie Common and an afternoon tea stop at Cafe91 in Lockerbie.    We return to Gretna via Annan on roads less travelled.

The total distance will be 70 miles.   Most of the route will be hilly.    The met office forecast at the moment is for it to be dry and lightly overcast.

Directions to the start as follows:   From the M6 and Longtown, drive into Gretna to the roundabout at the entrance to Gretna Gateway outlet.   Leave the roundabout at the 2nd exit (signposted ANNAN and TOWN CENTRE)    Drive 400 metres approx and turn left at the traffic lights onto Central Avenue.     As you turn onto Central Avenue there are shops on the right.  Just beyond the shops there is a free car park on the left opposite Gretna Surgery.   Gretna Gateway outlet also has overflow car parks and there seem to be no parking restrictions.    

There are no public toilets in Gretna other than those at Gretna Gateway outlet.  

I hope the increased distance of the ride has not put too many of you off.   I hope to see a few of you at the start.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Let's be positive...

Congratulations to those hardy souls who braved the rain today, We must be due a Spring soon, surely??? So, in the spirit of optimism and in the knowledge that our holiday in Derbyshire starts in just over 3 weeks time (raining or not) I have ordered a custom made map from Ordnance Survey based on Carsington Water. With an Easter discount it is costing just under £15. When it arrives we can start looking forward to getting out again...can't we? Let's hope for some good weather, good rides and good company - we know in the club that the last is the one thing which can be guaranteed.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Two-bike ride tomorrow 4 April

Nigel will be leading tomorrow's ride as I have been struck down by a lurgy that is resistant to being shaken off. The plan, as usual, is to leave Cross Keys at Carleton 9.30 and cycle to the Pot Place for 11s and on to Upfront for lunch. The route will be decided in the morning in the light of the wishes of those who turn up. Although we can't offer 2 rides of different paces, there is an option for people who wish to go a bit further to make their own route. Nigel will decide in the morning.

The cycle carrier

I will be going on the post-Easter trip to Derbyshire next month and I want to take two bikes.   Does anyone have a Thule bike carrier I can borrow to put on the car roof?  I have one carrier but I don't want to buy another if I can avoid it.   

If anyone has a carrier they are willing to lend me for that week, please give me a call on 077097 10301 or email

Friday, 30 March 2018


As you can see on the Runs List, there is no planned ride this Sunday and the alternative coffee stop is still to be announced. So here is the announcement! UPFRONT GALLERY at Unthank.
We have just noticed that the Mill Yard Cafe at Morland will be closed for one day on Wednesday 11th April - unfortunately the day we are due there. So the venue will now be Booths, Penrith. Will try to remember to post a reminder the day before.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Fibre Broadband

As many EV's live in villages which may in the past year have had fibre broadband installed, but like us have not yet opted for it rather than stay with conventional 'slow' non fibre (in our case was 1Mb max as we  are 4 miles from exchange), the following may be useful, warts and all - as I'm no guru!

Just signed up for BT fibre broadband, great offers at the moment and cheaper than our present non-fibre 1Mb max with Plusnet. 

BT presently I think don't allow in low usage areas any other providers such as Plusnet to use BT's fibre except on what they call a 'trial' basis with non discounted prices. Only BT seem to be able to offer value packages, though this could change in the future.

£29.99 per month BT Infinity Unlimited 50Mb including line rental. Easter offer saves £50 activation charge.  £9.99 postal charge for delivery of router.Includes free weekend calls to landlines and caller display.  It is an 18 month contract.

This assumes you have fibre to the premises ie into a duct in the road outside your house. Note (guessing) many villages do not have what is called fibre to the box (which is what most towns have), out here it is fibre to the premises this limits offers from other providers.

Signing up online gets a £150 BT Reward Card to spend at any Mastercard retailer - including supermarket shopping! You could opt for the £5 per month cheaper Infinity limited to 30Gb package (ample if not streaming films etc), but that doesn't get the reward card. So £5 per month extra x 18 months = £90, but get £150 reward card - no brainer!

Plus we've taken a BT add-on  extra £5 a month for a mobile SIM only package (uses EE network) of unlimited texts & calls and 0.5Gb data. We will use the mobile to make all outgoing calls, as works out cheaper than buying a landline anytime call package - more and more folks are going that way. Note that none of these mobile SIM only packages I think include calls to 0870 and 0845. Bonus with new roaming rules, for 36 European countries, usage is included just as in the UK. Plus access to all 5 million BT wifi UK hotspots whatever they are!

