Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wednesday 30 th Dec Ride

In spite of the predicted storm conditions, I intend to be at The Cross Keys Inn at Carleton at 10:00 to assess the weather situation and if anyone else appears may ride to Morland for 11's as planned.
   Since the River Eamont bridge adjacent to Brougham Castle is unusable there is no point in meeting at Frenchfield and having to have to climb back uphill to the Cross Keys.
   The A6 and Cliburn road can be reached using the metal footbridge at Eamont Bridge. Provided that Morland is not underwater the situation could be reassessed after 11's to consider if it is practical to proceed further or retreat for home.

Club Ride Sunday 3rd

The first official EV outing of 2016, so will Storm Gerbil (or something starting with a G) await us? Assuming not .... struggling to find cafes or garden centres open in Brampton, so here's Plan B.

Meet at our house in Ousby from 9.30 as advertised for pre start tea & coffee, then on the road 10 to 10.15. Aim for approx 30 miles before lunch, so BYO elevenses unless a better ad hoc opportunity materialises en route.

Melmerby, Gamblesby,  Kirkoswald, Lazonby,  over Baronwood to Armathwaite, west of river to Wetheral, over Eden on tooth rattling railway bridge, Hayton then Brampton. If nowt open there, further 3 miles to Talkin Tarn Cafe for lunch 1 to 1.30 - the lady I just spoke to said it is open!

For those joining en route,  no devious loops, so intercept on the long straights. Or Armathwaite 11.15 to 11.30, Wetheral 12 to 12.30 all being well.

After lunch, straight down the Fellside via Castle Carrock, Croglin, Renwick and for those doing the full monty, back to ours for tea, cakes and idle chatter.

Meantime enjoy your New Year celebrations - we'll be living it up in Langdale!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Ride Tomorrow (Tuesday)

A few of us are going for a ride from Bowston - starting at 1000 - and heading out over Cartmell Fell, and taking in the Rusland Valley, Hawkshead and Ambleside before returning via Troutbeck. The total distance will be 51 miles and it is envisaged we will have one stop. You are most welcome to join us.
There is parking for a few cars on our drive and there will be refreshments post ride.
If we don't see you tomorrow we will take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.
Cathy and Keith

Sunday, 27 December 2015

ECO Friendly Minimalist Wallet - Great for Cyclists

I received this useful little wallet as a Christmas gift. What a clever idea for " recycling " punctured inner tubes !. 
For other ECO friendly locally and UK sourced products visit the Cherrydidi store at 2-4 St Johns St, Keswick or buy online from - www.cherrydidi.com or email info@cherrydidi.com.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

New Years Day Ride and/or Social Lunch - Cliburn Village Hall

Start your new year with a leisurely bike ride around the quiet roads in the Eden Valley then enjoy a social lunch at about 1pm with your club mates.

Leaving Cliburn Village Hall at 10.30am a pleasant 23 mile ride over Whinfell passing Acorn Bank, New Biggin, Knock (with optional 4 mile detour up and down Great Dun Fell for the hill addicts), Dufton, Appleby, Colby, Bolton then lunch at Cliburn.

Or just drop in for the soup and cold buffet lunch at 1pm.

Donations/Proceeds will be donated to Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015 

To be sure we have enough lunch please let me know if you are coming.
lanceg999@gmail.com or call 01931 589110 or text/call 07432 627480


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Suggestion for Sunday 27th

For those who may be interested, a suggestion for a ride on Sunday to work off your Xmas excesses  Start 10.00 Greystoke carpark. Round Skiddaw massif via (to be decided) stopping once for lunch perhaps in Bassenthwaite village. Distance about 50mi. Join us!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Wednesday 23rd December

Anybody wanting a ride on Wednesday is welcome to join me leaving from Glendale, Cotehill at 9.30
Parking available in the drive, please let us know in advance.

We will go to Penrith via a different route to last time and to Booths for elevenses,  from there we could go to Mungrisedale for lunch, I intend being back here by 3.30pm

Pooley to Dalemain road River Eamont crossings by footpath bridges

The attached map shows two footpath / river bridge crossing of the Eamont that could be used while Pooley Brige is rebuilt. Our intrepid explorer Rachel took the 1 st crossing on Fri 18 th Dec ( see photo of her trusty steed at the footbridge crossing). Ian B & CJ followed her knobbly tyre tracks on Sun 20 th Dec. Ian & CJ also surveyed the acces point for the route via Sockbridge Mill and are not sure whether Rachel also made this crossing last week ?. It is hoped that the Pooley Bridge crossing is reinstated as soon possible even with a "temporary" bailey bridge or similar structure. What remains of Pooley bridge is shown in last picture.

                                                                           Foothpath Routes
                                                                 At Dalemain road crossing
                                                                Remains of pooley Bridge

Pete's ride Wed 23rd December

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to lead the ride shown in the Runs List on Wednesday 23 December. My apologies to all who were anticipating the chance to get away from the chaos of pre-Christmas! 
Merry Christmas to all Club Members and I look forward to riding with you in the New Year.
     Pete M
PS(Sec.)  Feel free to blog alternates for this date if you feel moved!  I think some extra exercise before the excesses (I can't help it) of Xmas might be a good thing?

Saturday, 19 December 2015

ALT Ride Sunday 20 th Dec

I phoned Granny Dowbekins Tea Rooms to day to confirm that they are fully open for business and intend to ride there tomorrow for late 11’s / early Lunch as per the ALT list.
    Although the A6 road bridge at Eamont Bridge may still be closed ( pending the results of safety checks ), cyclists & pedestrians should be able to use the adjacent metal footbridge.
Since Pooley is cut off from Ullswater one would have to retrace the outward route via Tirrel & Yanwath.
    On my way out, I will survey the situation at Frenchfield and the condition of the River Eamont Bridge downstream of Brougham Castle – this may still be closed. If passable I would proceed to Eamont Bridge via Brougham Hall. Another option would be to walk on the grass verge of the A66 on the Brougham Castle side of the carriageway with care from Frenchfield underpass to cross the River Eamont and then turn right on the lane to Brougham Castle and Hall.
     Depending upon how long it takes to establish a bridge at Pooley ( maybe a footbridge downstream of the destroyed road bridge ? ); when the low lying water meadows have dried out the River Eamont could possibly be crossed on a footbridge near Barton that crosses to the Dalemain road between Dalemain and a turn off to Dacre  [ Bridge at 90 / NY 477 260 – approached via footpaths off the B5320 at 90 / NY486 255 or 90 / NY 486264 at Barton ].

