Friday, 18 October 2019

2 Bike Ride Sun 20 th Oct

Hoping to do the ride on Sunday as planned.
   Appleby for 11's, via Morland, Kings Meaburn and Colby to Bo Jangles Cafe.
Then on to Orton for Lunch, via Great Asby and Sunbiggin.
   After Lunch up Orton Scar back through Maulds Meaburn.
Distance about 36 miles.
   If weather is really bad in Afternoon we can cut out the Orton leg

Bill H

Thursday, 17 October 2019


Please keep Saturday 7th December free for Christmas Lunch at Mrs Millers. Further details will be issued in due course once the menu has been finalised.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Please complete the attached form for the AGM lunch, 12.30pm Saturday 26 October 2019

The Bring-and-Share Lunch at 12.30 is always a good get together

To plan catering please indicate before Thursday 24th on the link below if you are attending lunch.  If you cannot bring food there ought to be plenty to share, but we ask that you pay £5. In either case please complete the form

The Hall will be open from about 11.45.  Please can we have a few helpers to lay tables If food needs heating please ensure you are there early.

There will be a short ride in the morning - see the Blog.  The AGM starts at 2.00pm.

"Giving something back":  please think about giving a small amount of time to the basic functioning of the club. In particular, we are looking for someone to fill the Promotions Officer role.  This is not a solo effort:  it is to coordinate club members to increase membership. Also, the rides only happen with Ride Leaders:  please volunteer to be a Ride Leader.

See you at the AGM.  Thanks, Rob

AGM Agenda: Langwathby Village Hall, 2.00pm, Saturday 26th October 2019

Dear All,

The agenda for the AGM is as follows:

1.       Chair’s welcome
2.       Apologies for absence
3.       Dick Phillips
4.       Minutes of 27th October 2018 AGM;
5.       Matters arising
6.       Chair’s report
7.       Secretary’s report
8.       Treasurer’s report
9.       Runs Co-ordinator’s report
10.   Runs Registration and Data Officer’s report
11.   Campaigns Officer’s report
12.   Webmaster’s report
13.   EVCC weeks away, 2020 and 2021
14.   Christmas lunch 2019
15.   Challenge Ride 2020
16.    “Giving something back”
a.       Ride Leaders and the Runs List
b.      Promoting the Club and the Promotion Officers’ role specification
17.   Elections:
a.       Chairman and Welfare Officer
b.      Secretary and Registrations Officer
c.       Runs Coordinator
d.      Runs Registration and Data Officer
e.       Treasurer                          
f.        Promotions Officer                                      
g.       Campaigns Officer                        
h.      Two other members
19.   Any other Business at the Chairman’s discretion
20.   Date and venue of next years’ meeting

Please bring your CTC membership card or number as you will need to enter your membership number on the attendance list.

After the close of business there will be an opportunity for notices and announcements (which will not be minuted)

There will be a short meeting of the new committee after the AGM to agree committee meeting dates for the next 12 months.

A list will be posted shortly to add details of contributions to the bring-and-share lunch.

There will also be a separate post for a morning ride prior to the AGM.



Monday, 14 October 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 16th October

Ride starts from Glendale Cotehill, 11s at Melmerby and Lunch stop changed from Mungrisedale  to Pooley Bridge. Total distance approx 55 miles.
Please park cars on the drive not the verge. Should be a good day out.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes: You can send information for the blog by being a user with a link to the blog or by sending the information to someone who has access to the..


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Sunday 13th October's ride

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Sunday 13th October's ride: Due to a lower back injury I will not be leading Sunday's ride but Martin is stepping into the breach. The ride will be the same and at...

3 bike ride Sunday 13th October - CANCELLED

Because of the weather conditions (heavy rain until early afternoon) I have decided to cancel the ride as a club run.    I will probably do part of the route on my own but it will not be a club event.  Anyone wanting to join me is welcome but you do so at your own risk.  
Call me on 07709710301 if you want to come out to play in the rain!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

2 bike ride on Wednesday 9 October

Hi everyone

Hope you can join my ride leaving Dalston new car park at 9.30 heading to Wigton for coffee at the best cafe ever (they do gluten free). - The Monkey Tree (down a wee side lane (Westmorlands Lane) but usually has a sign up on the pavement) at around 10.30 ish, (they are expecting us should you make your own way there). Then a wonderful jaunt through back roads to Blencogo, West Newton, Allonby ending up along the coast at the Dune cafe just passed Mawbray for lunch.  Return will be via Abbeytown, Lessonhall and back to Dalston early afternoon.  

Look forward to seeing you.


Monday, 7 October 2019

Roadside machine in Holland

It vacuums up as it goes along! No thorns on Dutch roads.
From Dallas

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Ride from Kendal, Sunday 6th September

Meeting on Morrison's car park, the left hand side, furthest north and nearest to the Shap road. Will be on the bike. Weather forecast for Kendal is not good in the morning but better in the Lakes. The ride can be shortened so as to chase the sun.

