Saturday, 29 April 2017

Club run = Sunday 30th April

There is likely to be a slight variation of tomorrows route.    Leaving Greystoke at 9.30am, the route will go through Motherby and eventually Watermillock before continuing to Glenridding for 11's at the cafe up the lane on the right overlooking the river.   Lunch will be at Bilbo's cafe in Anbleside.   The afternoon route will be St John's in the Vale, Mungrisedale and probably Berrier to Greystoke.   The distance will be about 60 miles.   The day should be dry but breezy.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the start.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Bike7 cycles

Daan and Levi have had a really good shop at Longtown for some years.

This is a bit far away for most of us, so you will be interested to learn that they now have a shop near the centre of Carlisle at 1, Market Street (01228 739926).

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Owner of a lonely heart...

WLTM cyclist(s) 9.30 a.m. Cotehill crossroads tomorrow for ride to Thiefside, maybe more (depends on the weather!).

Monday, 24 April 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 26 April - CHANGE OF RIDE!!!!

Given the forecast for Wednesday is for strong winds and low temperatures in Kirkby Stephen and rain in Richmond, I have postponed this ride until May when hopefully we can enjoy an excellent ride in good weather. Instead will lead the ride I intended doing in May.
So, we will now meet at Burneside Church for a 0930 start. There's parking on our drive for a few cars if you wish to park here.
From Burneside we will head for Glenridding via Kirkstone for 11's before going over Matterdale to Threlkeld, St John's in the Vale, round the back of Thirlmere and having Lunch in Grasmere. The return leg will be via Ambleside, Holbeck Lane and Troutbeck for a total distance of 60+ miles over hilly terrain.
At the moment it looks like the temperatures will be kinder here, so hopefully it should be a good ride.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Wooler wheel sportive 13May

This dropped into my inbox as Sec. Some may be interested - looks great course(s)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Club ride Sunday 23rd April

If there are any members left in Cumbria this weekend, you would be welcome to come on my ride in  Scotland tomorrow! The weather is set to be dry and the ride is about 60 miles.
We will be leaving Annan (war memorial) at 9.30 and riding to Lockerbie for coffee, then on to Dumfries for lunch. I suggest you bring your own lunch just in case, but normally there will be at least one cafe open on a Sunday for tea and coffee.
Looking forward to seeing a few people and wishing the rest of you a great week away in Lincolnshire.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Seaside ride 19th April

The ride will be pretty much as posted ie starting from Catterlen phone box. There is parking on the side of the B5305 and on the minor road NE of the junction.  Route 109km stopping for lunch at Bank Mill Nursery Cafe. (which is slightly off the published track) Weather not too bad and route could be quite testing in the wind! Note probably there will not be a coffee stop but we will decide depending on how people feel! (we could stop at Caldbeck) Hope to see you there!

GPX file

Moderate Ride on Wednesday 19 April 17

I will be leading Alison's Ride on Wednesday and we'll depart from the Fig Tree Cafe, Thiefside at 9.30am. Unfortunately, the cafe doesn't open until 9.30am, therefore there won't be time for a coffee before we leave! However, 11's will be taken at Hesket Newmarket Cafe, after which we'll ride to Dalston, where Dallas has kindly offered us the use of her conservatory to enjoy our sandwiches. (For those not bringing a packed lunch, there are shops in Dalston selling food for lunch.) After lunch, we'll ride to Thiefside to finish.

Anyone wishing to join me in riding from Langwathby to Thiefside for the start, can meet me at Langwathby Village Green at 8.25am

Monday, 17 April 2017

'Two bike ride' Wednesday 19 April

Thanks to Bill for reminding me that my name is still attached to this ride on Wednesday - unfortunately I have to take my Dad to a hospital appointment but Peter has kindly agreed to lead the ride, broadly following the same route but check the blog for details. Thanks very much to Peter,

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Club Ride Sunday 16th

My ride on Sunday from Beacon Edge Cemetery, Penrith, starting at 9.30 will be to Alston for coffee via the C2C, and the we will go north to Haltwhistle, Lanercost, Brampton, and back to Penrith. Lunch TBA. The original plan was to go to Middleton, but as it is Easter Sunday it will be busy, and going north we can mainly keep to quieter roads. About 75 miles, 6000 ft of climbing, and ideal for Peak Sportive training!

Carlisle cycling research project

I took  part in  a research project by Michael Nattrass in 2015 about how people cycle in Carlisle. He is now working on a PhD. Would you be willing to help him?  I found it very interesting. It involves doing a ride-along and interview. To see the flyer which explains the project and how to get in touch click here (give it a few  seconds - looks like it's in a strange foreign language at first!).

