Saturday, 13 October 2018

Sunday 14 th October - Ride from Cross keys Carleton

Since Clive is indisposed due to a heavy cold; I intend to go to the Cross Keys for 09:30 to discuss ride options with anyone else who turns up there.
    Since the Self Led ride meet is at Granny Dowbekins, it would make sense to join those who have ridden there. 
   Depending on weather conditions a lunch venue could be decided upon whilst at Pooley Bridge.
    I hope to see some of you tomorrow.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Rides on Wed 10th Oct

Great forecast. Rosie is leading a 2 bike ride to Morland cafe via Langwathby, Culgaith and Kirkby Thore for an early lunch at 11.30 ish. I am leading a 3 bike ride doing a loop to Talkin Tarn for Coffee, then Alston for lunch. Then back to Penrith via Hartside. The A686 is now open. Both rides leave the lay-by at Beacon Cemetery, Penrith at 9.30. See you at the start, or the stops.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Sunday 7 th October ( Annan ride ) - Erratum

This is a follow up to my blog of 5 th October to correct an error in the stage mileages. The ditances should read : -

Start to 11's = 14 miles
11's to Lunch = 23 miles  ( not 13 as shown originally )

Lunch to Finish = 25 miles

Total distance = 62 miles as stated originally.

Don't be concerned about the lumpy looking route profile it is highly exaggerated with a vertical exaggeration of 1:160.

I hope the weather is set to be good tomorrow !


Friday, 5 October 2018

Sunday 7 th October - Anan ride

The ride will be as published : -
Annan Town Square ( near Town Hall, Police Station and War Memorial - plenty of parking ) - departing at  09:30 to Elevenses via Dalton to Lockerbie
Stage distance 14 miles

At Lockerbie moving on via Applegarth Town, Millhouse Bridge, Templand, Parkgate and Ae to Dumfries
Stage distance 13 miles

At Dumfries moving on via Kingholm Quay, Glencaple, Caerlaverock Castle, Bankend, Ruthwell, Preistside, Powfoot and Newbie to Annan.
Stage distance 25 miles

Total distance 62 miles.  Although ride is a fair distance with it's Grade 2 category the pace will be moderate.

In the event of extremely wet or exceptionally windy weather, there is not much scope to shorten the route to Dumfries ( except on unpleasant main roads ). After 11’s a shorter return to Annan could be taken by travelling east , SE and then SW back to Annan.

I hope to see some of you at the start and that we are able to do the full ride.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Alternative coffee stop, Sunday 7th October

You may have noticed that the Runs List says this is to be announced. So the announcement is: Maulds Meaburn as they are doing another of their popular big breakfasts.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Monday, 1 October 2018

Wednesday 3 October - two bike ride

My thanks to Bill who has kindly agreed to lead this ride as family commitments prevent me coming out on Wednesdays now. He won't be doing the shortest route, or the longest ride either, but please come along for a 2 -bike ride along our country lanes. Meeting 9.30 at Cross Keys Carleton as advertised with coffee at the Pot Place and lunch at UpFront.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Sunday 30 th September - 2 Bike Ride

The ride will be as published : -
Starting at Greystoke at 09:30.
Heading out through Johnby & Hesket Newmarket to the Old Smithy Tea Room at Caldbeck for 11’s.
Then from Caldbeck out towards the Udale Fells, Bassenthwite Village and on into Keswick for Lunch at the Coffee Stop Café ( in the car park behind Wetherspoons ).
The afternoon route will be to Greystoke via the A66 corridor cycle lanes, with possibly a slight detour.
The distance will be around 40 – 45 miles.
I hope to see some of you at the start
Posted by CJ for Bill. This is a revised posting to correct errors in wording for Lunch venue

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Wednesday 26 September coffee stop

For anyone wishing to go to Melmerby for coffee tomorrow, I will be leaving Langwathby village green at 10. Unfortunately child care commitments mean I can't cycle further than that, although the possibility of cycling on to Plumpton Pot Place and maybe meeting up with the other ride is open to others.
Pam says that she can provide coffee at her house from 9.30...

Monday, 24 September 2018

AGM and lunch reminder!

The AGM is coming up soon (Saturday 27th October in Langwathby Village Hall) and I am asking for any items for the Agenda to be submitted to the Secretary by 17th October deadline. I will then send out the Agenda shortly after that.