Clive B.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Wednesday 2nd October additional ride

Tour of northern fells starting at Dalston new car park 9.30am,  11's Uldale,  Lunch Keswick
All welcome. Good forecast.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Arrangements for rides on Sunday 29th September

Main ride as advertised: Leave Greystoke at 9.30 and head towards Dalston via Hesket Newmarket and a few 2 bike ride hills. No coffee stop as we are heading for soup and rolls followed by crumble and custard at 23, The Green. Proceeds towards Macmillan. About 26 miles before lunch and then a flatter, shorter ride of about 17 miles after lunch.
Alternative ride: Alison Smith has been in touch with me to say she hopes I have a lot of riders. However, she would prefer a shorter ride and instead proposes to cycle from Plumpton direct to Dalston - about 13 miles each way. If anyone wants to join her, she will be leaving the Pot Place lane end at 10.30 to lead a 'one-bike' ride. Obviously we can't park at the Pot Place on a Sunday but there should be parking available along the road for anyone arriving by car.

All welcome, however you reach Dalston. Anytime around 12. Doesn't have to be on a bike!

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Wednesday 25th September - new arrangement

Tomorrow I will be riding from (Glendale) Cotehill  to Morland for 11's
- circular route.  9.30 start.  Anybody wishing to join me is welcome, 
pace probably more 2 Bike than 3.


mobile 07802415607 or 01228561561

Sunday, 22 September 2019

3 Bike Ride Wed 25th

I will be unable to take the ride on Wednesday so will have to cancel.

          Peter A


Thursday, 19 September 2019

Grand Day out!

Seems a shame but the weather in Culgaith is looking v stormy and there is a yellow warning from the met office in force. I shall officially cancel the ride but will go to Kirkby S to see if anyone has missed this and / or the weather is worth a short outing!
Geoff 0800 22/9 

For those that are up for it the ride on Sunday starts in Kirkby Stephen and although the distance is not epic (about 90 km) the 1819m of climbing should be quite challenging. The weather forecast is a bit iffy at present but only light rain in the afternoon is forecast and it will probably clear. If it looks worse I will of course change the route. (click for link)
We will aim to have coffee in Reeth/Grinton the cafe in the Dales Centre and then lunch maybe in Askrigg but bring food with you. Take heart in that whatever goes up comes down and although there is a lot of climbing there is also a lot of descending!
Hope to see you Kirkby Stephen Cloisters(GR NY775087) at 0930 Sunday

Oh ... here's the profile!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Lunch for Alzheimers

A big THANK YOU from Rosie and myself to those who joined us for lunch today, and contributed towards the £170 raised for the Alzheimers Society. It was a lovely sociable occasion.
Rosie and Phil

Monday, 16 September 2019

Rides on Wed 18th

Wednesdays rides will be from Greystoke village car park at 9.30. Rosie and myself will each lead a ride with the aim of arriving at our house between 11.30 and 12 for a light lunch of sandwiches and pudding, in support of the Alzheimers Society. Hope to see lots of you either at the start, or at 15 Croft Terrace, Penrith, CA11 7RR. Tel 01768868642.
Rosie and Phil.

Rheged cinema Saturday 21 September at 4 pm 'Time Trial'

I thoroughly recommend this film which follows David Millar's attempt to regain his position at the forefront of cycle-racing. You feel all the highs and lows - literally - going downhill fast, struggling uphill, trying to get wet gloves on in the rain...
Price £8 (£6.50 concessions) 2 hours 2 mins - well worth attending.

Mass Bike Ride 20th September

from Dallas....

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Sunday's 3- bike ride/Challenge Ride 100 km

Sunday's 3-bike ride/Challenge Ride 100km will commence a Mungrisdale Village Hall at 9.30 am.  The 100 km route, with about 1000m of  ascent, will follow an anti-clockwise route round the northern and north-west fells.  Two stops are proposed at about 11 am and 1pm. However, please bring drink and food.  The ride will operate as a standard club ride. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Mountain Biking Friday 13th

I am planning a straightforward ride over the Fells near Orton this will be suitable for anyone who has any sort of mountain or gravel bike. So do come - it will be easy paced and a great intro to off road riding. We may stop in Crosby Ravensworth if the pub is open. But bring drink and some food in case it is not. Otherwise there is Orton Scar Cafe when we get back. The route can be extended by agreement! if the weather is good and people so wish (many additions possible) but planned route is as map (click to enlarge).
We meet in Orton 0930 but please let me know if you intend coming so that we know who to expect.
The route is mainly on grassy bridleways but there is a good descent on a track down into Crosby and another rather more stony descent off the Scar back into Orton

Monday, 9 September 2019

Club AGM - Saturday 26 October 2019

The Club AGM will be held on Saturday 26 October 2019 at Langwathby Village Hall.  Further details on time and agenda will be published. Catering will be "bring and share".

