Monday, 30 April 2018


If you haven't already looked, the new Runs List which starts this Wednesday with Clive's ride, can be found as usual on our web site. Instructions are given below the list if you wish to download and print out your own copy. Many thanks again to our leaders for contributing to this programme.

Lands end to John o'Groats

I intend doing Lejog starting the beginning of June.  If you are interested in joining me for this epic journey please contact me asap to discuss details.  James  mobile 07802415607 or 01228561561

Friday, 27 April 2018

Club Ride Sunday 29 April

Weather is looking OK so the ride will be as planned for anyone not in the Peak District.  There are two passes (Newlands and Whinlatter) but not a great distance to cover so we can take it steady and I am happy to adjust the pace to suit anyone who turns up.  We will be on or around the main street in Cockermouth at lunchtime.  There are limited cafes on Sundays but Greggs is open and anyone with good local knowledge may be able to suggest a cafe. 
John Patrick

South Lakes Wheels for All co-ordinator

Received from Sheila Larking....
Someone may be interested in this part-time post?
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More detail here?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

CPR training this Thursday in Penrith

Hello All,
Sally Brading an Appleby GP is running a 1 hour CPR/Defribulator training session at the Methodist Church on Wordsworth Street in Penrith this Thursday 26th starting at 7.30. I have spoken to Sally and there are spaces available, and she is happy for members of the club to ring her on 01768 210248 to book a place. The session is free, and myself and Rosie are going.
Sally may also be willing to put on another session for the club if there is enough interest. (8 is a good number)
I know its short notice but I have only just learned about this today.
Phil Blanshard

2 Bike Ride. Wednesday 25th April

The ride starts at Greystoke at 9.30am.
There are two shortish stages to the route. One is to 11s on Ullswater at Glenridding and then one around Ullswater to Howtown for lunch. Each of these is about 12 miles.
In the afternoon we have a longer loop around Penrith on the return to Greystoke. The total distance will be about 45 miles.
The weather forecast is not good, but we are never far from the next cafe stop or Greystoke.

Ernest (posted by Keith as Ernest having technical problems)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

2 Bike ride Sunday 22nd

Apologies for the late blog but both of us were out of the country. Back now so we are leading a ride from Beacon Edge cemetery, Penrith, leaving 9.30am to Talkin Tarn. About 40 miles, with a cafe or picnic for early lunch. One stop only. Hope to see lots of you there.
Phil and Rosie B

Friday, 20 April 2018

John R’s Ride Sunday 22nd April

Parking will be in along from Abbey Bridge Lanercost on the LHS (you have gone too far if you reach the cafe Car Park) The route planned will go to Askerton and is undulating to start with. From here we will go to Bewcastle and either follow the Reivers route to Blackpool Gate or contour round via Roughsyke. Thence we will travel through Kershope Forest to a late 11’s /early lunch stop at the Olive Cafe in Newcastleton. Our return route will take us along the B6357 to Kershopefoot and is flatter than the morning ride. The tearoom in Walton is open until 1600 hrs for a tea stop at the end of the ride

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cafe Open in Border Country

Hello Eden Valley Cycle Club

Some of you may already know the cafe at Slack House Farm (Cycle Route 72 - B6318) We are open for the season and ideally located for food, refreshments and cake.  

After the Roman Fort at Birdoswald, turn left at the junction and only 200mtrs on the right.

A warm welcome to you all.

Bryony and Joy

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 18th April.

The ride starts from Greystoke at 9.30am.
We will take the direct route to the shore of Ullswater via Wreay and then hopefully enjoy a spring morning ride around the lake to 11's at Glenridding. The ride then climbs over to Dockray and on to Mungrisedale. Lunch will be either at Mungrisedale (early) or Unthank (late) depending on how people feel.
The overall distance should not exceed 40 miles.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Club Ride Wednesday 18 April

Wednesday's 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 over Kirkstone to Glenridding where we will have 11s. From here we head for Threlkeld via Matterdale End and on to St Johns in the Vale. We will probably have to use the A591 if the road around the back of Thirlmere is still closed to get to Grasmere for lunch. The return leg will take us through Ambleside and over Holbeck Lane for a total distance of approx. 60 fairly hilly miles.
The forecast is looking good and there will be post ride refreshments in Bowston, so a grand day out should be had by all!
Keith G.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

2 Bike Ride Sunday 15th April

Ride basically as published. 15 miles from Greystoke to Mungrisdale via Hesket Newmarket. Then a further 15 miles to lunch at Pooley Bridge. A short ride then back to Greystoke. Looking forward to some slightly warmer weather.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Ride Wednesday 11th April

(Start 0930 at GR 488337 Phone box at Catterlen road end B5305)

The weather is not looking too bad maybe even a bit of sun! So although we may modify the route I intend to go for the seaside trip. The planned route totals are about 109km 1065m ascent. We go out via Caldbeck Wherriggs and Abbeytown and returning via Aspatria and Fletchertown.
Coffee will be late at Wheyrigg Hotel (approx 11.30) rather than Wigton but we may prefer to stop at lunch and tea instead. Let me know if you would like to meet up at coffee and I will make sure we stop there!
Hope to see lots out for the seaside trip!