Merry Christmas from Paul & Janet

We'd like to wish all our friends in Eden Valley CTC a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and lots of happy cycling miles in 2016.

Best wishes

Paul and Janet

PS You'll be tucking into your Christmas dinner as I write, so:
Bon Appétit!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Sunday 20 December

The good news is that Langwathby bridge is open and it should be easy to get to the start. So, no disappointment there.  It could be said that Sunday's weather is not looking that great, still our route does not take us that high and there are cut outs for shortening if we want.
Pleasingly there are also opportunities for extending the ride if anyone wants.
We look forward to seeing you, and if not you, someone you have persuaded to come in your place, by the Green in Langwathby on Sunday
Nigel and Alison

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Diana Harrison

I have the sad news that Diana's Motor Neurone Disease has overwhelmed her and she died yesterday.   Fortunately her wish to stay at home was achieved and she will remain here until her funeral at Matterdale Church 1.30pm on Friday 18th
Best wishes
David Harrison

Wednesday 16th - Change of start of ride

Unfortunately the bridge at Brougham castle is still closed and there are large barriers to stop anyone getting over the bridge so I intend to move the start of tomorrow's ride to Culgaith (Station House) but basically do the same 50mi ride stopping for lunch in Orton as advertised.
First comers are welcome to park on our driveway and if you arrive early have a cuppa! There is also a small layby just over the rise above the level crossing and plenty of room to park up in the village.
Hope to see some of you tomorrow.
Incidentally Peter M assures me that pedestrians (and therefore cyclists) can get through and so over the bridge at Langwathby.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Something to take your mind off floods, ice, rain etc

Lots of serious stuff on the blog lately so here's something to brighten the gloom... CLICK ME

Enjoy :)

Sunday 13th. ICE

Still -1.5 C here and I've ridden down and across White Bridge at Dalston. Roads have been very wet and now ice makes riding look hazardous. Alternatives are (a) meet at Coral Cafe or (b) come here for a walk.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Rides from Dalston on Sunday 13th December

Cups & Saucers is unfortunately closed for the winter until February, so we are re-arranging the rides as follows: With Mike: Leave Dalston at 10 and ride out to the Solway at Brough-by-Sands and Beaumont. No elevenses planned. Return for lunch at Dalston, followed by a loop to the south of Dalston in the afternoon. About 45 miles in all. With Claire: Start at 10 and ride out to the 'alternative' meet at the Coral Cafe (eta 11.15). Return to Dalston for a later lunch. About 30 odd miles. Lunch Arrangements: We will provide tea/coffee/hot chocolate and a hot pudding (something with custard). If you want a sandwich - bring your own.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The jerseys have arrived!

If you would like to arrange collection of your jersey I have received the shipment from SLB(Impsport).
I can always bring them to the Christmas lunch.
Let me know.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Road Closure for Joining Ride 9th December

Please be aware that, as of tonight, Hall Road, Burneside is CLOSED.  There is no mention of it on any of the traffic news websites but we think its due to potential damage to the bridge over the Sprint.  This means for those coming South down the A6 that there is no access through the lane from the A6 direct to Burneside to join the ride. I would advise going via Kendal:
  1. Go right down Shap Road into Kendal, under the railway bridge and turn right at the mini roundabout in front of the County Hotel, following signs for Windermere A591
  2. Go over the bridge, keep in the right lane to the traffic lights.
  3. The road swings round to the right passing Evans Cycles on the corner followed by the turning to the Police Station, take the right turn for Burneside at the traffic lights.
  4. After approx 2.5 miles you will come into Burneside with the church on your right, after the staggered crossroads by the School.
An extra 10 minutes is likely to be added to journey time.  All other routes in to Burneside are open.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Club Ride Wednesday 9 December

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 1000 on Wednesday, and as usual there will be parking for a few cars on our drive.
 I will check the route for flooding tomorrow and modify things if necessary, but the plan is to head for The Brief Encounter Café, Carnforth Railway Station for lunch via Underbarrow, Burton in Kendal and Over Kellet. The return leg will be coastal, taking in Silverdale and Arnside for a total distance of 52 miles.
The forecast is better for the Lancaster area, so we should be heading in to decent weather.
Tea and refreshments post ride at Bowston. Hope to see you Wednesday.
Keith G

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Ride Sunday 6th

Alas in view of the weather I think we do what we can individually. I can't guarantee getting to Dalston! Unfortunate as it looks like being quite a good day. I will probably stay local and call in at Brougham Hall.
Good luck in the floods - I hope you are not affected by them.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Lunch - again!

For those who find it difficult to make their minds up!

We are holding our Christmas lunch again this year at Mrs Millers Culgaith and it is to be on the 19th December. (Sorry we could not get the 12th it was booked up even back in August when I made the provisional booking) Like last year it will be 12.15 for 12.30pm

I should be grateful if you would let me know whether you are coming by completing the form. And choosing your options from one of the menus (one is specifically for vegetarians) If you have special dietary requirements please state this and James(the chef) can accommodate these.

if this presents a problem in terms of IT skills(!) just give me a ring and I'll put the menu and form in the post or you can tell me there and then.

I would be grateful (as it makes payment and making changes so much easier) if you could make cheques payable to me G. C Anderson. If you want to transfer electronically - send me a message and I'll let you have our account details. If you use this method please mark it 'Xmas lunch'.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Ride Sunday 6th

As the weather was rather too severe last Sunday we didn't make it to the coast so in the absence of a ride this Sunday Chris and I thought we would set out again from Dalston at 0930 and have coffee at Wheyrigg Hotel and then on to the Bank House Garden Centre near Mawbray. This will be a steady ride (except back in the wind - only 16mph no gusts) so anyone is welcome to join us or meet us along the way. Exact route on the day but will be about 50mi and flattish.