3 Bike Ride on Wednesday 11th September

The ride starts at 9.30 from Shepherd Bridge, Coniston. Grid ref (SD305978).

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Kiddycranks or crank shorteners for a tandem?

Hi folks, my son has acquired a tandem and wishes to convert it to suit his son and is looking to purchase or borrow some kiddi-cranks or crank shorteners to convert the tandem for his 4 year old.  If you have either lurking in your garage and they are not being used at the moment please will you email me and let me know.  Many thanks and hope to see you all again soon.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Sunday 8 September - A Day Without Rain

Meet 09.30 at Keswick Swimming Pool for what should be a sunny ride over the nearby passes.  I am planning to cross Whinlatter for a coffee stop in Buttermere then over Honister and on to Portinscale for lunch.  The afternoon loop will be over Newlands and a return the other way over Whinlatter.  I am happy to make adjustments to the route to suit everyone.  It will be a steady pace and we will pause to re group as necessary. 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

A day on the water - Friday 6 September

I am really sorry to say that we have decided to cancel this. Forecast winds of force 4 gusting 6 could turn this from an adventure into an epic - and that's not what we want. Thank you to those who have expressed interest and we will try to offer an opportunity another time.
Best wishes
Alison and Nigel

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

3 bike ride from Dalston - Wed 4th Sept

As per the runs list the ride will depart 9.30am from the New car park in Dalston.  The route will include Westward, Catlands and Fellside to Caldbeck for late 11's / early lunch, followed by a meandering somewhat contrived route to lunch/ afternoon tea at Upfront Gallery (mainly to get some miles in but also to include roads we have not ridden for a long time).   In the afternoon we will take a slightly more logical route back to Dalston.  Total distance is 52 miles.

The forecast is light showers with sunny intervals.   I hope to see some of you at the start.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Off-road route linking England and Scotland

A new 800-mile mainly off-road cycle route between England and the north coast of Scotland has been launched. The Great North Trail links the Peak District to Scotland's most northerly mainland points for the first time.    Details can be found at

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Day on the water Friday 6 September

Just a reminder that the day we are offering an opportunity to try a kayak is just over a week away. So far only a few people have expressed an interest and a few others who are interested are away. If you are thinking of joining us, please let us know so that we can make sure we have a boat to fit you.
Alison and Nigel

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


I am going to Mrs Miller's at Culgaith for 11


I have just found out they are closed for family holidays until Saturday 7 September. I may go to Culagith instead.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Wed 28th Run

By heck, ain't the weather been fantastic! We hosted a walking group meet at ours over the weekend and had some gorgeous toddles and views on the Pennines.

But now it's ride  time and guess what - forecast seems to  guarantee we get nice and wet in substantially cooler weather! So for those of you who revel in such things, meet at ours in Ousby as per runs list. Dripping 11's at Bojangles Appleby then damply on to Orton. Nice touring pace so 2.5 bike grade I guess.

For those foolhardy enough - see you tomorrow....

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Rides this Sunday 25th

Rosie is down to lead a 2 bike ride from Beacon Edge cemetery, Penrith heading to Maulds Meaburn for late coffee/early lunch.  I will be at the start and will lead a longer and slightly quicker ride also to Maulds Meaburn if there is any demand for this. The forecast looks good so we hope to see lots of you out.

Monday, 19 August 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 21st August

Ride as per the Runs List leaving Dalston New Car Park at 09:30. We will cross 8 bridges over the River Eden from the Carlisle Northern Bypass to Langwathby - total distance about 60 miles. 11s at Sally's cafe at Warwick Bridge, BYO lunch (or a snack) - if weather is good we'll have a picnic by the bridge at Lazonby, otherwise there's always the Pot Place at Plumpton.
Hope to see some of you on Wednesday.

Local Bike Shops

This LINK will take you to a thought provoking article from the Guardian about the demise of local bike shops.


Saturday, 17 August 2019

3 bike ride Sunday 18th

As per list - 32km to Maulds breakfast then heading towards Orton and Kirkby Stephen and back (101km) or if the weather forces us to moderate the ride it can be shortened to 80km ish. I'm hoping it will be showery rather than intense!

2 Bike Ride on Sunday 18th August

As Runs List: 9.30 start from Frenchfield then 14 miles to Maulds Meaburn Village Institute for coffee/breakfast. Then 5 miles up and over Orton Scar, short refuel at cafe if required. Then return via Shap and Askham. About 40 miles.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Langwathby VIllage Hall Pop Up Cafe 25th August

Sunday 25th Pop Up Cafe at Langwathby to help fund raise for a hall roof. Thought it already had one, but there you go!

11 am to 2 pm if it suits any riders individually or as a group.

A day on the water - Friday 6 September

Yes, yes - we know it's a cycling club, but...

