Thursday, 20 June 2019

Lift from Edinburgh to Carlisle on Sunday 22 june

Hi folks

Is anyone doing the 'ride to the sunrise 'Carlisle to Edinburgh cycle ride on this Saturday night ?  If you are and have space in a car for one or two people and bikes to return on Sunday, please would you let me know. Many thanks

01228 712689

Monday, 17 June 2019

EV Proposed Away Week 2020 - Ellesmere, Shropshire


Location:  Shropshire  and Fife vied for most popular in our 2018 poll, so having done Fife, we’ll do Shropshire! On offer for your delectation is Ellesmere north Shropshire (don’t confuse with Ellesmere Port). Wrexham, Oswestry, Chirk and Llangollen in cycling range. Flattish riding in the area and hilly west of Oswestry. Hopefully CJ will suss out all the interesting places to visit!

Travel: From Penrith 153 miles, 2.5 hours driving M6 traffic permitting.

Dates: Friday  April 24th  to Friday 1st May for a week. The venue offers  Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon, but only the former available as the largest  8 bed lodge booked from Fri 1st.
Note Easter Sunday is April 12th, and early May bank holiday Fri May 8th, put back recently from Mon 4thto coincide with VE day centenary.

Accommodation: Proposing Woodland Park Lodges about 2 miles north of Ellesmere itself. It’s independently owned / managed, but all bookings are under the Hoseasons umbrella.

The site has 11 lodges comprising:
 1 x 8 bed (3 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 6 bed (2 x double, 1 x twin)
 5 x 4 bed (2 x double)
Note there is a bias towards doubles which could  cause limitations ….. we originally had 11 singles in 2019.
Lodges I believe are in fairly close proximity. There are no site additional facilities such as shop, games room, pool etc .

Presently all 11 lodges are available. Have made provisional booking held  for a week i.e. until June 24th  for the 1 x 8 bed and 5 x 6 bed which is an optimistic 38 people maximum!

Cost:  Have negotiated 15% group discount and cost per person much less than last year at £110 assuming full occupancy. At this stage and assuming that doesn’t happen, we’ll go for  £120 per person to give a bit of bunce in hand. If any singles require a room to themselves, that’s £240.

Deposit: As you know there is no EV account  for payments or any ‘slush fund’, all is from my personal account.  To confirm places I need to pay a deposit by 24th June. So please try to commit before then and give/send/BACS me money! Based on an iffy  experience for Fife, I reserve the right to be choosy on whether to accept an assurance that you are coming, without any associated payment.
I will pay the deposit on as many of the lodges as your payments and my choosiness allow! Thereafter as others decide and pay more lodges will be booked assuming they are still available.

Payment Now: Deposit £50 per person non-refundable if you cancel unless someone else found to take your place.

Action: Please let me know as soon as possible with one of the following:
YES      MAYBE    NO    (if No a reason would be useful  eg location, accommodation, dates, price)
If ‘YES’,  BACS bank account details will be emailed if required – risky to include in global blog / email.

Thanks - Les Meer 01768 881894 /  08740 568047 The Shire, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1PT

Club Ride Wednesday 19 June

Wednesday's ride will start from Tarn Lane, Burton in Kendal at 0930.
The route will take us through Halton Park and over Jubilee Tower to Dunsop Bridge for 11's. From here we will head for Wray via Slaidburn and the Cross o Greet. Lunch will at the Garden Centre in Wray. The home leg will take us through Hornby and Gressingham for a total  distance of over 50 miles.
This is a hilly ride with several long ascents, although none of them are brutal. At the moment the forecast is looking good, but should that change, modifications to the route can be made on the day.
Keith G

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Melmerby 11s 19 June

Owing to family illness, Lily won't be able to open for us on Wednesday. The Village Bakery will be open and I will warn them that a few cyclists may be arriving.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 16 th June

The ride will be as published : -

Start : Dalston 09:30 for 11's at Wheyrigg via, East Curthwaite, Wigton, Woodrow, Parkgate and Blencogo.

