Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Lists - A Happy New Year

Thank you to all those of you who have responded to the request for Emergency contacts and list checking. To those that have not - it would save us time on rides that you attend if you did respond so that we don't need to keep asking you for information.
The new contact lists and ride leader registers (for recording those present on rides and giving emergency contacts) are now available on the documents page of the website.

A happy New Year to all - good riding in 2017!

A pair of Road shoes on FREE offer

Blog placed on behalf of Mike

Shoes are : -
Brand          :  Vittoria – Hora Evo with " carbon fibre " reinforced soles
Size             :  Size Mens 43 ( UK 8.5 to 9 )
Condition     :  Almost New
Plates fitted  : Not recognised by CJ ( maybe Time or Look ? )
  Would anyone interested please contact CJ to view & collect the shoes

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Tomorrow's ride

I hope you have all had a great Christmas.
Just a reminder that tomorrow's ride is NOT starting from Thiefside as the café is closed. Instead we will be leaving Penrith (Cross Keys at Carleton on the A686) at 10 am and following a fairly direct route to 11s at Culgaith, then head fellside to Appleby for lunch and back to Penrith.
Nigel may be offering an alternative faster/extended route if there is sufficient interest.
Please don't try to text me as my phone has died.
Hope to see you tomorrow,

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Ride on Wednesday 28 December

With Thiefside café closed between Christmas and New Year, the coffee stop is at Culgaith and my moderate ride has changed as I won't be starting from Thiefside.
Instead I will be leaving Penrith Cross Keys (Carleton Village on the A686) at 10 to get to Culgaith for coffee then down to Appleby for lunch (probably Bojangles - we will  need to phone from Culgaith to warn them of numbers for lunch) and back to Penrith, hopefully before dark...
You are all welcome to join - especially those who have still to reach their annual mileage targets...
In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you out cycling, if not next Wednesday, then in the New Year.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Wed 21st Dec Rides

Hello All,
Myself and Rosie are leading separate rides. Both start from Penrith Cemetary on Beacon Edge, at 10am. Both rides will go to Morland for Coffee, and then Rosie will lead her group to Shap for lunch, and do about 30 miles and I intend to go to Orton and do about 50 miles, at a slightly faster pace. This is the plan, but its all weather dependant. You are all welcome to have tea and xmas cake at our place (15 Croft Terrace) afterwards.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Friday, 16 December 2016

Club Ride Sunday 18 December

Sunday's ride will start from the Tarn Lane Junction, Burton in Kendal at 1000. For those unfamiliar with the venue, if you enter Burton from the Crooklands roundabout (M6 Junction 36), you will pass through the village and come to a staggered crossroads.  Tarn Lane is on the right. You can park on the roadside.
This will be a one stop ride and our route will take us through Halton, Condor Greeen and Cockerham to Garstang, where we will have lunch at Booths - so bring your Booths Card for your free coffee.
After lunch we will return via The Bay Horse, Quernmore, Caton and Halton Park for a total distance of approx. 50 miles.
The terrain is predominantly flat - except where it isn't! - and the forecast is looking good, so I hope to see some of you on Sunday.
Keith G.

Ceilidh Tues Dec 27th

There's a ceilidh Tuesday 27th Dec 7.30pm Penruddock village hall, £6 and BYO. If anyone fancies a spot of post Christmas non-cycling exercise, book direct with Richard Hardacre on 01768 863327.

Have a jolly Christmas one and all,


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Exercise bike for sale

For sale - a Tunturi exercise bike for £50.   The bike is chain driven and has variable resistance.    It is not being used  and is taking up space.   If anyone is interested, please phone 016974 76435

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Easy Ride Wednesday 14th Dec

I doubt this will even aspire to moderate.
The plan is Dalston to Watchtree for elevenses, there will by coffee tea and chocolate and some tray bakes. Ryan could not guarantee there would be enough traybakes if a lot of us turn up so bring a snack if you think you might need it. There are usually plenty of bars of things.
We will then head to the Solway then back to Dalston for lunch. I am providing soup, mincepies and tea and coffee. It won't be more than 30miles.
If anyone felt like giving a small donation to Watchtree in lieu of lunch I'm sure they would appreciate it.


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Attendance on Karen's cancelled Moderate ( # ) ride 11 th Dec

Would any club members who rode independantly to Karen's intended venue ( Maes at Uldale ) please contact CJ to advise who ( if anyone ) turned up at the cafe.
It will help with compilation of attendance records.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Karen's ride tomorrow (11/12) cancelled

Dear all

Sorry but I can no longer lead my planned ride from Thursby tomorrow( Sunday 11December) as my son and family are staying this weekend. Hopefully you will manage a ride somewhere.

Hope to catch you all soon.

01228 712689

Friday, 9 December 2016

Ride Sunday 11th (to Lanercost)

The weather looks to be fair at the moment for a ride from Langwathby to Lanercost and back. Though I am sure the food at the Lanercost cafe is excellent I would recommend that you bring your own and we can get coffee and snacks at the cafe. This is a one stop ride as we start quite late. The route will depend on the whim of the leader but may reflect the wishes of those who turn out if you buy him a coffee. Likely to be up onto the fellside through Renwick and Castle Carrock on the way out and Hallbankgate and Armathwaite on the way back. Distance will be around 50±4 mi promise! (80 km or so for the scientists and europhiles)
Don't forget to bring lights (just in case!)

Thursday, 8 December 2016

ALT/coffee stops - changes to venues

Hello all - if you have printed out your runs list, please can you make the following amendments - some café opening times have changed in the winter months.
Melmerby Tea Room now shuts at 10 am on Wednesdays so please swap the entry for Sunday 18 December - which will now be Melmerby - with Wednesday 21 December, which will now be Abbot Lodge.
Wednesday 28 December will now be at Culgaith as Thiefside is closed and my ride, due to leave from Thiefside, will also be rescheduled to take in Culgaith - route still to be determined.
Please keep checking the blog as at this time of year things are liable to change with café hours altering and weather conditions affecting the viability of the rides.
Hope to see lots of you at the Christmas dinner on 17th - please contact Geoff if you wish to attend - the deadline approaches.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wednesday 7th December 2016 ride

In September we wrote about this ride 'Alison and I are intending to make a couple of comfortable rides, both moderate in pace, starting at the Cross Keys Carleton Penrith tomorrow.The coffee (11's) stop will be at the Pot Place and lunch at the Up Front Gallery, Unthank, when we respectively get there.
Alison is offering a more gentle pace than I, not that I am expecting a tearaway one. Mileages will depend on the group but I am expecting, for my longer ride, to be between 30 and 40 miles for the day.
Look forward to seeing you.'
The start time this time is 10.00 a..m. 
The weather is looking to be ice free.  
Bit of the same old, same old, for those of you who have ridden one or both of the times we have done this before this year, but there are merits to familiarity.  For those of you who have not done this before with us, there are merits in novelty too.
Look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow

Monday, 5 December 2016

Wednesday 7th Dec, from Tebay

Hi cyclists,
I am changing the lunch time venue to Newbiggin,(Norman's) so that there will be a shorter ride in the afternoon, thus reducing the ride to 45miles.
However, please bring lights just in case.
Weather looks promising ie no frost although it does forecast some rain. Most of the route is on salted roads, but I will review on site and abandon the ride if it appears to be seriously icy.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Club ride - Sunday 4th December

The ride will start from the Sycamore Tree Cafe, Longtown at 10.30am  The cafe is on the main street at the junction with Bank Street and is on the left when coming from the Carlisle direction.   There is ample parking in Bank St.   Because the route is short, we will be having refreshments before we set off so be there by 10am unless you are happy to go without.    The cafe opens at 9am.   If you want breakfast I suggest you phone beforehand tel 01228 791919 as the cafe can be busy.   I expect some members will ride to Longtown from home.