A few people have expressed an interest in trying out our sea kayaks. We have been thinking about this and have decided the best idea would be to set aside a day when everyone can come and have a splash around. We propose to base ourselves at Glenridding Sailing Centre where people can try out open canoes and sit-on-tops as well as our kayaks and Lance and Charles have kindly agreed they will take people for a sail.
Sea kayaks can feel very tippy so we would probably start out 1:1 which means it may take a long time to get through everyone who wants a go, but there will be other things to do.

There will be a charge for the use of the sailing centre of at least £5 – details to be confirmed depending on how much of their equipment we use.
If you are over 5’ 6” or have feet over size 8 please give us warning as it will affect the kayak you can fit into.

Obviously this - as so many outdoor things - is entirely weather dependant and we will blog if conditions are unsuitable to go ahead.

Please let us know if you are interested – email or phone 01768 881066
Alison and Nigel

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

3 Bike Ride Wed 14th Aug

Hi All
Meet 9.30 at the square in Aspatria. That is at the junction of the A596/B5301, outside 'Local Link'. Free car park & toilets. BYO elevenses as the cafe in Bowness is closed on wednesdays.
Lets hope the rain keeps off

Saturday, 10 August 2019

2 bike ride Sunday 11th Aug

Hello All. The ride is going ahead as planned, but getting to Dufton for elevenses. We will then decide upon the route back depending on the weather and mood. 9.30 at Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by, Penrith.
Phil and Rosie

Thursday, 8 August 2019

MTB ride Friday to Ae CANCELLED

The weather is predicted heavy rain until 1300 followed by thundery showers. Its a long way to go to get wet and miserable so regetably I've cancelled it.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

3 bike ride from Annan - Wednesday 7th August

Meet in the car park behind the Cafe Royal in Annan.   (Turn left at the 2nd set of traffic lights on the main street and follow directions to the car park).  

11's will be at Cafe 91in Lockerbie.   From there we go via the village of Ae to lunch at the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.   We return to Annan on the coast road through Glencaple and Powfoot.   The total distance will be about 58 miles.   The ride can be shortened if necessary.

The forecast is for showers throughout the day and the possibility of thunderstorms during the afternoon.  

Friday, 2 August 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 4th August

Come and join me for a ride from Raughton Head to Cockermouth following the Reiver's Route for late 11's/early lunch. Return by Whinlatter and along the minor roads of the A66 corridor stopping at Threlkeld for tea/cake. Total ride distance about 65 miles (this can be shortened a bit if raining). Come to house at 9 if you would like a coffee before we set off at 9:30. Call/text if you need directions to start (07921 297 045).


2 bike ride on Sunday 4th.

Rosie is going to lead an impromptu ride leaving Beacon Edge cemetery, Penrith at 10am,  to Maulds Meaburn for lunch. Liz is joining her, and others are most welcome. 10.10 at the Cross Keys.
Total distance 31 miles.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Temporary Bike Needed

I received the message below this afternoon - can anyone help Sarah out withy the loan of a bike while she is staying in Greystoke? Either contact Sarah direct using her mobile number or I can pass a message to her.


Sarah browne sent a message using the contact form at
Hi I am a member of cycling uk Highland, but am in Greystoke at the moment supporting my mum who has had a fall. I need to be with her most of the time but could slip out for the occasional couple of hours. However I had to come down in a hurry and do not have a cycle with me. Does anybody have an old spare in their garage I could borrow. Mobile no. 07847404945

Tuesday, 30 July 2019


The weather is looking grim. If too bad I will shorten tomorrows ride
Best wishes


To all the volunteers from Tri-Vets - I received this certificate in this morning's post from Cycling UK.



Ride is on. The weather forecast is for heavy & thundery downpours.
See you at Shap

Sunday, 28 July 2019

WEDNESDAY 31 JULY: 3 bike ride

Start 9.30 am, Shap Car Park; 55 miles
11's at Lune Springs,Newbiggin on Lune.
Lunch at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
55 miles

My favourite ride; up Mallerstang Valley, down the A684 to Sedbergh , back along 'far mile'
David H
017684 82055

Friday, 26 July 2019

Ride from Kirkby Stephen on Sunday 28th July

Depart from the cloisters at 9.30. Jen advises that KS might be busy as it is Westmorland Dales Day, but free parking is usually OK at the car park near the fire station.

As advertised - moderate speed, moderate distance but two big hills. However, slightly shorter than advertised (about 40 miles) as the route doesn't include Reith. After elevenses at Tan Hill we will turn right down to Keld and Thwaite in Swaledale. Then over Buttertubs into Wensleydale for lunch at Hardraw or Hawes. Return to Kirkby Stephen via Mallerstang (the upper Eden valley).

