Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Two and a Half Bike Ride, Wednesday 20th June

The meeting place is the Carlisle Rugby Club car park, which is just off Warwick Road (A69) in Carlisle. As you enter the car park, head to the left and park in front of the Squash Club. The stats for the ride are 50 miles and 1500 ft of climbing. We set off at 9.30am and head off through Rickerby Park to Linstock and Crosby on Eden. I had intended going straight through to Newby East, but the council are carrying out road works on this section and it will not be safe to try. So a slight diversion along the A689 and a loop around Carlisle Airport to reach Newby East and then to Corby Hill to cross the A69 at the traffic lights. We get to Brampton via Townhead and Geltbridge for coffee at Oakbank Coffee Cabin on Longtown Road. The next section takes us through Lanercost, Walton, Hethersgill for the lunch stop at Longtown. The return to Carlisle is via quiet roads to Houghton and back to the squash club. The forecast is for showers in the morning and a dry afternoon. Hope to see a few members for this trip around the Borderlands.

Monday, 18 June 2018

2 bike ride on Wednesday 20th June

The ride is in the Ribble Valley with close up views of Pendle Hill. 
Start is at 9.30am from the entrance to the main car park in Clapham. Directions are; Turn off the A65 into Clapham village, go over the bridge and turn left. There is free parking alongside the river all the way up to the church. The main car park is on the right. All day parking £4.50.
The ride is along quiet easy riding lanes and the total distance is 48 miles.
Route; Clapham, Austwick, Giggleswick, Wigglesworth, Paythorne, Gisburn, Rimington, Downham, Chatburn, Holden, Settle, Clapham.
There are two good food stops, Gisburn (18miles), The garden centre at Holden (30 miles) and the option of locally made ice creams on the village green at Downham around mid-day.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Kieth Jowett

Sylvia  rang earlier today to say that Kieth died last Tuesday.  He has been in a care home in Bradford for 3 years and had become very frail recently. A sad end for such a strong, determined and enthusiastic cyclist who road with the club for many years.

Update on Sundays ride

Crosby Ravensworth village hall are doing a salad and pudding lunch on Sunday for £7.50 if anyone would prefer that. I think we will still take a picnic, but it does mean the village hall loo will be open.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Rides on Sunday June 17th

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides but heading for the same destinations. We leave the Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by Penrith at 9.30 and head for Bampton Cafe for 11'ses, and then cycle via Shap to Crosby Ravensworth for a picnic stop by the church. Return via Morland. The distance is about 40 miles. forecast is good so see you at the start.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Hi All
James and I are breaking out this summer to have a go at the End to End. As we will be passing through Cumbria we would be delighted to have some company at that or indeed at any stage
The programme is (overnight dates)
26 June Lands End
4 July Southport
5 July Kendal
6&7 Carlisle
8 July Crawford
15 July John O Groats

Best wishes
David Harrison

2-bike ride tomorrow 13 June

This is stage 2 of John Wilson's 'River Eden Source to Sea' route and takes us along roads familiar to many. We will be setting off from Appleby cloisters at 9.30 and doing Colby hill the easy way - downhill! - via Bolton, crossing the river before Temple Sowerby to coffee at Culgaith, crossing back to the south side of the river at Langwathby to take the Great Salkeld road to Lazonby and our picnic by the river. Return is along the north side of the river - Glassonby, Hunsonby, Skirwith, Blencarn and Long Marton.

ADDITIONAL Club Ride for Wednesday 13th June

The '3 bike' ride starts at Mitchell’s Auction Mart (parking) at 9:30. The ride provides extensive views of the Western Fells on very small quiet roads to Ennerdale Bridge for elevenses.   We continue south to St Bees for lunch (Hartley Ice Cream). We then take a Northern coastal route again on small roads and cycle paths which not only provide views of  The Irish Sea but also some Industrial History. The ride is 60 ish miles and moderately hilly.
Weather forecast is good.
Paul W.
Mobile 0788 099 0676

Monday, 11 June 2018

Mountain biking event?

Received by email: May be of interest to some - suitable for children so can't be too difficult!
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Post Easter Week 2019

Fife was marginally the most popular choice from our straw poll in Derbyshire. Some interest in a posh pad in Northumberland Pam & Shauna know, but Dallas sussed out £250 each so rather over budget! Also popular was north Wales / Shropshire and we found possibilities in Ellesmere – next year maybe? Trubys would love us to do Norfolk – but it’s an awfully long 250 mile drive.