Whilst writing - I know a few club members are doing the Forrest of Bowland sportive on Sunday(good luck and I hope the weather stays fair) but if anyone would like a lift to the superior Daffodils sportive starting in Thirsk and travelling through the wonderful North York Moors (did it last year and going back for more!) let me know and make sure you get your entry in by Wednesday. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Alternative Cafe is BOOTHS in Penrith, not Morland on Wednesday 11th April

We have discovered that the Courtyard Cafe in Morland will be closed for one day this Wednesday, so we are suggesting Booths in Penrith for the self led meet up point.
 ....Recently received

Dear Geoff
Please could you share this email about the next Borderlands Cycle Sportive with your members.
Many thanks Janet 
Wooler Wheel Organiser 

Putting your heart into it! 

 That’s the theme of the next Wooler Wheel Borderlands Sportive on May 12th as money from the event will go to support The British Heart Foundation

WOOLER WHEEL CYCLE SPORTIVE Saturday 12th May 2018 in aid of British Heart Foundation Now in its 5th year the event takes place in Northumberland and Scottish Borders, with a choice of 4 routes with nominal distances of 170, 100, 60 km and a dedicated 30km junior sportive for under 16-year olds. Enjoy these rides for their own sake or use them as part of your training programme, for example, if you're a road racer or a triathlete.
This year’s events hope to raise £5,000 for British Heart Foundation in memory of a previous Wooler Wheeler from Alnwick who sadly died of a heart attack last November aged just 45. He was passionate about anything cycling so having spoken to his wife we thought it would be fitting that the event helped raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Want to lend a hand?
 If you’re not cycling at present but would like to help out we’d can always use more marshals to help riders around the route. Even if can only offer a short time during the day that would be great or if you know anyone else I might be able to ask to help out. Contact for details on becoming a marshal. Enter the Borderlands events via the British Cycling or
Enter the Borderlands events via the British Cycling or Wooler Wheel websites and entries close on Sunday 6th May 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

2 bike ride on Sunday

Myself and Rosie will lead a ride from Beacon Edge cemetery Penrith on Sunday leaving at 9.30. We will be ending up at Pooley Bridge for 11'ses and go there via Catterlen, Skelton, Greystoke, and Dacre. After 11'ses we will return via Askham. Total distance 30 miles. Hope to see some of you at the start.

Sunday 8th April - Club ride from Gretna

The ride will start from Central Avenue, Gretna at 9.30am.    The route will be fairly direct to Langholm.   We will not be going via Claygate because of additional problems with that road.    Because the distance to Langholm will be shorter than intended and relatively flat we will not stop for 11's.    The first stop will be lunch at Eskdalemuir (30miles)    The community cafe in Eskdalemuir is excellent with a fairly wide menu and reasonable prices.    From there we take a direct route to Boreland, Corrie Common and an afternoon tea stop at Cafe91 in Lockerbie.    We return to Gretna via Annan on roads less travelled.

The total distance will be 70 miles.   Most of the route will be hilly.    The met office forecast at the moment is for it to be dry and lightly overcast.

Directions to the start as follows:   From the M6 and Longtown, drive into Gretna to the roundabout at the entrance to Gretna Gateway outlet.   Leave the roundabout at the 2nd exit (signposted ANNAN and TOWN CENTRE)    Drive 400 metres approx and turn left at the traffic lights onto Central Avenue.     As you turn onto Central Avenue there are shops on the right.  Just beyond the shops there is a free car park on the left opposite Gretna Surgery.   Gretna Gateway outlet also has overflow car parks and there seem to be no parking restrictions.    

There are no public toilets in Gretna other than those at Gretna Gateway outlet.  

I hope the increased distance of the ride has not put too many of you off.   I hope to see a few of you at the start.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Let's be positive...

Congratulations to those hardy souls who braved the rain today, We must be due a Spring soon, surely??? So, in the spirit of optimism and in the knowledge that our holiday in Derbyshire starts in just over 3 weeks time (raining or not) I have ordered a custom made map from Ordnance Survey based on Carsington Water. With an Easter discount it is costing just under £15. When it arrives we can start looking forward to getting out again...can't we? Let's hope for some good weather, good rides and good company - we know in the club that the last is the one thing which can be guaranteed.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Two-bike ride tomorrow 4 April

Nigel will be leading tomorrow's ride as I have been struck down by a lurgy that is resistant to being shaken off. The plan, as usual, is to leave Cross Keys at Carleton 9.30 and cycle to the Pot Place for 11s and on to Upfront for lunch. The route will be decided in the morning in the light of the wishes of those who turn up. Although we can't offer 2 rides of different paces, there is an option for people who wish to go a bit further to make their own route. Nigel will decide in the morning.

The cycle carrier

I will be going on the post-Easter trip to Derbyshire next month and I want to take two bikes.   Does anyone have a Thule bike carrier I can borrow to put on the car roof?  I have one carrier but I don't want to buy another if I can avoid it.   

If anyone has a carrier they are willing to lend me for that week, please give me a call on 077097 10301 or email