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

'Mountain biking' Friday 26 July

Ride will start from my home at High Green House High Green Troutbeck at 9.30. It is a mixture of bridleways and minor roads. 
More gravel riding than full on MTB. 
Plan to go to Staveley via High Borrans, Crook, Winster and back to Troutbeck. Stops possible at Staveley and perhaps Winster. Refreshments at end of ride at my place. Hope to see some of you. Weather looks dry but overcast
Still got some building work on but should be parking around the house or by Church

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Wed 24 th July - 2 Bike Ride

will lead Karen's ride going to venues as published : -

Start - Dalston at 09:30

Elevenses - Wigton at The Monkey Tree Cafe ( Stage distance 9.5 miles )

Lunch - Beckfoot at the Dunes Cafe ( Stage distance 15.5 miles )

Return to Dalston - Via Abbey Town, Lessonhall ( Stage distance 22 miles )

The overall distance is about 47 miles. I hope to see some of you there.


WED 24 th July - Karen's 2 bike ride

Tues 23 rd July at 13:48

Since Karen has had to defer this ride until Wed Oct 9th, I am willing to lead her intended ride on 24 th July.
Lunch will be as designated at The Dunes Cafe Banksmill, but I have not planned the route in detail and haven't decided whether to use the Monkey Tree Cafe in Wigton for 11's since it's not all that far from the Dalston start.

PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE BLOG - I will post full details later on to day.


New Runs List

This is now posted on the website and thanks Mike B and all the volunteers.
BUT NOTE the Ride on the 31st July appears on the top of the August sheet (3rd Quarter) consequently I will remove the 2nd Quarter list on Sunday! Please don't shout! But send me an email or phone if you spot anything that I might be able to change.

Wednesdays coffee stop

Pam, Anne and Rosie are meeting at the Cross Keys at 10 am to ride to Morland for coffee, returning via Fellside, about 30 miles. Others are welcome to join them.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Post Easter Away Week - Ellesmere


We have 20 definites who have paid deposits, so at present down on last year's 24.

Booked are 1 x 8 bed, 2 x 6 bed and 1 x 4 bed  lodges, so 4 spaces still available.

Hopefully these will all be taken sooner or later by payment of £50 per person deposit,

Thereafter I will take names of  any further interested people and if/when we get 4, enquire whether there is another lodge still available.

It does seem to be numbers are dropping each year; if anyone has thoughts why, do please let me or Dallas know!

Wednesday 24 July: three-bike ride; rolling scenic journey with fantastic views

A journey that is full of fantastic views:  the 50 mile route (80 km) has a total ascent of 1500 m.  It starts at Under Loughrigg, Ambleside and heads south through rolling Beatrix Potter country to Newby Bridge. Travelling west, we cross limestone commons and river valleys, passing Bouth, Oxen Park, Subberthwaite Common and the River Crake valley, thereupon reaching Broughton Mill.  We head north up Dunnerdale, passing Seathwaite, Cockley Beck and Wrynose Pass, before descending Little Landgale and finishing at Ambleside.

We shall start at 9.30 am, at Grid Reference 371045, at the River Rothey footbidge that connects Under Loughrigg road with Rothey Park, Ambleside. Yellow single line parking restrictions apply to overnight parking.

Soup, sandwiches and more are available at the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite lunch stop!  Morning coffee at either Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Haverthwaite or Bouth (opening time homework required).  The stop ride split is about 25 km, 30 km and 25 km. Cycle time about 5 hrs, plus stops. See you then.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Re-arranged level 2 ride on Wednesday 24 July

Huge apologies folks but due to family committments I cannot lead my intended ride planned to leave Dalston on 24 July and have re-arranged it for Wednesday 9th October. Karen

Friday, 19 July 2019

URGENT - new ride leaders needed

As you will all appreciate, the club very much depends on the good services of our established ride leaders who provide us with a great variety of excellent days out on the bike. However, there comes a time when we really do not have sufficient volunteers to fill our programme. Please consider whether you would be prepared to join the team and offer a ride in the next quarter (this August, September and October). The present team will all offer you their support and encouragement and it is quite a simple procedure to officially register you with Cycling UK.  Please let me know if you can support the club in this way by contacting me on 01228 710110 a.s.a.p. I can then send you the incomplete Runs List for this coming quarter so you can see on which dates we urgently need a volunteer leader.
Helpful information for ride leaders can be found on this link:

Alternative Cafe Stop AND 2 bike ride on Sunday 21st July

The alternative cafe stop on Sunday is the Maulds Meaburn Village Institute (the 4Eden cafe at Brougham are otherwise engaged this weekend apparently).
Mike is volunteering to lead Rosie's ride from Shap (see blog below). This will be 35 miles and include Maulds Meaburn for coffee (plus!?) after 14 miles, then a further 14 miles to Orton via Great Asby for lunch (should you need it!) before returning to Shap.

Club Rides Sunday 21st July Help Needed

There will hopefully be 2 rides on Sunday starting at Shap carpark at 9.30. I will lead a 3 bike ride to Kirkby Stephen, Mallerstang, Dent, Sedbergh, and back. 65m miles, and some hills!
Rosie can't lead a ride, due to a family commitment, so I am asking if anyone would like to step into her shoes, and lead a 2 bike ride from Shap. If so please get in touch 07810751189 or 01768868642.
Also if you want to do a 2 bike ride on Sunday please read the blog on Saturday evening, when I will know if its on or not.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Music on the Marr

This is a lovely  local annual folk weekend (now in 10th year) held in Castle Carrock and it’s this coming weekend, actually Thursday evening to Sunday.