Anyone else you think may be interested, pass it on.

Apologies it's not about bikes, does anyone object?

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

moderate ride Wednesday 28th

The forecast bad weather has not materialised so the  ride will be as advertised.
Starting at Dalston to Animal Refuge via Wreay and Cotehill, then over the viaduct to Warwick Bridge via Cumwhitton and back via Newby East and Carlisle, about 40ish miles.
Tea on offer at Dalston.


Monday, 26 March 2018

3 bike club ride from Wetheral - Wed 28th March

The ride will start from the Green in Wetheral 9.30am   11's will be at the garden centre in Brampton - NOT Longtown.   My mistake!    The route to Greenhead will be gently undulating.  (we will not be going up 'Banks')  Greenhead Hotel will be open for lunches.   I phoned  Greenhead tea room today to find out if they would be open but there was no reply.   The tea room may be closed on mondays.

The total distance of the ride I regret to say will only be about 50 miles.   To make up for the lack of distance, we will after lunch be going into indian territory (lots of arrows) culminating in a visit to Forrest Head.     So not so gentle!

The forecast at the moment is for showers in the afternoon

I hope to see lots and lots of you at the start.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Rides on Sunday 25th

Myself and Rosie will be leading 2 rides from Shap village car park leaving at 9.30. Rosie will ride a loop which will lead to Orton Scar Cafe for lunch at 12ish. A hilly ride of about 28 miles. One stop so bring a snack. I will lead an extended loop which depending on the group may end up at Sedburgh for lunch, so around 60 miles. We are travelling independently so do not expect to return to Shap at the same time.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Ride ON Wednesday 21st March

Ride will start from Greystoke car park at 9:30. Route will be to Keswick along the A66 corridor for coffee after about 14 miles. Lunch at Caldbeck after a further 16 miles and then return to Greystoke for a total distance of about 50 miles. The weather forecast doesn't look bad as I write this so I hope to see some of you at the start.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Exercise Your Musical Talents?

Skirwith village hall (next village to us in Ousby) has a monthly music session aimed at anyone who wants to play, sing, monologue, poetry etc - or just listen. Very informal and relaxed with usually less than a dozen there - perfect if the idea of 'performing' puts you off. Ruth & I support and enjoy it when we are around.

Next session is Monday March 26th at 7.30 pm, rescheduled from 19th due to lack of numbers.

Anyone interested let me know   / 01768 881894

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Sunday 18th March ride

Weather looking rather iffy.
Will probably have to cancel, but please phone me if you want to go out and we can decide if it's suitable in the morning.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Perils of Ignoring a Road Closed Sign

We've all ridden past road closed signs - particularly when they've been moved by previous "passers". The following pictures provide a small illustration of what Ludo & I encountered yesterday around the back of Thirlmere. Presumably the carnage occurred during the Beast form the East! There are numerous trees down over maybe a 4 or 5 miles stretch and quite a lot of collateral damage to walls & banking. Although clearance has started at the south end, I would envisage it will take several weeks to clear the road & repair walls etc.

1st Indication that we may have a problem

Monday, 12 March 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 14th March

Pace will be 'civilised' as I'm far from cycling fit!

Start our house Ousby 9.30 prompt, or meet Melmerby 9.45. Though most as usual will probably ride direct to 10.30's at Renwick church hall for coffee and biscuits.

Some of you who would otherwise ride to the alternative 11's may wish to join us at Renwick for a change of venue?

Remember the church hall finishes serving at 11 am, so aim to be there at 10.30.

Route is Eastern fellside, loop into Brampton for lunch, back via Weatherall viaduct, Armathwaite with a few undulations.

Weather forecast suggests unsettled - but no snow & ice to play on!

Books for sale - house clearance!