Only a suggestion - feel free to organise another!!


ALT stop on 27 December

Abbot Lodge is closed on the 27th Dec so another venue will be needed!
Suggest Booths or if closed Macdonalds! Penrith if you are out.


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

CTC Discussion Forum

Many members will already be aware of this discussion Forum where you can seek help on matters technical, legal or just comment/discuss cycling related matters. It is hosted by the CTC but is quite independent in its administration being moderated by volunteers.
Have a look!

From the Chair

John and I were made very welcome at our first Committee meeting last night. John will be conducting his next official engagement at the Christmas lunch – while you are all tucking into your Christmas pudding, your Chair will be the elf guiding Father Christmas and his llamas to Melmerby Village Hall Christmas party.
We have fixed the date for the Trivets next year as 15 June and there will soon be more detail on the blog from Geoff about how you can get involved and help to make this the successful event it has been in previous years.

Our next committee meeting is on 16 February at our house – you can imagine I have some tidying up to do before then. Please do not hesitate to contact any Committee member if there is something you think we should be discussing.
Given the current weather patterns – wind and rain could soon become ice and snow – please remember to check the blog or ring the runs leader if you think a ride may be in doubt.

Am I too early to wish you all a very Happy Christmas?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Club run - Wednesday 2nd December.

The route will be as indicated on the runs list.   The forecast is for the weather to be less than perfect.   Rain!  The route can obviously be changed if required.   I hope to see not too many of you at the start!

Wed Alternative

Having looked at the weather forecast Claire and I have decided that we would rather go to Abbott Lodge on  Thursday when it looks comparatively good with very little wind. We  plan to be there around 11.30 but watch the Blog for any further developments.


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Main Ride tomorrow Sun 29 th Nov

The ride will leave Dalston at 10:00 for : -

1. 11's at Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ( about 14 miles )

Direct route via E Curthwaite, Brackenthwaite, Forrester Fold, Wigton and Waverbridge ( with a boring B road bash from Waverbridge to Wheyrigg to speed us on our way for a latish [ but not mega late ] arrival.

2. Lunch at Bank Mill Nursery ( Dunes Cafe - Beckfoot ) ( about 10 miles )

Direct rouite via Abbey Town, Adolth, Tarns, Holme St Cuthbert, and Mawbray.

3. Return to Dalston ( about 27 miles )

Direct route via Beckfoot, Bitterlees, Silloth, Skinburness, Calvo, Abbey Town, Raby, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouse and Orton Grange.

The total distance is about 51 miles with a modest 1700 ft of ascent ( it's hard to break the 2000 ft barrier riding in the Solway area.

Depending upon weather conditions, the ride may be modified and shortened

Three mistakes were made in offereing the ride : -

a) 10:00 start too late for prompt arrival at 11's
b) Mileage not specified in published Runs List
c) Best to avoid leading rides in the winter months due to icy, wet or windy weather conditions and shorter daylight hours.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Allan's move to Scotland

Dear fellow members as many of you know I am moving to Scotland next week and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kindness,friend'ship and company over the past few years.
   I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a member of such a great cycle club and will continue to follow the clubs progress via the website.
   My email remains llnrckhm@gmail.com but phone connections are yet to be sorted.

Kind regards and best wishes for 2016.

Posted by CJ at Allan's request

Cycling from Carlisle to Paris for a fair deal on Climate Change

I include a link to the complete email but here is the local extract from Helen Davison

I am going to be joining a group of five cyclists from Edinburgh at the border and will cycle with them to Paris from Sun 29th Nov to Thurs Dec 10th. We are all joining a group of about 100 cyclists from London. Cycling to Paris in December is a huge challenge for me and I am getting increasingly anxious about the weather forecast and strength of wind. But I feel cycling at this time of year is the strongest way that I can get the message to world leaders that I am taking climate change seriously, and I want them to too. Cycling might not be the easiest choice but it is the most practical low carbon method I can take to get to Paris. Choices leaders need to make on climate change may also not be the easiest for them politically but they can be done .. we have the skills, resources and technology to move to a zero carbon future. And ultimately measures taken would lead to a better, safer more secure world and benefit our health and wellbeing.

Join us for a bit of the ride or just come and wave me off!
We would very much welcome people joining us for some of the ride as we come through your area.
This Sunday 29th November the cyclists are coming from Moffat. We are encouraging people to meet the group at Carlisle Castle at 1.30pm with the aim that we will set off at absolutely no later than 1.45pm for Penrith. You could just cycle with us out of Carlisle, or join us for more of the ride to Penrith. Do also bring (water proof) banners about action on climate change for the photo opp. Border TV are coming along so the more people there the better. Its an opportunity for Carlisle to show the Paris conference it cares about climate change.

On Monday 30th November we are travelling from Penrith to Lancaster via Shap and a reception in Kendal with the mayor. If you want to join us for some of this bit please contact me on 07939 196 441.

The rest of our route can be found at http://edinburgh2paris.org/the-route/ if you would like to join us for any other sections.

Dallas(I've said I'd go to Penrith but the idea of 50mph gusts are a bit daunting!)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Geoff's Ride 25 Nov from KS

The ride looks to be as advertised - although temp 6°C only light winds. So up Mallerstang and over the coal road to Dent and Sedbergh for lunch. Continuing on round the 'fairmile' to Newbiggin on Lune and back to KS. If anyone wants to arrive at KS station and join us - let me know and we will modify our route to take in the station and the 'tommy road'. Of course Rachel is planning to start there anyway. Total distance about 54mi (in old money)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Info landed in my inbox

Join our Jubilee International Golden Ring of Russia
bike  tour  and other bike tours next summer. That is more than just a
tour, but real cultural event orginized by Russian Cycle Touring club.
We   have  been  running this tour since 1996 and had participants from all over the world.
Article about Golden Ring tour in Cycling World - http://www.rctc.ru/mater/cyclingworld.pdf
GRR tour is on World’s top 50 riding experiences according to RideOn https://rideonmagazine.com.au/worlds-top-50-riding-experiences/

Visit  www.rctc.ru/tour.html and http://www.rctc.ru/gring.html for details.