Tickets for day, evening, whole day or weekend available.

See website for full details, programme and prices.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Club Ride Wednesday 17 July

Wednesday's ride will leave Morrisons car park at 0930 and will go to Kirkby Lonsdale for 11's at The Bakery. From here we will head for Morecambe via Burton in Kendal, the Kellets and the Lancaster cycle route. Lunch will be on the Stone Jetty.
The homeward leg will be via Silverdale and Arnside, where there will be a brief stop for ice creams at the jetty.
The total distance will be around 70 miles.
At Morrisons I suggest we meet around the back near the Halfords store.
Keith G

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Alternative ride Sunday 14 July

For those thinking more about their belly than their bike...
I will be leaving Langwathby village green at 9.30 to go to Maulds Meaburn for their breakfast. Probably out and back as lots to do at home.

Friday, 12 July 2019

3 bike ride from Middleton in Teesdale on Sunday 14th July

Unusual start to open up the area whilst not having to ride from Brough. As per description we end up in Allendale town for lunch and return via Nenthead and the Tees valley. Meet at 10.00 (note time) outside cafe called the 'Tee's pot' on the junction of the Brough B6277 and the Barnard Castle B6282.
There's plenty of parking around the town particularly on a Sunday. I hope some may come and enjoy this wonderful area. Ride stats 94km 2000m route below (click for big!)

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mountain biking from Sedbergh

Weather looking good for Friday's ride
Meet at layby on A684 (near junct of 684 and 683) GR SD 664 919  (on E side of Sedbergh) There's room for a few cars or alternately you can park on the main A683 road.
I propose doing the Bowderdale circuit over the calf down Bowderdale - lunch at Newbiggin and back along the bridleway in the valley from Adamthwaite through to Sedbergh. Bring food and water/drink. This is a classic but longish route but you can escape to the road on the way back. Should be a grand day out!
Please let me know if you are coming so that we don't leave you behind.
Note the route at the N end will be shortened by visiting Newbiggin for refreshment

Lake District Challenge Ride - 100 km or 100 miles! Sunday 15 September

Now is the time to enter Cycling UK's "Lake District Challenge Ride 2019", hosted by Eden Valley Group.  Choose to ride either 100 km or 100 miles!  Starting and finishing at Mungrisdale Village Hall, details of the routes are given on our website, "Events 2019".

Spread the word among friends and interest groups - the more the merrier:  it promises to be a great day out!

And we are looking for volunteers: come and have fun, and support the club and riders at the Village Hall or on-route.

Tell a friend, and book now! The medals are waiting.

Thanks, Rob

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

3 bike ride from Langholm.

The ride will start from the riverside car park in Langholm at 9.30am.

I have discovered that the hotel in Bonchester Bridge where I was intending to stop for lunch will be closed.    For that reason I am changing the route.    (cafes and the like are important when the weather forecast is for rain all day)

The amended route will be to Eskdalumuir for 11's and lunch in Lockerbie returning to Langholm via Corrie and Bentpath.   Total distance will be about 50 miles.   The route will be undulating but not many big hills.

I hope to see someone on the ride.

Monday, 8 July 2019

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 10th July 2019. Start 9.30am

The meet is at Morrisons car park, Shap Road Kendal.
The ride leaves Kendal and heads through Heversham and past Levens Hall onto the flat roads around Morecambe Bay to Grange, Allithwaite and onto Cartmel for coffee. After coffee we ride the quiet lanes across the Cartmel Valley to Lindale and along the Winster Valley, bypassing Crosthwaite and over to Wilf's at Stavely for lunch. There is then a short 7 mile ride back into Kendal. The total distance is about 45 miles.
The countryside around here is looking at it's best. I hope to see lots of EV cyclists on the ride.


Saturday, 6 July 2019

Wall to Wall. Magic lantern show

In late 2017 Peter and Christine Lloyd from Hallbankgate set off on a cycle ride from Hadrians Wall Birdoswald to the Great Wall of China near Beijing.    Chris and Pete arrived back in the UK last month.   They will give an illustrated talk on Saturday 13th July in Hallbankgate and another talk on Friday 19th July at the Cornerstone Cafe, Denton Street, Carlisle.  

Details of both events can be found at

 I received regular blog updates from them as they travelled and they made for fascinating reading.    These talks should be interesting and well worth attending one if you can.