Let’s do Fife!
Group lodge type accommodation is minimal except on the extreme eastern St Andrews side which limits cycling routes. There are suitable but basic lodges near Bridge of Earn a few miles from Perth, but the location is close to a noisy motorway, makes day trips to St Andrews and east Fife too long for most and involves negotiating sizeable Perth to explore further north.

We have found a more ideal location midway between Cupar and Newburgh on the A913 central but on the northern side of the Fife ‘peninsula’ which I would like EV members & friends to consider as soon as possible as that is the recommendation for next year. Downside is no 6 bed places, just an 8 and the rest 4’s. Provisional info as follows:

Date: Thursday April 25th 2019 (just after Easter) for a week. Unfortunately the farmhouse (see below and which we need) has a booking from May 2nd so the only way to fit in a week is from the Thursday – hopefully not an issue.
Next available date is Monday May 6th which gets closer to folks going away time of year.

Venue: Balmeadowside Country Lodges Fife
Accommodation: 1 x 8 bed farmhouse (with games room) which will become I guess our ‘socialising’ venue, 5 x 4 bed ‘bird/owl’ cottages with double ensuite, twin  and separate
bathroom, remainder 4 bed ‘tree’ slightly smaller cottages double without ensuite & twin.
Many do have hot tubs!

Cost: More than our previous budget, have negotiated a bit off, but will be near enough £150 per person irrespective of whether in farmhouse or the two cottage types

Let me know as soon as possible with one each of the following, the hardest  bit is getting commitment so deposits can be paid and a firm booking made!

YES      MAYBE     NO
(if  NO reason please eg location, dates, price)

DATE   Thurs April 25th        Mon May  6th        EITHER

Les Meer
lesandruth@gmail.com 01768 881894/  07840 568047

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Tomorrow - Sunday 10 June - 2 bike ride

As advertised, it is my plan to meet at Greystoke cycle café for coffee, then cycle about 11 miles to Caldbeck for lunch at the Old Smithy, returning via Mungrisdale - about 14 miles distance (25 total). I will be going slowly having been sitting in a boat and paddling,  not pedalling, for most of the last 2 weeks! I hope to see some of you there.

Monday, 4 June 2018

3 Bike ride Wednesday 6 June

As per the plan this will be a steady ride up the 3 passes starting at the back of the Swimming Pool in Keswick. Stats are 77km 1731m climbing. We will go down the side of Catbells to Grange and then on over Honister to Buttermere and thence up Newlands down to Portinscale for coffee. Then over Whinlatter to Cockermouth for a late lunch. (Coffee and lunch stops can be flexible so we could make coffee an early lunch!) From there we can amble back to Keswick or perhaps find some more hills! Either way it will not be a fast ride! Hope to see some of you out the weather looks due to be fine!

Helmet or no helmet - again

Another video worth watching - we will no doubt all have an opinion but this is relatively un-biased.
Thanks Martin for pointing it out

Friday, 1 June 2018

2 bike ride - Sunday 3rd June

Plan is to leave Rowan Lea, Church Lane, Thursby, CA5 6PF at 10.30 (we are just along the road from The Ship Inn).  Coffee, tea and cake will be available for those that want to arrive at 10.00am.  If you are driving please park in the parish hall car park on Matty Lonning (just at end of Church Lane).  Great flat route via Anthorn stopping for lunch at the RSPB centre at Campfield around 40 miles.  Bring your own lunch (for a small donation tea and coffee is usually available at the Visitor Centre.  Hope to see you Sunday.

3 bike ride Sunday 3rd June

The ride will start from the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown 9.30am.   The route will be as described but with two small changes.   After refreshments at Newcasteleton I have added a 10 mile loop to include the 'Steel road' east of the town before we go over Langholm Moor.   We will stop for tea in Langholm - possibly at the cafe at the east end of the town rather than at our usual stop - Pelossie's.   Return to Langtown will be via Kennedy's Corner and Chapelknowe.   The total distance will be about 65 miles.

At the moment the forecast for Sunday is for it to be a dry day.  

Advance notice: additional ride on Wed 13 June

Paul W has kindly offered to put on a '3 bike' ride on Wed 13 June. Starting in Cockermouth (Mitchell's Auction Mart roundabout). Elevenses at The Gathering in Ennerdale Bridge and lunch at St Bees. About 60 miles with western Lake District and coastal scenery to enjoy. So we have a varied choice for the day - Paul's ride in the west and Alison's '2 bike' offer from Appleby in the east. Look out for a reminder blog as Paul's ride is not on the runs list.

