Monday, 31 December 2018

Wed 2 nd Jan - Dallas's Grade 2 Solway ride brought forward to Jan 1 st

The forecast for Wednesday is frost with a temperature of - 2 deg at 9am.
    As the roads are still wet I’m not prepared to lead a ride in icy conditions. 
Filling in CUK accident forms is a chore!
    However I am prepared to lead a ride tomorrow, New Years Day.
Ian and I will be in the New Car park Dalston at 10am.
    I plan to do a gentle Solway ride with one stop at the chapel at Port Carlisle which will be 
open and the heating on. So bring some refreshments.
How far we go depends on who turns up and how they are feeling! Probably 30-40miles.
    Tea and Christmas cake at Dalston afterwards.
CJ is kindly posting this as I can’t get “New Post” to come up on the lap top.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Boxing Day 2018

Alison and I are intending to set out from Frenchfields at 10.00 a.m. tomorrow to go to Booths for 11.30s via Lowther.  A 2 cycle pace, relatively low level and climb averse ride. . Maybe about 16 / 17 miles. All welcome.
If arriving by motor vehicle please park down the hill away from the Cross Keys.
Compliments of the season to those coming and those not.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Cafe Update - Christmas/New Year holiday period

Booths is open on Boxing Day (Wednesday). Eden Gallery Tea Rooms for Sunday December 30th.  Advance notice for January: we are pretty sure that Betty Ann's Tea Room at Brougham is now closed, so we are intending to try The Magic Bean, Poets' Walk in Penrith on Sunday 13th January. We also need to check the Mill Yard Cafe at Morland for January opening (scheduled as the alternative on 16th January and for Bill H's ride on the 27th January). Watch the blog!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Riding tomorrow? Sunday 23 December Greystoke to UpFront

For those not wishing to join Ludo tomorrow (see post below) I am intending a leisurely two bike ride leaving Greystoke at 10 and taking a 13 mile route via Berrier, Lamonby and Skelton to the coffee stop at UpFront. We will decide our route back to Greystoke depending on the mood of the party (or, if just the two of us, Nigel can decide). May see some of you at coffee if not before.

John R’s Mountain Bike Ride on 28th December now 4th Jan

I posted a while ago that I was postponing my mountain bike ride of the Askham area. Just in case any club members missed this post and the date of the rearranged ride.

It will be a week later on Friday 4th January and starting from the parking area on the Fell road above Helton. I will post more details in the week before the ride.
The area is suitable for mountain riders of all abilities. Even though Phil B’s recent mtb ride used the area starting from a different place and adding Whale Moor will make it a different ride.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Ceilidhs - Xmas and New Year

Christmas Ceilidh with Reunion Band
(We are going to this one)
Friday 28th December 2018
Penruddock Village Hall
7.30pm to 11.30pm
Caller Chris Bland

New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Reunion Band

Lazonby Village Hall
At 8pm
Caller Sally Hardaker

For either phone Richard Hardaker 01768 863327

Post Easter Away Meet

Brrr! ‘Twas  much warmer in La Palma (smallish quiet Canary Island with whacking great volcanic caldera stuffed in the middle) - lots of wiggly roads and long climbs, but not many cyclists. Fantastic walking destination though, one of the best winter sun breaks we’ve been on. 

Anyroadup, post Easter. Sadly 3 of our members need to cancel, so be great if we could fill their spaces and thus return their deposits. 

So if any of those so far undecided could be tempted, please let me know.

Enjoy the festive period one and all.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Club ride - Sunday 23rd December

I don’t suppose many members will want to go riding on Sunday.   However should anyone fancy a trip out  I intend to cycle from my home in Gretna to the bistro cafe at Eskdalemuir via Corrie.   The return to Gretna will be via Langholm.  It will be a one-stop ride.   The total distance will be approx 50 miles and the route will be undulating.   If anyone wants to join me, phone 07709710301 or email and I will give you directions to my house.    At the moment the forecast is for it to be mostly dry.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Wednesday 19th December 2018 Coffee stop

Melmerby Stores (cafe) is listed for our coffee stop tomorrow. It is not open tomorrow. BUT the Bakery in the village is. The coffee is good (well I think so) and there are lots of options, so, do not be disappointed come to the village anyway.
Hope to see you there.