Friday, 5 July 2019

2 Bike Ride Sunday 7 th July

Starting at Tebay at 9:30 am, at the top of the hill near the sports ground !.
We go out through the Lune Gorge, then along the narrow road alongside the Howgills to Dent for 11's. Distance 14 miles.
From Dent we take the road that climbs up through Deepdale and White Shaw Moss to Ingleton for Lunch. Distance 10 miles.
After Lunch we head south to Burton in Lonsdale, then turn and cross back over the A65, missing Kirkby Lonsdale and then going into the Killington Valley and so back back to Tebay. Distance 23 miles.
Overall distance 47 miles. It is a nice scenic route in places, - and a wee bit hilly !.
Looking forward to seeing some of you at the start.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Cycle lanes - we think we've got problems?

Ten common myths about bike lanes – and why they're wrong
Guardian Article click link
worth a look
well spotted John R 

Monday, 1 July 2019

Wednesday 3rd- 2 bike ride to the seaside

A day trip to the coast. From Caldbeck via Wigton to Silloth and Allenby, returning via Uldale. 45 miles. Meeting outside Coldbeck Old Smithy Tearooms at 9.30am.1st stop Silloth, about 11.30am. Bring packed lunch. Possible afternoon tea at Uldale.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Sunday 30th June: 2 bike ride

As per Runs List - starting at Dalston then 15 miles to coffee at UpFront followed by a further 15 to Caldbeck for lunch. Then a final 15 to Dalston where there will be tea and cake, so you could consume more calories than you expend.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Mountain bike ride Fri 28th June

As per the runs list meet at the Car park(NY 318256) on the way up to the centre at Threlkeld but if this is full then up at the car park beyond the centre (302257)
Then the ride will go up to Skiddaw house - the original idea was to go down to Mosedale on the BW that follows the Caldew then possibly the coach road, but other options are available like a N loop via dash falls and the N edge of the fells to Calebreck.
The weather is likely to be fine so bring food, drink and sunscreen!
Let me know if you intend coming so that we don't go without you!

Monday, 24 June 2019

3 bike ride on Wednesday 26th June

The route is already on the runs list here so as the weather is due to be fine I hope a few will join me for this trip from Kirkby Stephen cloisters starting as usual at 0930 the facts are 128km and 2080m of ascent but then why would that affect your choice?! The days are long and the weather is warm.

Possible stops at Horton in Ribblesdale (lunch) and Hawes (tea!)

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes

Eden Valley Cycling UK: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes: Eden Valley Cycling UK: Notes :  Sundays ride as per runs lift, two ride both meet up for lunch at our place, which we will provide. The 2 bike ride be aware that it is only 30 mins from the coffee stop to our house,so its up for discussion as to whether we stop! Ride together for the flat i...

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Lift from Edinburgh to Carlisle on Sunday 22 june

Hi folks

Is anyone doing the 'ride to the sunrise 'Carlisle to Edinburgh cycle ride on this Saturday night ?  If you are and have space in a car for one or two people and bikes to return on Sunday, please would you let me know. Many thanks

01228 712689

Monday, 17 June 2019

EV Proposed Away Week 2020 - Ellesmere, Shropshire


Location:  Shropshire  and Fife vied for most popular in our 2018 poll, so having done Fife, we’ll do Shropshire! On offer for your delectation is Ellesmere north Shropshire (don’t confuse with Ellesmere Port). Wrexham, Oswestry, Chirk and Llangollen in cycling range. Flattish riding in the area and hilly west of Oswestry. Hopefully CJ will suss out all the interesting places to visit!

Travel: From Penrith 153 miles, 2.5 hours driving M6 traffic permitting.

Dates: Friday  April 24th  to Friday 1st May for a week. The venue offers  Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon, but only the former available as the largest  8 bed lodge booked from Fri 1st.
Note Easter Sunday is April 12th, and early May bank holiday Fri May 8th, put back recently from Mon 4thto coincide with VE day centenary.

Accommodation: Proposing Woodland Park Lodges about 2 miles north of Ellesmere itself. It’s independently owned / managed, but all bookings are under the Hoseasons umbrella.

The site has 11 lodges comprising:
 1 x 8 bed (3 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 6 bed (2 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 4 bed (2 x double)
Note there is a bias towards doubles which could  cause limitations ….. we originally had 11 singles in 2019.
Lodges I believe are in fairly close proximity. There are no site additional facilities such as shop, games room, pool etc .

Presently all 11 lodges are available. Have made provisional booking held  for a week i.e. until June 24th  for the 1 x 8 bed and 5 x 6 bed which is an optimistic 38 people maximum!

Cost:  Have negotiated 15% group discount and cost per person much less than last year at £110 assuming full occupancy. At this stage and assuming that doesn’t happen, we’ll go for  £120 per person to give a bit of bunce in hand. If any singles require a room to themselves, that’s £240.

Deposit: As you know there is no EV account  for payments or any ‘slush fund’, all is from my personal account.  To confirm places I need to pay a deposit by 24th June. So please try to commit before then and give/send/BACS me money! Based on an iffy  experience for Fife, I reserve the right to be choosy on whether to accept an assurance that you are coming, without any associated payment.
I will pay the deposit on as many of the lodges as your payments and my choosiness allow! Thereafter as others decide and pay more lodges will be booked assuming they are still available.