Date Title Author / Editor Description Price
? The Epicyclic Gear Large, folded, good condition £2
? The Tandem Club Envelope re-use stickers. As new. £2
1984 Bicycle Times Peter Lumley Slight damage. VGC for age. Articles on Raleigh Cycles, Trikes, YHA, etc. £3
1981 Handbook Slightly soiled covers and yellowed pages £4
2006 Cycle-Kit 44 pages in colour, VGC £4
1990 Mad Dogs and Cyclists Chris Rooney On two wheels through Northumbria. As new £4
1972 The Velocipede, its history and how to use it 'An Experienced Velocipedist' Facsimile of 1869 booklet. Good condition £4
1985 Fat Man on a Roman Road Tom Vernon Good condition £4
1974 England by Bicycle Frederick Alderson Good condition £5
2010 Bike Snob Eben Weiss As new £5
1971 Cycling: Land's End to John O'Groats Alan J. Ray First edition. Jacket damaged, book good condition £5
1978 The Penguin Book of the Bicycle Roderick Watson  and Martin Gray Good condition £5
1985 Cycle Clips - A history of cycling in the north east Various As new £5
1975 Cycle Racing: Training to Win Les Woodland First edition. Almost perfect £5
2004 A Significant Other Matt Rendell As new £5
1975 Richard's Bicycle Book Richard Ballantine Good, but slight yellowing £5
1972 Bicycling, A History Frederick Alderson Cover faded, pages in good condition £6
1980 Cycling in Posters Jan Michael Practically perfect £6
2012 Unsurpassed Godfrey Barlow As new £8
2007 The Cyclist's Companion George Theohari / Foreword by Jon Snow As new apart from slight marks on jacket £8
1938 CTC Route Book No. 5 The English Lakes Cover worn, pages in good condition £10
1935 Cycling Manual Binding come loose, otherwise good. Date estimated £10
1954 Cycling Book of Maintenance H. H. England VGC. £10
1964 Know the Game Cycling Cyclists' Touring Club VGC £10
1967 Cycling Manual R. John Way First Edition. Cover worn, pages perfect £10
1974 My Nineteenth Tour de France J. B. Wadley Cover worn, pages in good condition £10
1990 Das Fahrrad Karl-Heinz Raach Date estimated. Sumptuous photographic art book. As new. £10
1981 Fat Man on a Bicycle Tom Vernon Good condition £10
1911 The Open Road, for motoring, cycling and walking Pages reasonable, covers have come away and have some damage and discolouration. Date estimated. £10
1927 CTC Touring Route Cyclists' Touring Club Typed / Duplicated route descriptions (3 separate booklets). A bit tatty. CTC opened Craven Hill Office in 1927, these may be later. £12
1956 Round the Island H. W. Freeman Cycle tour in Sardinia. Perfect except for some damage to back of jacket £15
1975 King of the Road, an illustrated history of cycling Andrew Ritchie First Edition. Slight discolouration, VGC for age. £15
1977 Winged Wheel William Oakley VGC. First Edition £15
1980 Wheels of Choice, cycle touring photographs Tim Hughes Almost perfect £15
1900 Philips' Cyclists' Map Northumberland Map in good condition, cover well worn. Date estimated. £20
1934 Land's End to John O' Groats W. B. Dawson Tour description. VGC. £20
1938 CTC Route Book No. 8 The Wye Valley and Welsh Borderland Almost perfect £20
1950 Let's Go Cycling Reginald C. Shaw First edition. Jacket damaged, book VGC £20
1960 Cycling Manual 24th Edition H. H. England Jacket slight damage, book almost perfect £20
1967 An 80 page picture tribute Britain's greatest ever road cycling champion TOM SIMPSON Roger St Pierre with Alan Gayfer, Ken Evans, J.B. Wadley, etc. Rare. Black and white 77 pages,  colour covers. Slightly yellowed pages and slight damage to cover. VGC considering its age. £20
1970 Mick Gambling … on Cycling Mick Gambling / Martin Ayres A humorous look at the sport. Illustrations by Johnny Helms. Good condition. Date estimated £20
1972 Old Roads and New J. B. Wadley VGC. Signed by author. £20
1929 A Thread of English Road Charles S. Brooks Cover discoloured, slightly loose. £20
1963 Laughter on Two Wheels Rex Coley VGC. First Edition £30
1979 The Art of Frank Patterson Jim and Janet Willis First edition. Jacket damaged, book perfect £60
1979 The Frank Patterson Picture Book Jim and Janet Willis First edition. Jacket slight damage, book perfect £75

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Ride on Sunday 11th March

At last the forecast is such that I can be confident to announce the ride is on! Leaders have had difficult decisions to make for quite a while now and we should be grateful that they have been prepared to take on the decision making responsibilities. We will not have to cross sections of road where you need four wheel drive as in the photograph below which Bill O and I encountered at How Hill near Lamonby  on Wednesday.