The route itself is mostly fairly flat and uninspiring but there are a few minor undulations to prevent riders getting too bored.    The forecast at the moment is for it to be dry and frost-free.   The pace I anticipate will be 11-12mph.   Lunch will be at 18 miles at the the Cross Keys Inn,  Canonbie where you can get a bar meal.    The total distance will be about 34 miles.   I look forward to seeing some of you on the ride.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Cathy's ride 30th November

This ride is aimed for those wanting a moderate pace so we will aim to average a maximum 10 mph.  It is undulating so expect some lumps but no sustained or severe climbs and I have planned the route so that most of the 'lumps' will be earlier in the ride, rather than later on. We will be riding out through Natland, Sedwick, Beetham and Wharton then around the Silverdale Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, through woodland and coastal routes enjoying the views.  The stop is planned to be at Leighton Moss Reserve Café for lunch/refreshments which will be about halfway through the 40 mile route.  Back via Heversham, Sedgwick and Natland.  Fingers crossed no freezing temperatures forecast overnight - if that changes I will update the blog with a further post. 
ps we're meeting outside the entrance to Halfords near Morrisons (same car park)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 30 November

Wednesday's ride will start from Morrisons car park, Kendal at 1000. Parking is not a problem, but I suggest we park and congregate near Halfords at the rear.

This will be a one stop ride, and I have changed the venue to Leighton Moss so as to coincide with Cathy's moderate ride.

As the bridge into Burneside has now been reopened we will ride out this way and our route will take us through Brigsteer to Burton in Kendal, Over Kellet, Carnforth and Leighton Moss (29 miles).
The return leg will follow the coast from Silverdale to Arnside before heading back through Heversham and Natland for a total distance of 50 miles over predominantly kind terrain.

At the moment the forecast is looking good - frost free and dry, but if necessary we can change the route out by following bus routes to Burton in Kendal and avoiding potentially frosty lanes. If conditions should deteriorate badly I will update this blog.

Hope to see you on Wednesday on either mine or Cathy's ride.

Keith G.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

27 th November - Longer ride

Depending upon weather conditions the proposed route is : - 
1. Start to 11’s ( Dalston to Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ) = 11 miles
2. 11’s to Lunch ( Wheyrigg Hall Hotel to Bank House Nursery [ Dunes Café ] ) = 10 miles
3. Lunch to Finish ( Bank House Nursery [ Dunes Café ] to Dalston ) = 27 miles

Total distance = 51 miles

The route may be modified depending on road conditions that by tomorrow should be ice free in most places.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sunday 27th November moderate ride

Alison's ride - weather permitting - will be a repeat of the one she did at the end of October, meeting at Carleton Cross Keys, just off the A686 at 10 am. There is plenty of parking on the side road leading down to Frenchfield. She will cycle at a moderate pace 10 miles to Langwathby for coffee, then another gentle 12 miles to Melmerby Old Village Bakery for lunch, with a longer route (but not too hilly) via Temple Sowerby and Cliburn. The total is 40 miles and you are welcome to join all or part of the ride, as it suits you.
I (Nigel) will be doing the same stops but possibly with a few extra loops in between.
If the roads appear icy, the ride will be amended or cancelled - please check on the blog for updates.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Revolution Champions League 2016 - Manchester Velodrome

Saturday 26th Nov 2016    18-30  

Yes this Saturday
Anyone interested in a couple of tickets discounted to £32.73 for the above please contact
Paul 01900 823935.
Extract from Revolution Champions league web site
The stage is set for the inaugural Cycling Champions League, 7 World Tour teams take on the 4 Revolution UK champions. Grand Tour stage winner, Elia Viviani and Pete Kennaugh [Team Sky], plus Dutch National Road Champion, Dylan Groenewegen [LottoNL-Jumbo] lead the charge for the road teams.Whilst Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and Jon Mould [JLT Condor] and last year’s champions Owain Doull and Jon Dibben [Team Wiggins] lead an intimidating line-up from the UK track qualifiers.
14-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and Olympic gold medallist Elinor Barker make a welcome return in the Women’s Championship.

Karen's ride on Sunday 11 December

Apologies but an early warning that I can no longer lead my planned ride on Sunday 11 December as my son and family are coming to stay.  So if anyone wants to do an alternative ride please do.


Christmas Discount code by Spa Cycles

The Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 edition of " Cycle " features a discount code for purchases exceeding £100 ( excluding bikes ) on page 26 as attached below : -

This must be what they see as an andidote CUK to reflect their feelings possibly along with a large number of their clientele.

ALT Venue Wed December 28 th - Advance notice

Thiefside Garden Centre ( Fig Tree Cafe ) will close prior to Chritmas Day and not re open until after New Years Day.

Would anyone interested in doing an " ALT " ride please place a blog nearer the time with a venue that will be open on Dec 28 th ( e.g. supermarket cafe ).

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Ride to Grasmere Wed 23

The weather looks to be bright and clear and not icy so we will stick to the plan which is to ride to Grasmere and back taking time to try out some group riding/draughting for those that are interested. By no means the whole route will be ridden in this way but we can consider when it might be appropriate and the advantages and disadvantages! The total distance is likely to be 50mi. hope to see you!

you might be interested to look at the following two links
Riding in a group
Group Riding 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Two familiar faces

Spot their picture in the current issue of Cycle! It even gives their names on the next page.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sunday 20th

 The ride goes to Ambleside and Grasmere area. We were going to take coffee at the YHA at the top of Red Bank but it is closed. So, we will probably have only one stop. So bring a snack or sandwich. I will be providing a few treats to keep us going as part of a celebration of my 60th. Coffee will be early, at the Ambleside Garden Centre if the weather is poor, or later in Hawkshead if the weather is better and we are going well. We will return from the Langdale area by Red Bank and Dunmail Raise - free chocolate bar (woo hoo), then Thirlmere and St. John's in The Vale. Cheers Peter.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Karen's Wednesday 16th November ride

Hope to see you at the Smithy Cafe in Caldbeck on Wednesday before we leave at 10.30 am .  Then a lovely hilly, scenic  ride to Keswick via Uldale, Isel Bridge, along south side of Bassenthwaite (3 or so miles on the main road) for lunch at the Filling Station in Keswick.  We will return via Overwater back to Caldbeck on wee hilly roads.  Karen's usual average pace and around 40 miles.  

01228 712689

Friday, 11 November 2016

Sunday Nov 13th Moderate ride

Hello All,
Rosie is leading a ride from Greystoke carpark, leaving at 10 am. Its about 28 miles and lunch will be in Pooley Bridge. Bring a snack for elevenses. It is down as my ride, but I think I will go with Bill.

Club Ride Sunday 13th November

Weather forecast for Sunday suggests it will be dry but dull & chilly so plenty of layers required!

