Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Three Bike Ride Wednesday 1st November

Ride as advertised. A short ride to the Wherigg Hotel for coffee and then on to the seaside on the lanes. Steady pace. Hope to see some of you out tomorrow.

Wednesday 1 November - 2 bike ride

Nigel and I will be running our usual ride(s), meeting outside the Cross Keys at Carleton village at the winter time of 10 am. I take the shorter route - suitable for beginners - possibly doing no more than cycling to the Pot Place and back, depending on the inclination and capacity of those who cycle with me. Nigel will do a few more miles, probably a bit faster, meeting at the Pot Place for coffee and going on to UpFront gallery for lunch. I look forward to seeing some of you there.
Apologies to those of you who prefer Nigel's use of the English language - but this time I got to the blog first!

Cafe List - help needed!

As promised at the AGM here is a link to the cafe list which CJ and Parker initiated some years ago.

Please feel free to make amendments and add comments where you know things have changed and  I will then download these from time to time.

If you know of any new cafes then of course go ahead and add them at the bottom of the list starting at 101 for the Ref No so that we know which are new entries

This is something for the bad weather when you are looking around for something constructive to do?? So no rush.

This is a slightly risky business as anyone with the link can edit but if you get into difficulty let me know and I'll replace it with the most up to date version that I have!
Thanks in anticipation!

Monday, 30 October 2017


Many thanks to Dallas and all those on her ride for giving Helen the best chance possible. Helen's next of kin is now at hospital with her and will keep us informed of developments. We have been asked not to contact the hospital direct as they have been inundated with phone calls - it shows how valued a person Helen is. We all hope for some good news.

Sunday, 29 October 2017


For those of you on today's 2 bike ride.

Helen is stable but has a leaking heart valve. She is in an induced coma but they will bring her round tomorrow and then probably send her to Newcastle for further assessment and treatment. They don't think she has suffered any brain damage thanks to Pete Moore's prompt action.
I will phone the hospital tomorrow afternoon for an update.

Thanks to everyone on my ride for their support, especially to Pete.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Saturday 28th October Ride before AGM

I am proposing to ride from Langwathby Village Hall to Gamblesby starting at 10.00 a.m. and getting there for 11.00 a.m..  Gambeslsby Art Group have their Annual Exhibition starting at 11.00 a.m. where they will be serving teas and coffee with edibles.  Routes we may take will be influenced by speed of participants but the shortest of the routes we may take is about 10 miles to Gamblesby and 6 return and the longest option is almost infinite.
Look forward to seeing anyone who cares to join me.

New Runs list for Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Thanks Mike for putting it together and to all volunteer leaders without which the club would not happen!
The New List is on the website and available to download as a complete single sheet here
Best to download it before you print

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Update on AGM Agenda

Shame on me!
I had not included the Campaigns report on the Agenda. Here is the new one to download

Monday, 23 October 2017

Club Ride Wednesday 25 October

Wednesday's ride will start from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale at 0930. There is free parking on both sides of the bridge.
The route will take us over Barbondale to Dent and then over Dentdale to Horton in Ribblesdale for 11's. From here we head for Clapham via Hellwith Bridge and on to Ingleton for lunch. The return leg will take us through Burton in Lonsdale and back to Kirkby.
The route will be hilly, particularly in the early stages and will be approximately 50 miles. The forecast is looking quite good at the moment, so hopefully it should be grand ride.
Hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sundays Rides 22nd Oct

Myself and Rosie are leading 2 separate rides this Sunday starting at Beacon Edge Cemetery lay-by at 9.30. Due to it being half term, we are going to have our lunch stop at Greystoke Old Smithy Cafe, and both groups will meet there around 11.30. I will be leading a slightly quicker group on a longer route of about 45 miles, and Rosie's ride will be about 30 miles.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

3 Bike Ride on Wednesday 18th October

Basically the ride is as advertised. We are likely to arrive at Mae's Tea Room in Uldale a bit after 11 as it's quite a long climb from Dalston - but don't let that put you off! The pace will be moderate. The rest of the ride is downhill to Mawbray and flattish all the way back to Dalston. You're invited to tea at the end too. The total distance is shorter than advertised - about 53 miles.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wednesday 18 October impromptu 2 bike ride