Wed 19 th Dec - Ride from Carlisle to Talkin Tarn

Since Peter is unable to lead his ride, I am offereing a shortened version of the route with one stop only for lunch at Talkin Tarn.
  The route will cut out Rockcliffe & Heathersgill & take more direct routes to Brampton & Talkin Tarn.
The start will be at the end of Mayors Drive in Bitts Park just south of the River Caldew bridge to the racing track.
   The distance to Talkin will be approx 21 miles with a return to Carlisle of approx 14 miles.
I hope to see some of you there.

Monday, 17 December 2018


Weather looks ok, some showers but above freezing.
I think the days are too short for 2 stops so I intend to change to  one, an early lunch stop at Kirkby Stephen, The Mulberry Bush Cafe.
Happy Christmas     David

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Sunday's Ride Update

Weather looks horrible now but it could improve a lot by tomorrow. I hope to be at Greystoke by 9.45 am and we can assess the weather and, more importantly, the road conditions then. We will then decide if there is a need to change plans. My mobile number is 07906 896503.

Friday, 14 December 2018

2 Bike Ride on Sunday 16th December and a note about the alternative coffee stop

I have decided to make this a one stop ride as the days are short and we might be able to coincide or at least overlap with the self led riders at Granny Dowbekins. I hope we will arrive at Poole Bridge by 12 noon taking an 18 mile loop from Greystoke in the morning. Hopefully the weather will be bright and we might get Christmas card views of the northern fells from the Hutton Roof and Berrier area. In the afternoon the ride back to Greystoke will be about 17 miles via Askham, Penrith and Newton Reigny. As it is likely that we will cut through Lowther and Newton Rigg you might like to think about which steed to bring - although there are only very short sections of rough.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Friday 14th mtb ride.

Fridays ride is leaving Askham village car park at 10am and we will ride round the new trails at Lowther before riding over Askham fell to Howtown. Then along the lakeside road to Pooley Bridge where we will have lunch. Then back over Askham Fell.
This ride is suitable for mtb newbies. We should be back at the car by 3pm. Hope to see lots of you out.

Monday, 10 December 2018

2 bike ride on Wednesday 12 December

My one stop 35 - 40 mile flat scenic ride this Wednesday will start with coffee and festive mince pies and cake from 10.00 until we leave at 10.45am. (If arriving by car please will you park on the road outside the Parish Hall, not in the car park). Our house, Rowan Lea is on Church lane, CA5 6PN, opposite the church and grave yard. The large gate will be open to the back garden so just make your way through to the back, with your bike. We will leave at 10.45 and take small lanes towards Newton Arlosh then around Anthorn before stopping for bring your own lunch in the RSPB Campfield Visitor Centre (we can make a tea or coffee for a small donation). We will then have a wonderful ride along the coast with views to Bonnie Scotland before making our way across country back to Thursby for around 3.00pm and more festive refreshments for those that want. If you cant make it I wish you a happy cycling Christmas !

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Final call for Christmas lunch!

 Christmas Lunch 12.30 Saturday 15th December 12.30

Bookings now closed!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Alternative Coffee Venue - Sunday 9th December

Betty Ann's Tearoom at Brougham hall has now closed. So I have just made a quick decision and suggest that we use Booth's this Sunday. It may not be ideal but at least we know it will be open! We are looking for alternatives for the 13th January and would appreciate any ideas. Thanks to CJ for noticing the closure of Betty Ann's.