11's : At Wheyrigg Hall Hotel, then continue via Blencogo, Langrigg, Mealrigg, New Cowper, Jericho, Holme St Cuthbert, to Beckfoot.

Lunch : At Banks Mill Nursery then continue via Silloth, Skinburness, Calvo, Abbeytown, Lessonhall, Moorhouse, Thornby, Woodhouses, Orton Rigg to Dalston.

Having remeasured distance, it's less than the published 59 miles & is only 55 miles. Depending on weather conditions cutting out the Silloth / Skinburness loop would reduce mileage by a further4 miles.

I have advised Wheyrigg to expect us between 11:00 and 11:30 for Tea / Coffee, Teacakes or Bacon Butties.

I hope to see lots of riders at the start.

News from Corsica

Hi everyone!
I was going to add an impromptu ride on 26th June as I will be back in Cumbria. However, as many of you know, I came off my bike on the Caldew cycle way near Lidl in April and broke my wrist really badly. I am recovering, can now ride the turbo trainer with tri-bars (they look quite good on the original Claude Butler!), but I won’t be back on the bike properly for a while. Thanks to all of you who sent your best wishes - much appreciated and lovely to hear from you.
Meanwhile in Corsica I have learnt a lot of wrist-related vocab, got to know how the health service works and have become a one-handed gardener and decorator! Best wishes to you all. Janet

Friday, 14 June 2019

Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria

The was a Meeting on Tuesday evening to consider appointment of a Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria to cover issues for cyclists for the whole county (amongst other aspects, 'everyday' use of cycles).
The Meeting was well attended and progressed to:
1. setting up a Committee
2. setting up an election for the position of 'Mayor' 
The function of the Committee is, I understand, to manage the Mayor for which provision of funding and support are provided.  I, along with 4 others, volunteered to be on the committee.  The first Meeting date of the Committee has yet to be set but I am expecting it will be quite soon.
The initial term of Office for the Mayor will be 2 years.  Richard Ingham is putting his name forward (for which reason he is not a member of the Committee).  The position is open for anyone resident in Cumbria to seek election. 
The running of the election of position will be the responsibility of the Committee albeit Richard Ingham is promoting the election (notices in local papers through the County and information to local shops and persons known to be interested in cycling) being the person most knowledgeable at the moment about the project.
If you are interested, please let me, or Richard Ingham, know.


If you are in Penrith today (Fri 14th, June) do call in at Arragons Bike Shop , try out their static training bike and make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK.
Best wishes

First Aid App

Pam spotted this St Johns Ambulance First Aid App:

Not the same as going on a course but useful nevertheless if you've been on one and need re-inforcement! Or just need the basics in extremis!

First Aid for Cyclists - for iPhone or iPad

First Aid for cyclists - for Android

Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe

I received email below from Woodside Cycle Cafe if anyone fancies a bowl of chilli!

Dear Eden Valley Cycle Club
We are just writing to you to let you know that we are holding a series of Chilli and Ride Nights during the summer months. The cost is £7.00 per head, which includes a bowl of homemade Chilli Con Carne and Cheesy garlic bread.  
The dates are as follows  and places can be booked from 5.30 - 8pm:
Friday 12th July 2019
Tuesday 16th July 2019
Friday 19th July 2019
Tuesday 13th July 2019 
Friday 16th August 2019
We are hoping that you might enjoy planning an evening ride and meal around the above dates. 
For further information, please telephone Mike or Debs on 01228 710764 or email
Mike and Debs
Woodside Welcome Cycle Cafe

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Break the cycle: Britain's oldest off-road club

This is quite interesting.. can you put a link on the blog...?
So wet here we could be back in Cumbria

A and M

Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Just to quick note to thank everyone for their efforts in today's Tri-Vets event! 
There are so many people to mention that I won’t mention any names in case I forget anyone.
Thanks to those who have helped with the catering, particularly at Milburn and Dalston.
Thanks to those who have helped with the organisation from collating the groups to crafting the routes.
Thanks to those who helped at Newton Rigg with registration + meet & greet and making sure that everyone got the food that they ordered.
Thanks to all of the ride leaders for showing off our beautiful Eden Valley and guiding our guest riders around the route(s).
Thanks to the staff at Newton Rigg who could not have been more helpful with the organisation & coping with loads of last-minute changes to the numbers.
And last of all a special thanks to everyone who rode on the day in challenging conditions – there is nothing to beat a day in the saddle in good company! 

Sunday 16 th June - Self Led Ride

Meet at Magic Bean Cafe, Poets Walk Penrith

I advised  Karen at Magic Bean by email to expect riders for 11's. 
Karen replied saying : -

" Thanks for your message, we will be open from 10.30am on Sunday 16th June (serving our breakfast & brunch menu, freshly baked scones, sausage rolls and cakes alongside our drinks menu).
   We also have a dispenser of cold fresh water and ice cubes if anyone wants to refill their drink bottle before departure.

Thanks for thinking of us!

Kind regards 

Karen "

I hope that some riders meet at the cafe to experience this new venue.

Monday, 10 June 2019

TriVets am/pm catering

Just to say, if you didn't receive an email from me on June 4th about details for catering at Milburn village hall from 9.00 to 12.00 and at Dalston Victory Hall from 2.00 to 5.00, please contact me. Many thanks to all those who have volunteered.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Sunday 9 June

Drinks available from 9am at 7 Warwick Farm, Warwick on Eden.  The ride will take us through Newbiggin and Renwick then up Hartside to Alston.  This will be the main refreshment stop.  We will continue through Nenthead then to Allendale.  There should be chance for a drink and snack at the shop/cafe at Whitfield but bring supplies in reserve.  Post ride refreshments on offer back at our house.  The weather forecasting seems to be admitting a lack of accuracy at the moment but if conditions are poor we can shorten the ride by returning through Slaggyford from Alston. The full ride is just under 70 miles with 6000 feet of climbing. 
John P

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Wednesday 5th June: 2 and 3 Bike Ride update

Due to the temporary closures of the coffee stop options in Melmerby both rides will stop at Mrs Miller's in Culgaith. This is about 24 miles from the Greystoke start and is the only planned stop on the two bike route so probably lunch for this ride. For both rides, this is a little off the TriVets morning loops so we will try to get back on route as soon as we can to familiarise ourselves for next week. However, both rides are open to all.

Melmerby Wed 5 June

Both the village store and the Village Bakery are closed tomorrow. I am not sure if the pub might do coffee. I have e-mailed the trip leaders. Watch this space...

Monday, 3 June 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 5thJune

Wednesday's 3 bike ride will follow the morning route of next week's Tri-Vets 100mile ride. The ride will set off from the car park in Greystoke at 09:30 and go to Melmerby for coffee (17-1/2 miles) and on to Appleby for lunch (36 miles) before returning to Greystoke for a total distance of 60 miles with about 3,500ft ascent. The weather forecast is good so I hope to see lots of you out!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Tri-Vets 12th June

There's only 11 more days to go until Trip-Vets but more importantly only 4 more days until entries close on 5th June so if you are intending to take part then click on this LINK and get your entry in asap so we can finalise the numbers.
3 Bike ride Sun 2nd June

Leaving Rickerby park monument carpark at 9-30 am. Following sustains route 7. Calling at Gretna Central Ave car park at 10-30 ( 10 miles ) for anybody who wants to join for a 50 mile ride.
First stop Annan cafe Royal ( 20 miles about 11-30 ). Continuing to Glencaple ( 38 miles). The Boathouse cafe at Glencaple is busy on a Sunday so I will need to book a table.
Return to Carlisle by a shorter route. Total 72 miles 2000ft.

