Friday, 28 September 2018

Sunday 30 th September - 2 Bike Ride

The ride will be as published : -
Starting at Greystoke at 09:30.
Heading out through Johnby & Hesket Newmarket to the Old Smithy Tea Room at Caldbeck for 11’s.
Then from Caldbeck out towards the Udale Fells, Bassenthwite Village and on into Keswick for Lunch at the Coffee Stop Café ( in the car park behind Wetherspoons ).
The afternoon route will be to Greystoke via the A66 corridor cycle lanes, with possibly a slight detour.
The distance will be around 40 – 45 miles.
I hope to see some of you at the start
Posted by CJ for Bill. This is a revised posting to correct errors in wording for Lunch venue

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Wednesday 26 September coffee stop

For anyone wishing to go to Melmerby for coffee tomorrow, I will be leaving Langwathby village green at 10. Unfortunately child care commitments mean I can't cycle further than that, although the possibility of cycling on to Plumpton Pot Place and maybe meeting up with the other ride is open to others.
Pam says that she can provide coffee at her house from 9.30...

Monday, 24 September 2018

AGM and lunch reminder!

The AGM is coming up soon (Saturday 27th October in Langwathby Village Hall) and I am asking for any items for the Agenda to be submitted to the Secretary by 17th October deadline. I will then send out the Agenda shortly after that.

No doubt there will be a short ride before lunch which will be at 12.30.

I am also assuming/hoping that those who would like to get together for what is always a very sociable and enjoyable bring and share lunch will as before, fill in the grid here(link) and give some idea of what they are going to bring and for how many it will cater. Those who cannot provide, may like to give £5 to funds. It would be useful for catering/numbers if you could indicate on the link above whether you aim to attend the lunch as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


With gale force winds up to 50 mph and heavy rain forecast pretty much throughout the region, I am reluctantly cancelling tomorrow's ride. I have left it as late as possible in the hope that the forecast may improve, but sadly that is not the case.
Keith G

Rosie's 2 bike ride this wed 19th

Hi All,
Unfortunately I am cancelling this ride as the forecast is for rain and gale force winds.
Better luck next time.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 19 September - The Ribble Valley

The ride is planned to start from the bridge in Clapham at 0930.
The route will take us to Gisburn for 11s before heading to Clitheroe and Holden Garden Centre where we will have lunch. The return leg will be via Giggleswick for a total distance of 52 miles over undulating terrain.
HOWEVER, the forecast isn't looking great, with predicted strong winds and rain. If the forecast gets worse I will either shorten the ride by approx 10 miles, start from an alternative venue if conditions look better from there, or, as a last resort, cancel the ride.
I will update this blog tomorrow evening, confirming what we are doing when we may have a better idea of likely conditions.
Keith G

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Holidays 2019

Now that we have enjoyed (I hope it was enjoyable) most of the holiday period and the meteorological calendar says that autumn has officially begun, it is time to start looking forward and making plans for next year.

I’m afraid I couldn’t look that far ahead when Les was contacting us in June – there was still too much of 2018 to enjoy – but it isn’t too late to join in the fun of the club holiday week.
The club post-Easter holiday is booked from Thursday April 25th to Thursday 2 May at Balmeadowside Country Lodges in Fife, on OS Landranger map 59 GR 317183, to the NW of Cupar. There are plenty of places to visit - lovely fishing villages, including Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and Elie, dot the southern coast.
The National Trust properties provide plenty  of ride destinations – the ruins of Balmerino Abbey founded in the 13th century to the north-east, the 14th century Kellie castle and gardens, the Renaissance Palace at Falkland and the Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden, an example of Edwardian stately living – and I haven’t yet mentioned the many treasures to be found in and round St Andrews where Historic Scotland are custodians of the Castle, the cathedral and various other religious ruins.
The beaches are legendary (Nigel is known to have capsized on one near St Andrews when paddling from Stirling to Perth). And there is plenty to see if you go further afield – Dallas wants to visit the V & A at Dundee.

Last but by no means least, our cycling friends from Perth tell us there is a lot of good cycling in the area.
Cost is around £150 per person and the week is always good value with good company and good cheer.

It’s not too late to join in! Contact Les to go ahead. It will be fun!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

No 2-bike ride tomorrow

Sorry folks - I had planned to lead the third stage of the source to sea route, postponed from last Sunday, but I have spent two days in bed fighting off a miserable cold and I'm still chesty so I will be unable to cycle. I hope those of you who wish can find themselves something to do - maybe meet at Abbott Lodge for 11s and make a plan from there. Sorry to disappoint.

