Thursday, 17 January 2019

Dick Philips - Latest Information

Have just visited Dick in the Alston care home.  He is more or less confined to bed with very little physical energy, but mental facilities and humour undiminished -  although sadly enthusiasm for reading, current affairs etc has pretty much evaporated.  He is not expecting to return to his house in Nenthead and is sorting out 'things'.

Paraphrasing his own words (which he is happy for EV members to be aware of), Dick was not expecting to still be alive today, following diagnosis of prostate and other problems a while back and being given just months to live including a period in hospital at Carlisle.

But he's still here, feeling better than before and without much in the way of outward appearance suggesting inner issues, so who knows how long the future holds for Dick at 85. Thankfully he is unruffled about how and when .....

..... but he would like more visitors in the meantime! Being somewhat stoical, Dick hasn't made much effort to make contact with acquaintances such as us in EV. However if anyone can find the time to visit occasionally (20 minutes drive from Melmerby over Hartside), Dick would much appreciate it -plus visitors can expect interesting reminiscences on cycling and Iceland.

He does have a mobile phone 07851 762703 in his room, but being somewhat of a Luddite struggles to use it properly, so missed calls seem to be the norm!

Reminder, visiting at Grisedale Croft, Church Road, Alston (half way up the now partly cobbled street turn right and it's on your left) without appointment, but avoid meal times 12-1 and 4-5.

Any more information, just ask me.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Dick Philips Update

Dick has unfortunately been off EV's radar for a while now and none of us seemed to know how he had been faring. Tried phoning him several times in Nenthead recently, recalling had heard on the grapevine he had been ill a while back.

Managed to track him down via a call to the Nenthead village shop.

He is in Grisedale Croft (Church Rd, Alston CA9 3QS) care home in Alston and although staff can't give me non-family information, likely to be there for a while and quite ok to receive visitors. Visiting any time except 12 to 1 (lunch) and 4 to 5 (supper) - no need to phone in advance.

We will pop over the hill to visit him in the next week or so and hopefully others who have known this long-term EV member and 'activist' for  local cycling (also the first to rough stuff cycle across Iceland) will call and see him too.

2 Bike Ride: Wednesday 16th January

The ride starts at 10am from Morrison's car park in Kendal.
    The route is south through the South Westmorland lanes to the Brief Encounter Cafe at Carnforth Station for coffee. From Carnforth we head to the RSPB Centre at Leighton Moss via the Yealand villages for lunch. The return to Kendal will either be through Silverdale and Arnside or the Silverdale Woods.
    The ride will be at a moderate pace on relatively easy riding roads. The total distance is about 42 miles.


3 Bike Ride; Wednesday 16th January

The forecast is for showers with a westerly breeze and mild. So I shall start from Wetheral at 10am, cross the viaduct to Great Corby and on to Brampton via Faugh, Townhead and Lower Geltbridge. We leave Brampton on the B6413 for Talkin Tarn, arriving there for 11am. After a short stop the route continues along the B6413 to Cumrew where we veer off on minor roads past Croglin Low Hall, climb up Whin Fell and rejoin the B6413. Carry straight on this road through Kirkoswald, Lazonby and on to Plumpton for lunch. How much we do in the afternoon depends on the weather  but will involve High Hesket, Armathwaite, the Low House level crossing and Wetheral Pasture before arriving back in Wetheral. Not too many unnecessary hills, so hopefully the ride will appeal and I will see you at the start.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Mull 2019?

Our former Treasurer, Cecilia Fry, has moved to Scotland and is organising a trip for friends exploring Mull 8 - 15 June 2019. It involves an average mileage of 30 - 40 each day, staying in self-catering accommodation with 2 nights B & B in Iona. If anyone is interested, please let me know and I can pass on more details.
Thanks for inviting us Cecilia,

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Today Sunday 13th cancelled

Reluctantly with the winds showing 40mph until 1pm, we are going to have to cancel todays rides.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Rides on Sun 13th

Rosie and myself will be leading 2 rides from Beacon Edge cemetery leaving at 10am. Rosie is going to Lowther and then Pooley Bridge about 25 miles. I am heading for Aira Force and then Caldbeck. Apparently the Smithy cafe is shut, but the Priest mill is open. About 45 miles. All this is weather dependent, and it could be wet and windy, but hey ho it is January. Hope to see lots of you out.

Sunday 13 th Jan - Update on Self Led Cafe

To day ( Fri 11 th Jan ), I observed a notice at the Magic Bean cafe that the premises will be closed until Feb 16 th since the propreitors are taking their annual holiday.
   Riders could go to the Gallery Cafe beside that parish church that the club have used previously.
Another alternative ( possibly with faster service than the Gallery ) would be The New Squares Cafe at 6 Bowling Green Lane in the New Squares development near to the Sports Direct shop.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Alternative Cafe on Sunday 13th January

As Betty Ann's Tea Room at Brougham Hall is now closed, we are proposing that we meet at The Magic Bean, Poet's Walk, CA11 7HJ, Penrith on Sunday 13th January.
Advance notice: I have checked the Mill Yard Cafe's website at Morland and it appears to be open for our scheduled visit on the 23rd January.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Mabie mtb ride Friday 11th

Hello mtbers. Fridays ride is around the trails at Mabie Forest near Dumfries. Post Code DG2 8HB, and grid ref NX 950 709. The ride will start at 11.30 from the car park, and I am going to carry some lunch with me. Its probably the easiest of the Staines routes so eminently suitable for beginners who want a challenge. We should be back at the cars by 3.30 at the latest. Google says its 1hr 17min from Penrith, so I am leaving home at 9.50. I have room to take another 2 bikes and riders so get in touch if you want a lift. Hopefully see some of you there.
Phil 01768868642