Friday, 31 May 2019

2 Bike Ride Sunday 2 nd June


I have decided to change the published ride, i.e Appleby to Kirkby Stephen.
   The reason is the Appleby Horse Fair is on middle of next week. So anywhere in the vicinity of Appleby will be quite busy !. 
Also the weather forecast for Sunday at the moment is Wet & Windy.
   So I will be putting a shorter local ride on !. 
Staring at Frenchfield, going to Pooley Bridge for 11's, via Lowther and Celleron. 
   Then on to Upfront Gallery Unthank for Lunch, taking in Dacre, Newbiggin and Great Blencow
   Distance will be around 30 miles.
Hope to see some of you at the start.

Bill H

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Club Ride Wednesday 29 May from Clapham

Tomorrow's ride will start from the bridge in Clapham at 0930. From here we will head for Gisburn for 11s and on to Holden Garden Centre for lunch. The return leg will be via Giggleswick for a total distance of 55 miles.
The forecast is looking unpredictable at the moment with the threat of rain by mid afternoon. With this in mind we have options to alter the route accordingly and/or reduce the stops to one.
I hope to see some of you tomorrow.
Keith G

Saturday, 25 May 2019

2 Bike Ride Sunday 26th May

It is forecast to be rather wet and windy tomorrow with rain until coffee time and wind gusting to 35mph at 4 pm.
The planned route is via Great Orton, Monkhill, Beaumont, Burgh by Sands and Thurstonfield arriving at Watchtree Nature Reserve at about 16 miles. Then it is Wiggonby, Aikton Church, Fingland and towards Kirkbride. Anyone relishing adversity can go around the Anthorn Peninsular. Bowness on Solway or Glasson would be shorter and easier. The RSPB Centre at Campsfield was locked at lunchtime today but may be open tomorrow. The alternative is the shelter at Bowness overlooking the Solway for your BYO lunch. Return is via Boustead Hill and Kirkbampton. There will be tea at Dalston for survivors.

Ian B

Friday, 24 May 2019

TRI-VETS: mid morning and mid afternoon catering

Thanks to those who have already offered to help at Milburn Village Hall for elevenses for all riders and at Dalston Village Hall for the 100 milers in the afternoon. The final number of riders won't be known until the 5th June but the plan is pretty much the same as three years ago. For Milburn I will order scones, tray-bakes etc from Kath Earl (Long Marton). No baking required but lots of helpers needed to set up, serve drinks and clear up. After that we will move to Dalston where the numbers will be smaller. Crumble and custard has been advertised so for anyone willing to make a crumble, the payment rate is 30p per portion! Obviously other food will be available - left-overs from morning and probably cheese.
There is a meeting on Friday 31st May at Daffodil Café, Penrith at 10.00 am. - all welcome - see Bill's blog below which also gives details of how to enter for members riding.
Some helpers may wish to lunch at Newton Rigg. In which case they should contact John R asap. There will be a light lunch at Dalston for helpers.

Claire B

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Mountain Biking, Friday 24 May

Hi All
Start at 9.30. Meet at the Bike shop at the Whinlatter visitor centre. The plan is to do the Blue Run (the less technical). Then decide whether to repeat the Blue Run or to try the Red Run.
If you have never tried out a purpose built trail, this a good opportunity to have a go, they are great.
Best wishes

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tri-Vets 12th June

There are only 21 days to go until Tri-Vets takes place on 12th June! Places on the Tri-Vets are filling fast and we have a lot of entries from outside our area, start your entry now by clicking this link.
As in 2016 the event will start & finish at Brambles Cafe in Newton Rigg College. The entry fee is £20 and includes refreshment during the morning and afternoon and lunch at Newton Rigg in the middle of the day. Entries close on 5th June, so get you entry in now.

There is a planning meeting for Tri-Vets volunteers at Daffodils Coffee House in St Andrews Churchyard at 10:00am next Friday (31st May) - all welcome.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Wednesday 22 Three bike ride

Hi All
All looks good. Start Greystoke car park at 9.30.
A longish section between 11's and lunch
Best wishes

Monday, 20 May 2019

Windermere Marathon;  1st time marathon race.
5th place 70-80 age group in a time of 5hrs 32' 09''

Saturday, 18 May 2019


The 12th should of course be the 19th.

Sunday 12th May 2 bike ride

Sundays ride is starting at Brigham, Cockermouth at 9.30. From Penrith on the A66 take the second turning left into Brigham and then left again into Low Road, at the end of which is some parking.
We will be cycling to The Gather at Ennerdale Bridge for an early lunch and return via Lorton. About 35 miles. Hope to see some of you at the start.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Sunday 12th May - 3 bike ride

The 108 mile ride will start from the river side car park at Langholm at 9am.   The route will be through Eskdalemuir and up the Ettrick Valley to Tushielaw and then into the Yarrow Valley for lunch at the Gordon Arms Hotel near St Mary's Loch - a distance of 35 miles.  (We will not have a 11's stop after all)   After lunch we continue up to Megget Head before dropping down to Tweedsmuir and then the A701 to Moffat and hopefully afternoon tea (32 miles).   The return to Langholm will be via Boreland and Corrie Common.  

We may not get back to Langholm until after 6pm.   The route is undulating from the start.   However the scenery is great and the forecast is good.   Most of the 'usual suspects' who would go on a ride like this are doing other things this weekend so I am not really expecting anyone to turn up (yippy !)
But if you would like to come you will be very welcome.   Bring food.  

Friday, 10 May 2019

Sunday 11th Les Ride

Two and a halfish  grade and no whizzing as haven’t been on bike since Fife for variety of reasons!

Weather should have improved significantly so may not need winter woolies.

Meet our house in Ousby  for normal 9.30 departure. Let me know if you need details of how to find us.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 8th May

Bill has put his back out and is staying off the bike for a few days and has asked me (Geoff) to lead the ride. I will be at Melmerby at 0930 but we may well not do the Alston Middleton route due to impending heavy rain. We can discuss possibilities depending on who turns up. It seems drier in the West.... still hope to see some of you out........!!

Come & join me for a ride over the Pennines. Leaving Melmerby at 09:30 we'll ride down to Brough for 11's and then on to Middleton in Teesdale for lunch. Return along the B6277 through the North Pennines ANOB to Garrigil and over Hartside back to Melmerby for a total distance of 70 miles or so. Hope to see some of you out........

Monday, 6 May 2019

2 Bike Ride Wednesday 8 May

The ride starts from Greystoke at 9.30am and heads south to cross the A66 and meander around the lanes before reaching Watermillock on Ullswater. We take the road around the lake to Pooley Bridge and along to Howtown for 11's. From Howtown we go back along the lake to Pooley Bridge, Celleron, Askham and into Lowther Park.The river crossing is at Frenchfield then up through Penrith to lunch at Plumpton.
It is a short ride back to Greystoke. The distance is about 45 miles. The route can easily be varied if the weather is bad.

Friday, 3 May 2019

2 bike ride to Cockermouth on Sunday 5th May

Meet at Rowan Lea, Church Lane, Thursby, CA6 6PF.  Parking for 3 cars at our house or park on Matty Lonning (not village hall please). Leaving Thursby at 9.30am and cycling to Maes Tea Room at Uldale for coffee around 11.00. Cycle to Cockermouth via Binsey.  Lots of cafes in Cockermouth or bring your own picnic to eat beside the river.  Ride returns via Plumbland back to Thursby.  A few wee hills in the morning but flatter in the afternoon.  So hope to see some of you either either here or on the route. Should be around 50 miles


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

3 bike ride Wednesday 1 May

Click the link on the runs list for the route which is easily editable if it rains which is getting ever less likely(famous last words!). We intend quite an ambitious and hilly route but not too long 90km and 1820m of ascent. Up over Tan hill to Reeth/Grinton for coffee over to Askrigg for lunch and back over Buttertubs and Lamps Moss back to Nateby. Great run out! hope to see someone!.........
Meet at the Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen 0930 (parking as usual near the Grammar School)

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Pooley Bridge Replacement

The attached item from the Cumberland & Westmoreland Herald describes the replacement bridge : -

CJ's comments - What's wrong with the Bailey Bridge and how much will the new bridge cost and who's funding it ?

Dick Philips Obituary - Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Dicks Obituary is attached below : -

( Copyright of Cumberland & Westmorland Herald )

New Runs List, 2nd Quarter 2019

The new Runs List is now available on the Club Web Site where you can download it and/or print it.
Please note and read the additional points about riding in a group. The committee feel strongly that we should all act on this.
Many thanks to all our leaders for contributing to the programme.  We hope there are rides to suit all our members. If you would like to join the team of leaders please have a word with any committee member.

2 Bike Ride, Sunday 28th April

Start at Wetheral at 9.30 and then the route is as advertised: going north by Irthington and Walton to reach Slack House Farm cafe for elevenses; then continue by Birdoswald and Lanercost to Farlam and Talkin Tarn for lunch (BYO option of course as weather looks pretty good); after lunch continue SW to Armathwaite and return north back to Wetheral. About 43 miles in total.
Hope to see some of you out if you are not in Fife.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Dick's Funeral

I am passing this information on via Les,,,,

Dick's funeral will be next Friday, May 3rd at Nenthead Cemetery (on the main road from Alston to Nenthead) at 11am and afterwards at Nenthead Village hall where there will be food and people talking about their memories of Dick. It will not be a religious ceremony. (This info was passed to me via the Humanist celebrant)
There will be the opportunity to share your memories of Dick if you wish. No pressure others will be speaking too.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Audax events - reminder

There are three quite close by in the next couple of months the first on this Sunday, though of course there is Mike B's ride on that day. I supply the links to those that are interested.
Bowland Forest populaire
North Penines Wednesday 2
North Penines Wednesday 3

Martin Y is riding the last two and would welcome company!?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Dick Philips Death

Dick has just died, an outcome he has been wishing for since last year. So perhaps one should think 'contentedly died' rather than 'sadly died'  .... though will leave sadness for those who knew him.

An obituary will appear in the next Cumberland & Westmorland Herald.

It is hoped to arrange the funeral in Nenthead Village Hall on May 3rd ie a week Friday, but may be delayed until the following Monday. Will post further details when available, or contact the funeral directors whose details will be in the obituary.

Those on the Fife away week who wish to attend will be back in time.

Fond memories of a sometimes bloody minded, but always well informed, well meaning and generous contributor to so many aspects of cycling, his beloved Iceland  and the local Alston community.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

3 bike ride next Wednesday 24th

With 500m of ascent and a total distance of 104km, the hills (if any) in this ride come towards the end. We will stop at Bank Mill Nurseries for a late lunch after 62km and because of the route there will always be the opportunity for short cuts home for those that need the time to pack for the week away, so no excuses!
Outline of route below - this may be the last of the good weather so I hope to see lots out!
Start 0930 Dalston carpark

Monday, 22 April 2019

2 Bike Ride Wednesday 24th April

This will be more a one and a half bike ride as I need to get home to welcome  my overnight guests.
Leaving Dalston to Watchtree via Beaumont  then on to Glasson for lunch, either BYO or Highland Laddie.
Home via Biglands taking advantage of the dry weather. Quite a strong Easterly wind forecast so easy out but harder home!

About 35 to 40 miles

Friday, 19 April 2019

Rides on Sunday 21st

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides from Beacon Edge cemetery starting at 9.30. Both will be heading to Dufton for an early lunch. The cafe is open, but it will be warm and sunny and we are going to sit on the grass and have a picnic. There are public loos. Rosie will cycle directly to Dufton and I will take a route through Appleby.

Tri-Vets 12th June

This is a gentle reminder that there are now only 54 days to go until Tri-Vets! Places are being booked, so if you don't want to be disappointed then please get your entry in by clicking this LINK which will take you to the club Tri-Vets web page or this LINK which takes you directly to the entry page.

Hope to see you 12th June (if not before).

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Dick Philips Update

Went to visit Dick at Grisedale Croft care home in Alston  this afternoon.

Following an infection, Dick seems to be ailing fast and really does looks a shadow of his former self, bedridden, sleeping most of the day and eating almost nothing. A few whispered words was all he managed, though he does still recall the good days - eg managing to tell me that his longest cycling day was 220 miles.

His friend Liz (ex secretary of Dick's) who cared for him in his Nenthead house for a few years recently whilst he was initially poorly, is in daily contact, given as next of kin and will let me know if & when 'something' happens.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Wanted: Someone to Audit our Accounts

Ian Ludlam has audited our accounts for a number of years and has signalled his intention to resign from this job. I am sure you will join me in thanking Ian for his hard work over the years auditing the accounts on behalf of Eden Valley Cycling UK

As the Auditor of the club accounts, the Treasurer (me) will send you the summary spreadsheet, together with the Bank reconciliation statement, invoices etc and the Cycling UK summary sheet. The Auditor will check that all transactions are as recorded and the accounts are balanced for the year. The AGM is scheduled for 26th October and I anticipate balancing the accounts by the middle of September, giving our Auditor time to check everything in time for the AGM

Please contact me if you are willing to take on this role. I have contacted Cycling UK for advice and have been told that anyone in the club with experience of bookkeeping would be ideal for this role
John R

Monday, 15 April 2019

Fife - yet again !!

Anne and I are not able to go to Fife and we are hoping someone will be able to take our place.    If interested please phone me on 077097 10301 or email   

Club Ride Wednesday 17 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 for 11s and then on to Matterdale End and Threlkeld before lunch in Grasmere via St Johns in the Vale. The return leg will be via Ambleside and Holbeck Lane.
This will be a hilly ride and will be approx. 60 miles. Light refreshments will be available post ride in Bowston. At the moment the forecast is looking good, so hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Keith G

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Fife Again

Unfortunately Ian and Ann Ludlam have had to cancel so risk losing their total payment.

If anyone, whether couple, two singles or even an individual considered coming but were put off by the £160 per person cost, do contact Ian and hopefully  work out a ‘deal’ acceptable to  both. Financially I don’t need to be involved, just have to know who takes  their place. 

Friday, 12 April 2019

2 Bike Ride Sun 14 th April ( Starting at Frenchfield 09:30 ) - A reminder

Will be doing a ride to Langwathby Village Hall for the " Big Breakfast ". Details of which Mike kindly put on a blog a couple of days ago,
   Starting at Frenchfield, Bottom of Hill, going out through Great Strickland, Morland, Kirkby Thore, Newbiggin and Skirwith to Langwathby.
    Should be there arounds 11:30 ( Distance 18 miles ).
Afternoon ride will be to Long Meg & Her Daughters, Kirkoswald, Lazonby, then a loop from Lazonby back to back to Frenchfield ( Distance about 16 miles ). Total distance 34 miles.
    Couple of unnecessary Hills on the way!. 
Hope to see you all at Frenchfield or at the Village Hall.

Bill H

PS - If coming by car to Frenchfield the easiest way to get there at present is via the A66 Kemplay roundabout since there road works and traffic lights on Carleton Road between Penrith town and the Cross  Keys.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Sunday 14th April: Langwathby Village Hall BIG BREAKFAST

This is in aid of their fund raising to have a new roof. As we like to keep warm and dry for our AGMs it would be good if we could support this. The full breakfast will be available between 10am and 2pm for £7 (vegetarian options etc available) .
Bill H has kindly agreed to rearrange his ride this Sunday to start at FRENCHFIELD and pass through Langwathby at some stage - Bill will post details of this ride later this week. He has rearranged his Tebay-Dent-Ingleton ride for 7th July.
It would be good too if any members hoping to ride to the alternative coffee stop could get to Langwathby instead (go on - spoil yourself!).