1st leg will be 12.5 miles from Greystoke to Langwathby for coffee via Penrith.
2nd leg from Langwathby to Appleby via Skirwith, Blencarn, Knock, Dufton & Hilton is around 19 miles.
Return to Greystoke via Kings Meaburn, Moreland, Great Strickland & Penrith for a total distance of about 55 miles.
Hope to see you on Sunday.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Irish Sea Route

I received this email today linking to interesting information about a possible tour route:-
I am a member of Cycling UK (CTC) and I found your contact details through their website.
I have been working on a project for over a year now and have just published the Irish Sea Cycle Route on It's a route over 1000 miles long and links Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It circumnavigates the Irish Sea and is served well by sea ferries between Larne/Belfast and Cairnryan to the north and between Rosslare and Fishguard to the south.
I hope you will share these details with your club members.
There is more information on the website about the route but it worth mentioning the majority of the work to date has been involved in riding the route and mapping the route. The interactive map is central to the website where this is a gallery of photographs taken along the route.
To date, I have ridden/ ratified the route through Wales, England and Scotland. Next year, I will be riding and ratifying the route through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
In the longer term, I hope to get the route signed but I have no experience of such a task. Should any of your club members have experience or knowledge about such a task, I would be grateful for any help. However, my immediate priority is to complete the route.
The Irish Sea Cycle Route has a wonderful inclusive nature, my hope is that it is not seen just as a long tour, although this would be a huge challenge, but I hope it is ridden as a series of tours or even day-rides. It has obviously caught my imagination, I hope it will have an effect on others.
Kind Regards

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Penrith to Morland for coffee tomorrow

I have a rule that there is only one acceptable weather excuse for not cycling - that is when the roads are white (frost or snow) - and if that is the case I won't be out tomorrow. On the other hand, many a good cycle is spoiled by a bad forecast and the reason we put start times back to 10 am in winter is to give the frost time to thaw...
I am intending to get to the Cross Keys at Carleton at about 10 am to cycle through to Morland and back to Penrith by lunchtime. We may not meander so we will probably arrive for coffee before 11.30 - which gives us a chance to reserve the seats inside by the fire and warm up before our return. Hope to see a few people there.
If the roads are white in the morning and I decide I am not cycling I will put up a blog by 8.30 - as long as my internet connection is working. Obviously each individual makes their own decision about whether they feel safe to ride.
Wrap up warm!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Club ride Wednesday 9th November

The ride will start from the new car park at Dalston at 10am.   Distance to 11's at Caldbeck will be 10 1/2 miles.    The route to Pooley Bridge from Caldbeck will be via Hesket New Market, Haltcliffe, Berrier, Penruddock & Bennet Head.   We should arrive at Pooley Bridge about  1.30pm.  The return to Dalston will be via Dacre and Skelton.   Total distance 50 miles.   The route is moderately hilly and the pace will be moderate (moving average 11-12mph)

The forecast suggests the possibility of rain/sleat or snow at some point.   It will feel close to freezing.   Lights will be needed.    Make sure you are suitably dressed.  Better to wear too many clothes than too few.     Hope to see everyone - well , maybe not everyone.   One or two will be good.      Look forward to seeing you at t start.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Road Bike for Sale

Walking pal in next village selling his bike as upgraded to carbon::

Carrera Zelos road bike.  

3 years old. 

Very good condition.

Frame size - medium/small adult

Colour - Black and Yellow


Ring Ron Chambers at Skirwith on 01768 8844

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Rides on Sunday November 6th

Wrap up warm and come and enjoy the autumn colours with a choice of two rides around Penrith. Claire's will be about 38 miles and Mike's route may reach 50 miles and be a little hillier. The rides start at Greystoke at 10.00am but we still aim to make Pooley Bridge (Granny Dowbekin's)  at 11.00 if you think you may be joining there. 1.30pm or so for lunch at the Station Cafe, Langwathby. Might be a good idea to make sure your lights are working.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Ride for Wednesday 2nd Novemebr

Since the weather may be cold but essentially dry and bright(ie no rain) I will lead a ride over Honister Newlands and Whinlatter from Keswick Swimming pool starting at 0930 this Wednesday for those that are interested. THis may be the last opportunity before the onset of 'winter' There is no 'longer' ride listed

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Christmas Lunch

Here we are again - soon be Christmas Lunch time!
I would appreciate if you could get your orders in asap so that we have some idea of numbers.

I have booked Mrs Miller's in Culgaith as it always is a pleasant do!
The menu is here:(click for readable size)
And you can sign up and make your choices here
If you have any problems submitting your choices just ring me up or send me an email which I will acknowledge.

Please send or give Geoff cash or a cheque made out to GC Anderson for either £16 (two courses) or £20 (three) OR pay GC & EM Anderson, sort 40-45-11 ac no 61270761 and mark it EVlunch

Main Ride 30 th October

Further to my previous post, I have advised the Station Cafe at Langwathby and the Mill Restuarnt at Morland that depending on the weather a party of between 8 and 10 riders as follows : -

1. Langwathby - Between 11:00 and 11:30 for " 11's "

2. Morland - Between 13:00 and 13:30. Morland will reserve 2 tables upstairs for us

Moderate ride tomorrow, Sunday 30 October

After your extra hour in bed, I am sure you will be bright-eyed and busy-tailed in the morning. We are meeting at 9.30 outside the Cross Keys at Carleton village, Penrith. It isn't far to the morning coffee stop at Langwathby so I will arrange some extra meanderings, but probably arrive at the coffee stop 10.30ish which should help to stagger our arrival with the main ride and prevent the Station Café being overcrowded. Further meanderings will bring us to Melmerby; the proprietors of the Tearoom are away on a much deserved holiday so I intend to use the Old Village Bakery which has been under new management since May and is very popular. If it is too popular for us to find a seat, we can go on to Culgaith, before our route back to the start.
Final route will be decided on the day to suit participants - all welcome!

Gas cylinders for sale

I have recently placed an order for gas Cylinders with an internet firm. (MOSA)Free postage was available for orders over £99. I have 30 Cylinders surplus to my requirements. The cost of a box of cylinders is £16.99. If any EV members would like Cylinders they are available at the following prices:

Box of 30 16g cylinders £16.99 preferred 

5-29 cylinders 57p each

If you text or email me 07879 436153 or

I can arrange to get them to you ASAP

John Roelich

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tour of the Peak Sportive

Tour of the Peak

Sunday 7th May - entry £20 until end of month then £25

How about it - it's a bit late though 7 May

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Next quarter Runs list

The latest runs list is now available via the website or by downloading here.
Thank you to all the leaders and to CJ for masterminding it!
(Best always to download and save then print if you want a clear copy.)

Sunday 30 th October - Main Ride

Since Ludo is unable to lead his published ride so I will lead on his behalf.
The route will be as per the GPS map that he supplied to me : -

Start # 09:30 Calthwaite ( near Globe Inn )

11’s – Langwathby ( Railway Station café ) – leg distance 15 miles

Lunch – Morland ( Mill Restaurant ) – leg distance 15 miles

Return – To Calthwaite – 25 miles

# - Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour to change from BST to GMT at 02:00 on Sun 30 th Oct so as not to arrive too late at the start of the ride.

Since it will be getting dark earlier after changing to GMT it is advisable to come equipped with lights.
Depending on the time we are able leave lunch, it may be necessary to shorten the return leg to reduce the riding time in the dark.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 26 October

Wednesday's ride will start from Morrison's car park at 0930. Parking is not a problem, but I suggest you park at the rear and we meet outside Halfords.

From Kendal we will head for Kirkby Lonsdale via Staveley, Underbarrow, Hincaster and Burton in Kendal. 11's will be at The Bakery in Kirkby.

From here we will go over Barbondale and have lunch in Sedbergh before returning over Fox's Pulpit and Docker for a total distance of 54 Miles.

The route is undulating, but the climb over Fox's Pulpit has sections of 20% gradient.

At the moment the forecast for Wednesday is looking OK, but if things change and the weather is looking better around the coast, we will head for Silverdale and Arnside after we leave Kirkby Lonsdale. The total distance of this alternative route will be approximately the same.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Keith G.

Karen's ride on Wednesday 26 October -

A beautiful autumnal trip to the seaside, leaving Cafe Twelve62, Wigton (in the market place) at 10.30am. It opens at 10.00am for those wanting a coffee before we leave.  We will cycle via Allonby and lunch at the Dunes Cafe, Beckfoot Garden Centre near Mawbray. Our return will be via Abbeytown back to Wigton. Mainly flat, around 40ish miles and my usual average pace.

