Saturday, 5 December 2020

Ride from Melmerby Sunday 6th

 5 others are welcome to join me in going round the 'Alston loop' 0930 Sunday - one of my favourite routes during lockdown. We may be able to pick up a takeaway coffee at Hallbankgate or Talkin but come with your own provisions. (stats 1000m 74km)

Obviously if the weather is likely to be icy I will change the route but looking at the web cam today  it is quite clear at the top of Hartside and the remainder of the route is much lower lying. Most likely the change would be to ride N along the Fellside.

Let me know if you intend coming but if there were to be more than six we could always split up!

Monday, 30 November 2020

End of Lockdown #2

 As Cumbria returns to Tier 2 on Wednesday we are allowed to meet up outside again in groups of up to 6. So I am proposing a group ride from Dalston leaving at 09:30

Route is about 50 miles and passes through Lazonby, Greystoke, Caldbeck & Rosley with just over 3,000ft of climbing - no killer climbs, just gentle(ish) slopes and undulations! 

Let me know if you would like to join me. If more than 6 we will split into 2 groups. Also let ,me know if you like a copy of the GPX file.

Bring your own refreshments. The weather forecast looks to be OK so lets hope for a good day out.



Saturday, 28 November 2020

For those who knew Dick Philips

This is from Josie Dew's The Wind in My Wheels

opening of the Keswick - Threlkeld path 5 december

 See this link to LDNP


You probably all know this already but here's something to cheer us up and don't forget from next Wednesday groups of 6 are allowed again so keep an eye on the website runslist.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Lockdown #2

We were just getting back to some kind of (new?) normal as a club with a regular Wednesday ride and a list of published cafe stops when it all has to stop again :( . Hopefully (that is, if you believe Boris) this lockdown will only last for 4 weeks. In the meantime it will be back to socially isolated cycling or with members of your family or one other person.

We will leave the active Runs List available and I would ask that Runs Leaders start filling the slots after 2nd December to give us all something to look forward to.

In the meantime please stay safe everyone and keep your pedals turning.


Monday, 2 November 2020

Ride on Wednesday 4th November from Glendale Cotehill

 The ride on Wednesday from Glendale will start at 9.30am.

The route will pass through Penrith,  Pooley Bridge,  Dockray,  Mungrisedale,  Hesket New Market etc

Estimate 55 miles

Please bring your own provisions.  

We will conform to the current regulations splitting up if more than six.

Please let me know if you intend coming.



Saturday, 31 October 2020


Thank you for the discussion about coffee stops at our EGM. We have since had a committee meeting follow up and have decided on the following rota for November:

Sunday Nov 1st - Lowther Castle

Wednesday Nov 4th - Morland

Sunday Nov 8th - Brougham Hall

Wednesday Nov 11th - Pooley Bridge

Sunday Nov 15th - Lowther Castle

Wednesday Nov 18th - Morland

Sunday Nov 22nd - Brougham Hall

Wednesday Nov 25th - Pooley Bridge

Sunday Nov 29th - Lowther Castle

This rota is also published on our web site Runs List.

HOWEVER, reading the news to-day, it is obvious that circumstances are changing.

Monday, 26 October 2020

Ride on Wednesday 28th October 9:30am

Starting in Hesket Newmarket at 09:30, I'm hoping to ride over Caldbeck Commons and on to Cockermouth via the Binsey road. Return by Whinlatter and a loop around the back of Derwent Water. Total distance about 53 miles. The weather forecast isn't very good at the moment so the route can be shortened if need be. If you'd like a longer ride then I will be cycling to start of ride leaving Raughton Head at 08:50 which will add 6 miles to start (and another 6 to end of ride) if you care to join me. 

Bring your own refreshments although there is possibility of a coffee in Cockermouth. Let me know if you want to come along either by replying to this blog or by phone/text.



Thursday, 22 October 2020

Highway Code Consultation / AGM on Saturday

The Government is consulting on proposals for changing the Highway Code particularly in relation to Walkers, Cyclists and Horse riders. There is a government Website which has the questionnaire on it, with the terms proposed to be changed set out above each question. The proposals are very positive for cyclists. I think it is important that as many as possible support them, there may well be resistance from some motorists.
There is one area in which I think the Code if changed as proposed continues to falls short, this is Pedestrians’ Responsibilities: the issue of dog ownership / management in public spaces. 
I have made a submission extracts of which appear below:
' .... applaud the general provisions for change......... 
... The  reference to dogs in the present Code (56.3) is under the title ‘Other ‘Animals’ which does not draw pedestrians’ attention to their responsibilities....... 
.. In the new Pedestrian Rule (H2) there is no direction to dog owners to responsibly control their dogs in shared spaces.......
Long / extendable leads and letting dogs off leads in shared spaces create ..... hazards for others.
Please may mandatory provision be made for pedestrians to keep animals under control and prevent risk to other users of shared spaces (citing rationale) under the Pedestrian Heading.
If anyone would like the full text of my submission I can forward it on request by email, please

Come along (virtually - Zoom) to the Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday
Nigel Longworth (Campaigns Officer)

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Wednesday 21 October


Wed 21 Oct, 9.30am at Tebay Sports Ground

The plan is to head down the B6259 to Sedbergh, up to Moorcock Inn, down Mallerstang about 45 miles

No cafe stops planned so BYO, 

Weather looks ok

Best wishes David     tel 01768482055

Friday, 16 October 2020

Sunday 18th 2bike ride to coffee stop and beyond!