Payment Now: Deposit £50 per person non-refundable if you cancel unless someone else found to take your place.

Action: Please let me know as soon as possible with one of the following:
YES      MAYBE    NO    (if No a reason would be useful  eg location, accommodation, dates, price)
If ‘YES’,  BACS bank account details will be emailed if required – risky to include in global blog / email.

Thanks - Les Meer 01768 881894 /  08740 568047 The Shire, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1PT

Club Ride Wednesday 19 June

Wednesday's ride will start from Tarn Lane, Burton in Kendal at 0930.
The route will take us through Halton Park and over Jubilee Tower to Dunsop Bridge for 11's. From here we will head for Wray via Slaidburn and the Cross o Greet. Lunch will at the Garden Centre in Wray. The home leg will take us through Hornby and Gressingham for a total  distance of over 50 miles.
This is a hilly ride with several long ascents, although none of them are brutal. At the moment the forecast is looking good, but should that change, modifications to the route can be made on the day.
Keith G

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Melmerby 11s 19 June

Owing to family illness, Lily won't be able to open for us on Wednesday. The Village Bakery will be open and I will warn them that a few cyclists may be arriving.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 16 th June

The ride will be as published : -

Start : Dalston 09:30 for 11's at Wheyrigg via, East Curthwaite, Wigton, Woodrow, Parkgate and Blencogo.

11's : At Wheyrigg Hall Hotel, then continue via Blencogo, Langrigg, Mealrigg, New Cowper, Jericho, Holme St Cuthbert, to Beckfoot.

Lunch : At Banks Mill Nursery then continue via Silloth, Skinburness, Calvo, Abbeytown, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouses, Orton Rigg to Dalston.

Having remeasured distance, it's less than the published 59 miles & is only 55 miles. Depending on weather conditions cutting out the Silloth / Skinburness loop would reduce mileage by a further4 miles.

I have advised Wheyrigg to expect us between 11:00 and 11:30 for Tea / Coffee, Teacakes or Bacon Butties.

I hope to see lots of riders at the start.

News from Corsica

Hi everyone!
I was going to add an impromptu ride on 26th June as I will be back in Cumbria. However, as many of you know, I came off my bike on the Caldew cycle way near Lidl in April and broke my wrist really badly. I am recovering, can now ride the turbo trainer with tri-bars (they look quite good on the original Claude Butler!), but I won’t be back on the bike properly for a while. Thanks to all of you who sent your best wishes - much appreciated and lovely to hear from you.
Meanwhile in Corsica I have learnt a lot of wrist-related vocab, got to know how the health service works and have become a one-handed gardener and decorator! Best wishes to you all. Janet

Friday, 14 June 2019

Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria

The was a Meeting on Tuesday evening to consider appointment of a Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria to cover issues for cyclists for the whole county (amongst other aspects, 'everyday' use of cycles).
The Meeting was well attended and progressed to:
1. setting up a Committee
2. setting up an election for the position of 'Mayor' 
The function of the Committee is, I understand, to manage the Mayor for which provision of funding and support are provided.  I, along with 4 others, volunteered to be on the committee.  The first Meeting date of the Committee has yet to be set but I am expecting it will be quite soon.
The initial term of Office for the Mayor will be 2 years.  Richard Ingham is putting his name forward (for which reason he is not a member of the Committee).  The position is open for anyone resident in Cumbria to seek election. 
The running of the election of position will be the responsibility of the Committee albeit Richard Ingham is promoting the election (notices in local papers through the County and information to local shops and persons known to be interested in cycling) being the person most knowledgeable at the moment about the project.
If you are interested, please let me, or Richard Ingham, know.


If you are in Penrith today (Fri 14th, June) do call in at Arragons Bike Shop , try out their static training bike and make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK.
Best wishes

First Aid App

Pam spotted this St Johns Ambulance First Aid App:

Not the same as going on a course but useful nevertheless if you've been on one and need re-inforcement! Or just need the basics in extremis!

First Aid for Cyclists - for iPhone or iPad

First Aid for cyclists - for Android

Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe

I received email below from Woodside Cycle Cafe if anyone fancies a bowl of chilli!

Dear Eden Valley Cycle Club
We are just writing to you to let you know that we are holding a series of Chilli and Ride Nights during the summer months. The cost is £7.00 per head, which includes a bowl of homemade Chilli Con Carne and Cheesy garlic bread.  
The dates are as follows  and places can be booked from 5.30 - 8pm:
Friday 12th July 2019
Tuesday 16th July 2019
Friday 19th July 2019
Tuesday 13th July 2019 
Friday 16th August 2019
We are hoping that you might enjoy planning an evening ride and meal around the above dates. 
For further information, please telephone Mike or Debs on 01228 710764 or email
Mike and Debs
Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe