Monday, 25 February 2019

Ride on Wed 27 th Feb

This Grade 2 ride will be as published : -

Start - Wetheral Green at 10:00

Outward journey - Warwick Bridge, Newby East, Carlisle Airport, Irthington, Walton, Nickies Hill, Gilsland, Greehead for Lunch ( Distance 19 miles )

Return journey - Gilsland, Birdoswald, Banks, Lanercost, Brampton, Gelt Bridge, Broadwath, Great Corby, Wetheral ( Distance about 17 miles )

The total distance is about 37 miles with 2700 ft ( 837 m ) of ascent.

I hope to see some of you at the start particularly if the weather remains as it has been for the last few days.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Trivets Wednesday 12th June 2019

Planning is underway for this year's Trivets event which will take place on Wednesday 12th June.
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. 
There is a choice of rides - either 100km or 100miles.
Volunteers are required for the following roles:

Ride Leaders - total of 12 required to lead 6 groups of up to 8 riders. If you would like to lead one of the groups please get in touch with John Roelich ) indicating which distance (60 miles or 100miles) with preference for who they would like to ride with and possibly the speed they might anticipate travelling at. 

Broom Wagon(s) - to provide support in event of mechanical breakdown or emergency.
Registration Officer - to be at Newton Rigg at start to record riders as they arrive & assign to relevant groups. Could also issue certificates at end of event.
If you would like to volunteer for either of these roles, then please let either John Roelich or me know.

Catering - Lunch will be provided by Newton Rigg, however we need people to help serve refreshments (11's) in Milburn village hall in the morning, and in the afternoon in Dalston village hall. Please contact Clare Barron if you would like to offer your services.

It should be noted that volunteers for any of the above roles will not have to pay any entry fee. Also no-one should feel any pressure to volunteer if they would prefer to ride!


Paul Cumella

Paul was admitted to West Cumbria Hospital, Hensingam, Whitehaven on Friday. (As  most of you may know, he is at present on remission for non Hodgekinsons Lymphoma). He had his usual blood test before seeing his Consultant for a quarterly check up. Paul received a telephone call later last Friday to inform him that his white blood platelets were dangerously low and that he should attend A&E Assessment Unit at Whitehaven.

At present  Paul Is being kept in until they can rectify this problem to a safe level. (They should be between 150 and 400  - Paul's white platelets are 4) .
If any club members would like to telephone Paul, his mobile number is 07885 657924.

Date for your diary - Friday 22 March at Langwathby Village Hall

One of our members, Jeff Trueman, cycled across America last year and is giving a talk about his experiences at Langwathby Village Hall on Friday 22 March (start date to be confirmed but I think it will be 7.30).
I imagine a few people will be interested in his talk which is in aid of the Langwathby Village Hall roof fund - a worthy cause.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Ride on Sunday 24th February

This grade 2 ride will leave Frenchfield at 10.00 am as advertised. We may have a stop for BYO elevenses at Maulds Meaburn (no big breakfast I'm afraid!) if we can find a nice picnic table in the expected spring sunshine. Then onto the Orton Scar Cafe for lunch. The afternoon ride returns via Shap before dropping down to follow the Lowther valley back to Penrith. About 40 miles at a steady pace.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Trivets Planning Meeting this Friday 22nd February

Planning has started for this year's Trivets & we would welcome (need!) input & help from all club members to make the event a success. The event will start & finish from Brambles Cafe at Newton Rigg College on Wednesday 12th June and offer a choice of 2 rides (100km & 100m).
Please come along to Daffodils Coffee House in St Andrews Churchyard at 10:30am on Friday 22nd February for a bit of planning - all welcome!

Following the Trivets meeting there will be a discussion about the formation of a Club Campaigning Sub Committee - see Nigel's blog post on Friday 8th Feb for more details - all members very welcome to attend!

Hope to see you on Friday.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Wednesday 20 February

The ride is as advertised at 52 miles and 4000 feet of climbing.  We will have a quick coffee stop at The Old Smithy, Caldbeck at 11.  Lunch will be at the Pot Place after 30 miles of riding and I expect to be there between 1 and 1.30 pm.  Return via Lazonby and Wreay.  Looks like we can expect to get wet.
John P

Friday, 15 February 2019

Sunday 17th February 2 Bike ride.

Set off from Rickerby Park Monument carpark at 10.00am. There are 3 carparks in Rickerby Park the Monument being the centre one on the north side. There is also parking on Brampton road outside the University. We will follow the cycle route to Warwick Bridge, go past Talkin Tarn to Halbankgate. (15miles)
The Sunday menu at the Community cafe is Tea / Coffee and cakes. We will return via Lanacost, Walton and Hethersgill, approx 41 miles.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Coffee stop ride this Wed to Culgaith

Rosie will be leaving from the top of Wordsworth Street, Penrith at 10pm, if anyone would like to join her, Anne and Sue.