The route on Sunday will be 42 miles composed of 10 miles to coffee at Dirty Harry's at High Hesket on the A6, a further 12 miles to Talkin Tarn followed by 20 miles back to Dalston. Even though it is Mothering Sunday I'm not expecting our stops to be particularly popular for treating mum but the pace will be suitable if you want to bring her along.

You are welcome to tea afterwards.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Hartside Fire & Sustrans Milepost

Cycled (actually a 7 mph unfit crawl) up Hartside this morning.  Brilliant as closed to things with engines, so road deserted - like my very own Tour de Britain - apart from snow plow and cannon coming the other way to finally clear the drifts. Reason for the ride was to see if Sustrans milepost fire damaged or sideswiped by a fire appliance. Good news is that's it's fine, but the Hartside cafe charred remains left me feeling saddened, quite emotive as absolutely nobody around for the 20 minutes I lingered there. On the chilly descent back, gleefully cutting off blind corners, passed  another couple of cyclists going up and the snow plow nearly through to Melmerby. Road will be open by now, so really fortuitous going today - don't think will get Hartside to myself again in a lifetime!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Enhancing UK Cycling

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Enhancing UK Cycling:
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Investing in cycling in the UK could realise huge economic, health and social benefits. 8 out of 10 people in urban environments are conducting regular trips that could be cycled or walked, with two out of three personal trips less than 5 miles (Dft, 2017). Physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. It is subsequently unsurprising that Danish levels of cycling in the UK could save the NHS £17bn within 20 years (Cycling UK). Well planned improvements to paving and cycling infrastructure could also boost shopping by 40% (DfT, 2017), whilst replacing vehicle use with cycling for a four mile daily commute could also reduce the individual carbon footprint by half a tonne of CO2 per annum.
Acknowledging these potential benefits the Government published the‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’ in April 2017. This outlines the ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys, and double cycling activity nationwide by 2025. It furthermore highlights the advancements in cycling funding since 2010, rising to £6 per person, per annum in 2016/17. However, the strategy falls short of the ambitions set out in the parliamentary ‘Get Britain Cycling Report’, which called for investment in cycling of at least £10 per person. Indeed, the strategy offers just £300m of additional funding, amounting to £1.39 per person.
The 2017 Bike Life Report demonstrates high levels of public support for additional investment in cycling infrastructure and promotion. Nearly 74% of people want to see more money spent on cycling facilities, and nearly 80% want more segregated cycling lanes to make cycling safer. Partnership approaches have a role to play in realising these public desires. A cycling initiative in Birmingham, backed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, would see 5,000 street cycles placed in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry, with start up costs covered by an initial investment from bidding companies of between £1,250 to £2,000 per bike.
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Two bike ride from Penrith

I, too, have decided not to lead my ride tomorrow. There are still piles of snow around on many roads and, although they are being flattened, they are unlikely to have disappeared by tomorrow morning, especially as the rides are now scheduled to start at 9.30. If you get out, enjoy and take care.

Wednesday 7 March.From Shap CANCELLED

Hi All
More snow. Roads here still have patches of compacted snow and now have another 20mm of fresh snow on top. The planned ride was in an upland area and is likely to be the same.
I will not be leading the ride from Shap and I suggest that if there is a safe route that we to attend 11's at the PotPlace and see what can be salvaged from the day

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ride Sunday 4 th March

Hi everybody,
I am cancelling Sundays ride from Lazonby. Although conditions are set to improve slightly on Sun I reckon there will still be snow & ice about, and below freezing temperatures at night!
Lets hope we can all get out on the Bikes soon!

Best Wishes, Bill Holmes

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Wednesdays rides cancelled

Sorry Folks, but snow showers are forecast, and the temperature will not rise above freezing tomorrow, so unfortunately we are cancelling our rides.
Take care
Phil and Rosie

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Wed 28th Rides from Beacon Edge Penrith

Hello All. The forecast is for possible  snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we are not cancelling at present, so please check the blog on Tuesday evening, and even early Wed at 8am, as the rides may be cancelled or the routes changed.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Request for our support from Jaqueline, Jen's friend

I have had a request from a friend for our support. The copied mail explains everything. So I am forwarding the link to my contacts. I hope this is in order.

"Hi Guys,

Apologies for this but we are a few signatures short of our 7k target and need them before 12 March.

Highways England, as some of you know, have banned cyclists from a number of roads and are now looking at the A63 - the one Wiggo trained on.