No doubt there will be a short ride before lunch which will be 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. It would be useful for catering/numbers if you could indicate on the link above whether you aim to attend the lunch as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


With gale force winds up to 50 mph and heavy rain forecast pretty much throughout the region, I am reluctantly cancelling tomorrow's ride. I have left it as late as possible in the hope that the forecast may improve, but sadly that is not the case.
Keith G

Rosie's 2 bike ride this wed 19th

Hi All,
Unfortunately I am cancelling this ride as the forecast is for rain and gale force winds.
Better luck next time.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 19 September - The Ribble Valley

The ride is planned to start from the bridge in Clapham at 0930.
The route will take us to Gisburn for 11s before heading to Clitheroe and Holden Garden Centre where we will have lunch. The return leg will be via Giggleswick for a total distance of 52 miles over undulating terrain.
HOWEVER, the forecast isn't looking great, with predicted strong winds and rain. If the forecast gets worse I will either shorten the ride by approx 10 miles, start from an alternative venue if conditions look better from there, or, as a last resort, cancel the ride.
I will update this blog tomorrow evening, confirming what we are doing when we may have a better idea of likely conditions.
Keith G

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Holidays 2019

Now that we have enjoyed (I hope it was enjoyable) most of the holiday period and the meteorological calendar says that autumn has officially begun, it is time to start looking forward and making plans for next year.

I’m afraid I couldn’t look that far ahead when Les was contacting us in June – there was still too much of 2018 to enjoy – but it isn’t too late to join in the fun of the club holiday week.
The club post-Easter holiday is booked from Thursday April 25th to Thursday 2 May at Balmeadowside Country Lodges in Fife, on OS Landranger map 59 GR 317183, to the NW of Cupar. There are plenty of places to visit - lovely fishing villages, including Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and Elie, dot the southern coast.
The National Trust properties provide plenty  of ride destinations – the ruins of Balmerino Abbey founded in the 13th century to the north-east, the 14th century Kellie castle and gardens, the Renaissance Palace at Falkland and the Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden, an example of Edwardian stately living – and I haven’t yet mentioned the many treasures to be found in and round St Andrews where Historic Scotland are custodians of the Castle, the cathedral and various other religious ruins.
The beaches are legendary (Nigel is known to have capsized on one near St Andrews when paddling from Stirling to Perth). And there is plenty to see if you go further afield – Dallas wants to visit the V & A at Dundee.

Last but by no means least, our cycling friends from Perth tell us there is a lot of good cycling in the area.
Cost is around £150 per person and the week is always good value with good company and good cheer.

It’s not too late to join in! Contact Les to go ahead. It will be fun!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

No 2-bike ride tomorrow

Sorry folks - I had planned to lead the third stage of the source to sea route, postponed from last Sunday, but I have spent two days in bed fighting off a miserable cold and I'm still chesty so I will be unable to cycle. I hope those of you who wish can find themselves something to do - maybe meet at Abbott Lodge for 11s and make a plan from there. Sorry to disappoint.

Club Ride, Sunday 16th September

I am sorry that I will have to CANCEL the ride as I am still recovering from a hand operation which I had two weeks ago. If any members would like to ride the route independently I have included the proposed route map  below. Planned stops at Maes Tearooms, Uldale and Cups ans Saucers, Seaview.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Wednesday's 3 bike ride

Lest I put off anyone from coming on this ride!
Here are some more details
Originally it planned to cycle from Brough to Stanhope for late coffee and then on to Banchland over Crawleyside for lunch Returning by back lanes (a distance of 70mi)
However once we get to Stanhope there are many alternatives to shorten or ease the route back, thus reducing the mileage to about 60 ish. The weather looks to be good at the moment so I hope some will be encouraged to come out to play! (now where have I heard that before?)

Wed 12 th Sept - Ride from Dalston to the Solway

The ride will be as published ; some further details are shown below : -

Start – Dalston 09:30

Elevenses – Wheyrigg Hall Hotel ( 2 miles SE of Abbey Town ) – Dist 16 miles
Via - Carwath, Wigton, Woodrow and Blencogo

Lunch – Bank Mill Nursery ( Beckfoot ) – Dist 12 miles
Via - Blencogo, Langrigg, Jericho, Holme St Cuthbert and Mawbray.

Return to Dalston – Dist 26 miles or 22 miles ( depending on weather conditions )
Via – Silloth, Skinburness to Seaville OR more directly  via Woslty Hall and Parkhead to Seaville, then Abbey Town, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouse and Orton Rigg,

The Total Distance would be 50 miles or 54 miles.

I would be nice to have good a group of riders at the start and I hope that the weather is kind to us on the day.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Sunday's 2 bike ride - CHANGE OF ROUTE

I haven't been out on my bike enough recently to be confident of managing the hills on the final hilly section of my source to sea ride. I plan to put that on as a 2 bike ride the following SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER.
Instead, this SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER, I propose to do the second part of the route again - with apologies to those who have done it with me recently. To make it a bit different we will be leaving from LAZONBY and following the west side of the river. As the weather is not promising, I am planning a leisurely route  with coffee at 10.30 at Culgaith (after a mere 8.7 miles), lunch at Appleby and possibly a tea stop at Melmerby Village Bakery on the way home. It is probably just under 40 miles in total - an easy day. Hope the change of plan doesn't disappoint and look forward to seeing some of you at Lazonby.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Tour of Britain!

