Friday, 31 March 2017

MODERATE Ride on Sunday 2nd April

We'll meet at 9.30am at Langwathby Rail Station and head out via Stoneybeck to Catterlen and Laithes (10.30-ish at Laithes if you wish to join us there). From Greystoke, we'll ride to Ullswater and take a short break at Pooley Bridge (20 miles).

Leaving Pooley Bridge, our route takes us via Askham and Great Strickland to Morland (10 miles) for Lunch (bring a picnic if you want to eat by the river). After lunch, we'll head back to Langwathby via Temple Sowerby and Culgaith (10 miles). Total for the full route will be 40 miles of reasonable terrain, taken at a very moderate pace.

At the end of the ride, you are very welcome to come back to our house for tea and biscuits with Joy and I.

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The RRP is £245 but you can get them on the internet for around £200. It is a hard shell and black in colour and in the event that fixings wear, they are all replaceable.
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Club ride - Wednesday 29th March

The ride from Wetheral will start from the village green.   Because the cafe in Walton will be closed,  we will stop for 11's at the garden centre just outside Brampton on the Longtown road.    The route and distance will depend on the weather conditions.

11s Wednesday 29 March

I am proposing to leave Appleby (cloisters -  outside the church) at 10 to cycle to Mrs Miller's at Culgaith via Bolton and return to Appleby along the fellside - route to be determined in view of the weather. I know the big car park in Appleby charges but I don't think it is too expensive and there is probably some on-road parking.
Maybe met up with a few of you there?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A grand day out!

Twenty of us enjoyed lunch at Thiefside which just shows what you can do when you put together a bit of grit and determination (Geoff & Co), a bit of imagination (Janet and Paul) and a few hangers-on. We even had a tuneful rendition of 'Happy Birthday to...' Guess who ate the cake.
Well done to everyone for braving the weather.

11s becomes lunch???

Honestly - peer pressure! We all woke up this morning and groaned but none of us want to be the first to say 'not going'. So some of the coffee-stoppers have become ladies who lunch. As the weather is due to improve (it has a long way to go) some of us are leaving Langwathby at 12 to cycle to Thiefside for 1 pm. Hopefully there will be a damp but cheerful group for lunch.

Changed plans for Parker's ride

Looking at the weather forecast we have come up with an impromptu Grade 2.5 ride instead of going up to Longtown.
Meet Cotehill crossroads at 12.00 or Thiefside at 1.00p.m. for lunch. Followed by 30 - 40 mile impromptu ride. Hopefully we will meet up with some of you at some point!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Longtown ride 22/3

Weather looking very iffy in the Borders tomorrow around the middle of the day (like snow and that sort of stuff). Will decide whether to have the advertised ride after monitoring weather further. OK, this looks wimpish, but there's not  much point in driving up there unless a decent ride is in prospect.

So, watch this space and assume it's off unless I blog otherwise (would blog before 8.00 a.m. tomorrow)

Ride Wednesday 22 from Melmerby

Splendid weather today if a little cold - had a nice ride out to Orton.

Tomorrow a bit iffy (warnings of snow between 0300 and 1200 at Alston and Brampton). So will set off to do the ride in a clockwise direction (the wind is from the ENE) ie fellside to Brampton and then decision about the remainder to Alston and home taken at lunch. Bring warm clothing gloves and waterproofs!

Quite a contrast from Spain!

Is this going to put you off?  No!!!! Looking forward to seeing lots of you out tomorrow.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Turning the corner

You might consider supporting this - If you have not already! See the links below to British Cycling pages to see the argument and vote for the petition

......when you have signed the petition you should then receive an email to ask you to email your local MP

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sunday 19 March - 2 bike ride