  Tour Highlights:

•       Picturesque Russian countryside
•       Meeting Russian people from a range of backgrounds
•       Russian cuisine
•       Russian bath house (banya)
•       Small local museums and exhibitions
•       Orthodox churches and monasteries
•       Cycling with local cyclists

  Photos from our previous tours you can look at www.rctc.ru/report.html

Do not hesitate to contact me.

Vladimir Filippov
Russian Cycle Touring Club
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/cyclerussia
Bike Tour Reviews -  http://www.biketour-reviews.com/rctc.htm

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sunday, 22nd November.

Appleby, 1715 hrs and  it is already -2ºC outside here. The forecast is for it not to reach 1ºC before 7am tomorrow and 2ºC by 10am. So I have decided not to cycle as our roads will still be icy.

But tomorrow will be a nice day for a walk and I hope some of you will join us, to start at my place at 10.30 ish. The tea and cakes will, of course, still be on offer.

Chris R

Sunday 22nd November

Just now in Appleby at 0930 on Saturday morning,  there is black ice on the surrounding roads and cycling would not be possible. It looks as if tomorrow might be less cold and if there is not too hard a frost overnight it might be possible to do the run. So I shall wait to see. If a hard frost is later forecast this evening I shall cancel this evening, otherwise I shall decide early tomorrow morning. So please watch this space.
Chris R

Friday, 20 November 2015

Sunday, November 22nd.

This is a moderately paced ride of about 50 miles,  starting in Appleby Cloisters at 10am.
The route is to Kirkby Stephen via Gt. Asby, then over the Tommy Road, through to Kelleth and on to Orton for the one lunch stop at mile 28ish. Then over to Shap and up the A6 to the Sleagill turn off. The route does not go to Bampton and never did, (that is my mistake on the runs list!). We return via Maulds Meaburn, up the hill and down the main road into Appleby, where it is hoped some of the Alt ride will join us for tea and cakes at my place.
Chris R

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thank you

I am grateful to be given the opportunity to work on behalf of the Club and its members as your Chair. I look forward to working with John and the rest of the Committee. If you have any issues you want me to take up, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Extra Alternative Meet, Thursday 19th November

A few of us are planning to meet up at the Coral Cafe around 11.30. All welcome. Posted on behalf of Claire

Monday, 16 November 2015

Club run - Wednesday 18th November

The club run on Wednesday will start from Brampton Industrial Estate instead of Gelt Road car park.     I  learnt today that Wednesday is market day in Brampton and the car park is likely to be full early on and  possibly there will be no space for us to park.

Directions to the industrial estate:  If travelling A69 from the M6 (Junction 43) drive into Brampton town and turn left at the 'T' junction.   The industrial estate is then 1st turning on the right.    If travelling to Brampton on the A689 from Stanwix (Carlisle), turn left on the approach to the town.   The industrial estate is signposted.

The moderately hilly cycle route will include Banks, Kirkcambeck, Roadhead, Shankhill to lunch at Whitesyke Garden Centre.  (No 11's stop)   After lunch the route will be Longtown via Arthuret, Scuggate, Hethersgill & Walton.   Distance approx 50 miles.   Hope to see some of you at the start.   A boring route!  

new temporary Chair and vice Chair

Thanks to all those of us who voted (46) and to the two candidates. The results are:

temporary Chair of EVCTC - Alison Smith
temporary vice Chair of EVCTC - John Wilson


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Bike Ride Monday 16 November

Cathy and I are going on a ride tomorrow as we didn't get out today. Would you like to join us? We will be staying low and seeking sheltered areas where possible.
The route we had in mind would take us to Sizergh Castle for lunch (one stop after 25 miles) via Staveley, Bowness and Witherslack Woods.
After lunch we will head for Dallam and Storth and return via Viver, Crosscrake and Natland for a total distance of 51 miles.
We will be able to make alterations along the way if necessary, but we are mindful of potential flood areas. The forecast does predict strong gusts around lunchtime, but we will be avoiding high exposed terrain.
As we are only making one stop, there will be tea and coffee available at our house from 0900 before a 0930 start. Refreshments will be available post ride. Can you let me know if you will be joining us.
Keith G.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Bill's Ride Sunday 15 th Nov

In view of the predicted severe weather conditions, Bill asked me to warn potentail riders that subject to the weather situation on the day, his ride may be cancelled or modified to avoid exposure to strong winds and to bypass roads that could be flooded.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ride 11th Nov

John R and James R are setting out from James' house in Cotehill at 8.00am tomorrow. Anyone who would like to join them to ride over towards Greystoke to meet up with Ernest's ride would be most welcome. Give either of them a ring!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Parker's ride 11/11/15

I'm sorry I'll be unable to lead my ride on Wednesday. But fear not, there's still the opportunity to join up with Ernest's ride or meet up at the11's spot. I did ask Joyce at the café some time ago to be ready for cyclists. I expect the not too good weather forecast will stop her from being entirely overrun!

Club (Moderate Pace) Ride Wednesday 11th November 2015

The ride starts at Greystoke at 9.30am and covers a distance of about 40 miles over quiet undulating roads. The route is via Unthank, Calthwaite and the Crown Inn to Dalston for 11's where we will hopefully meet up with riders from the clubs 'alternate ride'. The ride back to Greystoke follows the clubs tri-vets route with lunch at the Upfront Gallery at Unthank.
The weather forecast is for rain at times and so the dress code may have to include over trousers and over shoes---In fact full rain gear, but at least it should be fairly warm.


Voting for temporary Chair

You should have received an email with voting paper or link to vote for our new temporary chairperson.

I am sure we are grateful to the two members who have put themselves forward.

