Saturday, 28 February 2015

Club Run Sunday 1 st March

Since prophets of doom have forecast strong windy and wet weather on Sun 1 st March the ride will follow fairly direct routes and depending upon the weather could be modified and shortened.

As published the intended route will be : -

1 st Stage - Start at Greystoke ( at 09:30 ) to early 11’s at Caldbeck ( Old Forge )

2 nd Stage – Caldbeck to Lunch at Keswick ( Saddleback CafĂ© near Pencil Museum access road )

3 rd Stage – Keswick to Greystoke via one of three possible routes : -

a)      Cycle track ( old railway ) to Threlkeld
b)      Castlerigg Stone Circle , Burns and Threlkeld
c)      Brundleholme Wood and Threlkeld

If high wind conditions persist the route from Caldbeck could be modified to travel via Mungrisdale and the A66 corridor to Keswick.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Wed 4th March - Paul's Big Birthday - Change of lunch venue

Soup and sandwiches will be provided in Brigham Memorial hall.  The village is on the original route and saves the steep climb up to Eaglesfield. It offers us more space and shelter should we encounter inclement weather.

For those of you wishing to make your own way there Brigham is about a mile and a quarter north of Eaglesfield at grid ref NY085303 (village hall) Landranger 89.  Hopefully Ian will be able to contact us with numbers soon after the start so that we may arrange the food.

Hope you can make it. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

ALT + Parker's ride 25/2/15

As the alts and my ride are sharing the same venue (Melmerby), Dallas has asked me to let the alt riders know that I'll be arriving about12.30 p.m. at Melmerby.
This lets you meet us or avoid us as desired.

For anyone wishing to join my ride, the route will be:
Plumpton,  Salkeld Dykes, Langwathby, Culgaith, Newbiggin, Milburn, Blencarn, Skirwith, Ousby, Melmerby 28 miles to lunch, can be shortened if necessary.
Melmerby, Gamblesby, Unthank, Renwick, Croglin, Ainstable, Armathwaite, A6 south, Petteril Green, Calthwaite, Plumpton 53 miles total.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sunday's (22/2/15) ride

Janet's indisposed, so I'm leading for her. Hope this isn't too much of a disappointment.
When parking in Cotehill, please:
1. Don't park near crossroads as the bus turns round here
2. Don't park near St John's Close or near people's driveways
3. Do park near old school or find another places that shouldn't cause bother (the reason for saying all this is that we've had complaints in the past).

The route is:
Cotehill; Wetheral (viaduct, just to delight CJ); How, etc.; Talkin; Forest Head; LANERCOST (18 miles).
Walton; Petersyke; Hethersgill; Hetherbank;  Hetherside; (A6071); Newbiggin; Howberry; Keysmount; (Houghton, Rickerby Park, Scotby, etc., Cotehill).

Of course, route is tweakable depending on weather, mood of the peloton, etc.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Cycling Rural Spain

Sent to Secretary so secretary passing it on.....

Dear Geoff,
I am writing to ask if you could add a link to your website as your members may be interested in cycling in Northern Spain where I run guided cycling holidays several times a year, this year we have part of the Vuelta Espana cycling two of our routes. I am also a sports injury specialist and PT and offer advice on training and injuries on my blog.

For more info : My website is
If you would like any more infor please email or call me on 07730002450
Many thanks

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Club Ride Sunday 15 Feb

There will be parking available for a few cars on our drive for tomorrow's ride as well as parking near Burneside Church.
Starting at 1000 we will head for Kirkby Lonsdale for 11's (18 miles) via lumpy but scenic lanes.
Lunch (and ice creams!) will be in Arnside  which we will reach via Burton in Kendal, Yealand and Silverdale. From here we will head for home (total distance approx. 50 miles).
The forecast is looking great and there will be tea and refreshments available in Bowston afterwards. What more could you want!
Hope to see you tomorrow.
Keith G

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Birthday Rides Gazetteer - Help Please

We CTC Eden Valley are in process of producing information for the CTC Birthday Rides that are being held this year at Newton Rigg.
As you will see from my previous post this means we are among other things providing suggested rides and a 'Gazetteer' (database) of places of interest in the area within <35 mi of Newton Rigg.

To enable you to add to this database conveniently CJ has put up a version on the net where you can add your entry. It works a bit like the Runs List which Ride leaders use and by clicking on this link you can see what is involved.
Just click in the next appropriate space below the entries already supplied and type away it will automatically save the information.

Please give a few moments of your time (especially if you live near Penrith) to cast an eye down the list and perhaps add (even just the name) of places in your area that would be of interest to visitors.

Club Ride. Wednesday 11th February.

The ride starts from the church gates in the middle of Sedbergh at 10 am and involves a gentle early season ride up Dentdale before enjoying the long descent into Ribblesdale. We then cross the North Craven area before riding up Lunesdale. The highest part of the route is the climb out of Dentdale to Newby Head. I checked yesterday at about the time the ride will pass over that stretch of road and the riding conditions were good. The coffee stop is Horton in Ribblesdale and lunch is either Ireby Green  or Kirkby Lonsdale.
Just a reminder about parking in Sedbergh on market day. It is best to park on the approach road into town or by the school playing fields.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Ride Sunday 8 Feb

Having been round the lanes (Saturday morning) some re-routing may be necessary which means the ride might be more like 50ish but no fog and temperatures above freezing (just) are predicted. We will aim to get to the Mill Inn at Mungrisedale for lunch(for those who may be thinking of meeting there) but this cannot be guaranteed!
The hill over Celeron and up by Berrier were exciting so I think these may be best avoided but it's all a question of how much the sun gets through today! (Saturday)
Enjoy whatever you do!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Club run - Wednesday 4th February

Most of  my intended route for the club run on Wednesday is unsafe for group riding.    I have therefore changed the route entirely.   We will go to the seaside.   We will leave Dalston at 10am.  Route will be Wiggonby, Moorhouse, Abeytown and Mawbray for lunch at Bank House.   We will not be stopping for 11's.   Probably returning via Westnewton & Wigton.   When I checked the route today, there were isolated patches of ice in the first 10 miles or so but ice-free thereafter.  Distance 50 miles.