Cycling UK have taken up the banner and made voting easy. Just fill in the details and they will print off and personally deliver to the Leeds depot in time.

Feel free to forward the link to your contacts."

John R’s Ride Sunday 25th Feb

For those club members coming from Carlisle area there is a road closure from Blencowe to Greystoke. When I was reccing on Friday I went along as far as the closure signs, the hedges have also been cut and there is a lot of debris on the road, so I will amend my route from Greystoke to go via Johnny to Lamonby.

Roads on the route are dry with one or two ice smears which are relatively easily seen. Forecast for tomorrow winds are from the SE and a little stronger than today. Most of the route is relatively sheltered and we will stop twice (Mill Inn Mungrisedale and Granny Dowbekins Pooley Bridge) to warm up,

The route is just over 40 miles and is best described as undulating, with no major climbs. I look forward to seeing you at Greystoke. John Roelich

Jen's ride 25 th February

I have decided to go ahead with my ride. Around 25 miles in total from Winton to Newbiggin for lunch via Sunbiggin tarn returning via Ravenstonedale then probably Waitby then Soulby. I have had a little ride out, the roads are fairly dry and any wet/icy areas are easy to see.
Coffee to start and tea to finish but no pressure if it is just too cold and windy

Friday, 23 February 2018

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation - Sent to the Secretary

to Sec EVCUK............

Hi Geoff,

I’m currently launching a campaign to find 20 people to come together and cycle London to Paris over four days to fund four months of lung cancer research.
I’m not sure if you are aware but lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in both men and women yet receives the least funding per death than any other cancer . Being able to recruit people to raise this money would make a huge difference to the charity.
We are promoting the ride that takes place on 25th – 29th July as it is the Tour De France special in which participants can enjoy their last day in France watching the final leg of the world famous Champs-Elysees.

I wondered if there was any opportunity for you to share this with members of your club please?

If it is something you would be able to help with, please feel free to contact me on the details below . The link with further information is:

Monday, 19 February 2018

Wednesday 21st February Club Ride

The weather forecast looks OK for Wednesday, although it may be a bit chilly in Melmerby! Ride will be as advertised - a one stop ride with late 11's / early lunch in Melmerby. The ride out is about 23 miles crossing the River Eden at Lazonby. The return leg will cross the Eden at Langwathby and I've put a little loop in towards the end of the ride crossing the new Bell Bridge over the River Caldew bringing a total distance of about 51miles.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Challenge rides - Sunday 8th July

We have fixed a date for an open Challenge Ride Event which will be held on Sunday 8th July centred on Mungrisdale VH. There will be a 100km and 100mi courses somewhat like the rides we did last year but open to all. Put the date in your diaries! Details on our web pages including auto entry to the event!
Julie Rand has welcomed us and CUK will help with publicity, I hope as many of as possible will take part or help as like the Birthday Rides this is us doing our bit to publicise and get more people involved in cycling

More important please let me know by email if you will be around at the time and would be prepared to get involved. We are looking for helpers in the following roles:

Guide on the route  - there will be allocated speeds for guided groups but I don't envisage everyone will want to be in a guided group.
Help with support ('Sagwaggon' emergency support - probably need 2 vehicles)
Help with catering - please contact Claire Barron
Help with registration
Help with Entries

A big thank you to all those who have already shown interest.
PS Any comments or suggested ammendments/errors spotted; to Geoff please asap.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Sunday 18th February - club ride

The ride will be a circuit of Skiddaw starting 10am at the car park in Dalston.    As the forecast is for showers all day and it will be cold, I will ignore what I put on the runs list and we will stop for refreshments twice.    A late 11's at Maes Cafe, Uldale and a late lunch/early afternoon tea at Threlkeld village hall cafe.
I look forward to seeing one or two of you at the start.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Wednesday 14th Valentine's day ride?

 This is what I wrote earlier as a draft...

Looks to be both wet and possibly snowy but that's no excuse!
We will probably take a more sensible route than across the fellside but beginning and lunch points likely to remain the same.
Small amount of parking at Station House and 'cuppa' if you arrive early. Let's hope for better weather than the forecast.

Despite the gloomy forecast I am happy to lead a ride which I think we might finalise when the hordes arrive at the start! I no longer feel obligated to go to Warwick bridge! 