Anyone interested in watching either the Team Time Trial(Stage 5) or Stage 6 (both featuring Whinlatter) on the 6th and 7th September (Thursday and Friday)
Maybe meet at Greystoke and cycle over.
Comment below and I'll try to get something sorted? Or pos suggest meeting place closer to the route.

Details of the stages here

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Wednesday 5 Sept, 9.30 : Hesket Newmarket

The ride from Hesket Newmarket.
The part from Coffee at Moota to Lunch at Dobies Dalston will take some time so allow for a late lunch.
Best wishes

Monday, 3 September 2018

2 Bike Ride: 9.30am Wednesday 5th September.

The meeting place is Morrison's car park off Shap Road in Kendal.
The route crosses the Lythe Valley to Bowland Bridge and follows the Winster Valley down to Lindale and Grange. I have moved the coffee stop to Grange over Sands from Cartmel in order to get a more balanced ride.
The ride around Morecambe Bay is via Meathop, Levens and Sandside to lunch at Arnside. The return will be through the Silverdale lanes and across the moss to Holme.
The total distance is about 45 miles.


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Club ride (3 bike) - Sunday 2nd September

I have decided not to do the route indicated on the runs list.   I reconnoitered the route a couple of Sundays ago and consider the route unsuitable for a weekend club ride.   I should have considered the route more carefully before putting it on the runs list.

The revised ride will be from Annan to 11's at cafe 91 in Lockerbie and then to Dumfries via the village of Ae.   Lunch will be at a cafe on the Whitesands in Dumfries.  Return to Annan via the coast road.    Total distance will be about 55 miles.

At the moment the forecast is for the day to be overcast with the possibility of light showers round about mid-day.

Meet on the main street approximately opposite the police station on the small car park.

I hope to see some of you on the ride.

Thursday, 30 August 2018



I am Cycling from Mizen Point (Sth) to Malin Head (Nth) in Ireland.
<600miles> in 11 days, and I hope you might be interested to encourage me on my way.

Very recently a new hub for Wheels for All (Cycling Projects), has been established in the South Lakes, and I would like to raise awareness, and money to enable the hub to purchase a Side-by-Side/Tandem companion cycle. These can be hand or foot propelled, and have proved extremely popular.
(You may be familiar with the Wheels for All facility at Watchtree, in the far north of the county).

The hub, based at K.Leisure Centre, will initially be borrowing a variety of cycles, but will need to build up its own stock.
Further information for potential users/about the range of bikes/volunteering - from:-
Ian (Co-Ordinator, South Lakes)
Wheels for All/Cycling projects

You can help me raise money for this great cause by donating directly to my fundraising page -
You should find me there!

[A huge thank you to all who have helped me ...on paper/ in training, and to everyone who has worked hard to get this new project off the ground].

Cheers, Sheila 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Hartside has Ears!

Finally the replacement milepost at Hartside has its two ears . Well four if you count Rachel's in the photo below. Or maybe the milepost ones are called wings. Now I'm sounding like Nigel. Nip up and have a look sometime!

The original milepost was broken by a car sliding into it winter before last. Before we (that's the local Sustrans volunteers as it needs three to lift it) could get it safely stored inside and arrange re-welding, some bugger nicked it presumably for scrap ......

Thanks to the efforts of John Bennett one of our volunteers, a replacement used milepost (albeit of a different design) was located and installed a year ago. Since then it's been waiting for the ears which show distances so are bespoke. John's tenacity with Sustrans and the foundry in Wales eventually produced the new ears which Ruth & I painted - as we did the original and replacement mileposts - quite a job with all the detailing and it would be nice to find a volunteer to re-touch the paintwork next year - anyone willing?

Rachel called yesterday to retrieve some of her stuff stored in our barn, so got lumbered helping me fix the ears. Treated her to a trip up in our 1964 Jag, successfully re-tapped the damaged top thread which is why  the last trip up had to be aborted and in a keen wind fixed the new ears.

Was going to chatter about it on Mike's run today. But cycling from Penrith a gear cable broke - this is on my old Dawes as the Bob Jackson burst a rim half an hour before my last Sunday's rainy ride (Clive is kindly rebuilding the wheel for me).  BJ has allen screws, Dawes has nuts - and I didn't have  a spanner in the tool kit!  By the time I'd sorted it, got to Greystoke 10 mins after the group had departed. And I'd forgotten to bring the mobile phone. Chose a really nice but undulating route to Caldbeck - guess what, the group had left 5 mins before I arrived. Nay bother, I intended going home after 11's anyway - so I did, alone, unchattered and unloved ....