 Hello All. Rosie and myself are going to ride to the coffee stop at Lowther for 11am, via a route to be determined. We are leaving the Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by at 9.30. Please join us if you can. Usual rules apply. P and R.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Reminder of Extraordinary General ZOOM Meeting 24th OCTOBER 2020 at 2.00pm

 Good morning all,

I hope that everyone is well and that you're managing to keep your pedals turning.

I refer you to my post below (2nd October) concerning the Extraordinary General Meeting on 24th October. I have just sent out the agenda and log in details for this meeting by email to all those with an email address on our membership list. If you did not receive this email or you know of anyone who would prefer to receive a paper copy then please get in touch (I only got 1 bounce back out of 115 emails!).

I will also post log in credentials for the ZOOM as a link on the blog on morning of the 24th.



Monday, 12 October 2020

Ride On Wednesday 14th October

Starting in Dalston at 9.30. I hope to ride out to Allonby and Mawbray via Sandale (hoping for magnificent views as "sunny intervals and gentle breeze" forecast). BYO supplies although there may be the opportunity for a cafe stop if you wish. 48 miles and 500m of ascent - but the return route is a lot flatter than the morning's ride.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Ride on Sunday 4th October

Come and join me/us for a ride from Langwathby Green 0930 Sunday. 

This can be anything from 45- 55 so if the weather is not good we will curtail the route which apart from Orton scar is relatively straightforward. There are lots of possible short cuts! (see route below)

Please bring your own provisions but for those who need there will be possibility to pick up 'stuff' at Appleby and Orton. Of course group size will be limited and the usual sensible distancing will be adopted.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting 24th OCTOBER 2020 at 2.00pm

 Cycling UK has moved its financial year end to March 31st with the consequence that they now require groups to submit their annual returns and hold AGMs near to this time. 

Obviously in the current climate we are unable to hold our planned AGM in Langwathby Village Hall, so it's planned to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting by Zoom in its place on 24th October at 2.00pm.

The main purposes of this meeting are as follows: 

1) Give members the opportunity to meet up virtually with people they haven't seen for a while.

2) Provide a forum for members to give their ideas on how to continue through the covid crisis.

3) Give the committee the opportunity to report on what has been happening through the year so far.

4)  Give the current committee the authority to continue until the revised AGM next spring (hopefully then a physical meeting).

It is planned to publish an information package ahead of this meeting along with the agenda. This will be distributed by email to all members along with log in details for the Zoom. Paper copies will be made available on request.

If there is anything you like to discuss then please send your proposal to John Roelich who is putting the agenda together.

If you know anyone in the Club who does not have access to this Blog, please would you tell them what is said here and let us know how they would like to receive documentation / 'paperwork' as we go along' .

Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th.


Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Wednesday 30th September: Ride from Hesket Newmarket


Join me for a ride starting at Hesket Newmarket at 9.30.

It's only about 40 miles at a gentle pace around the northern fells and Derwentwater. Lovely scenery guaranteed. I'll have a packed lunch but we could wing the odd cafe if anyone would like. 

If you don't fancy this, remember that we have suggested the Pot Place at Plumpton as a cafe stop on Wednesdays (and Lowther Castle on Sundays).

Monday, 21 September 2020

Wednesday (23rd Sep) Ride

Come and join me for a ride of 50 to 55 miles around the Solway plain leaving from Dalston car park at 09:30 on Wednesday. The weather forecast is good and we should have a tail wind around Anthorn. Bring  your own refreshments for a picnic somewhere along the route.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Cycling UK FREE Bike check and minor repairs

SUNDAY 18 Oct, 10:00 – 14:00  Penrith Cricket Club, Wetheriggs Ln, Penrith CA11 8PE

No doubt many of you will do your own repairs etc, however, you might not or you might want to pass this opportunity on to someone who is looking to get their bike checked and repaired.

Carlisle Community Cycle Hub (CCCH) volunteer mechanics will spend up to 30 minutes with you to provide a basic bike check and repair including...

FREE Safety 'M' check to ensure your cycle is safe to ride.

FREE Minor repairs, and adjustments, e.g. brake cable and pads, puncture repairs, tube replacements, adjusting gears, etc.

Book your time slot on line at

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Ian B's Birthday card


This is Ian’s birthday card from his son. The Grape has moved into their family folk lore and stems from a time many years ago when one winter ride the EV were huddled in a café eating lunch and someone asked where Ian was. I replied “outside sucking on a grape”. This caused much amusement, as Ian was noted for being a frugal eater and usually had a healthy snack with him while we were all in the café eating naughty dinners.

I am posting this because I think the card is very witty and also I like caricature of Ian. I hope you all enjoy it too.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Wednesday 16 September 3 Bike run


Wednesday 16th Sept ride starts at 9.30am at The Sands, Brampton. There is roadside parking around the Sands or up the adjacent old main road. The plan is coffee at Longtown  (BYO). Lunch at Bewcastle approx(BYO). Distance about 55miles. David H

Monday, 14 September 2020

Runs List

 As you realise, details of rides are posted on this blog. There is also a skeleton Runs List on our web site. Geoff has set this up so that it will show any additions that are subsequently added. However, you must refresh the page to see the latest situation. 

Please remember that cafe stops at Lowther (Sundays) and the Pot Place (Wednesdays) are being trialled. Seven attended on Sunday in the fresh air (on two tables of course!).

