Saturday, 19 May 2018

A good day for a picnic...

Tomorrow's two-bike ride will follow the format of previous years, leaving from Appleby cloisters at 9.30. There is parking around the back - I can't remember if you pay for the car park on a Sunday. The idea of the source to sea route of the River Eden is that you cycle out one side of the river and back the other, but the roads don't always co-operate (or exist!) so tomorrow we head out from Appleby south of the river with a river crossing to visit Warcop stopping at Kirkby Stephen for coffee. There are two cafes opposite each other; the Mulberry Tree and the Pink Geranium - we will be in the one which has room for us -  if joining us there, peer through the windows to see if you can see anyone! From Kirkby Stephen we head south following the river until we get as close to the source as the road goes, just before the County Border for a picnic - what a forecast! I don't think we can guarantee any steam trains though - sorry! The return trip has much more downhill and is usually much quicker but I would still intend to offer a tea stop at Kirkby Stephen. Checking the mileage from last May's trip, I think it is just over 40 with about 1650 feet of climbing. I hope to see some of you tomorrow.

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