Voting electronically (email or GForm) finishes next Sunday 15th. (if you send to me by post we'll say Monday)

If you have any problem with the mechanics of voting let me know.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Bike fit - It's all about the bike

Just come across a fascinating video - quite long but very interesting. It's on You Tube here

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Alternative Cafe Stop 4th November

As the main ride which James is leading from Cotehill plans to have elevenses at Booths in Penrith, it would seem sensible if "alternatives" tried to meet too at about this time rather than at 12:00. Claire

Club Run 4th November

My house (Glendale) is just north of Cotehill,  I will park  my Land Rover on the verge opposite.
There is parking on the drive. Please close gate after bringing car(s) in. (Dog)
All are welcome for Tea and Cake after the ride.
Look forward to seeing you in the morning.

 I have 2 Boxed Continental Grandprix 4 Season 700x28 ordered in error 
 £59.31 the pair if anybody wants them.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Club Ride Sunday 1 November

Sunday's ride will start from The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen at 0930.

The route will take us to Gunnerside via Mallerstang and Buttertubs, with lunch at The Ghyllfoot Tearooms after 26 miles. I have checked that the tearoom is open as the website indicated that they would close at the end of October and been assured they will in fact be open (just in case any of you checked!).

After lunch we will return home via Low Row and Tan Hill before descending into Keld and finishing via Lamps Moss and Nateby. The total distance will be 53 miles over a hilly terrain.

There are options to reduce the climbing if anyone wished to join us for lunch but would prefer a slightly less severe terrain by going straight to Gunnerside over Lamps Moss - I would suggest setting off from KS a little later than us (20-30 mins) - and returning to KS from Tan Hill via Winton.

The forecast at the moment is looking very good - ie white cloud, no wind and reasonable temperatures. What more could you want!

Hope to see you Sunday.
Keith G

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Club Kit

Not all of us are interested in buying club clothing but for those that would like to buy garments in the new design please let me know so that we can negotiate a good price on the first order.
The following details are needed:

Article name (don't forget to state zip size) and code with the size required.
Send me an email with your requirements eg
Long sleeved road jersey Long zip size 12

When I get an order together I will let you know how much it will cost. Bear in mind the prices are ex VAT!

Sizing charts here
Price list here
pdf of design here (shows long sleeved jersey)

I have sample jerseys for sizing for another week but then they must be returned, however the sizing charts are fairly comprehensive.

Any unwanted older bikes out there?

There is a women's refuge in Kendal and I have had an enquiry, from someone there, seeking bikes for use by the residents.  They are very much hoping for gifts but may be able to raise a small amount to buy.  The enquiry is quoted below:

'The bikes would be used on the roads, to go into town, leisure centre, college etc.  Some women seem reluctant to use public transport – sometimes it’s the cost, but sometimes they don’t like being in an enclosed space with strangers. 

Or just a ride into the countryside – quite a few of the women come from cities and are amazed how quickly you can get into the open.  There is some risk of the bikes getting lost/stolen/sold.........  We’re not talking serious cyclists, just to have some in the shed for anyone to use.  At the moment, there are three women who like to cycle.'

If anyone has a bike that they don't want/need that might be vaguely suitable please contact Mary on 01539 733275 or email mchristian21@hotmail.co.uk       

We might be able to sort transport out if that was an issue.

Thank you,

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

New Runs List for 4th Quarter 2015/6

The Runs list for November until the end of January is now available on the web site and you can download it either there or by clicking on the link here
Thanks Parker and all ride leaders

I will endeavour to post out to non IT enfranchised members together with copies of the newsletter but am waiting for supplies for my printer! Please let them know if they are murmuring!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Club run - Wednesday 28th Oct

The route on Wednesday from Dalston will include Curthwaite, Thursby, Beaumont, Rockliffe and 11's at Harker (19 miles).   Then Westlinton, Hethersgill and lunch at Lanercost (40 miles) finally to Farlam, Gt Corby and Dalston via Wreay.   Total distance is 60 miles.  The route is moderately undulating.   The forecast for Wednesday is for showers so the route may be shortened.    Hope to see some of you at the start.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Coral Cafe to close!

The Coral Cafe at Plumpton is to close permanently at the end of December.  The lease is not going to be renewed.    The cafe manager Jane, is setting up a cafe at the Foyer, on Old London Road, Penrith.   The cafe will be known as 'JaneyMacs'.   I understand the premises is opposite Marks & Spencers.   There is car parking and there will be space for bikes.   Jane's tel No is the same - 07765 423826. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

it's that time again - Christmas Lunch

We are holding our Christmas lunch again this year at Mrs Millers Culgaith and it is to be on the 19th December. (Sorry we could not get the 12th it was booked up even back in August when I made the provisional booking) Like last year it will be 12.15 for 12.30pm

I should be grateful if you would let me know whether you are coming by completing the form. And choosing your options from one of the menus (one is specifically for vegetarians) If you have special dietary requirements please state this and James(the chef) can accommodate these.

if this presents a problem in terms of IT skills(!) just give me a ring and I'll put the menu and form in the post.

I would be grateful (as it makes payment and making changes so much easier) if you could make cheques payable to me G. C Anderson. If you want to transfer electronically - send me a message and I'll let you have our account details. If you use this method please mark it 'Xmas lunch'.

Incidentally the forms and menus will be available at the AGM on Saturday so another reason to come!

Newsletter 50

Thanks very much to Nigel for the latest stunning newsletter which you can find on the website(new page turning format suitable for ipads etc) or download from this link as a .pdf
As Nigel says thanks also to all contributors!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Saturday 24 th October - Cycle ride prior to AGM

Subject to weather conditions I propose to lead a short ride from Langwathby Village Hall ( starting at 09:30 ) for 11's at The Coral Room Cafe at Plumpton. I phoned Jane this afternoon at the cafe so she is prepared for us. It is intended that we will return to Langwathby Village before 12:30 or by 12:30 at the latest

Club Ride Wednesday 21 October

The ride will start from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale at 0930. There is free parking either on the road down to Devil's Bridge or on the right as you take the first turn left after the bridge on the A683 signposted to Casterton and  Barbon.