Hope to see you there.

01228 712689

Sunday, 23 October 2016

New Bike Lock

Clink on this LINK to go to Guardian article about the latest on bike security

Celebratory Ride Sunday 23 Oct

Just so everyone knows the ride starts in Appleby Car park at 10.00am not 0930 as on the Runs List.
(I had blogged/emailed this information some time ago) So we will aim to arrive at Orton Cafe at about 12.00

Friday, 21 October 2016

Walk and Ride pre AGM Saturday 22 October

 Pam says.....

I'm planning on putting on WALK pre AGM lunch on Sat 22nd October leaving Langwathby village hall at 10:30am. The plan is to do Ladies Walk, less than 3 miles, mostly flat around river Eden then undulating to Eden Hall & back to village hall for lunch.
All welcome to join in,  even those not going to AGM!
Pam R

Nigel says....

I am happy to lead a ride  from Langwathby Village Hall 10.00am to Plumpton for coffee and back. See you there.

New Touring Site may be of interest

I recently had an email from Ian Yarroll:

I've just set up a cycle touring website - it's based on various bikepacking and touring journeys that I have made over the last few years in Europe and the UK.  It contains practical info and resources which I hope will help others to plan trips - it has not been set up for any commercial purposes

If you feel this might be of interest to your members I'd appreciate it if you could forward the website link to them

many thanks, Ian 

When I say touring perhaps touring off road might be more appropriate! This is certainly not about the back lanes of France on a road bike!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Wednesday 19th October Additional medium pace ride.

I am proposing to start from Greystoke at 9.30am. The route will be Wreay to the shore of Ullswater then Pooley Bridge, Tirril, Clifton Dykes to Abbot Lodge for 11's. Lunch will be at Upfront Gallery, Unthank and the return to Greystoke will be via Skelton, Lamonby and Johnby.
The total distance should be no more than 45 miles.
Ernest. P.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Moderate Ride Sunday 16th Oct

With no main ride scheduled for Sunday, I intend to lead a moderate ride following a figure of eight route, starting from Langwathby Village Green at 0930 hours. The first loop will head out to Temple Sowerby and Kirkby Thore, then onto the fell road through Milburn and Skirwith to Melmerby for 11s.Following 11s  the first loop heads back to Langwathby [total 25miles] before heading out over Langwathby Bridge and taking a route to Stoneybeck, Catterlen and Newbiggin en route to Stainton Cafe for lunch.

After lunch the route returns via Blencow, Unthank, Plumpton and Salkeld Dykes and back to Langwathby [second loop 31miles]. Total distance 56miles.

Members can chose to do as much or as little as they wish!
Hope to see you on the village green on Sunday.

Pete M

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

EVCUK AGM on Saturday 22 October

Only 4 of the current Committee members are standing for re-election. We are delighted to have volunteers for the posts of Treasurer and Runs Co-ordinator, but anyone wishing to put themselves forward would be most welcome. In particular, Nigel would like to relinquish the position of Newsletter Editor if a replacement can be found, although he is willing to remain on the Committee in another capacity.
Please see Geoff's blog of Sunday 25 September and click in the appropriate places if you wish to join the lunch on the Saturday or the anniversary ride on the Sunday. Look forward to seeing you,

Monday, 10 October 2016

Rides on Wednesday 12th October

Mike's ride as advertised and Claire's will be a leisurely ride of about 30 miles with two loops around Dalston. Claire's ride will include a soup lunch and both rides are welcome to tea at the end.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Coffee stop Sunday 9 October at Stainton

Hello - just a word of warning - the café was closed on Sun 11 September and due to re-open under new management by the end of the month. I haven't checked whether it is open again.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Next Sundays ride

Hello All. Just a reminder of next Sundays ride. Moderate ride of 40ish miles to Orton Scar Cafe for lunch, with a stop at Morland on the way. Myself and Rosie will be on our tandem, and the forecast looks good. Its my first "lead" so I hope lots of you will be there. Leaving the Cross Keys, Carleton at 9.30.  Phil Blanshard

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Wed Oct 5th

Alison has kindly offered to lead the moderate ride on wednesday as I am just about managing to cycle 5 miles at the moment!
Starting at Dalston as on the Runs List.


Friday, 30 September 2016

Sunday 2 October

In the absence of a run on the list, I am proposing to start from Langwathby village green at 9.30 am to ride via Culgaith and Temple Sowerby to 11s at Morland. From there, I will go via Lowther and Celleron to Granny Dowbekin's at Pooley Bridge for lunch, returning via Penrith to Langwathby - total distance about 32 miles at a pace to suit the slowest in the group.
Nigel will be with me - at least for some of it - and may do a more ambitious loop between 11s and lunch.
I hope to see some of you somewhere!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

to cap it all?

a little something to stimulate debate, if debate is required ??   !!
Click through to Guardian article

Monday, 26 September 2016

Macmillan Big Coffee Morning

Dalston Tennis Club 10.15 -12.00 Friday September 30th

This year I am unable to offer lunch in aid of Macmillan, but anyone in the Dalston area on Friday would be most welcome at the coffee morning. Great tea, coffee, cakes, bakes, scones and more!
The tennis club is by the Recreational Field, signed from The Green. We had the Trivets there in 2010.
If you cannot come but would like to contribute, text JAM9FNT to 70550. Texts cost £5 plus any network charge. Then texting STOP to 70550 will stop any begging messages from Macmillan.
Hope to see some of you there.

Club Ride Wednesday 28 September

Unfortunately Ernest is unable to lead the ride on Wednesday so Geoff and I will lead it for him and it will be as per runs list, departing from the church gates in Sedbergh at 0930. There is free on road parking on Busk Lane.
The route will take us through Garsdale to Askrigg where we will have 11's. From here we will go over Kidstones and Cray via Aysgarth and have lunch in Kettlewell. Our return will take us to Arncliffe and over to Malham Tarn, Horton in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dentdale and finally back to Sedbergh. The total distance will be 75 miles and the route will be quite hilly.
At the moment the forecast is for light rain, but if conditions are grim there will be opportunity to modify the route accordingly.
We hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Ride on Wednesday 28 September

Hi Folks

My ride on Wednesday meets and leaves Caldbeck, the Smithy cafe at 10.45am .  As its the last day of the 'Go Herdwick exhibition, Rheged, Penrith ( where the full flock of 108 life sized sheep and lambs, artist decorated are on show ) my plan is to cycle, average pace, via Greystoke to Rheged for lunch and view the 'Herdy's' Return to Caldbeck a different way .


20 years - CELEBRATORY RIDE - Sunday 23rd October

The Clubs first ride ever was on 16th October 1996 so to commemorate this we would like everyone who can to turn out and ride to Orton Sca Cafe. Starting at 10.00 on Sunday 23rd October (the Sunday after the AGM)from Appleby Car Park (not the cloisters this time because of potential numbers?)
We will of course split into groups if numbers are large but the idea is that we will stay in groups cycling at a steady pace until we reach  Orton.(12.00 ish) After a fuel stop there we may like to split up and go our different ways at different paces. So that I can warn the cafe at Orton can you please add your name to the list HERE (click) if you intend to turn up on the day.There will be a choice of route although for the purists the original route went from Appleby to Coleby following the Sustrans route up to Jerusalem over to Kings Meaburn Moulds Meaburn Crosby R and on up to Orton.