Club Ride, Sunday 16th September

I am sorry that I will have to CANCEL the ride as I am still recovering from a hand operation which I had two weeks ago. If any members would like to ride the route independently I have included the proposed route map  below. Planned stops at Maes Tearooms, Uldale and Cups ans Saucers, Seaview.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Wednesday's 3 bike ride

Lest I put off anyone from coming on this ride!
Here are some more details
Originally it planned to cycle from Brough to Stanhope for late coffee and then on to Banchland over Crawleyside for lunch Returning by back lanes (a distance of 70mi)
However once we get to Stanhope there are many alternatives to shorten or ease the route back, thus reducing the mileage to about 60 ish. The weather looks to be good at the moment so I hope some will be encouraged to come out to play! (now where have I heard that before?)

Wed 12 th Sept - Ride from Dalston to the Solway

The ride will be as published ; some further details are shown below : -

Start – Dalston 09:30

Elevenses – Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ( 2 miles SE of Abbey Town ) – Dist 16 miles
Via - Carwath, Wigton, Woodrow and Blencogo

Lunch – Bank Mill Nursery ( Beckfoot ) – Dist 12 miles
Via - Blencogo, Langrigg, Jericho, Holme St Cuthbert and Mawbray.

Return to Dalston – Dist 26 miles or 22 miles ( depending on weather conditions )
Via – Silloth, Skinburness to Seaville OR more directly  via Woslty Hall and Parkhead to Seaville, then Abbey Town, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouse and Orton Rigg,

The Total Distance would be 50 miles or 54 miles.

I would be nice to have good a group of riders at the start and I hope that the weather is kind to us on the day.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Sunday's 2 bike ride - CHANGE OF ROUTE

I haven't been out on my bike enough recently to be confident of managing the hills on the final hilly section of my source to sea ride. I plan to put that on as a 2 bike ride the following SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER.
Instead, this SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER, I propose to do the second part of the route again - with apologies to those who have done it with me recently. To make it a bit different we will be leaving from LAZONBY and following the west side of the river. As the weather is not promising, I am planning a leisurely route  with coffee at 10.30 at Culgaith (after a mere 8.7 miles), lunch at Appleby and possibly a tea stop at Melmerby Village Bakery on the way home. It is probably just under 40 miles in total - an easy day. Hope the change of plan doesn't disappoint and look forward to seeing some of you at Lazonby.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Tour of Britain!

Anyone interested in watching either the Team Time Trial(Stage 5) or Stage 6 (both featuring Whinlatter) on the 6th and 7th September (Thursday and Friday)
Maybe meet at Greystoke and cycle over.
Comment below and I'll try to get something sorted? Or pos suggest meeting place closer to the route.

Details of the stages here

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Wednesday 5 Sept, 9.30 : Hesket Newmarket

The ride from Hesket Newmarket.
The part from Coffee at Moota to Lunch at Dobies Dalston will take some time so allow for a late lunch.
Best wishes

Monday, 3 September 2018

2 Bike Ride: 9.30am Wednesday 5th September.

The meeting place is Morrison's car park off Shap Road in Kendal.
The route crosses the Lythe Valley to Bowland Bridge and follows the Winster Valley down to Lindale and Grange. I have moved the coffee stop to Grange over Sands from Cartmel in order to get a more balanced ride.
The ride around Morecambe Bay is via Meathop, Levens and Sandside to lunch at Arnside. The return will be through the Silverdale lanes and across the moss to Holme.
The total distance is about 45 miles.


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Club ride (3 bike) - Sunday 2nd September

I have decided not to do the route indicated on the runs list.   I reconnoitered the route a couple of Sundays ago and consider the route unsuitable for a weekend club ride.   I should have considered the route more carefully before putting it on the runs list.

The revised ride will be from Annan to 11's at cafe 91 in Lockerbie and then to Dumfries via the village of Ae.   Lunch will be at a cafe on the Whitesands in Dumfries.  Return to Annan via the coast road.    Total distance will be about 55 miles.

At the moment the forecast is for the day to be overcast with the possibility of light showers round about mid-day.

Meet on the main street approximately opposite the police station on the small car park.

I hope to see some of you on the ride.