The route will take us to Horton in Ribblesdale for 11s going via Barbondale, Dentdale and Ribblehead.  Lunch will be at the Garden Centre in Wray by way of Austwick and Clapham. The return leg will take us through Hornby and Arkholme for a total distance of 56 miles.

The first leg is hilly, but thereafter the terrain is fairly gentle. The forecast at the moment is predicting showers, but it is improving as I obsessively monitor it! However, if conditions are grim, there are several opportunities to modify the route.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Keith G

Sunday, 18 October 2015

AGM again - reminder

To all members

If you have not received the email that I sent on 14th September - sorry! (please speak/telephone so we can get to the bottom of the problem)

the AGM is to be held

    in Langwathby Village Hall at 2pm on Saturday 24th October 2015

There will be no doubt a ride and/or walk in the morning (usually 0930) which will be blogged nearer the time starting from the Hall.

Also lunch at the Hall at 12.30pm which this year will be a bring and share with soup(and bread) coffee and tea also provided. Please let me know if you intend coming to the lunch so that we have some idea of numbers. I would also appreciate if you could fill in the sheet here  (click the link) if you will be bringing some food, so that we can have an idea of what will be available! I suggest £5 per head if you will not be providing food - any surplus to charity.

If you have items to be discussed at the meeting please let me have proposals in writing by Saturday 17th October(now is too late!) so that we can prepare an Agenda which I will circulate.(expect Mon or Tues 19/20)
Minutes of AGM2014 were sent with the email and some copies will be available at the meeting.
Geoff - Sec

Saturday, 17 October 2015

club run & train connection

In the next runs list currently being compiled, Rachel is to be congratulated for timing a ride from Kirkby Stephen to coincide with the train timetable.   The first runs leader to do so I think.   Others organising rides from KS, Appleby or Langwathby should consider doing the same, particularly if they can reasonably expect members to come by train.

Sunday 18th Ride t' Yorkshire Dales

Statistics are: 105km (65mi) and my Garmin says 1586m (5000ft)
Cool but dry. (Well, compared to Mallorca!)
Starting at Appleby cloisters this is quite a hilly ride. We go over to Winton and up to Tan Hill for coffee(33km). Then at Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale where we turn R over to Low Row and search for a cafe (lunch but BYO to be sure) in Gunnerside or Muker(60km). Then on through Thwaite, Keld and over Lamps Moss to Kirkby Stephen returning by the ups and downs of Smardale Crosby Garrett  Whygill head and Drybeck back to Appleby.
Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Anne Key

For those of you that knew Anne and would like to attend her funeral, it will be held at Carlisle Crematorium at 10.20 a.m. on the 23rd October. There will be a tea afterwards in Bampton Village hall.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Tomorrow's (14/10) ride

Don't forget it's 9.00 a.m. at Cotehill or 10.30 latest at Renwick (hall opens at 10.00 a.m. if you want to arrive earlier).

Published ride is 50+ to Brampton via loops. As the weather forecast is good (again!) I'm proposing just one loop - to Alston and Lambley. This will increase the mileage to 60+, but I'm sure nobody will be objecting?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Newsletter (October 2015)

I am intending to get out our next Newsletter by our AGM (remember ? -  the 24th October). Tails, paws for thoughts, shaggy dog stories (as well as articles, photos ...) would be really welcome to finish it off.

Nigel L

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ride on Wednesday 6th october

Hi Folks

For those meeting us at coffee or on route we plan to be at Maes Coffee house, Uldale 10.30 /11am. Then down to Bewaldeth via Binsey and then follow the sustrans cycle route to Cockermouth.  Lunch around 1.00pm at Norham Coffee House which is up a wee alley off 73 Main Street.  Then back via Papcastle, Great Broughton, Tallentire, Gilcrux, Plumbland ,Wigton and Dalston.

See you tomorrow

Friday, 2 October 2015

Sunday, Oct. 4th

I have just learned that the tea room in Tebay does not function as a tea room any more. So We may have to re-route to Orton, for what may be a late lunch.

Chris R

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ride Wednesday 30th

Don’t miss the earlier 9.00 am start from Langwathby Village Hall then via the Meaburns to Orton 11s stop for approx. 10.45, after 19 miles. The idea is then to go via Ravenstonedale to Mallerstang to The Moorcock. Either stoke up at Orton Gallery or bring some food for a snack-stop at the Moorcock Inn. (It was closed last time I was there). Back via Garsdale, Sedbergh for a late lunch, and along the side of the Howgills to Tebay and tea at Orton then re-trace to Langwathby. The “Alternative” ride loop, Orton to Orton, is a smidgen over 40 miles. The full ride from Langwathby is just over 80 miles. I have ordered another stunning day weather-wise. See you there!

Peter KO

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Club Rides Sunday 27th September

We have arranged for both rides to have lunch in Dalston. There will be soup, bread, a selection of cakes and tea or coffee. This is in aid of MacMillan and a suggested donation of £5 would be appreciated. While no one will be turned away it would be helpful if you could let us know by phone (01228 710110) or text (07906 896503)if you would like lunch. Mike's ride won't reach Mae's Cafe in Uldale until well after 11. Claire's ride should reach Caldbeck around 11.

Date for your diary

I have again made a booking at Mrs Millers for our annual Christmas Lunch. Further details and booking can be made at the AGM, but just so you can make space in what are no doubt very busy diaries for this usually very pleasant get-together I'm giving you early warning!
Oh yes the date!
Saturday 19th  December


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Club Ride Wednesday 23 September.