Cycling UK campaign - Make it simple!

Last day for action to the CUK cycling safety campaign.

If you havn't already done so please respond clicking the link and send the e-card to all your friends.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Ride from Kirkby Stephen tomorrow 30 May

Hoping the weather remains warm but maybe not as hot as the weekend! Certainly no sign of rain yet. The planned ride goes over Tan Hill down to Keld and along to Gunnerside/Low Row for coffee followed by the short hill/cut up Turf Moor and over the famous water splash (beware it bites!) to Arkengarthdale and the Stang. Lunch at Cross Lanes Farm cafe on the A66 (Barnard Castle). Then we come home via Cotherstone Baldersdale and the reservoirs with alternatives possible as we approach Brough. (110km(68mi) and 1812m(6000ft) ascent)
Hope to see some of you 0930 in KS at the cloisters on the square

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Thank you...

... to the 14 multi-ability riders who made leading today's ride a joy! A great day out.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A good day for a picnic...

Tomorrow's two-bike ride will follow the format of previous years, leaving from Appleby cloisters at 9.30. There is parking around the back - I can't remember if you pay for the car park on a Sunday. The idea of the source to sea route of the River Eden is that you cycle out one side of the river and back the other, but the roads don't always co-operate (or exist!) so tomorrow we head out from Appleby south of the river with a river crossing to visit Warcop stopping at Kirkby Stephen for coffee. There are two cafes opposite each other; the Mulberry Tree and the Pink Geranium - we will be in the one which has room for us -  if joining us there, peer through the windows to see if you can see anyone! From Kirkby Stephen we head south following the river until we get as close to the source as the road goes, just before the County Border for a picnic - what a forecast! I don't think we can guarantee any steam trains though - sorry! The return trip has much more downhill and is usually much quicker but I would still intend to offer a tea stop at Kirkby Stephen. Checking the mileage from last May's trip, I think it is just over 40 with about 1650 feet of climbing. I hope to see some of you tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Post Easter Trip 2019

The story so far ....

In case you ain't heard, I sort of got volunteered to take over Dallas's role organising the trip - lucky me!

At Hopton, we took a poll of areas of interest for next year. Fife 8 votes, Northumberland, N. Wales (Denbighshire) and Shropshire 5, Pickering or Shilbottle again 3. Plus quite a range of single votes - including South Africa, Croatia and Mallorca!!!!

So Rachel's been busy looking for suitable accommodation in Fife, N. Wales & Shropshire. In parallel the Trubys are encouraging us to sample Norfolk, 'cos it really has got hills in the coastal areas!

Here's the gist of where we're at:

Fife does not seem to have a good network of minor roads or many hills, though a fair chunk of cycle paths. We discounted accom at Brideg of Earn (east) as very limited road options to get away from there. Other option is near the east coast / St Andrews but that limits ride directions - sea! Have emailed Fife Cycle UK branch - but no response yet. Few of us not convinced it's a sufficiently versatile cycling area.

N. Wales / Denbighshire struggling to find accommodation that's not verging on Snowdonia so 200 miles away.

Shropshire is quite large north to south. It's an area we haven't been as a group. Church Stretton area an option but again a long drive. Rachel has unearthed Hoseasons lodges accom near Ellesmere which she's keen on and looks good base and road network.  Here is their response to my initial enquiry plus the website for you to have a look at (sadly no big lodges) - but cost seems high at £150 ish  although I haven't yet retaliated asking for quantity discount - but will if we pursue!

Our breaks commence on either Monday or Friday and we have 11 lodges in total, 9 with hot tubs, which vary in size from 4 berth to 8 berth and total capacity is 58 guests.  If you were to book all 11 lodges the cost would be £8349 which works out at £144 per person at full capacity.  For further information please use the following link

Norfolk  Should we consider Truby-land one year, though a 250 mile drive. Maybe discuss it during the year with a view to viability for 2020?