OK, OK, I've seen the forecast...let's hope - as so often - that it doesn't turn out as wet as predicted. In case it does, it seems to  me that the mode of survival is not to do too many miles and not to stop for too long and get cold, so...
It will be a winding route from Langwathby to Melmerby via Skirwith and Hunsonby - otherwise we just arrive too early for coffee. The road between Gamblesby and Melmerby is closed; we should get through on bikes - Nigel and I walked it last night - but I'm afraid it will be muddy. I aim to be at Melmerby shop café around 10.30 and setting off again soon after 11, taking the direct route to Thiefside which I am afraid will be hilly (as well as muddy to Gamblesby), hoping to get there by 12.30. Then we take the direct route back to Langwathby through Salkeld Dykes along the west of the River. Each leg of the trip is just over/under 10 miles so not a difficult day's riding, except for the weather.
Do come along - you know you will feel much better when it's over!

Friday, 17 March 2017

EV Longer Ride Sunday March 19th

Forecast could be better - fingers crossed;  if dire will modify route on the day.

Steady 50 miles approx at touring pace to suit 'average' riders - sort of 2.5 bike grade on the runs list!

Meet at our house from 9 for 9.30 prompt start - contact me if needing directions.

Route as runs list Fellside to Dufton, Hilton then Appleby for 11's. Burrells, Whygill Head, via Newbiggin if ok for time otherwise direct to Orton for lunch. North via Meaburns to Temple Sowerby then back to mine for tea and cakes. Maybe add a few wiggly bits in unlikely event turns out to be a super day ...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Both rides as advertised on the Runs List. On Claire's ride you make your own coffee/tea at the Old Methodist Chapel, Port Carlisle with donation for upkeep of facility.
All welcome back in Dalston for tea and cakes at the end.

Monday, 13 March 2017


This is a plea for your help, from your local nature reserve, accessible cycling centre and community resource!

We are in a competition to secure £50,000.
This would improve accessibility for all visitors particularly those using our fleet of specially adapted cycles.

Half of our trails were resurfaced in 2013 creating a fantastic utopia for cycling, walking, buggies, wheelchairs and more. We now need to complete the job by resurfacing the remaining trails.

We need your help! We need you and all of your friends to VOTE WATCHTREE!

On the community choices link below
or there is a link on our homepage

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Received this recently:
I would think cyclinguk card will do.
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Wednesday 8th March. Very Moderate Ride

The ride starts at the new car park in Dalston at 9.30am. Then to Wreay church.  11s at the Oak Tree Cafe Wetheral Pasture. Lunch will be at Sally's Warwick Bridge. Back to Dalston via Newby East, Linstock, Carlisle and the Caldew Cycle way.
A distance of 25-30 miles.

the weather forecast has been so unreliable recently I have no idea what it will be like. At the moment it is forecast fair but quite windy.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Club Ride from Winton on Sunday 5th March

The ride will be 30 miles gentle pace, Kaber, Brough, Warcop, Bleatarn, little Asby, lunch at Newbiggin, Ravenstonedale, Tommy road to Mallerstang, Kirkby Stephen, crossing the Eden a few times (how many)? finishing with teas at Winton. A few hills but great views. Look forward to seeing you at my end of the valley."  Jen

Club ride from Longtown, Sunday 5th March

Meet in Longtown outside the Sycamore Café at 9.30. Elevenses at Langholm then ride up A7 (quiet on a Sunday) and cut across east on a beautiful, wild road past Hermitage Castle. Then back down to Newcastleton for a late lunch, returning to Longtown on undulating route. Bulk of the mileage will be in the morning, undulating, quite hilly route, a couple of longish climbs but well-graded and well worth it for the views!
50 - 55 miles. Steady "touring" pace - estimated 11-12 mph average (unless we get a ripping tailwind!) Hope to see you there for a good day out.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Yes, we were LATE!!

Your ride leaders - not to mention your Chairperson - due to depart from Penrith at 9.30 today had forgotten that as from 1 March the rides - usually - start at 9.30 and 11s is - well - at 11! So to those poor people getting cold and waiting for us, we are truly sorry. It just goes to show, you always need to check the runs list!
Apologies once again - I will try not to repeat the error! Thanks to all who joined us for a great ride.