Notice of AGM and Lunch

AGM - Saturday 22nd October
Just to remind you all that the AGM is due to take place on Saturday 22nd October at 1400 in Langwathby Village Hall with a lunch at 12-30 which will be bring and share like last year. I am sending all this years members an email and a copy of the minutes from last years meeting also. If you have matters for the Agenda please let me have a short outline of the matter you want to raise by no later than 10 days before (12th Oct) so that I can prepare an Agenda.
There is to be a bring and share lunch at 12.30 in Langwathby Village Hall and it would be a great help if we could co-ordinate the food like last year please enter what you will be bringing and the approx numbers on the table HERE (click) If you can't provide food then feel free to attend but a contribution of £5 would be appreciated.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Club Ride Sunday 25 September

Sunday's ride will start from Morrison's car park in Kendal at 0930. There is no problem in using the car park, but I suggest you park at the rear near Halfords and we can meet up there.
As the road through to Burneside is now completely closed, our route will take us firstly to Brigsteer from where we will head around the bay. Elevenes will be in Cartmel via Grange, Flookborough and Cark.
From here our route will take us over to High Newton and Witherslack Woods before getting to Silverdale and Arnside, where we will have lunch. The return leg will take us through Heversham, Sedgwick and Natland for a total distance of approximately 55 Miles.
At the moment there is a possibility of light showers later in the afternoon, but if conditions look to deteriorate there are options to modify the route accordingly.
I hope to see you tomorrow.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Latest Newsletter

For those of you who have been waiting with baited breath for the next edition, I can only say I hope you have not done yourselves any injury thereby. With no little sense of relief myself, I am happy to say your patience (or impatience) can be ended now by going back to the home page to find a link posted there. I am sorry for the length of time it has taken to produce it;  I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ride 21st September

Peter Angood has volunteered to lead this ride and I am sure would appreciate any interest.
He says:
Start Langholm riverside car park 09.30
A7 North for 7.5 miles
Right turn Burnfoot to Hermitage  (7.5 miles)
Left B6399 to Hawick  (16 miles)
Leave Hawick on A7 Turn Right B711 to Ettrick Water
Left on B709  to Langholm

Distance 76 miles  Ascent  4386ft
11’s  BYO  at Hermitage  Castle (15 miles)
Lunch  Hawick

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Ride Sunday 18th

The weather is looking much better now for this ride which although quite hilly will be taken at a steady group pace on the flats. (and even slower on the hills!) All welcome as usual and we will be stopping at Nenthead for coffee at the post office and either Allendale Town or Bearsbridge(Whitfield) for lunch. It might be foggy at the start so it would be as well to bring a back light. (charged!) Distance covered will be 60 ±2 mi! Guaranteed!

Friday, 16 September 2016

What's in a Name

The more observant amongst you will have noticed some subtle changes to both the Blog and the Website. According to the latest version of the CUK Policy Handbook (2016) which amusingly has a page header running through it of 2012 we should name the Group "Eden Valley Cycling UK".
Accordingly I have done a first run through the website and Blog making changes. (Who would be a secretary or website manager?!) and have updated some of the titles. I have included the "Winged Wheel" as a token reflection of the illustrious history of the organisation so I hope that will placate anyone who sees all this re-branding as a retrograde step. It is easy to please some of the people some of the time but....
It seems to me that what is important is the people in the group and the cycling. I think  we are extremely lucky on both counts in the Eden Valley.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ride Wed 21 st Sept

I will be unable to lead this ride as I will be away on a CTC tour booked at short notice to fill a last minute cancellation. Would someone please deputise for me.

The suggested route is : -
 Start - Langholm Car Park 09:30
 Elevenses - Nothing planned
 Late 11's / Early Lunch - Hawick ( Take A7 north, take right turn to Hermitage, right to Whitrope folow on to Hawick )
 Return leg - From Hawick, take A7 south to right turn to Roberton, pass Alemoor reservior, on to T where right is PH ( at Tushielaw ) if required & if open. Retrace and proceed to Ettrick, left to Samye Ling , Eskdale Muir and Langholm. Note - the holiday lodge site on left before Ettrick has a general store and tea & cake may be avaible there. The Samye Ling centre could be used for tea or the village hall in Eskdalemuir if required.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

11s tomorrow

Alison proposes to leave Cross Keys at Carleton tomorrow at 10.30 to go to Granny Dowbekins in Pooley Bridge for coffee, then Morland for lunch if they are open and back via Langwathby to Penrith. Anyone is welcome to join her.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Xmas Lunch

So that you are aware of the date (I thought I'd posted it already but don't appear to have yet)

Saturday 17th December 2016 12.30 Mrs Millers

menus/prices will be available at the AGM for you to choose.

In Memory of Alex Knox Thursday 15th September

The Family will be holding a private interment on Thursday morning, but then there will be an Informal light lunch at Kirkby Stephen Youth Hostel from 12.30 onwards when there will be an opportunity to talk about Alex's life. EV members all welcome. Ring Jen C or Alison S for more details.

Club Ride Wednesday 14 September

Wednesday's ride will start from The Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen at 0930. The route will take us through Nateby and over Lamps Moss and Buttertubs to Hawes, where we will have 11's. From here we will go over Fleet Moss and Cray to Aysgarth for lunch at Aysgarth Falls café. The post lunch return will be on kinder terrain, taking us through Askrigg and Hardraw before the gentle climb over Mallerstag and back to KS. The total distance will be 68 miles.

This will be a very hilly ride pre-lunch, notably Buttertubs and Fleet Moss, where there are gradients of up to 25%, but the pace of the ride will reflect this. The forecast for Wednesday is excellent - warm, sunny and light winds - perfect for a day out in The Dales!

Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

New Ride on October 9th

Phil B has kindly volunteered to lead a ride on Sunday October 9th when there were no rides planned.
This is now on the website versions of the Runs List so download to keep up to date!
Thanks Phil - please blog again nearer the time to remind folks!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Wednesday 7th September ride

Alison and I are intending to make a couple of comfortable rides, both moderate in pace, starting at the Cross Keys Carleton Penrith tomorrow at 0930.  The coffee (11's) stop will be at the Pot Place and lunch at the Up Front Gallery, Unthank, when we respectively get there.
Alison is offering a more gentle pace than I, not that I am expecting a tearaway one. Mileages will depend on the group but I am expecting, for my longer ride, to be between 30 and 40 miles for the day.
Look forward to seeing you.

CTC tour 1654 - Sierra de Cazorla, Spain. 17th Sept to 2nd Oct

I have just received an email from Tony Gore who will be leading the above tour starting.   A copy of part of his email is below in italics.    There is space for one male on the trip.

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be emailing your final tour briefing and associated information later this week, and posting the route cards around the same time.

Apologies for the slight delay, this has been caused by a late cancellation by a male member of the group, and my efforts to find a replacement. Please feel free to share this last minute vacancy with others in your cycling networks who might be interested.

The tour straddles the borders of Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Murcia.
Contact Tony Gore at

Monday, 5 September 2016

Alex Knox - sad announcement

It is with great regret that I have to announce that Alex died in the night last Thursday from a heart attack. Alex was one of the founding members of CTC Eden Valley and although not out regularly in recent years I remember times as a more recent member when he would attend weeks away and was regularly to be seen cycling around the lanes near Kirkby Stephen where he lived.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but Jen C will let us know when more information is available.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Sunday 4th September - The Mill Cafe, Morland

The Mill Cafe at Morland is on the runs list as the alt 11's stop this coming Sunday 4th September.   The cafe is closed and will not re-open until 9th September.

Monday, 29 August 2016

New Cycle Cafe for Weekend rides?