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Ride on Wednesday 29th August

Basically as advertised. Start at Greystoke then early elevenses at the Old Smithy in Caldbeck. Then to Keswick via Bassenthwaite village. Lunch stop in Keswick (either BYO or agree a cafe). Return via Threlkeld and Walthwaite. Just over 40 miles so quite short but it is a 2 bike category. Not enough miles for you? Cycle to Greystoke! All welcome.

Mill Yard cafe Morland

Just in case anyone was intending to use this popular café, I notice it is closed this week.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Sunday Aug 26 Ride

Broadly as runs list, may have to wrap up warmer than the last few months though! Plus (Friday update) it now looks like rather a wet day .....

Alison has just  proposed  a 2 bike ride as well, slightly lower pace and distance than  my ride, but with the same start, 11’s and lunch venues - good plan, different folks to chat to if we manage to meet at grub times! 

Anyone who fancies a cuppa here prior to the prompt  9.30 start, arrive any time from 9 (ring or email if you need directions). Those who end up back here afterwards can indulge in tea and cake a la Ruth.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018


As the forecast has deteriorated for tomorrow, with heavy rain and gusting winds expected by mid morning, I have postponed the ride until Thursday when the weather is looking considerably better.
Sorry for the late notice, but there is no pleasure in getting soaked when we can ride on another day.
Please let me know if you wish to ride on Thursday.

Club Ride Wednesday 22 August

Tomorrow's ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930. As there is considerable building work taking place on Meadow Close (including our house), parking is unfortunately in short supply this week, but there is parking in Burneside and on the road up from our house towards Staveley.
Sadly I will not be able to lead the ride as I have been advised to rest to allow inflamation to recover, but the good news is that you will have Cathy at the helm and her sense of direction is much better than mine!
The planned route is to head for Grisedale Visitor's Centre via Ambleside and Hawkshead before continuing to Cartmel and Grange for lunch. The return leg will be via Meathop for a total distance of just over 60 miles.
At the moment the forecast isn't looking great, with showers expected from mid morning to mid afternoon. With this in mind, the route may be altered/shortened depending on the conditions.
Refreshments will be available post ride at Bowston, where hopefully I will see some of you.
Keith G

Monday, 20 August 2018

Rosie's 2 bike ride on Wed

Hello All. My ride on Wednesday starts at the Beacon Edge cemetery Penrith at 9.30. We will go to Culgaith for coffee/early lunch, via Lazonby, KO, Melmerby, and Skirwith. Return via Cliburn and Brougham bridge. This is weather dependent, and the forecast isn't good, so if you intend to meet us at Culgaith, then please text Rosie by 9.30am, on 07818241833. Hope to see lots of you out.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Dirty Harry's cafe - closed

Dirty Harry's Cafe at High Hesket is closed permanently - I discovered this morning!   The cafe closed about a week ago.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Sunday ride from Cross Keys

Hi all this will be an easy ride taking 11s at Dirty Harrys and lunch at the Smithy in Caldbeck how we get there will be a mystery tour hope to see at the Keys on Sunday.

All the Best


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Phil and Rosie's 2 bike ride from Penrith

Starts at 9.30 from the lay-by at Beacon Edge cemetery, Penrith. Elevenses at Melmerby village cafe. Then lunch at Appleby. We will definitely make the cafe, but the rest is weather dependent. Hope to see lots of you at the start or at Melmerby.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Bill's 3 Bike Ride Wednesday 15th August

Put on your waterproofs and come join me for a ride along Hadrian’s Wall. We will leave from Wetheral Village Green at 09:30 and make our way via Brampton & Lanercost to Birdoswald (15 miles) for coffee. After coffee we’ll cross back over the A69 at Haltwhistle and continue to Hallbankgate for lunch after a further 18 miles or so.
The total ride as planned is about 55miles, however this can be reduced if circumstances dictate.
Don’t let the weather forecast deter you from enjoying a good day out!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Club run - Sunday 12th August

The ride will start at 9.30am from the main car park by the river.

Those of you familiar with this route will know that describing the route as 'mildly undulating' is stretching credibility.    There is a 1 mile climb up Langholm Moor at the start and the first 200 metres or so is steep! about 16% gradient.   The ride thereafter is easier and the route description is mostly accurate.   There are two other significant hills on the route but neither are particularly long or arduous - depends how fit and energetic you are.