Northumberland again? Pam's recommended this place https://www.beaconhill.co.uk/index.cfm

Any thoughts or votes gratefully (probably) received! Dunno whether works to blog reply, but in any case please email me even if you do blog too  - lesanduth@gmail.com

At the end of the day a consortium of me, Rachel, Alison and thankfully input from Dallas (years of experience at sorting out you mob) will decide.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Alternative Club Ride Wednesday 16 May

Hopefully exactly as runs list information.
Route out will be Ousby, Skirwith, Blencarn, Milburn, Dufton, Murton if anyone wants to meet us on the fellside road before 11's in Appleby.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 16 May

Wednesday's ride will set off from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale at 0930. There is ample free parking either side of the bridge.
The ride will take us over Barbondale to Dent and over Dentdale to Horton in Ribblesdale for 11's. From here we will head for Wray via Clapham for lunch before heading back to Kirkby. The total distance will be approx. 60 miles, with the pre 11's leg being hilly.
On our return you may wish to venture into Kirkby Market Square as Hollywood is in town on Wed and Thurs filming the remake of Dr Doolittle starting Robert Downey Jr, Emma Thompson and Antonio Banderas amongst others.
The forecast is looking very good, so hopefully I will see some of you there.
Keith G

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Club Ride Sunday 13th May

As a gentle alternative to the Fred Whitton (and best of luck to those participating) I am proposing a moderate 41 mile ride with only 2000 ft of ascent and at a very moderate pace. Meet at Wetheral green at 9.30 then 16 miles to coffee at Birdoswald, then through Lanercost and Naworth to Talkin for lunch (10 miles). Lunch will either be at Talkin village or at the Tarn. Let me know if any of you are cycling out independently hoping to meet just for lunch. Another 14 miles via Armathwaite brings us back to Wetheral.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Note for your diary

Arragons Penrith announce...


Thursday 21st June 2018

We‘ve organised to test the Ridgeback test fleets  of eBikes and a number of hybrids for the afternoon.

This will be a nice steady ride from the shop, meeting at 2pm for a cycle to The Pot Place for a nice brew and maybe a scone!

You will have chance to test our the super smooth pedal assist of the eBike, or maybe give one of the hybrids a run out.

You'll really see benefits of a lightweight, smooth and well put together range of dream machines.

There'll be plenty of opportunity to swap between the bikes, but booking is essential.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Wed 9 May RIDE

The pre-lunch ride is quite long and the route is twisty so be prepared for a late lunch at Dobie's.
Weather looks to be cooler but we should miss the rain.

9 May - cycle to coffee

In case anyone wants a sociable ride, a few of us (the usual suspects) will be leaving Langwathby at 9.30 to cycle to Mill Yard café at Morland, returning by lunchtime. Anyone who wishes is welcome to join us.

Thanks to/for the Eden Valley 'Chicks'

One of the strange occurences on the week away was the amazing number of gorgeous chicks to be seen around at Hopton Hall! And no I am not referring to the women members (good looking and fair though they may be!) but to bright yellow knitted chicks which were being manufactured in great numbers.
The chick challenge was a fund raising idea for Birmingham StMary's Hospice where Pam's daughter? works

So here is a thank you from Birmingham.........

Dear Geoff,

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to the group for all the knitting which is hugely appreciated by the hospice. Please see attached letter from the fundraising team which I'd be grateful if you could share with the group.


Christina Radcliffe
Consultant in Palliative Medicine

click on the image below to read the letter of thanks....

Roadworks on A66 west of Penrith - for information as it may affect cycle lanes

Information from Highways England

A66 Dacre Junction to Hutton Junction Resurfacing
Highways England is resurfacing the A66 westbound carriageway between the Dacre junction and Hutton junction. The works will also include improvements to the crossover east of the Dacre junction and replacement of the existing gullies with drainage kerbs.
The works will start on Monday 14 May for approximately 10 weeks.

Phase 1

Improvements to the existing crossover will be carried out using 24 hour lane closures.

Phase 2

Following completion of the upgrade to the existing crossover a contraflow will be installed to allow the resurfacing and associated works to be carried out between the Dacre and Hutton junctions.

If you require any further details regarding the scheme please contact the Highways England customer contact centre by e-mail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk or phone 0300 123 5000.

Thank you!!

Chicks making chicks???

A big 'thank you' for all the 90 (yes, ninety) chicks that were made while we were away at Hopton Hall in Derbyshire to help Birmingham St Marys Hospice in their fund-raising.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Lowther Castle sportive

A quick reminder if anyone from Eden Valley might want to enter.

The Castle Sportive is on Sunday 3rd June starting and finishing from Lowther Castle, near Penrith.  There is a 100km and 50km route to choose from and also a discounted group entry price for 5 or more people (£25 for 100km or £20 for 50km) just let us know and we can send you a promotional code to use.  

You can enter the event here http://bit.ly/EnterSportive
Full details can be found here http://bit.ly/LowtherSportive

Please let me know if you need any other info and we hope some of your cycling club members can join us at Lowther Castle for a great day of cycling.
It was good fun last year and not too serious at all.......