Mtb ride re-arranged for Friday 15th Feb

Hello Mtb'ers. The ride last Friday was cancelled, but I intend to run it this Friday. The start is at Elterwater NT car park by the bridge NY328047 at 10.30. Its a figure of 8 loop so we will stop for a bite to eat at Elterwater. Hope to see some of you out, as the forecast is good.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Wednesday 13 February 3-bike ride, Northern Fells tour: looking good for the Mungrisdale start!

The plan is to set off at 10 am from the roadside parking area, NY 365 298, near Low Beckside Farm. It is about 500m from Mugrisdale Village Hall, heading south, towards the A66, from the Village Hall. Parking is also available at the Village Hall for a nominal contribution.  The 90 km route, 1350m of ascent, is a clockwise circuit of the Northern Fells, passing Keswick, Whinlatter, Lorton, Mockerkin, Cockermouth, Uldale and Caldbeck. Stops are available at all the above locations, and will be decided by the group:  we will pass or stop at the Whinlatter  Forest Centre between 11 am and 11.15 am. Either Cockermouth or Uldale are possible lunch stops.  Looking forward to a great day out! Rob

Friday, 8 February 2019

Sun 10 the Feb - Self Led Cafe Venue still closed

Here's a reminder that the Magic Bean in Penrith won't be open until 16 th Feb, so anyone riding to Penrith will have to choose another cafe.

In an earlier post on 11 th Jan I wrote : -

" 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. "

Maybe the Gallery Cafe is favourite.

Sunday's ride from langwathby

Depending on the conditions the ride on Sunday from Langwathby (bus shelter!) will leave at 10.00 and essentially go up the Fellside to Talkin then return via Wetherall Shield.(here be lunch stop 😛 It turns out that Sally's in Wetherall Bridge is closed Jan & Feb on Sundays.)

We can still make up the mileage if this is a group decision and there are lots of hilly😩 and not so hilly 😇ways of getting back to Langwathby. It may even have stopped raining by then. See met office forecast (I've hidden the wind!) Route as planned 70km 880m ascent.we might push it up to 50mi

Hope to see hordes of people out!
PS sorry about the emojis - just discovered how to access on a mac

Club Campaigning

We are setting up a Club Campaigning Sub Committee. There is scope to cover a wide range of matters.
Anyone interested in this?
Come and have a chat at Daffodils, St Andrew's Churchyard, Penrith on Friday the 22nd February at about 11.15 (or after the Trivets Meeting finishes whichever is the later).
If you cannot make that meeting, or, you would like to be involved or have something to say about it, please ring me (07867 840534) or email me ( ).

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Fridays Mtb ride cancelled

Hello Mtb'ers. The forecast for Friday looks appalling even for mountain biking, so I am going to cancel. We (thats Anne and myself) will do the ride another time, probably at short notice, with a decent forecast.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Wed 6th Feb 2 bike ride

The ride is as advertised.
Outward to Unthank, Wreay, Southwaite, Harrington Ling, Petteril Bank, Calthwaite, Pot Place is 15 miles or so.
Then Kitchen Hill, Junction 41, Catterlen, Laithes, Unthank End to the Upfront Gallery is 8 miles.
Return is New Rent, Hutton End, a third of a mile on B5305, Sowerby Row, NCN 7, Raughton Head, Rose Castle, Hawksdale Hill, Nook Lane to Dalston about 15 miles.
The route can be shortened with a more direct route to Upfront and a return on the Ivegill Road, Crown Inn and Raughton.

Dick Philips - Latest

Visited Dick again yesterday.

He is now totally bed ridden, not even able to use a zimmerframe  and appears to be ailing fairly rapidly, although thankfully mental faculties still reasonably sharp and long term memory impeccable.

If anyone who knows Dick has been thinking of visiting, but somehow hasn't got round to it, I would urge you to go sooner rather than later. There are no road problems over Hartside.

Or at the very least a letter? Dick Philips, c/o Grisedale Croft Residential Home, Alston, Cumbria CA9 3QS

Monday, 4 February 2019


New Address list and leaders ICE register available through the website - usual password

Friday, 1 February 2019

Ride on Sunday

The forecast for Sunday is for sub zero at 10am and snow at 1pm, so we won't be going to Caldbeck.
However myself and Rosie will be on the Beacon Edge at 10am and we will play it by ear, depending on who is there. It will probably be a shortish ride to a coffee stop and return by lunch before the snow arrives. We hope some of you will join us. if you are coming please check the blog or phone us
(01768868642) in the morning before you leave in case conditions and plans change.