Friday, 11 September 2020

Cafe Stops and other stuff

Several people have asked about adding cafe stops onto the runs list, so for a trial period it has been suggested that we use Lowther Castle for meeting up on Sundays & the Pot Place at Plumpton for meeting up on Wednesdays. Both of these venues have plenty of space and  and should be able accommodate reasonable numbers - outside if necessary. Maximum group size is restricted to 6 (according to the guidelines (or is it the law?)) so if lots of people turn up please be prepared to split up onto different tables as required.

The AGM is due on October 24th in Langwathby Village Hall. Obviously in the current climate with maximum number of 6 attendees this cannot happen - alternative arrangements will publicised in due course - watch this space!



Monday, 7 September 2020

Two Rides to choose from on Wednesday September 9th

In addition to this post, please look at Geoff's post below. We have a choice which we hope will satisfy demand! Thanks Geoff and Ernest.

Ernest's suggestion:

From Greystoke at 9.30. The route will be at an easy pace ("2 bike" grade) and go via Pooley Bridge to Lowther Castle for coffee in the courtyard. There are a number of options for the ride across to Langwathby and over the fells to a possible second stop at Plumpton. The total distance should be about 40 miles.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Ride from Greystoke Wednesday 9th Sep

The plan is to ride out via Aspatria to Allonby (pos ice creams!) but please bring food, drink etc for pic-nic. As usual we may need to split into groups but all welcome. From Allonby back via Cockermouth and Whinlatter Threlkeld and Berrier. Stats 67mi (107km) 1600m of ascent

Saturday, 29 August 2020

N to Hallbankgate Sunday morning

I’m riding round the loop to Hallbankgate tomorrow Sunday 30th via Alston returning along the fellside. I would welcome company and could meet up in Melmerby at about 0900. Give me a ring if you are interested.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Club Rides for September and October

At the moment it is obviously difficult to prepare and publish a full programme. We will continue to use this blog to publicise rides that members wish to arrange but inevitably this will be at quite short notice.
This link will take you to a very skeletal "Runs List" in the familiar format which may help you to see what has been added so far. This list is still "active" and runs leaders might still like to enter a ride. If you do add a ride to the list please use the blog in the usual way a day or so before the ride.
Please note the post beneath this one as it applies to a ride for this Sunday!

2 bike ride on Sunday 30th

 Rosie and myself are going to ride from Beacon Edge Cemetery lay-bye Penrith to Crosby Ravensworth. We will be leaving at 9.30, and we are going to take a picnic. Distance about 30 miles. Possible coffee stop. We would welcome some company.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Ride from Dalston on Wednesday

I am thinking about a ride up the Eden Valley on Wednesday leaving from Dalston at 09:30 crossing 8 bridges over the river from the bridge on the Carlisle bypass to the bridge at Langwathby. Total distance is about 59 miles. BYO lunch and there is a possible coffee stop at Sallys in Warwick Bridge. 

I hope you can join me.



Friday, 21 August 2020

2 bike ride from Dalston on Sunday 23rd

 Hello All. Rosie and myself will be happy to lead a ride from Dalston new car park leaving at 9.30, and heading for the Anthorn peninsula. About 40 flat miles, with an early lunch stop at the new cafe in Bowness (Hunter Leisure). If more than 6 turn up we will need to ride in two groups. Hope to see some of you out on Sunday.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Ride On Sunday 23 August 09.30 start at the Cottage Hospital Cockermouth  CA13 9HT, no parking restrictions on Sunday.

Two star ride approx 100k but can be shortened as required, will be as flat as possible. Heading south, down to Sellafield, back up the coast on cycle tracks.

Please bring food / drink, keep it simple, coffee stop at our house in Egremont. In order to have an idea of number please advise if planning on riding


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Update for Wednesday 19th August Ride

A variety of people have made contact with me about tomorrow. There was interest in coffee at the Mill Yard cafe at Morland. So as we will leave Frenchfield at 9.30, that means we should make Morland by 10.30 (it opens at 10.00). The tables outside will hopefully suit us fine. 

I have phoned the Orton Scar cafe and they have good "take-out" options and outside seating. We should arrive there at about 12.30 if you were thinking of meeting us there.

This will be a leisurely ride suited to all. The weather forecast is now looking encouraging so that if this produces more than six takers we will need to split and ride separately and use different tables. Bring masks and sanitiser just in case you need to go inside.

E-bike Survey

I received the following email this morning regarding a research project at Leeds University. I also received the link through Martin from one of his climbing buddies. 

I followed the link & it only took 5 minutes to complete the survey. There was also a pdf document attached to the email making the case for reducing carbon emissions by replacing car journeys by ebike. Unfortunately I cannot add this file to the blog, so if you would like to read it, then get in touch & I'll forward a copy to you.





I am involved in a some research work around a project “Sustainable mobility for tourism recovery in rural areas: the contribution of e-bikes”. This is being led by the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds by the same team that published research such as e-bike carbon savings – how much and where?(attached). We put the current project together during lockdown to identify and inform better what needs to be done so that we maximise the benefits of ebike use to help with post-covid recovery for the local area.


I have included some text below to make your job easier.  If you want to know more about the survey, then feel free to contact me.


We are trying to get to as many ebike users as possible. This email is heading out to 14 shops & hire centres, to cafes and pubs popular with people using ebikes as well as via local clubs and cycling group networks – so I pre-emptively apologise for cross-postings. 


Let’s not pretend – ebikes (still) split opinion. However, one of the biggest increases in ebike sales recently in continental Europe is in roadbikes for older road-bikers or those who have had some illness or injury and need a bit of help to keep up. We just don’t have the evidence in the UK – hence why we are interested in club members.