2 Bike Ride Wed 9 th Jan - Modified routes

Due to frost overnight with the risk of icy roads, I intend to use roads that will probably have been gritted as follows : -
    From Cross Keys - A686 ( Langwathby road ), B6142 to Lazonby and B6413 to Plumpton. Alternatively use A6 directly to Plumpton.
    From Plumpton take A6 to the Stoneybeck roundabout, then the B5305 Wigton road to Untank.
If the lane routes are not too icy, some of them could still be used with care.
    I hope that the ride is able to proceed albeit with shortened routes.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2 Bike Ride Wed 9 th Jan

The ride will be as published with a 10:00 start at the Cross Keys.
     Elevenses at the Pot place will be via Beacon Edge, Roundthorn, Strawberry Bank, Gt Strickland, Lazonby, Thiefside and Calthwaite ( a distance of 16 miles ).
     Lunch at the Upfront Gallery will be via Fieldhead, Hay Close, Low Braithwaite, Hurst, Skelton transmitter ( a distance of 12 miles ).
     The return to Carleton will be via Laithes, Newton Reigny, Newton Rigg college lane, Thacka Lane, Drovers Lane and Pategill ( about 8 miles ).
     The overall distance of 36 miles involves some 2070 ft ( 632 m ) of ascent.
I hope to see some of you at the start.

Monday, 7 January 2019

3 Bike Ride from Dalston Wednesday 9th January

The ride will go ahead as per the runs list from the car park in Dalston at 10:00. It's about 25 miles to Pooley Bridge via Raughton Head, Skelton, Greystoke etc and another 26 miles back to Dalston via Askham, Lowther Park & Penrith. The weather forecast looks to be good but on the cold side so wear your best gloves, wrap up well and enjoy the ride!
See you on Wednesday.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Sun 6 th Jan 2 bike ride - offer to lead from CJ

I propose to lead a ride based on Alison's modified route.
   Starting in the vicinity of the motorway bridge at Plumpton at 10:00. Anyone coming by car could park in Plumton village east of the railway and river Petrill bridges where the road is broad enough to park safely.
   The distance to the single stop at Hawksdale is about 18 miles via Catterlen, Skelton, Raughton Head & Limehouse School.
If Hawksdale is not open, Dobbies Garden Centre at Orton could be used instead.
   Returning via Dalston, Wreay, Southwaite, High Hesket, Pettril Green, Theifside, Lazonby, & Plumpton the full circuit would be 42 miles.
A more direct return could be made if Dobbies is used as a " feeding station ".
   I hope to see some of you tomorrow.


Hi all,
The website may go off line for a short period this weekend as I am changing hosts to save a bit of cash. The Blog is not affected.

Two bike ride Sunday 6 January - new leader requested

I am really sorry but owing to illness of my Mum I need to visit her.
I was going to moderate the ride anyway - two reasons; Caldbeck Old Smithy Café is shut until the end of January, but in any event I wasn't sure I was up to leading this ride which I did in summer 2016 and it took 2 hours 20 minutes to get to Dalston!
My revised plan was to set off from Plumpton as advertised (but parking on the road not at the Pot Place which would be rather cheeky) and meander along the lanes to find the Woodside Welcome Cycling Café near Hawksdale, south of Dalston which is only open Saturday and Sunday OS map 85 GR 370474 phone number 01228 710764.
If someone else would like to lead, or a group of you get together to find your own way, that would be great. Otherwise there is Ludo's ride (see blog below) or the 11.30s stop at Abbott Lodge.
Best wishes for the New Year,
Alison (and Nigel)

Friday, 4 January 2019

Club ride (3 bike) Sunday 6th January

The ride will be a one stop ride starting from the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown at 10am.   The route will include Kershopfoot, Newcastleton, and lunch at Langholm.    The ride will continue towards Eskdalemuir but where exactly remains a mystery!   The ride will be about 50 miles and moderately hilly in places.

The Sycamore Cafe at Longtown is usually open from 7am.  They do an excellent breakfast.

The forecast is quite good - cool but dry.

I hope to see one or two of you at the start.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

John R’s rearranged Mtb Ride on Friday 4th 10am Helton

* Note the Grid Ref is for the NYsheet
As promised I am posting final arrangements for Friday’s mtb ride. The weather looks to be very much like Phil B’s ride from Askham before Christmas; Cold, light winds  with sunny intervals. 

I propose to start at 10 00 from the Open fell outside Helton Village. NY 499 217*.  Follow the road out of the village, up the hill to the wall corner. There is off road parking at the brow of the hill. I plan to go to the Cockpit, thence to Howtown via  the Bridleway and up to Martindale via another bridleway. We will return to Pooley Bridge for a morning coffee at Granny Dowbekins before crossing Askham Moor and returning to Lowther via Whale Moor. Please bring something to eat and wear warm clothing as it is likely to be bracing on the ride.

At present I am without a car, as a kamikaze pheasant smashed the from headlight of my Mazda. The garage have promised ne that it should be ready by tomorrow afternoon. In the event of me not having a car to transport my mtb (the courtesy car I have wouldn’t fit a child’s bike in it!!) is there anyone int he Carlisle area who could give me a lift?

I would be quite happy to cycle to a convenient place. Hope to see lots of you, the views over Ullswater are splendid