Wed 14th. Feb 2 Bike Ride Cancelled

I am cancelling the Wed 14th Feb  2 Bike Ride from Dalston due to adverse weather conditions.
The forecast is very unpleasant to say the least. It will be below freezing overnight and only 2 deg at 10.00 am but with a SSE wind of 23 mph gusting to 40 mph it will feel like -4 deg. There will be rain heavy at first with wind and rain persisting into the afternoon. Not conditions for '2 Bike Riders' to be out.
Ian B

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Puncture Prevention message

11/12th February 2018

Safety Warning

Anyone riding the B5320 between Tirril an Pooley Bridge (Granny Dowbekins) tomorrow 12th Feb be warned the agricultural hedge-cutters have been busy and both sides of the carriageway today. It is covered in thorns and twigs etc. 

John Forrester

Club ride Sunday 11th February

Due to the weather forecast tomorrow, I have decided to change the start of the ride to 10.00 at Cotehill so we can play it more by ear and ride on known roads rather than risking ice and snow in the wilds of Scotland. Let’s call it a mystery tour of North Cumbria - distance flexible, but not a training ride. Hope to see some of you out tomorrow if I haven’t put you off completely. If it is really icy it might be an idea to put walking boots in your car and we can do a walk from Cotehill as a Plan C.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Wednesday's 2 bike ride - cancelled

Hello all - in view of the weather conditions and the risk of ice, I won't be leading a ride from Penrith tomorrow. Obviously you can make your own way to the coffee stop (Pot Place) or see David's ride at UpFront (lunch). Whatever you do, take care of yourselves.


Hi All,  A lot of melt water about and a forecast of frost overnight and until mid morning.
My planned ride would be unsuitable so tomorrow's  ride will be on salted roads (unfortunately main roads) where the risk of ice is still present but reduced.
Start at Hesket Newmarket car park. Ride B5299 to Dobies Garden Centre, near Dalston, along the link road to Durdar (not a pleasant ride), then on the back road to Hutton in the Forest,  then stop at UP FRONT before riding the B5305 back and over Warnell Bank.
Incidentally Dobies instruct us to push our bikes thro the shop (not the food hall) and park in the plants' area next to the cafe.
There is a chance that ice will prevent me get away from my house but I will do my best, if so please start without me.
David Harrison

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Weather forecast is for a hard frost but sunny. In which case I will need to make major changes, including start place, cafes stops etc.   So please check the blog before setting off. I will give an update on Tues
Best wishes
David  Harrison

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Sunday's 3 bike ride 4 Feb

Weather looks good. Meet at the Keswick swimming pool / railway track car park at 10:00. Coffee at the Grasmere garden centre coffee shop. Old Dungeon Gill pub in Langdale for lunch or BYO. I will be in the BYO group.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Post Easter Week 27th April-4th May Hopton Hall

There are still 4 spaces left for our post Easter week away at Hopton Hall in Derbyshire. The website is:

The cost will be £140 per person for the week. we usually have a really good week with interesting rides.
If anyone is interested please email me asap as the final balance is due soon


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Today's 2 bike ride from NewtonReigny - I'll be there!

I don't go out when the roads are white. They aren't white so I will be out. I hope I'm not alone...

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Update for 3 Bike Ride Wednesday 31 Jan

The latest forecast suggests that we could have sleet showers but the freezing level should be high enough to make the route safe although we can expect a bit of wind.  I intend to be at Dalston as planned so I will discuss conditions with anyone who turns up (or maybe talk to myself!).  Anyone intending to meet at Caldbeck should be aware that we may not arrive there in which case they should make their own way to Plumpton and meet for lunch around 12.30.
John P

Eden Cyclists at re opened Brougham Bridge

The attached cutting from the " Cumberland & Westmorland Herald " shows Eden cyclists at the re opened Brougham Bridge. Riders will now be able to take a traffic free route avoiding the Kemplay roundabout.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Wednesday - a two bike option???

Don't you love an optimist? If John says it will be frost free, then there isn't an excuse for the rest of us to stay at home, is there...
I have an idea for a two bike ride - I will be visiting Plumpton and UpFront next Wednesday so I need to devise a slightly different route...if you are happy to join me on a magical mystery tour, I will be departing from the Church at Newton Reigny at 10 am and taking in UpFront for 11s (to meet the café folk) and Pot Place for lunch (where we might meet the 3 bike ride, although timing might make that unrealistic) and making it up as I go along... the weather could be showery, so please check the blog on Wednesday in case I make some changes. I will shorten the route if it's too unpleasant!