From Langholm, we ride over Langholm Moor before dropping down into Newcastleton at 9 miles for  a refreshment stop at the Olive Tree cafe.   It's a bit early for refreshments but the 'stop' is largely for my benefit.    I will have ridden from home and will be in need of sustenance.    We continue on a 15 mile undulating route to Bonchester Bridge for lunch.   There is then a fairly long boring climb up out of the village but the gradient is quite gentle.   We continue to Newcastelton (unless I change my mind when we get to Hermitage and we take a different route) and back over Langholm  Moor.

The forecast at the moment is for light showers.   I hope to see one or two of you at the start.

Friday, 10 August 2018

DANGER worn out wheel rims

Hi everyone. Those of you who were out last Wednesday will recall that I stopped to re-position my tyre on the back wheel. It was eccentric and bumping on every turn. Re-fitting the tyre with the aid of a tiny slick of liquid soap improved things a little. We discussed whether the rims were worn too thin and causing the problem. I didn't think this was the case as I knew the age of the wheels and roughly how many miles they had done. Had the rims been close to failing it could have been dangerous so I had the rims checked by two different bike shops who thought that there was plenty of life left in them. However, discussion with several people, including professional bike mechanics yielded the following points which may be of interest: 1. The tyre causing concern was a foldable gatorskin with plastic bead. The casing had worn and in one place and for about a quarter of an inch I could see the nylon bead, this allowed the tyre to sit high. I think this was the cause of the bumping. 2. Frequently check rim wear for dishing, replace when concerned. 3. The rim "flares" out at the top when it gets thin. 4. Replace when wear indicators disappear, these are either a groove which when it becomes flush with the braking surface indicates replacement, or a shallow drill hole, similar to the above but less reliable as it only indicates wear at that location. 5. A rim will normally fail when a spoke breaks unexpectedly or the inner tube pushes through the rim and bursts. Potential catastrophe, especially if its on the front wheel. Please respond here if you found this helpful. Especially if you disagree. Think safety. I will probably buy a new wheelset anyway and keep them on hand for the near / not so near future. Peter.

Derailleur Gears

Link below will take you to an article from the Guardian Bike Blog about derailleur gears that I know some of you will find interesting.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Caption Competition

Add you caption in the comment section below!

Christmas Lunch date!

I know its early but there is always the odd comment .... if only I had known earlier.....
I have tentatively booked Saturday 15th December 12.30 at Mrs Miller's.
This does not have to be final if there are overwhelming objections but I give you the date for your diaries.
Contact me if you are an overwhelming objector!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Ladies Cycling Shoes for Sale

Bontrager Ladies cycling shoes, size 39 (5.5). New and boxed. Offers over £25. Phone Claire on 01228 710110 if interested.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Geoff's Ride Wednesday 8th

 As planned we go up Mallerstang as a warm up(!) and then to Hawes for coffee stop if necessary then over Fleet Moss to Langstrothdale.  N again over the cote de Cray and on to Aysgarth for lunch. (Car park cafe on the far side of the river) From there we head up towards Askrigg but turn up towards Oxnop Scar through Newbiggin thus avoiding the lower part of the climb! (You can do it if you are a purist!). From there we go down to Muker and up to Keld where the final climb should take us up to Tan Hill from where we can run down to Winton where we are kindly invited to Jen's for tea!

The weather is looking good though cooler than of late with  a 'possibility' of a shower mid-day
totals: 66mi and about 6500ft of ascent.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Jen's ride to Dent 8th August

Start.  Yew Tree House. From Brough turn left into Winton. Left again at cross roads, past green, chapel, yth is on left spot bikes outside park up the road or round the back.
Ride is via Waitby then Sedbergh Farfield Mill for 11.0s then wiggly back roads to Dent. Slow place lovely views. The Heritage centre is recommended for cakes and has outside seating or picnic by the church.
I will return via Sedbergh but there is the option for the very energetic to return via the coal road and
Looking forward to a ride in Dentdale and hopefully good weather

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Sun 5 th Aug - Ride to Haweswater & Orton

Start – 09:30 at Frenchfield

Route - Clifton Dykes, Askham, Bampton, Helton to Hawswater
Distance – 19 miles ( including 5.5 mile loop to SW end of Haweswater )

Elevenses – at Haweswater Hotel or BYO

Continue via – Concrete road and Hardendale Fell to Orton
Distance – 13 miles

Lunch at – Orton Scar Café ( maybe quite late )

Continue via - Orton Scar, Crosby Ravensworth, Kings Meaburn and Cliburn road
Distance – 18 miles

Total distance approx 50 miles with approx 4160 ft ( 1270 m ) of ascent.