Hi Geoff
We just wanted to email you let you know about our new cycle cafe that we opened today. We are called Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe. At the moment we are only open Saturdays and Sundays and bank holidays but with support we could open more frequently. We have a Facebook page for you to look at and are working on a website. Would it be possible to let your members know about us? We are at Dalston on the road that leads to Rose Castle, just before you reach Lime House School. Its on cycle route 7. The Facebook page shows the wrong map despite me emailing them twice!!
Anyway, we would welcome any of your members.
Kind regards
Mike and Debs

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Club Ride Sunday 28th August

As per runs list and we will decide on the day whether to split into two groups. For instance, if there are some who would like another hill or two, that could be arranged. But still a moderate ride. The basic ride is just under 40 miles. Coffee at Lowther Castle and lunch at the Station Cafe in Langwathby.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thanks - Allison's Ride - Wed 24th Aug

Many thanks to all of you for your patience and support while we sorted out the snapped chain on my bike. Special thanks go to Mike (the missing link) Baron without whose intervention it could  have been even more challenging. Trust it didn't mar your enjoyment of  a lovely ride and day out. We got back safely accompanied by Peter.

Paul and Sue


I visited Chris R in Carlisle hospital and am very pleased to report that he was looking very well. Visiting times on Willow C are 3 - 4.30 and 6.30 to 8 but if you are thinking of dropping in you may wish to let Claire know - we don't want to be like buses and all arrive at once!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wednesday ride from Keswick

Peter C. has asked me to lead the ride as he is unable to do so.   With Peters agreement I have amended the route.

The revised route will be Keswick to Grasmere for 11's.   Then Red bank, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside, Kirkstone via 'The struggle' and lunch in Glenridding.    After lunch ride along the side of Ullswater and turn off at Gowbarrow followed by Ulcat Row, Matterdale and eventually to Keswick via Castlerigg Stone Circle.    The distance in total will be about 55 miles.

Hope to see some of you at the start at 9.30am behind Keswick baths.

Wednesday's # ride from Thiefside at 10.30

As Karen can't now lead the ride on Wednesday (24 August) I have stepped in (with a bit of help from my friends) - as many of our Dalston friends regularly cycle south to meet the rest of us, my plan is to cycle north to Dalston for a change (via Hesket Newmarket and Caldbeck). There are a few places for lunch in Dalston - may be a bit weather dependant - I am thinking about the Country Kitchen. I am aiming for about 40 miles - could be shorter if wet - and there may be an option of two paces if the group is large. You can extend the ride by riding a direct or circuitous route (to suit yourself) to meet me at Thiefside. I will be there at 10 to have coffee before leaving at 10.30. Look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Free ride leaders course - relevant with or without experience.

I don't know if everyone got this link but I can't go and I would encourage Anyone/ everyone to attend if you can make the date. Click the link below for more info.

If you do go please let us all know what you discover!! We're never too old/experienced to learn!

Coffee stop ride

Elevenses tomorrow is at Abbot Lodge - they don't open until 11. I am planning to leave Melmerby at 9.30, follow the fellside route to meet the Langwathby contingent at the Culgaith junction at about 9.50, then on to Temple Sowerby, Morland and Strickland, which should see us at Abbot Lodge for 11. I will probably come home via Eamont Bridge, Strawberry Bank and Langwathby. It would  be good to see anyone who wants to join us! Any queries, please get in touch.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 17 August

Wednesday's ride will start from Morrison's car park, Kendal at 0930. There is no problem with parking, but I suggest we park around the rear near Halfords.
The route will take us through Staveley and Troutbeck before we climb Kirkstone and descend The Struggle into Ambleside, where we will have 11's.
From here we will head for Hawkshead for lunch via Grasmere, Red Bank, Blea Tarn, Coniston and Hawkshead Hill. The return leg will take us through Ambleside again, Holbeck Lane and Burneside..
The total distance will be approximately 65 miles. This is a hilly ride with steep climbs and descents with some sections having gradients of 25%.
The forecast is great and the scenery stunning, so I hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Sunday ride August 14th

Our annual trip to Thornhill - beautiful, wild country, great views, very quiet roads, 11's Lockerbie, lunch Thornhill (cafe or BYO). Some climbing involved, particularly before lunch after Ae. Distance - approx 75 miles. Bring supplies as no cafes in the afternoon. Weather: seems like it's going to be dry but I'll be taking my waterproofs just in case.
Hope you can join us.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Wed 10th August - club run

The latest forecast for tomorrow suggests rain showers from about 3pm onwards.   Winds throughout the day will be light west-south westerlies.    I'm a bit undecided whether to stick with the planned route or amend it.   My experience of 'light showers' in this part of the country is they are often torrential.    

Whatever we decide, the ride will start at 9am from Langholm car park and we will stop for lunch approx 30 miles later in Moffat.   There will be no 11's stop unless you bring your own.   If we do the ride as planned, the route will go over 'The Devils Beef Tub' as far as Tweedsmuir, then Talla Water and drop down to St Mary's Loch.     Eventually Tushielaw and down the Ettrick Valley to Langholm.  There will be a couple of options for afternoon tea in the area of St Mary's Loch.

An alternative route if we wish from Moffat, is up the A708 direct to St Mary's Loch missing out Tweedsmuir and Talla Water.   That will reduce the overall distance to about 90 miles.    We can leave a decision about the route until we get to Moffat

Hope to see you at the start.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Ride Sunday 7 th August

Subject to weather conditions ( strong winds are forecast over the Pennines on Sunday ), 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 


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Poem - from an antipodean cycling friend

It was a dark and moonless night.   Kelvin L Wilson 

It was a dark and moonless night
As oft the story goes,
When on these dark and ill lit nights 
When men discover woes:
The story I will now relate, let it a warning be;
To all intrepid cyclists, who ride but cannot see.

It was a dark and moonless night,
The road was inky black;
I’d been down to the local
And now was heading back.
I lived not to far out of town 
And for economy’s sake,
I’d ride to town on me pushbike,
The one with a dodgy brake.

The evening had been pleasant, 
Enjoyed my favourite band,
With music coursing through my heart,
 My homeward way I planned.
The road that led to my place 
Was black tar, black as pitch;
Of course I had no headlight
It had a broken switch.

I thought I‘d have to walk home 
For I couldn’t see to ride,
My eyes unused to the evening’s gloom
As dark as a cow’s inside
I started walking carefully I didn’t dare to ride,
But as my eyes accustomed grew
The centre line I spied.

The faint outline of the centre white line,
Showed in the starlight dim.
First one showed then another,
My face began to grin.
It was a quiet country road 
With few turns as it went.
I could hear a car that’s coming
And get off before I’m bent

So on the bike I mounted and slowly pedalled on,
Watching for each white line,
Leading me to home.

The farther that I traveled, in confidence I grew,
I started going faster in fact I fairly flew
Speeding through the darkness 
Wind whistling in my ears
I thought not of the danger that suddenly appears

I’ll soon be home I’m thinking
Wind streaming through my hair,
Not thinking of the pain to come or bicycle repair.
With self congratulations I rode without a fear.
How could I think that someone else
Would have the same Idea.

Two silent men on bicycles, 
Speeding through the gloom,
Unheeding of the danger or our impending doom,
We met there on that country road,
Both pedalling hell bent,
The silent stars gave witness
To the horrible event.

The tangled heap of arms and legs,
Assorted cycle parts,
Our bruised and battered bodies, 
Our palpitating hearts;
Were strewn across the roadside,
I lay with pain intense.
Until the other rider,
Showed a shred of common-sense 

He dragged me to the roadside; 
I lay beside the fence,
My mind was wandering feverishly,
I was not making sense.
I lay there bruised and battered, 
My face a grisly mess,
With broken nose and cheekbones
And what else you can guess.

I’m lying in intensive care
To tubes and wires I’m tied,
Wondering in my fog bound mind. 
Is this life or have I died?

It was a dark and moonless night 
As oft the story goes,
When on these dark and ill lit nights
When men discover woes:
The story I have told you let it a warning be;
To all intrepid pedallers, who ride but cannot see.