Sunday 9th 2 bike ride

Hello All. Rosie and myself are leading a ride from Lazonby River Eden bridge car park leaving at 10am and going to Talkin Tarn for lunch at about 12. We are taking butties but there is a cafe with a limited selection, as only the downstairs cafe is open. Weather looks fine but cold. About 30 miles.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Cat 2 ride - Wed 5 th Dec

Subject to weather conditions, I intend to lead the ride as published. However if some of back lanes are icy ( as they probably are to day ), I may cut out the routes through sheltered lanes and cut out the 11's stop at Wetheral.  I would take a more direct route to the lunch stop at Plumpton using treated roads or ones with some that have traffic flow in the A6 / M6 corridor. The route planned is 38 miles ( slightly more than published ). I hope conditions permit completion of the full ride and hope to see some of you at the start.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

3 Bike Ride - Wed 5 Dec

Hi All
Days are quite short at the moment so I propose to omit the 2nd cafe stop. ie just stopping for 11's at Caldbeck. Bring your own 'on ride lunch time' refreshments. Lights would be a good idea.
Best wishes

Saturday, 1 December 2018

3 bike ride - Sunday 2nd December

As published from Station House, Culgaith  - just N of the level crossing! There is parking for a few in our drive and more room in a layby just N of Station House at the top of the rise on the RHS or in the village.
55 mi via Kirkland along the fellside to Appleby and Whygill Head to Norman's in Newbiggin for lunch stop. Returning via Orton Scar for tea at Station House.
If the weather is bad we can make various short-cuts!
Hope to see some of you out!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Notice of Change of Date for John R’s Mountain Bike Ride on 28th December

We have had a change of plans for Christmas and will be in Shipley until 30th Dec so I will be pleased to ride from Pooley Bridge over the Fells round Askham on Friday 4th Jan 2019. I will post in the blog to remind folk before the original date of the ride. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Cancelled not concealed

Hmmm not sure what happened to my previous message but obviously I meant the 2bike ride is cancelled. Karen

2 bike ride cancelled

I am following John R's advice and am concealing their the planned 2 bike ride scheduled for tomorrow. I will go to Dalston for 10.00am to advise any non bloggers. Karen

John R’s 3 Bike Ride Weds 28th November

Notice of Cancellation: 
Even though the forecast is slightly better for tomorrow 1 raindrop until 1200 hrs then 2 raindrops from 1300hrs  the strength of the gusts is actually increasing from 40 to 48 mph during this period. Winds are from SSE to S and we will be potentially affected by cross winds. I am afraid that cycling in these conditions is potentially too risky. I would be prepared to put this ride on in December if there is a space and the weather is kinder. 
John Roelich.
PS  I will drive to Greystoke in the morning to meet any club members who haven’t read this blog. 

Monday, 26 November 2018

2 bike ride Wednesday 28 November

Hi folks, a change to my 2 bike published ride.  We will now cycle around 40 miles and only stop once at Maes Cafe, Uldale at around 11.30 (we are no longer going to Cockermouth). So still meet in Dalston at 10.00am to follow a route via Westward and Ireby and onto Maes.  Returning on the scenic and hilly wee roads behind Caldbeck.  On to Hesket New Market, Sour Nook and back to Dalston well before dark. Hope to see you on this shortish beautiful route.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

2 Bike Ride from Dalston, Sunday 25th November

Start at 10.00 am from Dalston and then on to UpFront Galleries at Unthank for coffee. Then a short leg via Lamonby over to the Mill Inn at Mungrisdale (which is open for food again). From there the route back to Dalston could depend on the groups inclination and the amount of daylight left (but bring lights just in case). The route will probably be about 38 miles at a gentle pace.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

23 Nov, Friday,

Hi All
Friday 23 Nov    Mountain Biking
Whinlatter Centre

An introduction to trail centre rides. I will lead on the Blue route
More experienced riders may prefer the Red route
Start 10.00
Meet in the centre car park, then outside the bike shop, Cyclewise just before we set off\
Remember the road from Portinscale is CLOSED so allow 40min to drive around via Cockermouth or to ride up from Portinscale, the road is open for cyclists.


Monday, 19 November 2018

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 21st November. 10am Start.

I have had to revise my intended route for this ride because the tearoom at Howtown is closed for the winter.
The ride starts from Frenchfields and meanders around quiet lanes to Great Strickland. From there we cross Lowther Park to Askham and on to Pooley Bridge for coffee.
The route to lunch passes Dalemain and turns into Stainton. Then Newbiggin, Blencow, Unthank and Plumpton.
The total distance is about 35 miles.