I phoned Ullswater Hotel on Fri 3 rd Aug to book us in for 11’s in the region of 11:30. Another party of 10 cyclists had also booked for 11’s so it could be busy.

Maybe the other group also want to inspect the water levels in Haweswater and glimpse the remains of Mardale village. I doubt if the recent rains have made much impression on reservoir level.

I hope the weather is kind to us and that it will be an enjoyable outing.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Rosie and Phils Ride London

This is just to let you know that Phil and I finished Ride  London on Sunday. We had a brilliant ride although it was very cold , wet and windy. The weather took us a bit by surprise as we thought it would be dry and hot. A few more clothes would have been good but it meant that we hardly stopped as we had to keep moving to keep warm.
We rode part of Leith Hill , part being shut for an accident so we rode a slightly lower route. Box Hill was open so we rode that. I was nervous of doing it as everyone said it was tough! I think those people don t know hills, as it was easier than riding Fell Lane, just a bit longer. It was lovely being cheered by the crowds as we rode through the towns even though some seemed to enjoy shouting to Phil that I wasn t pedalling. Trust me I was!!! 
We ended up cycling 96 miles of the route because of the closure but since we rode 8 miles to the start I think we deserved our 100 mile medals. 

So many thanks for supporting us with our fundraising for Alzeimers. We raised about £1,400 .

Monday, 30 July 2018

Wednesday's Club Ride - 1st August

The ride will start from the bridge over the River Eden at 09.30.

The route will take us up the eastern side of the R.Eden through Cumwhitton, Great Corby, Faugh and Geltbridge to reach Brampton for the coffee stop. From there, it is via Walton, Banks, Lanercost, Naworth and Kirkhouse to Talkin Tarn for lunch.

After refreshments, the ride heads down the B6413, with deviations off through Talkin Village and Cumrew, to reach Renwick. From there we loop back to Armathwaite, joining the road from Kirkoswald for the grand descent to our start point.

The total distance will be approx. 55 miles. After the heavy rain, there are sand and gravel deposits on the road in various places, especially on the minor roads. Not too hilly with the main challenge being the 'killer' climb from Lanercost to Naworth. I trust that the ride will be of interest and hope to see some intrepid members at the start to make the ride more enjoyable!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

New Runs List

The Runs List for the 3rd quarter which starts on Wednesday is now available on our web site. Download is simple so you can print it out and stick it on your fridge door and plan some great days out on the bike. Many thanks to our leaders for the varied contributions.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Sunday Club Ride 29th July

As I write this the weather forecast on Sunday for Alston is strong winds & heavy rain, neither condition being condusive to good cycling! The route I had planned was to go up to Alston from Penrith via Renwick along the C2C route and then on to Hallbankgate via Slaggyford.
I will be at start of ride on Beacon Edge at 09:30 Sunday morning and will make a decision on the best plan for the day with whoever turns up.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Thank you and au revoir

We had a lovely time on Saturday meeting many of our friends, and eating, drinking and talking. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes, cards and bringing such delicious food. And particular thanks to Mike and Claire who were such excellent hosts, even organising the weather which was perfect for sitting outside (well, Mike was a geography teacher!).

We were really touched that the club took the initiative to put on a farewell party for us. We've been so up to our ears in packing, house selling etc., that we would never have got round to doing it ourselves.

Anyway, it's 'au revoir', not 'adieu' and Janet (at least) will be back to lead a clubrun in October (and maybe even do some work too).

Thanks for the past 20 years and best wishes to you all,

Paul and Janet

Wednesday's Club Ride 25 July

The ride will start from The Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen at 0930.

The route will take us over Lamps Moss to Richmond, with coffee in Gunnerside on route. After lunch in Richmond we will return via Askrigg - where we may stop for afternoon tea/coffee depending on demand and time - and Mallerstang.

As this is a long ride (approx. 80 miles) the pace will be steady and hence we have planned for 3 stops. The forecast is looking good, so a grand day out in The Dales should be had by all! I hope to see some of you on Wednesday.


Wed 25 th July - Bill Holmes Grade 2 Ride

 As per the Runs list : -

Starting at Cross Keys Carlton at 09:30. Going through Great Strckland, Morland, Temple Sowerby, to Culgaith for Elevenses ( meeting up with Grade 1 riders ). 
     Then onto Dufton via Newbiggin to the Pox Box Pantry for Lunch. 
In the afternoon going through Appleby, Drybeck, possibly Gt Asby, then Kings Meaburn back to Penrith. 
       The total distance is about 40 mileswith a few nice climbs on the way !. 
I hope to see some of you out !.