Regards from Kelvin
Kelvin and his wife were staying with Diane and Martin Young and had come over from Australia to visit UK. They met us at the coffee stop in Ennerdale Bridge where Kelvin recited this poem!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Latest Runs List - August/October 2016

The latest version of the runs list is now available from the website or here to download. Thanks as usual to CJ for rounding up the runs leaders and to all runs leaders for giving up their time. We rely heavily on a small band of regulars but anyone with enthusiasm to show off your favourite ride(s) would be welcome and can become a leader - just ask one of the regular leaders what is involved and get registered through the secretary with CUK and that's it!

Incidentally - for those that plan ahead, I have made a tentative booking for Christmas lunch on 17th December (12.30) at Mrs Miller's  nothing fixed yet but they get booked up early and you can't now say you didn't know the date well in advance! More details of this event to follow after the next committee meeting.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Ride for Sunday 31st July - Cockermouth

For those that can make it Martin Young has volunteered to lead a ride from Cockermouth. Details below:

Start: Junction of Isel Road and Castlegate opp Hospital. GRNY124309 lots of on street parking available on Sunday
Route: 60mi  via Lorton Thackthwaite Loweswater, Ennerdale Bridge, Cold Fell, Calder Bridge, Egremont. Lunch @ Martin and Dianne's
Cycle route to Whitehaven, Workington Great Broughton and Cockermouth.

Basically some hills on the way out but flat on the way back.

Thanks Martin

Alternate Ride Wednesday 27 July

As the main ride is starting from Langholm, a few of us are meeting at Keswick Swimming Pool for a 0930 start and doing a lumpy Lakeland route.
From Keswick we are going over Newlands Pass and heading for Cockermouth via Loweswater, Fangs Brow, Mockerkin and Branthwaite. From Cockermouth the route will take us to Bassenthwaite and then around Skiddaw - Uldale, Caldbeck and Mungrisedale before returning  to Keswick via Threlkeld. The total distance will be approx. 60 miles.
You are welcome to join us.
Keith G.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Club Run 27 th July

Subject to weather conditions, the ride be as published : -

Start  - Langholm 09:30 at the riverside car park if available.  ( see note below )

Note - From Mon 25 th to Sat 30 th July the town will be celebrating the " Langholm Common Riding " and a faiground is set up in the riverside car park for a week. Alternative parking should be possible in the side road over the river bridge on the way to the Buccleuch Centre or in other sides streets near the hall.

Elevenses - Early at Newcastleton

Lunch - At Bonchester Bridge

Return - via Whitrope, Hermitage and Newcastleton ( maybe for tea) or Hermitage Castle and the A7.

I hope the weather is good on the day.


Friday, 22 July 2016

Club run - Sunday 24th July

The ride will be as per the runs list.   Meet 9.30am at the car park beside the village hall.    The route will be Askham, Celeron, Pooley Bridge to Glenridding for 11's.   Then up Kirkstone and continue towards Troutbeck.   We will turn left just before Troutbeck to take the minor road to Ings and then Staveley for lunch.    Return to Shap by the A6.    Distance will be about 55 miles.   At present the forecast is for rain.  If it turns out to be light rainfall, the day may actually be quite pleasant!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Club Clothing stock and the Impsport clubshop

I have various items of clothing in stock for sale at very reasonable prices(see below) and you can now order direct from Impsport through the club shop using the password CTCEV920. From there you can see the range of clothing and the prices in the various bands. Clearly it is better to get together in groups if you want to order as there is a reduction for 10+ items. If it would help I will gladly coordinate such an order when there is enough interest so drop me a line if that is your wish.

The items that we have in are:
Ladies SS jersey short zip size 14                 price £42
Ladies LS jersey short zip size 12                 price £50
Mens SS jersey short zip size L  (3 off)        price £42
Mens SS jersey long zip size L                     price £42

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Ride Wednesday 20th July - UPDATE

 at 0740 Wednesday
....looks like its going to be wet and thundery all morning(Met Office forcast) and has started to rain here(Culgaith) I will be at the start 0930 but suggest a later start say 11am for the Alston Brampton loop.

It seems whenever I put on a ride the weather turn against us but looking at the forecast for tomorrow there would seem to be a great chance of thundery rain from about mid-day so rather than get caught out in the back of beyond I think we will have a conversation about the details of the ride at Melmerby 0930. My immediate thoughts of a fall back are to go Alston Brampton Fellside but I won't pre-empt anything. Do come and keep me company!

Plumpton coffee stop tomorrow Wed 20 July

If anyone fancies a gentle ride to 11s I intend to do the direct route leaving the Cross Keys/Frenchfield (Penrith) at 10.15.

Monday, 18 July 2016

David's POP-UP ROADSIDE CAFE Sat 23 July

If you fancy a ride out to Ulcatrow, Matterdale on Saturday 23 July.
You are invited to visit my one day Roadside Pop-Up Cafe
Open 10am to 4pm for tea and cake
Proceeds to Hospice at Home (C & NL)

David Harrison

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Alternative ride Sunday 17th July

If anyone would like to join me (and probably Parker), we shall be leaving Cotehill crossroads at 9.00 am and riding to the station cafe at Langwathby. Parker will return from Langwathby, but I will be heading further afield before riding north again (with sandwiches and saddlebag, of course). Hope to see you up the road somewhere, if not at Cotehill.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Club Ride Sunday 17 July

Sunday's ride will start from the Village Hall, Burton in Kendal at 0930 (there is a £1 parking fee which will be collected and passed to the Memorial Hall Treasurer).
The route will take us over Jubilee Tower and The Trough of Bowland  to Dunsop Bridge where we will have 11's.
From here we will head for Whitewell and Waddington and return over Waddington Fell to Slaidburn where we will have lunch.
Our return home will be via the Cross of Greet climb, Wray and Gressingham for a total distance of approx. 70 miles.
This will be a hilly ride with notable climbs although none are brutal. The forecast at the moment is for good weather so hopefully we will have a good days cycling.
Hope to see you on Sunday.
Keith G

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Club ride - Wednesday 13th July.

I will be leading this ride as Parker is unable to do so due to illness.  
The route will be varied slightly.   Weather permitting, the ride from Langholm will be over Langholm Moor to Newcastelton, then along the B6399 past Hermitage Castle to Hawick for lunch.   In the afternoon the route will be Tushielaw and down the Ettrick Valley to Eskdalemuir and return to Langholm.   There are options for afternoon tea.   Total distance - 77miles.    Hope to see some of you at the start.  

Cycle Ride Wednesday 13th July.

As an addition to Paul's published ride from Langholme, I intend to take a ride from Kendal starting in Brigsteer Road at 9.30.
The route will be along the northern coast of Morecambe Bay with 11's at Holker Hall and lunch at Rampside opposite Piel Island. There may be time to do a circuit of Walney Island. The total distance will be about 70 miles.
If anyone requires parking in Kendal please give me a call.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Sunday 10 th July Main Ride

Since Parker is unable to lead this ride, I will lead on his behalf.

The ride will be as published : -

Start – Annan

Meeting at town square near Town Hall with 09:00 departure

Elevenses’s – Lockerbie ( Café 91 )

Lunch – Moffat

Tea – Bankshill Village Hall

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

10th July Sunday's alternative ride

Hi folks

So Sundays 'alternative' ride will be average pace and starting/leaving at Caldbeck outside 'The Smithy Cafe' at 10.30 am - with Keswick lunch stop at the Filling Station and then back through Mungrisdale.  It will be a 'Karen average pace' and the ride will be particularly suitable to those who want an inbetween ride - if you know what I mean. While it is a hilly route I encourage everyone who wants 'inbetween ride'  to come along and enjoy !!! We will go at the pace of the slowest !