Best wishes,


Alistair Kirkbride


Would you like to help us to understand how e-bikes fit into the recovery of sustainable tourism in the Lake District? If so, please consider completing the survey from researchers at Leeds University accessible at .  

If you know someone who does use an ebike, please send them the survey


You could win £100 of Booths vouchers


Taking part is completely voluntary.  The link tells you more information about this research. Please read it before you begin the survey.    


This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by University of Leeds Research Ethics Committee on 13 August 2020, ethics reference AREA 20-007 .  


Monday, 17 August 2020

Wednesday 19th August: Ride from Frenchfield, Penrith

I have a rough plan to ride south to Orton and return via Shap and Askham. 38 miles only at a reasonable pace and all are welcome (if more than 6 we will have to split into small groups). The exact route could be discussed on the day. We might, for instance, go first to Morland for an outside coffee at the Mill Yard Cafe.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Wednesday Ride from Greystoke 12th August

 Good morning folks,

I hope that you'll be able to join me for a ride out to Appleby, leaving from Greystoke carpark at 09:30 on Wednesday. I have a couple off routes in mind between 50 & 60 miles, decision will be made on the day depending on what on the group would like to do.

I will be taking my own refreshments, but if you prefer not to do this there are plenty of outlets in Appleby and possibly other places depending on which way we go.

See you Wednesday


Sunday, 2 August 2020

Wednesday 5th August 2bike ride

Wed 5th Aug
9.30 The Sands, Brampton.
Cycling out to Bewcastle, Longtown area. about 40-50 miles
Riding in small groups. Will sort out details on the day ie depends on the numbers attending
Bring your own refreshments, no cafe stops planned.
Ebikes welcome
David H

Friday, 31 July 2020

Club Rides for August 2020: A way out of lockdown.

A way out of lockdown: We can now meet outside with up to five other people, provided those from different households continue to observe social distancing rules, so up to six people can therefore cycle together in a socially distanced group. If you are travelling by car to exercise or spend time outdoors, the guidance also states that you shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

As an experiment for August, we are suggesting leaders add their names to this calendar link as a "Named Contact", give a starting location and time and add any appropriate notes. Details of the ride will be posted on the blog later. It might even be appropriate to discuss the route on the day. Any possible cafes or picnic locations can be added as more information becomes available.                                                                                                                                                                     

Where there is no named contact a suggested starting point has been added. Just turn up on the day and discuss with other members what sort of route you want to follow. Please remember the social distancing guidelines and the maximum of six riders.

If more than six riders turn up at the starting point it will be necessary to have an informal method of splitting the group by agreement with the members. Some could even ride the route in a reverse direction. We are keen to offer rides using the usual "3 bike" and "2 bike" classification. Not all dates may be filled, but it would be good to progress!   

Please note that the calendar link is still "active" and changes and additions may occur. We will still use the blog to advertise details of rides. Please also note the post below where Geoff has already advertised a ride for Sunday 2nd August.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Start of new ride calendar for August?

Sunday 2nd August 0930
I am proposing to go from Lazonby Carpark near the Eden Bridge (NY 549413) up over  Hartside and predominantly back lanes to Haltwhistle.  
Computer he say 96km and 1579m of ascent.
It would be great to see anyone who would like an outing with company. If there is a huge number of takers then we can split up into suitably sized groups!
May be showery, but mild; I would suggest bring supplies but if you forget Alston garage, Haltwhistle and Brampton possible for supplies on route.
Map here

Monday, 27 July 2020

Ride on Wednesday 29th July

I'm going for a ride up to Bewcastle on Wednesday with James leaving Dalston at 09:30. Estimated distance 50 to 55miles. It is a clockwise route going north around Carlisle and returning via Lanercost & Brampton. If you would like to join us then please let me know.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Wednesday Ride from Dalston Full

My ride from Dalston on Wednesday 15th is now full. If you would like to ride in a group I would suggest that you join with Mike in Hesket Newmarket in previous blog post.


Monday, 13 July 2020

Another ride for Wednesday 15th July

Adding to Bill's ride (see post below), I am going to ride a shorter and moderately paced ride on Wednesday ("2 bike" style). I'm leaving Hesket New Market car park at 9.30 around the northern fells then around Derwenwater and return via Threlkeld. Forty miles.
If you would like to join please let me know. I will be sticking to a maximum group of four.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Ride on Wednesday 15th.

I'm thinking about a ride up Hartside starting from Dalston Car Park on Wednesday 15th and it would be good to have a bit of company. Out via Armathwaite & Renwick, back via Melmerby, Skirwith & Plumpton. Total distance about 55miles. Bring food & drink as I'm not sure what will be open. Let me know if you would like to join me.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Wednesday 8th Bike out

Hi All
My group is full. But other groups are encouraged, just post it up
Best wishes
David H

Wednesday 8th July Bike Run

I am starting from Greystoke Car Park. at 9.00am Wed 8th July
So places for 3 . Don't leave me on my own
I fancy a ride around Skiddaw about 50 miles
Best to give me a phone call or email, as numbers controlled to club guidance
David H (

Sunday, 28 June 2020

I will be riding on Wednesday (01/07) from Dalston car park @ 09 30 out towards the coast, be good to have some  chums along, wind looking OK but expect some rain!

So I have an idea of numbers please advise if riding.

Will have three routes, longest 100k. Can decide on the day which is the preferred option.