Bill H

Friday, 20 July 2018

Club Ride Sunday 22nd July

This "2 bike" ride will leave Frenchfield, Penrith at 9.30. I'm suggesting any car parking is down the hill at Frenchfield and not near the Cross Keys pub which is busy at Sunday lunch time.
The route is short at about 38 miles so I'm planning a one stop ride using the excellent Maulds Meaburn village institute summer cafe (where you might be tempted to have more than the usual cup of coffee). We will then cycle south over Orton Scar and down to Orton before returning north via Shap (BYO if needed), the Lowther valley, Askham and Lowther Castle to Penrith. Undulating terrain with one longish climb up Orton Scar but all at a friendly pace.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cycling Shoes for sale

Nearly new and hardly worn cycling shoes. £60 new but I will accept £20 if they go to a good home. They are no good to me and hopefully someone in the group can make good use of them. The box says size 44 Eur, 9.7 US. I normally take size 9 UK and they are a good fit.
Contact Harry on 01931 716244 if interested.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

2 bike ride on wednesday 18 July

A change to my 2 bike ride  - It will now start from Dalston at 9.30am making our way for our ONE STOP only at around 11.30 at Maes tea room or BYO.  We will head from Dalston out towards Ireby and back via Hesket New Market on the back roads.  After around 35ish miles and  few wee  hills I hope we will arrive back in Dalston around 14.30 ( I need to be back in Thursby early pm).

Hope to see you there.


Monday, 16 July 2018

Wendnesday 18th 3 bike ride

As published we start in Melmerby (near the bakery cafe) and go over Hartside to Garigill from there to Nenthead where coffee can be bought at the shop/po. Thence to Allendale for lunch.
Then we go over to Bear's Bridge and Whitfield and across the A686 up onto the so called Clattering causeway. Unfortunately Eals bridge over the N Tyne is still out for repair so it will be up to Lambley and back along the A 689 to Alston with possible tea stop before retracing our pedal strokes over Hartside back to Melmerby.
Total distance 60mi ascent 2036m so quite hilly. Variations along the way are possible by mutual agreement - like for instance stopping for ice-creams. Weather ok with pos shower around lunchtime.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Club ride - Sunday 15th July.

The ride will start at GREYSTOKE Car park instead of in Keswick.   I had forgotten that  the Keswick Convention will be in full swing and there are likely to be parking difficulties.    We will not be going over Honister.

From Greystoke the route will be to Hesket New Market, Fellside and 11's at Maes Cafe, Uldale.   Then Portinscale, Newlands, Whinlatter and a late lunch back at Portinscale.    Return to Greystoke will be via Threlkeld and Mungrisedale.    Total distance will be about 65-70 miles.    The forecast at the moment is for it to be fine.

I hope to see you at the start.

Another Thank You

Following on from Geoff's "Thank You" for the Challenge rides. Rosie and myself would like to say a big thank you to all those folks who attended todays rides, and the lunch at our house. Your generosity raised  an amazing £270 for our Ride London Alzheimers fundraising. Can I also thank all those who helped serving and tidying up, and also Rosie for preparing all the lovely food.

Challenge Rides - Thank you!

A big thank you to all those who took part in the Challenge Rides last Sunday. Weren't we lucky with the weather!
I hope everyone was adequately challenged but not slaughtered!
The views were fantastic,  anyone visiting the Lakes for the first time would get a very much skewed view of the area. Certainly the visitors all seemed to enjoy the event.
Perhaps more to the point - Thank you to all the helpers particularly to Claire and Anne who provided the wonderful food both at the start and end of the day.
Maybe we could run another event sometime? (no- not next week!)

Thanks again

Monday, 9 July 2018

Wed rides from Greystoke

On Wednesday  the 11th,  Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides from Greystoke car park starting at 9.30.  The aim is to arrive back at our house (15 Croft Terrace, Penrith) at 12.15 for a lunch of sandwiches, Nibbles, lots of cakes, and  tea and coffee, (gluten free options available), where you are invited to make a small donation towards our Ride London fundraising cycle for The Alzheimers Society. Afterwards we will return to Greystoke with various route options. Rosie's group will cycle about 20 miles before lunch and my group will do about 30 miles.
BYO snack for 11'ses. Hope to see lots of you there.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Cycle the Solway?! or Help?

Our biggest fundraising event ever...

Cycle the Solway 21st and 22nd July

This year Watchtree have teamed up with Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw to organise and host Cycle the Solway; a two day sportive and family cycling . To make this event a success and in turn raise lots of money for charity we need your help!
We need volunteers to help out with registration, marshalling, car parking and more - no experience necessary just a little of your precious time to make a huge difference.