Hope to see you Sunday


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

6 th July ride - a more northerly option

For those not wishing to travel, meet at Cotehill for a 9.30 a.m. start. 70 - 80 miles to Newcastleton and Langholme. You are very welcome to join us!
Paul and Janet

Monday, 4 July 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 6 July

Ernest is unable to lead the ride on Wednesday, so Geoff and I will be standing in and leading it on Ernest's behalf.
We will be meeting in Burton-in-Kendal at the Memorial Hall car park for a 0900 start. We have an arrangement with the hall allowing us to use the car park for a £1 fee, which will be collected by the Treasurer.
Our route will take us south to Great Ecclestone where we will have 11s, and from here we will head for Lytham and Blackpool, where we will have lunch.
The return leg will be via Fleetwood, where we will cross the estuary on the Knott End ferry and return via Cockerham and the Lancaster cycleway. I have spoken to the Ferrymaster and he has assured me that there is sufficient storage for up to 30 bikes! When I used the ferry last, I got a discount on the crossing by producing my bus pass, so if you are prudent like me, don't forget your pass.
The route is predominantly flat, although it can be subject to quite strong sea breezes. The total distance will be 92 miles. Please note the start time will be 0900, NOT 0930.
This ride is the second part of a bikefest (ride one get one free) and will follow Geoff's excellent ride on Tuesday.
I hope to see you on both rides.
Keith G.

Information received - sportive

Click to enlarge; the details are all there and on the associated website and it starts at Lanercost!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Club Rides Sunday July 3rd

Claire's ride is a flattish 40 miles with elevenses at the chapel, Port Carlisle. Claire will bring scones. Lunch at Cups and Saucers.
Mike's ride as advertised around the northern fells with elevenses at Mae's in Uldale and lunch in Keswick or Threlkeld. About 50+ miles.
Afternoon tea available in Dalston for both rides.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Club ride 29 June - change of plans

Looking at the forecast for tomorrow(Wednesday) in both Kirkby Stephen and Stanhope the weather looks pretty dire from 11am onwards so I am making the following change and a subsidiary offer! The route was to be long and quite hilly and the prospect of spending 6hr in heavy rain does not appeal.  SO
Plan for Wednesday 29th is to meet in Kirkby Stephen at 0900 and ride up Tan Hill and down to Keld and back over to Nateby - a shortish ride to beat the weather. I am assuming that those who are thinking about turning out will look at the blog! THEN
On Tuesday next 5th July when the weather is looking rather better I propose running the route planned for Wednesday ie Brough Middleton Stanhope Blanchland and back! Starting at Brough at 0930

Sorry to make this change but we aim to please most of the people most of the time so.......

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sunday Ride 26 June

A few of us are meeting in Clapham (by the bridge) for a 0930 start on Sunday. Our route will take us to Stainforth  and over Halton Gill to Grassington. From here we will return via Gargrave, Hellifield, Rathmell and Eldroth. Total distance will be 55-65 miles depending on whether we take in Kettlewell or not. It will be a hilly ride, particularly from Stainforth  towards Halton Gill.
If you wish to join us you are welcome. However, please feel free to offer an alternative ride closer to home.
Keith G.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Club Ride Wednesday 22 June

Wednesday's ride will start from the quarry car park in Grasmere at 0930. The route will take us over Wrynose Pass via Elterwater and Little Langdale. 11's will be in The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite.
From Seathwaite we will continue down the Duddon Valley and head for Torver, where lunch will be in The Wilson Arms. The return leg will be via the east side of Coniston Lake for a total distance of 56 miles.
This is a very hilly ride with long climbs of up to 25% gradient and equally steep descents. However, the descent from the top of Wrynose through Cockley Beck and down the Duddon Valley is arguably one of the best in the UK.
I hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Photos from TriVets on website

Rushed job but a selection of photos are on the web here
If you want a larger version than is posted (to get download right click>viewimage>save image) then let me know and  I'll hunt one out for you!

TriVet Thanks! from a rider

from one of the participants..


I'd just like to thank you and the rest of your club members for an excellent day yesterday.  The worries of navigating a route and finding a suitable cafe stop were taken away from us and we could simply enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Everything about the day was first class; the organisation, the welcome we received, the food and of course the ride.  The ladies at the cafe stops were there as soon as we had finished a drink to top up our cups and the baking and puddings were delicious.

Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in making the ride such a memorable one.  

I hope to get along to one of the Eden Valley rides in the near future.



Trivets - well done folks!

Congratulations to all who participated in yesterday's event - the riders, the marshalls and all those who had something to do with the organisation, including Claire and the team of caterers. Milburn was a lovely village hall for 11s, Newton Rigg did us proud, both with the lunch and by allowing us to host the event from their café, and I can't speak about Dalston as I wasn't there but I am told the crumbles were delicious. We were blessed by perfect weather conditions - not too hot, not too cold and (thankfully) neither wet nor windy - and everyone seemed to finish the day with a smile on their faces.
A special thank you to Geoff who has done the most extraordinary job of pulling the rest of us together to put us in the right place at the right time.
Well done to all,

Monday, 13 June 2016

Audax 26th June message from Mike Hutchinson Lancaster CTC

Hello Audax riders,
I am sending you this e-mail message as riders who have previously ridden one or more of the Lancaster CTC Audax events.  It comes to  you as blind copy avoiding publicising your e-mail details.
Since the demise of the Northern Dales Audax in September the Bowland Forest event is our only Audax promotion.  I can promise that the course is quite a challenging one with some 1,800 metres of climbing in its meagre 106kms.
Event entry forms and further details are available from me and entry forms may also be found on the AUK website  The start and finish is at the Bull Beck Car Park near Caton, just 3 miles from Lancaster on the Kirkby Lonsdale road.
Best  wishes,
Mike Hutchinson
Secretary: CTC Lancaster & South Lakes
P.S.  Basic route:  Halton.Aughton, Loyn B ridge, Wray, Slaidburn via Cross o'Greet & Lamb Fell, Waddington via Grindleton Fell, Higher Hodder Bridge, Chipping, Oakenclough, Harrison Fell & back to Caton.
 Some may be interested in supporting Mike?

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sunday 12th June - club run

Lunch will be at Booths, Penrith and not at Newton Rigg as shown on the runs list..  

From Dalston the route will be via E. Curthwaite, Reathwaite to 11's at Caldbeck.   Then Hesket New Market, Haltcliffe, and Johnby to lunch at Booths.   In the afternoon the ride will go through Gt Salkeld, Kirkoswald, High Bankhill, Armathwaite, High Hesket and Southwaite.   Total distance is approx 63 miles.

Hope to see some of you at the start.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Another event which may be of interest

Each year, we organise a charity cycling event and this year it will take place in the Lake District on Sunday 28th August. 

There are two road distances to choose from as well as a mountain biking route. There is a support crew for road riders throughout the routes with water, drinks, snacks etc. available regularly. Cyclists are meeting at The Inn on the Square in Keswick prior to the ride and the celebration meal will also take place here - luxury burgers and a well earned drink on the Sunday evening!

Entry is £42.99 which includes a cycling top, water bottle, goodie bag, gels and refreshments, snacks and the evening meal with a drink.

Further details can be found here -

The event is sponsored by several companies, which means that all proceeds go to Vision Aid Overseas and Optometry Giving Sight, which are fantastic charities. You can read more about them here - http://www.visionaidoverseas.organd

Please could you forward this e-mail to members of your club that may be interested in joining us? I have personally been involved in the event for the last three years and I can honestly say it is a fantastic day and the feedback we receive is always positive with riders returning year on year. 

Registration needs to be made no later than Friday 24th June.