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Club Rides Wednesday 12th April

Claire's Ride: Will be about 30 miles and with a completely different route to that scheduled. Elevenses at Hesket Newmarket and lunch at the Pot Place.
Mike's Ride: Will be about 50 miles and a moderate pace. Late elevenses at the Mill Yard Cafe, Morland. Lunch (late) will also be at the Pot Place.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A million pound Cycleway

Rural communities fund have given Cumbria CC a million pounds to extend the cycleway from Allonby to Silloth on the west coast. This is really good news to establish a safe cycle alternative to the sometimes dangerous coast road.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Club Ride Sunday 9th April

Rosie and I are leading a ride from the cemetery on Beacon Edge Penrith, starting 9.30, to the Smithy Cafe at Caldbeck for an early lunch. Only one stop, so bring a snack. We will be on the tandem so the pace will be easy. Total distance about 35 miles. Hope to see lots of you there.
Phil and Rosie Blanshard

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 5th April

Ride as advertised on the Runs List. Leaving from Dalston at 09:30 for coffee at Maes in Ulldale (14miles). Lunch in Cockermouth (25miles).
Return via Whinlatter, Keswick, (maybe stop for cup of tea in Threlkeld??), Mungrisdale & Hesket Newmarket for a total distance of about 64 miles.
Weather looks to be a bit dull, but at least no rain on the forecast!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cafe at Hallbankgate

A chance for a breather from the headwind on the Alston circuit!
There's now a community café in Hallbankgate, opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat:  8:00 a.m. – noon
Sun:  9:00 a.m. – noon
Hours soon to be extended, see
for full details of café.

Interesting news from Rory Stewart

Rachel has asked me to blog this for her. Nice to hear about Watchtree.
Dear Rachel,
Thank you for contacting me about cycling safety.

I cycle to and from Westminster regularly so I fully appreciate your concerns and I also recognise the importance of cycling. I am also a strong supporter of The Watchtree Wheelers - who provide cycling opportunities for all whilst specialising in providing facilities, equipment and training for disabled and disadvantaged people. This extremely successful and popular local charity was established in 2009 and does a brilliant job in making cycling accessible to all. I can see the joy it helps bring to those who are able to use these excellent bicycles, and who gain so much from being able to cycle in the nature in and around Wigton.

I am pleased to be able to say that the number of cyclists killed on our roads fell to its lowest level on record in 2015. However, we can never be complacent. I have been assured that Ministers remain fully committed to creating a safe environment for all road users, and in particular vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Sections 204 - 225 of the Highway Code aims to educate and remind drivers of the needs of more vulnerable road users, including both cyclists and pedestrians.
A revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) came into force in April 2016, which contains a number of measures designed to improve the safety of cyclists on the road, including low level cycle signals, a new type of crossing and changes to advanced stop lines. TSRGD also includes changes that make it easier for local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas.

The Department for Transport is also working on wider cyclist safety in other ways, including changes to vehicle design, publicity, campaigns, as well as mandatory training for HGV drivers and optional training for cyclists.

I understand that the Department for Transport is looking at the issues raised in the Turning the Corner campaign, and that they are currently determining the best way forward.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

With best wishes

Sunday 2 nd April - Borders Ride

Depending upon weather conditions, the route will be : -

1. Start to 11’s

Depart from Langholm ( riverside car park ) at 09:30 for 11’s at Newcastleton via the Mc Diarmid Memorial  - about 10 miles

2. 11’s to Lunch

Ride to Bonchester Bridge via Saughtree and Note’ O the Gate – about 19 miles

3. Lunch to Tea ( if time & weather permits )

Bonchester Bridge to Newcastleton via Whitrope and Hermitage – about 20 miles

4. Newcastleton to Langholm

Retrace as per outward journey – about 10 miles

The total distance is about 59 miles. It is a hilly route with over high moor land with over 5500 ft ( 1700 m ) of ascent ).

Depending upon weather & time constraints the return section to Langholm could be modified to join the A7 from Hermitage.

Cafe in keswick

Another cycling friendly cafe in Keswick

Free WiFi for Strava..
Homemade flapjack £1
Homemade fruit & cheese scones
Gluten free cakes
Vegan cakes and soup
Free water bottle refill
Bike locks to use
Safe bike park space
Vintage cycling tops for sale
staff with local knowledge
Winlatter Bikes 50 yards away
central location
nice clean WC
comfy sofas
real fire

74 Main Street, Keswick CA12 5DX,