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