Please  bring food / drink, not sure what is / will be open.


Monday, 22 June 2020

Eden Valley Cycling UK – Update

The committee has had several zoom style meetings and we have been keeping abreast of government guidelines and the interpretations of these by Cycling UK.
Under the present circumstances we feel that it is not possible to organise club runs. Similarly, we have decided to cancel the planned Challenge Rides (100 mile and 100k) scheduled for July 1st.
However, we would like to encourage members to take tentative steps to getting out on their bikes to meet up informally to ride in very small groups (4 might be a good working maximum) and/or to meet at the outside café facilities that are now emerging.
With this in mind, we would like to encourage you and all members to start using the blog more actively to arrange such informal rides and to inform club members of any take-away café locations.
Depending on how the advice changes, we might plan a challenge ride later in the summer (say 100k and 50k) which members could ride singly or in very small groups. The routes might be planned to incorporate the known take-away coffee venues.

Liz's Birthday Brick Session: EVENT

Liz's Birthday Brick Session

An open invitation to all CTC members.

It’s time to show off all that lock-down training you’ve been up to. A unique birthday event for friends to join in wherever they may be. So for those who don’t know, a brick session is a cycle and then run back to back. The rules for this once in a lifetime event are simple:

1) Cycle and run must be consecutive - only time to take off your shoes and helmet- if you wear one - and put on your trainers.

2) You must cycle twice as long (in minutes/hours) as you run.

3) The minimum run is 10 mins - so the minimum cycle is 20 minutes.

4) If you are over 75 you can replace the cycle with a stationary pedal, and/or the run with a walk (Let's be clear, this rule is really exclusively for my parents).

5) If you are not you can’t. If you are running injured you can.

For example I'm going moderate....a 1.5hr bike and a 45 minute run. The run is obvs. the limiting factor here.

When? Let's go for Saturday 27th June…morning time…. If successful ‘brickers’ fancy dropping in on a zoom chat on Saturday evening for a quick cheers, that would be nice. No excuses, hydrate and rehydrate (of course) and have fun Liz xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Wanted - Dual Lever 'Suicide' Brake Levers .....!!!

Chap in village just bought slightly smaller than adult used bike for his approx 13 year old daughter. Got drop bars, but she can't easily work the brake levers as too far from handlebars and there's no adjustment.

Her Dad wants to get a set of those old style levers with dual pull bars that stick out parallel to the handlebar straight section.

Yes, know they were called suicide brakes as couldn't always exert enough pull, but think would get her out of mischief and it's only for tootling local lanes.

So if any of you have a set kicking around in a box somewhere, please let me know at - or any other ideas!

Thursday, 11 June 2020


Geoff - your question: I think you may be right, but you know at my age (ahem...) the memory is a bit flaky. Trouble is, it was Janet who took the pictures, not me. I usually record all details for later reference; it's a coping strategy for the memory.

I've just posted another on YouTube. To view, click here.
This is from a 1976 tour and I thought it might be of interest to EV members as there are shots of the Eden Valley, North Pennines and the promised land of Yorkshire. The South Lancashire Road Club (SLRC) was a racing club, but we were fairly versatile and liked to do a bit of roughstuff too.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Funding for cycling in Cumbria

I set out below the text of an email I have received from our Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria.
 As you will see (paragraph commencing 'No need to suggest specific routes, no need to rant ...' below), an email to our / members' Councillor (names at the end of the email) about the need for cyclist better provision could really help with application of funds received and to be received. I have sent one to David Whipp on the Club's behalf;  I think individuals' contributions would assist. Regards to all  

 'Dear members and Associates – urgent action needed TODAY by YOU

Things are moving rapidly, both in terms of political direction (from the top) and funding on offer.

Over the last few weeks there has been the biggest change in Government attitude to non-motorised transport that I have ever seen in 25 years. Some of that is undoubtedly coming from Andrew Gilligan, the ex-Cycling Commissioner for London who is now inside No. 10.

What does this mean for Cumbria? It means that the county has £1.1m of emergency funding to spend on protected cycling and walking routes NOW. Okay, not a lot spread around the county’s main towns, but it’s a start. Cumbria needs to be able to show Government that it means business and can deliver on sustainable transport. It needs the public’s encouragement!

To this end I have coordinated lists of appropriate routes – some of you have contributed to this – thank you. What is needed right now – TODAY – is for as many people as possible to contact by email the Chairs of county council Local Committees. These are the councillors who will approve/ sign off the scheme applications as prepared by the Area Traffic Managers over the last week. The Chairs need to know that the public is demanding such measures and that they have the public’s support.

No need to suggest specific routes, no need to rant. Just send a polite but clear message that you and your family are cycling more: for work, shopping leisure and exercise but protected routes are urgently needed as motor traffic starts to increase once again.

Below is a list of the names and emails of the Chairs of each Local Committee. Can I suggest that if you live in the south of the county that you contact the South Lakeland and Barrow Chairs. And if you live in the north, please contact the Carlisle Chair plus one other. If in the west of the county please contact both Copeland and Allerdale committee Chairs. If you are fairly central please contact Eden and South Lakeland. Just a short request and message, along the lines I mentioned above, is all that is required.

Allerdale Local Committee Chair, Alan Barry –
Barrow Local Committee Chair, Kevin Hamilton –
Carlisle Local Committee Chair, Cyril Weber -
Copeland Local Committee Chair, Keith Hitchen –
Eden Local Committee Chair, David Whipp –
South Lakeland Local Committee Chair, Nick Cotton –

Many, many thanks for your support – there are enough of us to make a difference if we all act and push the same message. I’ll try to put something on the FB group page, too – there are 200 members in that.