Charles has kindly plotted a route for me to lead on Wednesday. We will be leaving Langwathby at 9.30 and travelling fairly briskly via Bowscar, Fairhill, Carleton, Eamont Bridge and Brougham for 11s at Abbot Lodge (16 miles). We will then travel another 10 miles or so for lunch - probably at Culgaith - and - weather permitting - an extended route via Kirkby Thore and the fellside back to Langwathby. Total distance 42 miles. It would be good to have your company!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

AGM Saturday 2pm 28th October - Langwathby Village Hall

Just a reminder that this exciting event is less than two weeks away! Geoff needs any items for the agenda by 20 October. If you are hoping to join the bring and share lunch but haven't yet entered up your offering, please refer to Geoff's post of 2 October for the link. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Sunday 15th October - so called '3 bike' ride

As a result of a recce of the route a few days ago, the ride will be shorter than originally intended.   The ride will be 40-45 miles only.  

The route from Dalston to Blue Gate Crossroads will be fairly direct and followed by a tour of the  Caldbeck hills before dropping into Caldbeck for 11's.    The ride will continue through Hesket New Market, Haltcliffe, Johnby, Blencowe, Skelton and lunch at the Upfront Gallery - finishing off with  a meandering ride back to Dalston.

This route is dull and uninspiring.   Anyone starting from Dalston I am sure will be welcome to join Bill at Caldbeck for his ride  to Keswick (I haven't asked Bill if you will be welcome but I am sure you will be)

The forecast at the moment is quite good.    I hope to see some of you at Dalston

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sunday 15 October Melmerby cafe is closed...

The owners of Melmerby Tea Rooms and Café have decided to allow themselves a well-earned day of rest on a Sunday - for the next runs list it becomes a Wednesday 'self led ride'.
As we have two rides going to Caldbeck for coffee on Sunday, I am hoping that will serve as a venue for everyone who gets out, but if anyone favours a coffee stop closer to Penrith, please just blog where you want to go (or ask someone else to do so). Melmerby Old Village Bakery will be open.
See you Sunday...

Sunday 15 th Ocober - 2 Bike Ride

Ride will be starting at Greystoke at 09:30, going through Johnby, Heskett Newmarket, to Caldbeck Smithy Cafe for 11's.
   Leaving Caldbeck we head towards Uldale Fells, then drop down to Overwater and Basssenthwaite village, then on to Keswick for Lunch - possibly at the cafe in the central car park ( next to where Keswick Moutain Bikes used to be).
   From Keswick back through Thelkeld, Styles & gated road to Mungrisdale, Berrier & Greystoke.
  Distance is about 45 miles. Looking forward to seeing some of you at the start.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Penrith Winter Droving Sat 28 Oct

Eden Arts are seeking people to act as marshals along the route of this years Penrith Winter Droving parade, 5.30 to 8.00pm Sat 28 Oct. Let me know if you would like to be involved.
David Harrison

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Wednesday 11 th October - 3 Bike Ride

Since I’m waiting for hernia surgery and the condition is worsening I feel it is unwise for me to lead the published ride.

Would anyone who wishes to do the ride please self lead. It would be good if anyone who knows the route attends so that they could escort others round the circuit.

To assist self leading I have attached marked up map extracts showing the route plus the proposed 11’s and Lunch locations. 

Since weekday parking in Annan High Street is time limited a map is attached showing a small free off car park. All day parking is possible in certain side streets and further east on the High Street nearer to the “ Tesco “ end of town.

I hope that some riders will do the ride and enjoy the outing in spite of pessimistic weather forecasts.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Wednesday 11th October ride (Nigel for Rachel)

Had a quick look at the route which is a pretty much there and back. 20 odd miles each way. Total ascent c 1500 feet. Pace is intended to be 'steady' (not hard), we should not be pressed for time.
As it is a 1000 a.m. start I am proposing to have a coffee at the Mulberry Tree Cafe before the start (say 0915) as there will only be the one seated stop for the ride (if people want a BYO stop en route, please do not forget to bring one). Looking forward seeing some of you.