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930 and as usual there will be parking for a few cars on our drive. If the parking is busy near the church, there are 2 large lay-bys between Bowston and Plantation Bridge on Winter Lane.
The planned route for tomorrow has approx. 6000 ft of ascent over 66 miles and is therefore a lumpy ride, but with no brutal climbs.
As the forecast is currently predicting rain in the afternoon which will get heavier later in the day, I have a Plan B to shorten the ride if necessary to 50+ miles - still lumpy - but with only one stop - probably in Coniston.  This should allow us to get back before the weather gets bad.
There will be tea on offer at Bowston after the ride.
Hope to see you tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ride Sunday 20th

Because of the weather outlook I have decided that the ride from Brough tomorrow will be somewhat shorter to avoid the heavy rain that is predicted around 4.00pm. This is particularly disappointing as Dick had offered us tea as we passed through Nenthead.
The route I propose therefore (subject to discussion with those that turn up!) is over to Middleton then Stanhope for lunch and returning over the St Johns Chapel road to Langdon Beck. This will still be 100km (63mi for those who went to school before 1970) and include 1900m of ascent so I hope you will still find it worth the epithet 'testing'. See you in Brough at 9.30 Sunday.

Beryl Burton (West Yorkshire Playhouse)

Janet and I are going to see "Beryl - A Romance on Two Wheels" when it comes to Carlisle on October 8th. If interested, phone 01228 598596 for tickets. There are other times and venues too, see http://www.highlightsnorth.co.uk/
The write up in the highlights rural touring scheme booklet is really good; should be well worth seeing.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Eat Sleep Cycle - Reminder

Eat Sleep Cycle

In 2011 Anna Hughes cycled 4000 miles solo around the coast of Britain - a ten-week adventure that took in the highs and lows of Britain and everything in between. Her book, Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain, telling the story of the journey, was published in March this year. In September she will tour her book from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, visiting cycle clubs, bookshops and cafes at various points along the 1000 mile route, to give talks, readings and signings. And of course, she’ll be pedaling each mile as she peddles her wares!

Anna will be speaking at Saddleback Café, Keswick on Thursday 17th September 1800.  Entry is £3, redeemable against a copy of the book.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Club Ride Wednesday 16 September

Wednesday's ride will leave the Quarry Car Park, Grasmere at 0930 and will be hilly. The route will take us over Wrynose via Elterwater with 11s at The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite. The descent from the top of Wrynose to Duddon Bridge via Cockley Beck is well worth the hard climb.
From Duddon Bridge we will head for The Wilson Arms, Torver for lunch and return via the east side of Coniston Lake. The total distance will be approx. 52 miles.
At the moment the forecast is for the possibility of light showers in the afternoon, but the bulk of the climbing will be over by then, and hopefully things will change for the better (ever the optimist!).
Hope to see you Wednesday,
Keith G.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Fame At Last!

Yes, me! I appeared on ITV Border TV just after 6 pm today, following an ad hoc interview at Hartside just after the awards. So, I now can claim TOB fame!

Many of us enjoyed Stage 5 of the Tour today at various locations, Rachel leading a group to view the Croglin King of The Mountain section and then many of us on to Hartside. On the climb from Renwick I overtook about 20 riders, but there again about 200 overtook me .....

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


En route to a wonderful evening microlight flight over the Eden valley yesterday, I bumped into Catherine Renwick owner of Hartside Cafe. She reckons Hartside road 'gate' - wherever that is - will be closed to cyclists and walkers from about 1.30pm.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

ALT Ride - Wed 9 th Sept

The published meet venue is Booths for 11's. 

I intend to ride there and go on for lunch at the newly reopend Station Cafe at Langwathby ( as per the flier placed as a blog on Sat 5th Sept ). 

A printed copy of the flier was on veiw at the Newton Reigny Birthday Rides where it was badged as the " The little blue train cafe ". 

I expect that Birthday Riders on local rides used the premises and that it will be popular with spectators on Thursday's ToB Stage 5 that passes through Langwayhby.

Amost New Mavic Tempo Mtb shoes

They were just a tiny bit too small. I've worn them once. Offering them to anyone with size 10 UK (EU 44 2/3) feet. £50 (mass 390g (each) without cleat)
Recessed cleat so ideal for getting off on the steep bits!
Intend putting them on ebay shortly so give me a ring if you're interested.

Geoff A

Monday, 7 September 2015

Ride Wednesday 9th

Those coming on the Weds ride will delight in a cornucopia of cycling challenges
We will be starting at Ings and for those who are technical the GR is  NY444988,for those
who navigate from pub to pub then you will know the Watermill just past the Church as you
takethe first slip road past the Petrol station on the main road from Kendal to Windermere. I will be lurking in the close vicinity by the road leading to the gated road.
We will take some light refreshment at Low Sizergh before heading for Dent. Back home via some
little twists and turns!!

Sunday, 6 September 2015


Anyone joining Rachel's ride is welcome to park at our house in Ousby rather than Melmerby or Langwathby. Park sensibly in the drive and/or on the roadside so as not to block others. We don't need to know in advance and may not be in when you come & go, matters not!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Station Cafe - Langwathby

 Received today:

Hello I just wanted to let you know that I have opened the café at Langwathby Station. previously Brief Encounter, and we welcome cyclists (and dogs in one of our rooms).
We offer a varied menu with lots of vegetarian dishes, home baked bread, pastries & cakes & a wide range of teas, coffees & drinks. Special dietary requests are catered for. The emphasis is on fresh food and home baking and we use lots of Eden Valley produce from our free-range eggs (2miles), Brewer’s Droop sausages (1.5miles), salads & soft fruits (5miles).
We offer eat-in and takeaway options and can provide packed lunches & picnics to order. Local delivery is also available by arrangement.

I have attached our basic flyer with summer opening times and contact details & hope that your members will give us a try!

Kind regards
Janet (not our chair!)

I don't think this means that  cyclists and dogs have to share accommodation!

Ride Sunday 6 th Sept

The route will be as published : -

Start - Melmerby Village Green at 09:30

11's - Brough  via Long Marton, Appleby Burrells and Gt Musgrove ( stage distance 25 miles )

Lunch - Middleton in Teesdale using the B6276 ( stage distance 14 miles )

Tea - Alston using the B6277 ( stage distance 21.5 miles )

Finish - Melmerby ( Stage distance 11.5 miles )

Total distance = 71.5 miles and total ascent = 6200 ft

Since I've not ridden a bike since Tues 25 th Aug and have just returned from a tiring week  in the London area, a south coast outing and visit to Dorset as a " tourist ", I may cop out of doing the whole ride and return back to the start from Brough.