Best regards

Richard Ingham
Bicycle Mayor of Cumbria

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Runs List / Club Activity

Runs List / Club Activity:  The committee met on Monday 1st June. We agreed the Club position would remain that there would be no active Club cycling for the time being.

Cycling UK update:        1st June. (Extracts from Website below)
While the general advice remains that people should stay at home guidance in England ... ‘now allows for groups of up to six people from different households to ride together, .... providing social distancing is maintained.’ ...
‘Where group riding is allowed, cyclists should still observe good hygiene and Cycling UK advises leaving plenty of space when passing others and to avoid pulling in rapidly after overtaking another cyclist and causing them to end up in your slipstream.’
‘The guidance for avoiding contamination remains unchanged, keeping at least two metres away from anyone else, regularly washing your hands and catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and throwing them away immediately’ 
‘Just because you can, does not mean you should. Although it may be within current guidelines to cycle as a small group, the realities of maintaining proper social distancing measures whilst out cycling may mean that it's not a wise idea to head out with the maximum number of individuals allowed.’

The Committee suggests that members may wish to designate a meeting place (for no more than 6) on a private basis, to which they may cycle and disperse (with or without company). Social Distancing, appropriate hygiene, awareness of other road users (particularly in the context of the cyclists’ needs for spacing) is to be expected. The Committee considered a group of 6 cyclists could be problematic.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

NHS Tributes

Have you noticed the amazing NHS tributes around?
A suggestion from Dallas that we take photos and post the best with a note where we saw them....
Here are three to start with

Seen in Arkengarthdale

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Cycling UK Advice

Lockdown conditions are slowly being relaxed and after discussions with other committee members we felt that it would be useful to publish the latest advice from Cycling UK - see table below and follow this LINK for full advice.

I think that it will be sometime yet before conditions are relaxed enough so that we can offer a full Runs List again, but in the meantime you are now allowed to meet up with one person who is not from your household  (maintaining social distancing of at least 2m). 

It is important that the club maintains a position above reproach, so please keep to the CUK guidance and cycling either as family groups or with only one other person.


Sunday, 17 May 2020

Feeling thirsty?

You've been on a long ride, all by yourself. You meet someone you know and stop for a chat. Then, eh heck, you remember the virus and part rapidly. Upon reaching home, it seems that a refreshing drink is needed...

s needed.

This clip from atob magazine may interest some

Sunday, 10 May 2020

An interesting website

This site is  full of photographs of the UK, even includes places like Cotehill and Penrith!

Saturday, 9 May 2020

A long-distance bike ride

On Monday, it's the 'déconfinement' ( end of lock-down) in France. Yippee, I'll be out on the bike, but with wobbly legs after about 7 weeks of no cycling. Trouble is, they've forecast rain and I don't do rain no more after leaving Cumbria.

So, I've been entertaining myself (and I hope you will be entertained too) with this:
click here

Friday, 8 May 2020

Hartside Milepost - Latest

The Good News - Ruth & I have been up (necessary travel??) to remove the unique distance 'ears' to safe keeping at our house - after all they took a year of Sustrans and foundry nagging by local volunteer John Bennett to source and are virtually irreplaceable now.

As soon as lockdown permits, will get a couple of others to come up and help remove the milepost from its base (weighs about 3 cwt in old money) to also store here.

The Bad News - here's cut and paste from the new owner/developer of the site, Dawn Dixon.

Hi Les 
Apologies for delay in getting back to you. 
Hartside is going to be used for many different events in the future, new car launches & photography etc. We are using drones & I’m trying to make the best of the location, views. 
We’ve actually built a bigger ramp for these occasions which is in the location where your post was. 
We are also having a large sculpture placed by the road. 
I hope you understand but there will be no place left on that boundary. 
Let me know when you can manage to take it to safety just so we know it’s not been stolen. 

The Future News. Ideally it would be sited on the north side of the A686 near the brown Hartside Summit sign, but that involves presumably Eden Council, Highways etc, let alone casting a new concrete block in situ. I am in the process of making contact with our cycling 'mayor' and other individuals (via Phil Blanshard and Nigel) who may have the clout and motivation to make something happen - or we could divert the C2C through Ousby to see the sign at our house .....

Thursday, 7 May 2020

The Debatable lands

Many will have seen this but it is an interesting post from BBC Travel:

Lockdown - a view from Gretna

It is 4.35am and Anne and I are in the sun room having a cup of tea. The sky is getting lighter by the minute. Even after 6 weeks of 'lockdown' we are enjoying the isolation. We get out for walks and I go cycling from time to time.  I enjoy being on my own and like the solitude. It is perhaps a horrible thing to say but I don't miss anyones company. I do miss that I can't go to the Annandale Distillery for scone, jam and cream or to Pellosis in Langholm for an All Day breakfast.   
On the other hand life is simpler and less expensive.  
A few days ago I followed Bill Openshaw's  idea of riding over 100 miles within a radius of 12 miles from home.   The route overall wasn't inspiring but I found myself on roads between Walton and Langholm I had not been on before.    Later this morning I'll be hopefully joining other harp players in a Zoom session. Bye for now.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Runs List - 2nd Quarter - sorry!