Wednesday 11 October - 2 bike ride

As Rachel is elsewhere, Nigel will be leading her ride departing from Kirkby Stephen (the cloisters) at 10 am - note later start time. The route is down Mallerstang to Hawes - owing to a shortage of cafes en route, BYO 11s and have a great ride.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sunday 8th October ride

Peter is not well enough to ride tomorrow.  Alison and I will be leading the ride.  We intend to use the same route (Peter's, not just Alison and I riding the same way). Look forward to seeing those of you who also want to ride.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Pete M's 2-Bike Ride on Sunday 8th October 2017

As there is no ride logged for Sunday 8th October, I have been 'persuaded' to add an 'Extra' to the list! Meeting place is Langwathby Village Green and time of departure is 9.30am.The ride will be at the usual 2-bike pace (touring as opposed to Sportive) and we will take a circuitous through Stoneybeck, Catterlen, Greystoke and Wreay to Pooley Bridge for 11's (hopefully meeting up with the Cafe Dwellers at Granny Dowbekin's).

After tea/coffee & scones, our route takes us through Askham and Hackthorpe to Great Strickland, then a swoop down to Morland and Bolton before cruising through Colby and down to Appleby for lunch.

Following the lunch stop, we'll then head off along the Fellside, through Long Marton, Milburn, Blencarn and Skirwith before miraculously arriving back at Langwathby Village Green! Total mileage works out to something like 49 miles.

With a reasonable weather forecast, I'm hoping for a good turnout and look forward to welcoming you at the Village Green on Sunday.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Club Run Wednesday 4th October from Glendale Cotehill

The ride will be as on the runs list with elevenses at Booths in Penrith and lunch at the Mill Inn Mungrisedale. There is parking on the drive.(please shut the gates).  Tea and cake when we get back.
Hope to see some of you in the morning.


Tuesday 10th October, 7.30 pm. Melmerby Village Hall

Teenagers to pensioners are welcome to join members of Melmerby WI for this free talk and demonstration of how to pack into a kayak all you need for a week’s wild camping and then go paddling around the Scottish Islands. Kayaks, tent and equipment will be on show in the Village Hall. Alison & Nigel have been kayaking and wild camping in Scotland for many years and have a wealth of experience which they will share with us. They will be bringing some slides of the places that they have visited as well as their equipment.

Wednesday 4th October ride

Alison and I are doing our rides from Carleton to Plumpton (11s) and Up Front at Unthank (lunch) again.
The pace of the rides may be different.
The weather for both groups, if there are two groups, will likely be the same, which, unusually, is not forecast to be that great.  We have our answer to that: Alison is on a track (mantra) of 'we like rain' (only she is getting used  to 'I like rain' as she is not sure how much others have adopted her thinking).  I added to Alison, make 'we' so I maintain that I can so assert 'we'.
It is unlikely that it will rain all day. The lifting of spirits from shared experience could engender such a feeling of delight that the rain packs up and plans another day to depress (not that we would allow thinking that rain is depressing though the rain organisers do not know that and are unlikely to adopt the mantra easily).  There are risks from taking things to extremes, what if rain packed up as it was failing to depress? We would be really depressed and dehydrated.
You may not want to ride with me after the above but as I lead from the back, you could still stay away from me all day.
Look forward to seeing you in the area of the Cross Keys to start.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Early warning of upcoming AGM

AGM Saturday 2pm 28th October - Langwathby Village Hall

The AGM is coming up soon and I am asking for any items for the Agenda to be submitted to the Secretary by 20th October deadline. No doubt there will be a short ride before lunch at 12.30.

I am also assuming/hoping that those who would like to get together for what is always a very sociable and enjoyable bring and share lunch will as before fill in the grid here(link) and give some idea of what they are going to bring and for how many it will cater. Those who cannot provide may like to give £5 to funds. A summary of what people have offered can be found here

Either way, it would be useful for catering/numbers if you could indicate on the link above whether you aim to attend the lunch.