Friday, 4 May 2018

2 bike ride Sunday May 6th

This ride will leave the Beacon Edge cemetary, Penrith at 9.30, and go to Morland for a coffee stop then through Appleby for a lunch stop at Dufton. Total distance about 35 miles. Hope to see some of you at the start, or at the coffee stop at 11ish.

Monday, 30 April 2018


If you haven't already looked, the new Runs List which starts this Wednesday with Clive's ride, can be found as usual on our web site. Instructions are given below the list if you wish to download and print out your own copy. Many thanks again to our leaders for contributing to this programme.

Lands end to John o'Groats

I intend doing Lejog starting the beginning of June.  If you are interested in joining me for this epic journey please contact me asap to discuss details.  James  mobile 07802415607 or 01228561561

Friday, 27 April 2018

Club Ride Sunday 29 April

Weather is looking OK so the ride will be as planned for anyone not in the Peak District.  There are two passes (Newlands and Whinlatter) but not a great distance to cover so we can take it steady and I am happy to adjust the pace to suit anyone who turns up.  We will be on or around the main street in Cockermouth at lunchtime.  There are limited cafes on Sundays but Greggs is open and anyone with good local knowledge may be able to suggest a cafe. 
John Patrick

South Lakes Wheels for All co-ordinator

Received from Sheila Larking....
Someone may be interested in this part-time post?
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More detail here?http://cycling.org.uk/enable-take-look/

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

CPR training this Thursday in Penrith

Hello All,
Sally Brading an Appleby GP is running a 1 hour CPR/Defribulator training session at the Methodist Church on Wordsworth Street in Penrith this Thursday 26th starting at 7.30. I have spoken to Sally and there are spaces available, and she is happy for members of the club to ring her on 01768 210248 to book a place. The session is free, and myself and Rosie are going.
Sally may also be willing to put on another session for the club if there is enough interest. (8 is a good number)
I know its short notice but I have only just learned about this today.
Phil Blanshard

2 Bike Ride. Wednesday 25th April

The ride starts at Greystoke at 9.30am.
There are two shortish stages to the route. One is to 11s on Ullswater at Glenridding and then one around Ullswater to Howtown for lunch. Each of these is about 12 miles.
In the afternoon we have a longer loop around Penrith on the return to Greystoke. The total distance will be about 45 miles.
The weather forecast is not good, but we are never far from the next cafe stop or Greystoke.

Ernest (posted by Keith as Ernest having technical problems)

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. https://www.bhf.org.uk/

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 wworganiser@btinternet.com 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 ian.anneludlam@gmail.com

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 lesandruth@gmail.com   / 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:
Better Safety, Better Mobility, Better Streets
Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Hannah BowdenProgramme Director

Professor John ParkinDeputy Director, Centre for Transport and Society
University of West England
Norman ArmstrongFounder & Manager
Free Wheel North
Nick LloydRoad Safety Manager
Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents
Dr Robert DavisChair
Road Danger Reduction Forum
Isabelle ClementDirector
Wheels for Wellbeing
Amy FosterFormer Chair
Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School forum (2016-2018)
Clare Rogers
Committee Leader
Better Streets for Enfield
Megan SharkeyDoctoral Researcher
University of Westminster
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.
With the UK possessing one of the worst records of childhood obesity in the developed world (Gov, 2017), and with substantial public backing for enhanced cycling infrastructure, this symposium will offer local authorities, government departments, cyclist groups, regeneration agencies and retailers with a crucial and invaluable opportunity to review the Government cycling strategy, identify opportunities for transformation, and develop specific strategies to ensure that cycling becomes the natural choice for shorter journeys.
Delegates Will
  • Analyse the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, 2017 and it’s ambitions to boost cycling across communities and regions in the UK
  • Review how cycling can help improve physical inactivity across ages, genders and economic groups
  • Share local practice of how cycling increases retail footfall and helps boost local economic activity
  • Consider how cycling can form part of wider regeneration efforts for underused streets, undeveloped areas and deprived communities 
  • Strategise how to incorporate cycling in to wider transport plans through the development of cycling points across railway stations, metro points and bus depots
  • Examine ways to increase awareness of cycling as a way of combating childhood obesity and enhancing overall physical activity
  • Assess global best practice and discuss how other nations develop user-friendly segregated cycle pathways
  • Share examples of positive partnership working and between local authorities, private, and third sector organisations 
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