Obviously we are in no position to produce a new runs list which in theory should start this Sunday. We'll have to await further news from the government followed by Cycling UK advice and interpretation. Even then members will be making their own independent decisions based on circumstances and what they feel comfortable with. Then there is the issue of cafes and how we can best support them as they re-open. I guess there is someway to go on all this.
I do hope you are being able to remain active and to enjoy some cycling on the very quiet roads but of course we are missing each others company and chat. Having just read Parker's blog below, I suppose we are better off than cyclists in France. Schadenfreude - but that's German (and they may be better off).

Monday, 27 April 2020

Some news from Corsica

My Cycling UK magazine has just arrived. I know it's late, but it's miraculous that it's here at all considering that the post is always slow here anyway and on top of that there's that virus thingy.

So, I open it up and think cripes, that's me on the front cover! A second glance reveals it's someone a bit older and less handsome than me.

This reminds me of something I once overheard on a clubrun.
 "Anon: “Have you seen that new book that’s just come out? It’s called ‘What Every Woman Wants’”
 Ludo: “No, I haven’t seen it – is it any good?”
 A: “I haven’t had chance to read it yet. All I’ve done so far is have a quick look at it in Waterstones book shop to make sure they’ve spelt my name right.”

If you're wondering why I'm blogging so much lately, it's because cycling is banned in France due to the virus and there's a limit to what you can do with the extra time this generates; there's only so much gardening and DIY to be done. The good news is that the FFCT (French equivalent of Cycling UK, but not as good) has organised a partition to the government to lift this ban and put things in line with the UK and (some) European countries. 90,000 signatures so far, so hoping this will have some effect.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Demise of the Sustrans Hartside Milepost???

Couple of days back Rachel texted that the Sustrans milepost at Hartside had disappeared!

For those that aren't aware, it was on the land of the previous owner of Hartside Cafe, Catherine Renwick.  How did it get there? Well, some 5 years ago as one of the local volunteer Sustrans Rangers, I kicked off a project to have the milepost moved from its location on the off road C2C track leading to Hartside where hardly anyone saw it, to the roadside at Hartside pass to be in plain view of cyclists, walkers, bikers, cafe visitors etc.  Knowing the then owner of the cafe, I asked if it would be ok to site it on her land  to which she readily agreed. A group of  three volunteers and our Sustrans group coordinator dug a hole and cast a concrete block weighing over half a tonne, the milepost was later attached to it and Ruth & I painted it.

It stood in resplendent glory for over a year until a car slid on the ice (nobody hurt) and snapped it off at the base. I arranged a local welder to go up and repair it, but sadly in the intervening couple of days it was stolen, presumably for scrap. Still kicking myself not to have organised a few folks together to move it out of sight (needs 3 to lift it), but that's water under the bridge. Eventually after over a year's nagging by another  local ranger John Bennet, Sustrans came up with a redundant milepost which we installed, but had to have the distance 'ears' remanufactured by the original foundry in Wales - again sorted by John after loads of hassle. The milepost was a different design than the original (there were four designs) and Ruth and I painted that too.

After the fire at Hartside cafe two years ago, after much soul searching Catherine Renwick decided to sell the site. A local lady turned property developer (Sarah) Dawn Dixon has acquired it. At the time I asked Catherine to mention the milepost to new owner and ask on behalf of Sustrans if it could remain; whether this happened I don't know.

But it was there behind the fence erected whilst demolition of the site was in progress - until Rachel noticed it wasn't. I rode up yesterday to see for myself and found it laid in one piece, complete with unearthed concrete block, at the rear of the site! Presumably easier for contractors to lift it complete with concrete with their digger, rather than remove the four mounting bolts and leave the concrete in situ ...

So I'm trying (presently without success, work in progress) to make contact with this new owner Dawn to discuss whether she will be prepared to reinstate the milepost. Reluctant to involve Sustrans unless finances or legal aspects raise their heads, as Sustrans  bureaucracy, unlike the old days, will likely stall progress for months!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

A cycling slide show

I originally had the titles in French and it formed part of a slideshow I gave in the village hall in Lama, but I've now redone it in English, so if you would like to watch it click here

Friday, 24 April 2020

Oops - What Really Happened!

Well, Parker surmised and Geoff offered to look at  more photos to identify what had happened, but nobody looked carefully enough to solve my little test!

Wielding allen keys was but a red herring; the head set hadn't twisted round when the bike fell - simply the complete forks, wheel and handlebar assembly had turned 180 degree and faced rearwards! Arriving at the scene, without thinking I'd assumed the headset had twisted round, so loosened its allen bolts and  twisted the bars 180 degrees back, but the front brake cable wouldn't reach .... at which point I realised that the front forks were facing backwards!

Monday, 20 April 2020

Les's OOPS

If even Les can’t work out what happened, then it really must be a mysterious mystery. One possibility that has occurred to me is that with all the jiggling about, the outer cable may have slipped back through the ferrule on the brake lever, thus making it appear shorter than it actually is.

And talking about mysterious mysteries, the reason I've put this comment on as a new post is that the club blog will not allow me to add comments, even though I'm signed in. However, as I'm sure many of you will have noticed, it does allow me to add new posts. Geoff has offered some ways round this problem, but I can't make any of them work and he agrees it's a mystery. And as I said for Les, "If  even Geoff can’t work out what happened, then it really must be a mysterious mystery"!

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Oops ...

As most of you know Ruth rarely cycles, preferring 2 feet on fells to 2 wheels on tarmac. However with the c-thingy restrictions, cycling locally a good option, so she has been taking my old mountain bike out for a few miles - without me to nag her to go faster!