If I do this I would appreciate another rider or riders completing the circuit with the rest of the group.


Monday, 31 August 2015

Moderate ride Wed 2nd September

Please take notice of the 9-45 start from Greystoke. (This is to allow us to travel from Cockermouth.)

Elevenses will be at Abbotts Lodge not Morland. This will make for a more equidistant route to Appleby for lunch. We can take a tea stop at Stainton on the way back if required.

The overall distance is likely to be about 43miles. All at moderate pace. So hope you can join us.

Club run - Wednesday 2nd September.

The ride starts from Langholm car park at 9am.   The route will be 106 miles and hilly.     The forecast is for dry weather.

From Langholm, the route goes through Bentpath, Corrie and Boreland  and on to Moffat where we will stop for lunch.  (34m)   From there we take the A701 to Tweedsmuir  where we will turn right for the Talla and Megget reservoirs.      At Cappercleugh we turn right onto the A708 for 2 miles and stop for tea at the Glen cafe (63m).   We travel east and turn right at the Gordon Arms Hotel.    At Tushielaw  we  continue up the Ettrick Valley to Langholm where we should arrive by 7pm. 

When we stop for lunch in Moffat, we cannot hang around long.     We are expected at the Glen cafe which will close at 4.30pm.   There are a couple of hills to climb on the way.

The whole area  is remote and sparsely populated .   The two ‘stops’ are the only ones on the route.   There are no facilities elsewhere on the ride – maybe  toilets  at the Samye Ling Centre in Eskdalemuir – but that is all.    Riders will need to carry plenty of food and water and may need to replenish supplies in Moffat. 

Directions to Langholm:    M6 north and leave at Juntion 44.   On the roundabout leave at the 4th exit (signposted A7)     Stay on the A7 all the way to Langholm (18 miles).   In Langholm, continue through the town and you will see the car park on the left by the river.    Parking is free and there are toilets.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ride Sunday 30th August

Ride as advertised. Hilly, very scenic tour on quiet roads in the Borders. 11's Lockerbie, lunch Thornhill. Suggest you bring some extra food too as it's a desert out there! Weather forecast seems promising....Mileage should be 70 - 75 ish.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Yesterday's lunch stop.

I contacted the café proprietor some weeks ago to arrange for us to have lunch there on the 100 mile ride. I phoned to confirm numbers / ETA on the day as arranged and was informed the café shut at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesdays!
So apologies to those who turned up to find it closed: hope you survived; we went to Hartside instead assisted by a strong tailwind.
Earlier, an even stronger wind on the fellside between Hesket Newmarket and Mosedale nearly separated some of the lighter riders from their machines, but at least 5 of us managed to do at least 100 miles despite the weather.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tomorrow's ride, 26th August.

Here’s an outline of the route for Wednesday’s ride for anyone not wishing to do the full distance. I will be asking for numbers on the day for Melmerby and Coral Café  (Coral Café will open specially for us and want to know ETA too), so please bear this in mind if going independently.

 Cotehill, Hesket Newmarket, Mosedale, etc., Pooley Bridge, 34 miles,  11’s

Askham, various lanes to Ousby and  Melmerby,  60 miles, lunch

Renwick, Armathwaite, etc.,  Plumpton,  82 miles, tea

Hutton in the Forest, and lanes circuit back to Cotehill 100 miles

Don’t forget 8.30 a.m. start. Weather forecast currently showing early rain soon clearing for a fine day, so fingers crossed.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

vietnam Cambodia, Laos

Does anyone know who it was that gave an interesting lecture on this topic a few years ago at Langwathby village hall? Heather and I are going there in November and would love to discuss our plans. Best wishes to all, Peter

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sundays Ride from Newton Rigg

Parking is available by going in the NORTH entrance and turning imm L at the Game Management Centre to the area next to the Toilet Block.

The Coral Cafe has Sunday Lunches after Midday and people can have roast meat in a bun if they are staying on for lunch. Anyone wanting sandwiches must pre-book by Saturday by text or phone to 07765423826

Dallas and Ian

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Tour of Britain

Alison is trying to keep our village (Melmerby) respectable.  Some of our yellow bikes are riderless for want of suitable attire. There is worry that the riders will lose patience and mount up inadequately dressed (not that you need a helmet to go out on the bike).
If you have any old helmets or cycle clothing clogging your drawers, especially if coloured yellow, would you pass them on to Alison please.
I worry about Alison sometimes.
Nigel L

Friday, 14 August 2015

Club Run - Wednesday 19th August

Apologies details not on Runs List when issued, they should be now!

66 miles
Start APPLEBY Cloisters normal 9.30.
Burrels, Whyghyll Head to Orton for 11's. Then via Newbiggin & Ravenstonedale to Sedbergh for lunch or BYO. Back via Fair Mile to Tebay, Orton (again), steep up to Orton Scar and back to Appleby.

Did consider starting here at Ousby but adds 12 miles each way so beyond my current level of unfitness!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Club run - Sunday 16th August

The route will be as indicated in the runs list but for one amendment.   The 'stop' at Nenthead will be for 11's rather than for lunch.   Lunch will be BYO.    Dick has kindly offered hospitality at his home for our morning refs.  

Article about blind spots and road safety - READ IT

Click the Link
 Thanks Sarah and Martin for bringing this to our attention!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Eat Sleep Cycle

In 2011 Anna Hughes cycled 4000 miles solo around the coast of Britain - a ten-week adventure that took in the highs and lows of Britain and everything in between. Her book, Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain, telling the story of the journey, was published in March this year. In September she will tour her book from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, visiting cycle clubs, bookshops and cafes at various points along the 1000 mile route, to give talks, readings and signings. And of course, she’ll be pedaling each mile as she peddles her wares!

Anna will be speaking at Saddleback Café, Keswick on Thursday 17th September.  Entry is £3, redeemable against a copy of the book.