Saturday, 17 November 2018


Weather looks to be fine although on the cold side. Please dress accordingly. It is a ONE STOP RIDE to Newcastleton via Hethersghyll, Catlowdy and Kershopfoot for lunch a distance of 24 miles. We will stop at the Olive Tree Cafe. The route home is more undulating going via Kershope Forest, Blackpoolgate, Bewcastle and Askerton.
Please bring lights.
Look forward to seeing you at Abbey Bridge

John R

Tomorrow's 2 bike ride from Appleby

I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to planning routes; this is the anniversary ride route from  October 2016. It's only about 25 miles but includes a bit of climbing (1,614 feet according to my records) travelling clockwise via Crosby Ravensworth to Orton for lunch and back via Great Asby. I intend to park in the central car park in Appleby which I think is reasonably cheap on a Sunday although free parking can be found elsewhere eg on the road. We meet at the Cloisters outside the main church. The pace will be gentle not only because it is a 2-bike ride but also because it is 2 weeks since I sat on a bike! I hope to see some of you there.

Mountain Bike Ride 23 Nov Friday

This ride is suitable for:

An introduction to trail riding. Taking the blue route (ie no nasty surprises) .I will lead this.  Mountain bikes are available for hire at the Whinlatter Centre. Give me a call if you need advice.

Experienced riders may prefer to undertake the red route/s

NOTE: the road from Portinscale is CLOSED. Allow 40 minutes for the division via Cockermouth if approaching from Keswick.    The cafe is open.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

2 bike ride Wednesday 14th Nov

The forecast for Wednesday is dire but if anyone relishes wind and rain there is a coffee machine at Watchtree [16 miles] and a woodburning stove at the Highland Laddie [at 26 miles directly or 37 miles for the route via Anthorn] The cook goes off at 2pm so we need to arrive before then.
Return is via Boustead Hill to Dalston for tea. Total about 40miles or 50 for the peninsular route.
Surface water will obscure potholes and hedge trimmings so you may be using your spare inner tubes. You will need lights especially to negotiate the Orton Grange roundabout more safely.
The route could be further shortened if need be.

Ian B

Bit of help for David Wilson

Anybody have a redundant car battery charger they don't use? Because David doesn't use his car very often it seems to need the occasional charge, but his old Aldi booster pack has thrown in the towel - even I can't fix it! Give him a call on 01768 895709 if you have anything.

David's health issues means he now rarely gets out on his relatively recently acquired electric bike, although Keith Smith does accompany him on the occasional outing.

If anyone that knows  David is passing the Fell Lane area in Penrith, maybe call in for a chat as he rarely gets to see  EV's these days and there are not many folks to chat to when Maria returns home to London.


Friday, 9 November 2018

Sunday's 3 Bike Ride from Raughton Head

Sunday's ride is advertised on the Runs List. Leaving Raughton Head at 10am to Caldbeck for 11's (via Cumdivock, Curthwaite & Rosley). Then onto Keswick for lunch, before returning via Mungrisedale & Hesket Newmarket. Total distance about 50 miles. Looking at the weather forecast I would suggest you bring a raincoat!
Raughton Head House (CA5 7DD) is centre of the village about 10m to the left of the phone box through gap in the stone wall (opposite a green salt bunker). Come to house at 9:30 if you’d like a coffee before the ride and there’s tea and cake at end of the ride.
There's parking in front of the house or on the road side beside the village school.
I hope to see you on Sunday.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Wednesday 7th November - Grade 3 bike ride

My ride on Wednesday is a 10.00am start from GLENDALE (CA4 0AZ) not the Crossroads.

Please park on the drive not the verge. Pre ride Tea and Coffee from 9.30am.

Enjoy a scenic Autumn ride over Lazonby Fell to Penrith for Elevenses at Booths then on to COCKLAKES (not Mungrisdale as in my earlier blog) for Lunch, we will return via Hesket Newmarket and Highbridge. Should be back well before dark but don't forget your lights.
Tea and cake at Glendale on return.