31 January Ride from Dalston

Looks like it is turning colder again but hopefully frost free so, at the moment, I intend to go ahead. The ride is 47 miles with 3700 feet of climbing.  From Dalston to Caldbeck (coffee stop if wanted) direct via Warnell Fell then easier riding to Pot Place, Plumpton for lunch. Return via Lazonby and Armathwaite. Route subject to change if weather conditions are poor. I will update the blog if necessary, otherwise hope to see some of you at Dalston.
John Patrick

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Tomorrow's alternative coffee stop is BOOTHS

Sunday 28 January the coffee stop is down at Brougham Hall but I am sure they don't open again until February. So if you are out, please head for Booths instead.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Important notice regarding JohnR’s ride on Sunday 28th January

I have had to alter the starting place which was due to be at Cotehill.There are roadworks in the centre of the village and traffic lights have been installed in the exact spot where we usually park. As a result I have decided to start from the River Eden bridge in Armathwaite (GR NY 507461). There are likely to be other cars parked at the bridge as this is a popular egress point for those paddling on the RiverEden. We will follow exactly the same route from here as planned and will have 11’s at Lanercost tearooms instead of the Duke of Cumberland pub. I am hoping that the tea room at Walton will be open for lunch, if not we will divert to the Garden Centre in Brampton for lunch. It is an undulating route of 40 miles with one significant hill at Forest Head.

Weather forecast is for gusty winds from 1500hrs and strong SW winds in the morning. It is forecast to be a little warmerthan today however. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.  John Roelich

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wednesday 24th Jan 2 bike ride HIGH WINDS

Ride Cancelled due to Forecast of winds steady at over 40mph and gusting to 50mph on the coast.
Club group riding at '2 Bike Ride' level would be too hazardous and arduous.
Members who are desperate to make the most of ice-free roads might want to make their own arrangements to meet at Mrs Miller's at Culgaith or organise their own off-road MTB route on sheltered forest tracks.
All very frustrating but this is winter!
Ian & Dallas

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Club ride - Sunday 21st January - FURTHER INFORMATION

Because of the forecast, tomorrows ride from Wetheral will be changed.     I am still undecided about a route.   It may be necessary to stick to gritted roads.   I will discuss options with whoever turns up at the start.   The distance will be 30-40 miles.  

3 bike ride Sunday 21st January

At the moment (0400hrs) I am a little undecided about the route of tomorrows ride.   The forecast is for rain and for snow on higher ground.    Freezing temperatures until 10am but then rising to a max of 3 degrees by lunchtime.    It is likely that I will change - and shorten - the route.   I will put further information on the blog at about mid-day.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Campaigning Page

Hello All. If you click on the Campaigning link just above, you will see some useful and rewarding information. More stuff to go up later so keep checking!!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Two bike ride Wednesday 17th FURTHER INFORMATION

I have decided looking at the Met Office forecasts, that it is probably not a good idea to continue with this ride. Sorry that this is a bit last moment but I will turn up at the start to see what it looks like then and also to let those who have not read this know!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Two bike ride on Wednesday 17th

Looking at the forecast it should be OK by later in the morning so the route will be as published ie Starting at Frenchfields at 1000 we will make our way to Melmerby Tearooms for coffee.
Depending on the conditions en route to meet you from Culgaith I might decide  to reverse the route
The Plan: (60km - 600m ascent)

It goes without saying that if there is any doubt about the conditions we will stick to main salted roads.

Monday, 15 January 2018

EVCUK Campaign group

Hello All.

 I would like to form a campaign group within the club, and I see its roles as being the maintenance and improvement of cycling facilities and infrastructure, from lobbying to urging members to report potholes to changing driver behaviour. It can be what we want it to be.

We are the Eden Valley CUK group but that doesn't preclude us from dealing with issues outside the Eden valley area but within the CA postcode.

If we wish it could also include attracting more and particularly beginner cyclists into the club.

You can be involved in any capacity that suits you. Whatever you feel passionate about.