Got a rescue call - she'd propped the bike against a wall at Kirkland and it had fallen over. On getting back  on she couldn't work the brakes or gears but couldn't fathom out what was wrong .... her knight in shining armour (your truly) laughed his socks off and got out an allen key.

A mystery remains - when  corrected, the front brake cable outer simply was not long enough to reach the calliper bridge even after several minutes of head scratching and re routing. So she rode back on rear brake only and I am flummoxed - about to go and don thinking cap ....

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

ADVICE/HELP re bike for friend

Evening all,

I have a friend who would like to acquire a bike for road cycling, nothing posh, ideally something second hand to get into cycling. Inspired I think by meeting Eden ctc members ....He is 6ft 3 and reasonably well built ( i.e. he is not a whippet), I have 2 questions:

i) what size frame - approx -  should I recommend he looks for? ( and no I don't know the length of his arms or his back but assuming standard 6 ft 3 male length arms and back)
ii) does anyone have an old road bike gathering dust in their  garage /shed that would fit a 6 foot 3 bloke and they might want to sell? If so do let me know and I might be able to arrange a deal for you. I do not take commission :)


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Socially Isolated Cycling

Now that we're going out for bike rides on our own (or as family groups) I thought it might be an idea if members of our club could see what other members were doing. Quite a number of us already record our rides on Strava and already connect to a greater or lesser extent, so I've set up a Strava club which members can join so members can see each other.
The Strava app is free and is available from the App Store. It works on any smart phone. You can add comments about your ride & upload photos taken during your ride for others to see.
Find & join the club (Eden Valley Cycling UK) in the club menu.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Further advice from Cycling UK

I did suggest last week that I would post a map of my intended ride into the Bewcastle Fells. However, I have just read the latest advice from CUK. It's quite long and detailed but particular relevant bits include:

"Instead, we should take the opportunity to seek out quiet and uncrowded places to cycle close to home, preferably places we can cycle to from our own doorstep."
"Our advice is to go out for long enough to keep yourself in good shape physically and emotionally, but avoid doing more than this. Use common sense when planning your route: for example, ride a loop close to home rather than a long out-and-back route, so that in case of a mechanical you should be able to walk home unaided."
"Anyone doing so should observe recommended social distancing and hygiene advice and also take even more care than normal to make sure they don’t put further pressure on the emergency services.

For the full detail follow this link for Cycling UK's latest advice.

David Wilson - Contact and Ladies Bike Wanted

David Wilson used to be active in EV with lady friend Maria and many of you will know him.  Now in his 80's there are symptoms of dementia. Presently with c-virus he cannot meet up with Maria who lives south of London or take part in activities such as Scottish dancing. So living alone and lonely in Penrith he would appreciate a phone call and chat from those that knew him, we are making contact a couple of times a week, His number is 01768 895709 but note he knows nothing about computers, email etc!

David had a couple of falls when trying cycling in the last couple of months and feels he can no longer manage a bike with a crossbar.  He would like to try or buy a stepthrough 'ladies bike' with no cross tube  of any sort. To be honest not sure long term how well he will manage cycling if at all, but has anyone got something suitable he could try, have on semi permanent loan or buy? Pointless for David to spend a lot of money on a new or recent used model from eg Arragons to just pootle about locally, so hoping someone can assist directly or via me.

Monday, 23 March 2020

To Brighten the C-Thingy Gloom ......

Germany is now advising people to stock up on sausage and cheese. 

This is known as the Wurst Kase scenario.

Socially Responsible Behaviour In These COVID Times

See below copy of email I received this email yesterday which echos what was reported on the news about groups of people (not just cyclists) spending time in parks and on beaches over the weekend. I would urge our members to follow the guidelines and avoid cycling in groups, however people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.
We are really lucky to live in North Cumbria where we can cycle mile after mile along quiet roads without seeing another soul!

Friday, 20 March 2020

EV Away Week Ellesmere Shropshire

You've guessed - cancelled by popular group demand! Anyway all the cafes will be closed.

The venue is keeping our deposit towards rebooking at an unscheduled later date this year or next, which is entirely acceptable as it is our group's choice to cancel. I have refunded individuals accordingly.

When we reschedule is up for grabs when the situation settles. Could be later this year (but note Ruth & I are away all of September so couldn't coordinate for then, would need another volunteer). Or post Easter 2021 of course.

Plenty of time to discuss whilst we count our hoarded bog rolls, pasta, rice and spuds ... and get out on our bikes or walking the lovely fells.

Reasons to Ride Your Bike During Coronavirus Lockdown (that is if you need a reason).

Good article in today's Guardian by Peter Walker setting out case for cycling during current crisis


Thursday, 19 March 2020

Sunday 22nd March and looking beyond.....

In line with the advice given to us by Cycling UK and referred to by Bill in the blog below, I will not be leading the ride on Sunday. The map produced here was to be the intended route so please feel free to ride it at your leisure. It's about 38 miles and fairly hilly.

A bigger target to keep you occupied and fit might be to look at our website where there are 25 rides varying in length from 10miles  to over 80miles. Maps, route cards and gpx files are included.
These rides are centred on Penrith and stem from 2015 when we - as a club - put together day rides for the CTC Holiday Birthday Rides that were held that year at Newton Rigg College near Penrith.

Before Sunday 29th March I will blog the route I intended which goes north into the Bewcastle fells. Certainly appropriately remote!