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.