So if you think that you would like to be involved please email me at

Friday, 12 January 2018

Photo Op at Brougham Bridge on Sunday

Another good reason to ride with myself or Rosie on Sunday is that Alison is going to put together a piece for the Herald, on how cyclists are overjoyed that Brougham Bridge is now open, and I have been asked to take some group photos at the Bridge for inclusion in the article. If you have a club shirt it would be a good time to show it off. So after lunch at Lowther we will all cycle together to the bridge.. See you at Greystoke.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Sunday 14th rides from Greystoke car park

Myself and Rosie will be leading 2 rides from Greystoke car park, starting at 10 am. Both rides are
heading towards Pooley Bridge and are one stop rides to an early lunch, 12ish at Lowther Castle cafe. Rosie will do a ride of about 28 miles at an easy pace, and I will lead a faster ride of about 40 miles in total. Hopefully both groups will arrive at the cafe at the same time where you can change groups if you wish.  Hope to see lots of you out.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

3 Bike Ride on Wednesday 10th January 2018

10.00 am Start from Lazonby Bridge.
The route goes to Appleby (for Lunchtime) via Gamblesby, Melmerby, Skirwith and Blencarn.  If time allows we will go through Knock and Dufton.  The return will be via Culgaith, Langwathby and Great Salkeld.
If there are concerns about the fellside roads still being slippery in the morning we could ride the route the other way round.  All welcome for all or part of the ride.
Look forward to seeing you in the morning.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Two Bike Ride: Wednesday 10th January 2018

The ride starts at 10am from Morrisons car park in Kendal. (Just off the A6 as you enter Kendal from the north)
The route leaves Kendal along Natland road and heads south via Silverdale Woods to Arnside (15miles) for coffee at about 11-20am. We then ride along the flat roads around Morecambe Bay and along the Lythe Valley before going over to Wilf's at Staveley (34miles) for a late lunch at about 2.00pm. Riding the final 6 miles back into Kendal for about 3.15pm.
The total distance is 40miles.
If you would like a change from riding the Eden Valley routes do come along and enjoy the relatively easy riding in Silverdale, around Morecambe Bay and the Lythe Valley.


Saturday, 6 January 2018

2 Bike Ride, Sunday 7th January

The forecast is cold, dry, sunny and calm. So I do intend to lead a ride from Dalston at 10.00am on Sunday. However, my plan is much altered so don't plan to meet the ride at Dirty Harry's or Talkin as we will not be going that way (the route would entail shady and possibly icy hollows). The temperature at 10.00am is forecast to be -2 degrees, so I hope to follow mainly gritted roads to Unthank (13 miles) for a coffee/early lunch. Then perhaps follow a more interesting route back when the sun has hopefully done its work. However, we may need to be flexible.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Tomorrow's Ride Route Alteration

Tomorrow's ride will go ahead, but the route has been altered and shortened.
Still starting from BinK at 1000 we will now head for Leighton Moss via Holme, Heversham, Arnside and Silverdale. After lunch our home leg will take us through Warton, Carnforth, Aughton and Capernwray before returning to Burton.
The forecast is for sunshine and showers pretty much all day with strong winds hence the change of route. The total distance will be under 40 miles, but given the conditions, quality is better than quantity. I don't think it's a day for mile munching!
Hope to see some of you tomorrow.
Keith G.

Two-bike ride tomorrow Wednesday 3 January

This is my usual cycle ride starting off by the Cross Keys at Carleton at 10, arriving at the Pot Place for coffee and at UpFront at Unthank for lunch. It is doubtful that we will be offering two rides of different paces tomorrow and I expect my ride to be gentle - which may be particularly welcome if the weather is bad! I hope to see a few of you.

Happy New Year - and THANK YOU

A VERY BIG 'thank you' to everyone who attended our lunch yesterday and for their generosity in donating £140 in support of the fund-raising Anne and I need to do to Ride London with the 'Genesis Research Trust'. Not only is our fund-raising well under way but we also had a lovely sociable time with lots of friends and we look forward to cycling with you all over the coming year.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday's ride will start from Tarn Lane, Burton in Kendal at 1000.
As the forecast for Wednesday is unsettled, the route may be changed to allow us flexibility if needed. The route as outlined on the runs list will take us 25 miles from Burton at the mid point, but if the weather conditions look less favourable, we may take a more circular route around the Bay or Kirkby Lonsdale area. This will allow us to get back to base quicker if circumstances demand it. There will only be one stop on the ride and the distance will be a maximum of 50 miles on predominantly kind terrain.
Should the forecast deteriorate significantly I will reappraise the ride and update this blog tomorrow if necessary.
Hopefully we will see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.
PS Happy New Year!