Wednesday 7 th November - Grade 2 ride

The route will be as published, with a change to the lunch venue : -

Start – Greystoke 10:00

11’s at Pooley Bridge
Via - Little Blencow, Laithes, Catterlen, Fairhill, Beacon Edge, Eamont Bride
Stage distance = 16 miles

Lunch at Cocklakes café ( # Venue changed )
Via -  Wreay, Bennett Head, Sparket, Beccles  & crossing A66 ( on foot ) from the Sportmans Inn
Stage distance = 8 miles

Finish at Greystoke
Via Troutbeck, Mungrisdale, Thanet Well and Johnby
Stage distance = 13 miles

The plotted total distance is 37 miles.

# Research by Mike Barron showed that food is currently unavailable at the Mill Inn Mungrisdale at,so Cocklakes café has been chosen as an alternative venue.

I hope the weather is kind to us on the day and hope to see a good group of you at the start.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Christmas Lunch - 15th December 12.30

Christmas Lunch

Same place - same time!
Well why change it when it works so well!
We are again getting together at Mrs Miller's Culgaith for a Christmas lunch and since I live so close it has fallen to me to organise it.

If you intend coming Please fill in the form and send me the appropriate money made out to G C Anderson or direct by online transfer to 40-45-11  ac No 61270761(mark it 'EVCUKlunch') in order that I can make the one payment. Drinks and tips will as usual be separate on the day. This year there is a specific deadline - Monday 10th December . So get on with it now. Click on menus to see larger version.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Sunday 4th Nov 3 bike ride

As per route description starting from Greystoke car park at 10.00 note winter timing and taking a rambling route round Penrith (not actually going to Penrith though!) seeking out the odd hill(!). Lunch (note this is a one stopper) at Orton Scar cafe and returning via Pooley Bridge. Some short cuts can be taken if necessary but bring lights just in case.
Click map for detail.

While you're here why not sign up for the Christmas Lunch?

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Ride Wednesday 7th November

My ride next Wednesday is a 10.00am start from GLENDALE not the Crossroads.

Please park on the drive not the verge. Pre ride Tea and Coffee from 9.30am.

Enjoy a scenic Autumn ride over Lazonby Fell to Penrith for Elevenses at Booths then on to Mungrisedale for Lunch, we will return via Hesket Newmarket and Highbridge. Should be back well before dark but don't forget your lights.
Tea and cake at Glendale on return.


Monday, 29 October 2018

3 bike ride Wednesday 31st October

Route planned as above starting from the telephone box at Catterlen NY487336. There is parking on the main road but it might be a lot safer to park at 487339 on the minor road opposite the junction near Woodhead Farm on the OS map - see below
The ride is maximum 70mi (not as published!) so not dawdling but as you can see from the profile it is not too hilly. We intend to stop for coffee at the Granary cafe in Wigton near the fountain and then somewhere on the N coast where we can get coffee/tea but come with packed lunch in case that's all we can get. There will certainly be an opportunity to refuel in Dalston if necessary. Lights might be useful just in case - see notes on the ride list!
The weather doesn't look too bad, it is getting a little milder by Wednesday so hope I have not put everyone off! It's pretty much the last opportunity for distance before the start time becomes 10.00!

New Runs List and Riding in a Group

Thanks to our leaders the new list is now available on our website.

Following points made at the AGM it is a good time to remind members of the policy below. It is for our safety and it would help our leaders if you could abide by this sensible advice:

When the group is large, special thought should be given to splitting into several units to allow traffic to overtake. When the road is wide enough and the traffic is not too heavy ride in pairs (up to 4). It's safer, more sociable and it saves energy! (see blog Aug2 2017)
But if we are in a big group riding in single file because of the conditions then please leave at least a car sized break every 4 so that following vehicles can get past safely. It should be the responsibility of the fifth rider to draw back from the group to leave the space and others behind should not take this as a cue to overtake him/her and catch up with the group ahead.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Xmas Present Idea for the Cyclist who has everything