Mountain Bike Ride over the Orton and Crosby Ravensworth Fells

Mountain Biking Ride Friday 12th April

We are aiming for a 10 o’clock start from the car park in the centre of Orton Village (by the Chocolate factory). The plan is to travel to Sproat Ghyll Farm to pick up the Bridleway which goes to Oddendale. From here we will pick up another BW towards Crosby Ravensworth. In the village I am planning to stop for a coffee break at the Butcher’s Arms. A mixture of roads and BW will take us to the track that goes to Ashby Winderwath Common and to the limestone pavement and back to Orton a distance of Approx 25 km

Please bring something to eat and drink and have some warm clothes too as we are quite exposed on the top of the limestone pavement. I hope to see lots of our aspiring Mountain Bikers out. The weather doesn’t look to be too bad at the moment.This ride is suitable for all abilities.
John R 

Monday, 8 April 2019

Wednesday 10th April, 2 Bike Ride from Sedburgh

The ride starts at 9.30 from the church gates in the centre of Sedbergh. The route is along the south side of the Lune skirting Barbon and Casterton to a coffee stop at Ireby Green. We then continue  along quiet lanes to Westhouse, Ingleton, High and Low Bentham to Melling Wrayton and on to Kirkby Lonsdale for lunch. The return is along the north side of the Lune to Sedbergh.
The total distance is about 45 miles on easy riding roads.
Spring has arrived down here in South Westmorland. The hedges are green, blossom is out and the roads are dry. Do come and enjoy the ride.


Wednesday 10th April - 3-bike ride: out of curiosity

The 115 km ride with 2085 m of ascent was borne of curiosity and has resulted in a large circular ride round the core of the Lakeland fells.  It will be a long day, with three stops!!!  Seven hours of cycling plus stops.
Naming the low points:  Keswick, Loweswater, Ennerdale Bridge, Calder Bridge, Eskdale, Little Langdale, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside, Thirlmere, Keswick. The high points include Whinlatter, Hard Knott, Wrynose Pass and Dunmail Raise, plus a few other "bits".  It will be a slow long day.  Please meet at my house in Keswick, Grange Park, CA12 4AY, grid reference 277233 for a 9.30 am start. From climbing the Ambleside Road, turn right and head downhill into town, along Manor Brow.  After 300m turn right, just before the dip, to Fenton (cul-de-sac).  However, fork immediately right into Grange Park. Do not go along Fenton.  Drive 200 m along Grange Park, park on the left; the house is on the right, with white van on drive. See you on Wednesday, Rob.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Sunday 7 th April - Car Parking at Kirkby Stephen

For those who haven't parked at KS previously, a good place is the public car park near the Grammar School ( OS 1:50k map 91 Ref W774 N088. Street parking is usually available on Sunday's but not practical during the week.
   Meeting for the 09:30 start is at the Cloisters in the main street.
I hope to see lots of riders out.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Sunday 7 th March : Kirkby Stephen - Hawes - Dent ride

The route will be as published : -

Start : Kirkby Stephen at 09:30

To 11's - at Hawes via, Nateby, Mallerstang and Hardraw ( about 18 miles )

To Lunch - in Dent, via Appersett, Newby Head Moss  and Dentdale ( about 14 miles )

Return - to Kirkby Stephen, via Sedburgh and A863, the Tommy Road, Pendragon Castle and Nateby ( about 23 miles ).

The overal distance is about 55 miles with 1500 m of ascent.

Depending on weather conditions, the route could be changed to cut out the Hawes / Dent loops reducing the overall distance to 35 miles with a single stop at Farfield Mill near Jedburgh.

I hope conditions permit tackling the full circuit and I hope to see lots of riders out.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Vote for Watchtree support

The flyer below forwarded by Dallas promotes support for Watchtree funding via " The People's Projects " : -

Since notice of the ITV Border News item was posted to late to see the broadcast, the link below feeds to " The People's Projects " to vote for Watchtree.

Please send your votes to the site.