If you are willing and able please click the link below and pop your details on the email which will appear. If you could include your name, contact telephone number and which day/days you are available we will be back in touch later this week with further details.
I'll help!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 4th July

Starting from car park in Dalston at 09:30 the ride will take us over 8 bridges over the Eden from Carlisle's Western bypass to Langwathby. The route through Carlisle city will follow cycle ways so interaction with traffic will be minimal.
11's will be after 16 miles at Sally's in Warwick Bridge and BYO lunch for a picnic by the river at Lazonby after a further 16 miles or so. Return to Dalston via Salkeld Dykes after the final river crossing at Langwathby. The bridges upstream from Langwathby will have to wait for anther day! There is the option of stopping for a cup of tea at the Pot Place.
Total length of ride is about 61 miles - I hope to see some of you at the start.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Challenge Rides Sunday 8th July

On Sunday 8th July we are organising two challenge rides  There will be a 100km and 100mi courses somewhat like the rides we did last year but open to all.  Details on our web pages including auto entry to the event!

You will have seen the Challenge rides in the CUK publicity. By organising the rides we are doing our bit to publicize and get more people involved in, cycling. Cycling UK is supporting us by publicising the event and providing some goodies!

We have already had volunteers to help with the organisation (though one or two more would be welcome) and entries are beginning to come in. This is an Open event so anyone can take part but it would be great if all those of us who think that they can manage either of the distances could come forward and take part. It would be good company for visiting riders and you will be able to sing the praises of this wonderful part of the country that we are privileged to ride in.

Everyone who is taking part should enter via our web page. It costs £12.50 but is very little to pay for the support organisation and the free food at start and finish of the rides. We also need to pay for hire of the Village Hall.

You can enter from our website Home page and clicking the 'Medal' or just click the link above. Follow through and you will automatically be registered and asked to pay. If you don't like paying online then please contact me asap to let me know your details. The automatic route is best as it collects ICE (In case of emergency) details etc.
Thanks for reading this!

Friday, 29 June 2018

2 Bike Ride, Sunday July 1st

Start at 9.30 meeting at the Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen. Plenty of free parking near the fire station on Christian Head Rd.
Our route goes over Tan Hill for coffee at the famous pub (12 miles). Then down Arkengarthdale to Reeth for ice cream and/or lunch. Back west by Swaledale through Muker (further refreshments) and over Birkdale Common before a lovely descent to Nateby and Kirkby Stephen. 45 miles total.
The ride on the Runs List is graded 2 bikes: it is hilly but is a moderate length and to be ridden at a moderate pace to encourage members to dive into Yorkshire in a modest way. Hope some of you can join me. The weather continues hot but I'm hoping for a gentle cooling breeze.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 27 June

The ride will officially start from Burneside Church at 0930. As usual, there will be parking for a few cars on our drive.
The route will take us to Kirkby Lonsdale via The Ponderosa Hill and Oxenhome for 11s at the bakery. From here we will head for Morecambe via Burton in Kendal, The Kellets and the Lancaster cycle path. Lunch will be on The Stone Jetty. The return leg will be around the bay (Silverdale and Arnside (for obligatory ice creams!)) and back to Burneside/Bowston. Total distance will be approx. 72 miles.  The first 10 miles are fairly hilly but the remainder of the ride is on predominantly kind terrain.
Refreshments will be served post ride.
The forecast is fantastic - great for a day at the seaside!
Hope to see some of you Wednesday.
Keith G

Sunday, 24 June 2018

John R's 70th LEJoG

No he has not done the end to end 70 times....
In his 70th year (he's not quite 70) John R has just completed the route. In May he did the  Carlisle to John o' Groats section and today he finished LE to Carlisle making a total of 1225 miles!
He is raising money for Marie Curie nurses; donations can be made via Justgiving (click through) and has  raised £800 so far. 'He has done incredibly well and not needed any rest days!'-- says Pam who has supported John all the way in their motorhome.

thanks in anticipation

Friday, 22 June 2018

Women’s records to be broken in Cumbria

No it’s not me 😊 - although we are going for the record in writing lists and packing up our house at the moment...

We have had a call from a cycling buddy in Durham. Perhaps someone could help him?

This is what he says -

Jasmjm Muller is attempting to break the Lands end to John O'Groats womens road cycling record starting early in July.

In 1954, Eileen Sheridan set a new LEJOG record of 59 hours and 7 minutes.
Lynn Taylor then took the record to 53 hours 45 mins in 2002.

If all goes well the 24 Hour record should be broken by  Jasmijn early morning at the Golden fleece roundabout South of Carlisle.

Start date plus a live tracker link will be here:

Aidan Hedley, from Durham will be joining the support crew at Carlisle North A7/M6 on that same day.

If anyone living locally could offer him a bed for the night to ensure he is fully rested for his duties it would be very much appreciated.

You can contact Aidan at '' or call 07422572201.