This link ( takes you Kick-starter  page for cycling gloves developed by the son-in-law of one of my neighbours. They are hoping to ship orders by end of November so they would make ideal Christmas presents.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Tomorrow's ride (28 October)

Until November, rides still start at 9.30, but tomorrow you get an extra hour in bed! So I hope a few will join me at Greystoke car park for a 9.30 departure. We will be going south across the A66 to the shores of Ullswater, following the road through Pooley Bridge to Eamont Bridge and hoping to meet up with the café people at Brougham Hall. From there, I plan a route through Penrith towards Plumpton and lunch at UpFront gallery. Each of those legs will be 12/13 miles although longer loops are available. I was planning an 8 mile route return to Greystoke - about 33 miles in all.
I don't plan to be out late, but it is still recommended at this time of year - after the clocks go back - that you start to carry lights as routine.

Friday, 26 October 2018

AGM - lunch - committee officers

AGM - Saturday  27th October
First a reminder of the Bring and Share Lunch at 12.30 which is always a good get together. If you cannot bring food I am sure there will be plenty but we ask that you pay £5. In either case sign up on the list by filling in the form  here(link)   It would be useful for catering/numbers if you could indicate on the link above if you aim to attend the lunch before Thursday 25th.
There may be a short ride in the morning - see the Blog
I will open the Hall from about 11.45 so if we could have a few helpers to lay out the tables and if food needs heating then please ensure you are there early. (Totals for catering available here)

The AGM kicks off at 2.00pm and I have no special items apart from what is mentioned in the Agenda which you can print off here.  and last years AGM Minutes here

However it is significant that both Chair (Alison) and Secretary (self) are stepping down this year and so far we have no replacemements!

Please think about whether you might be able to give a small amount of time to the basic functioning of the club. It is after all run for the members and needs willing volunteers to function. We are grateful to all volunteers who give their time to run all aspects of the club from leading rides through organising events and weeks away and to all the members of the committee.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

AGM Ride 27 October 2018

I was thinking that some may appreciate a little ride before the AGM.  Not wanting to stress the food arrangements I thought I would take a short ride to Plumpton, the Pot Place, starting from Langwathby at 10.00 a.m. which would allow a gentle pace, a considered chat and coffee (other beverages are available) and trundle back in time to assist with lay out and eating. I am not stuck on the idea, happy to consider other suggestions.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Wednesday's 3 Bike Ride

Come and join me for a ride through the Lakes on Wednesday. Leaving Shap car park at 9:30 we'll cycle to Glenridding for coffee after 20 miles. It is then a further 16 miles or so (over Kirkstone Pass) to lunch at Wilf’s Café in the Mill Yard at Stavely, and then 17 miles back to Shap. Don’t be put off by Kirkstone – the main part of the ascent from Brotherswater is only 2.6km long and we’ll regroup at the top before enjoying a fabulous descent down to Troutbeck.
I hope to see you at the start. 

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

Helmet Recall

Pam R sent me this note - to clarify, if you have one of these helmets Arragons will help identify if it is one of the suspect helmets.
As usual click to view detail

Further post to follow re AGM.......

Sunday 21 October from Dalston

The ride will be as advertised.  Out via Wetheral to Brampton covering 19 miles before coffee stop at Mr Brown's on the main street.  South to Penrith via Castle Carrock, Croglin and Lazonby to Booth's in Penrith for lunch after a further 22 miles.  Less hilly in the afternoon back to Dalston.  Total distance is around 60 miles.  Looks like it might be a good idea to bring a raincoat.
John Patrick

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ride Wed 17th October

Yes - I’m back! And I hope to see some of you at Stonyholme car park in Carlisle tomorrow for a lovely autumn ride to Newcastleton. Steady pace (I’ve left my carbon in Corsica so have the choice of my Brompton or the Dave Yates - mmmm....difficult choice 😉 ) and bring your own  elevenses to eat at Bewcastle Church. Hilly in the morning, less hilly pm but undulating.
According to Bike Hike the route should be about 57 miles, but it might turn out to be less.
Looking forward to seeing you.

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.