Saturday, 30 November 2019

Sundays Rides Cancelled due to ice

Hello All.
 Regrettably Bill and myself are cancelling tomorrows rides due to the ice. Bill was out this morning and had to dismount a number of times, due to the treacherous conditions, and it looks like it will be just as icy tomorrow.
I will be heading for the hills, where 2 feet are safer than 2 wheels.

Christmas Lunch Reminder

Hello Everyone,

What a beautiful morning - except too much ice around for me to go out on my bike.

I've just spoken to Four & Twenty and they have asked for final numbers & menu choices for our Christmas lunch by Tuesday. So...... if you want to come and haven't yet got around to it can you please do so by Monday night at the latest by clicking on this LINK!


Thursday, 28 November 2019

December 1st rides - additional note

Further to Peter's blog on 5th November: Peter C is sorry that he can't lead the ride from Keswick.
However, please note the new arrangements in the blog below. Thanks to Phil and Bill H there are now two rides leaving from Penrith, Beacon Edge. This should give everyone  a ride to suit them

Sunday 1st Dec. 2 rides same destination

Hello All.
 Rosie is unable to lead on Sunday, so Bill H has kindly stepped in to lead a 2 bike ride from Beacon Edge leaving at 10, and going to the Old Smithy at Caldbeck for an early lunch. The rout out is via Skelton and about 15 miles, and return via Berrier, about 17 miles, with some hills.
I will lead a 3 bike ride heading for the same cafe stop, but about 19 miles out, and 22 miles return.
The forecast is sunny but cold so wrap up well.
Hope to see lots of you out.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

3 bike ride - Longtown Wed 27th November

The ride will leave the Sycamore Cafe, Longtown at 9.30am!   Note the early start time!!

There will be an 11's stop at the Annandale Distillery and a lunch stop at Cafe 91 in Lockerbie.   The reason I have made this a '2 stop' ride is to introduce riders to the distillery if they have not been before.    The distillery cafe is in my opinion one of the best cafe/lunch stops in Dumfriesshire.

I have not yet decided on the precise route but the total distance is unlikely to exceed 55 miles.   At the moment the forecast is for drizzly rain.   The route can be shortened if necessary.

You will need lights.

Monday, 25 November 2019

2 Bike Ride Wednesday 27th November

The route from Dalston is via Great Orton, Moorhouse, Hosket Hill, Beaumont, view of King Edward 1st Monument (11 miles) Burgh by Sands, Thurstonfield, Kirkbampton to Watchtree for 11's (16.5 miles) then Wiggonby, Aikton, Fingland to Bowness for lunch (26.5 miles) at The King's Arms, Bowness House Farm or BYO under the shelter at the end of Hadrian's Wall Path.
Return is via Boustead Hill, Kirkbampton, Thurstonfield and Great Orton to Dalston (42.5 miles)
At the signpost before Whitrigg,  Bowness is 3 miles or, for the energetic, it is 9.5 miles via Anthorn and Cardurnoch.
There are some narrow lanes with thorn hedges and potholes so be prepared.
Do not forget your lights.
The forecast at the moment is light NE wind 7 gusting to max 14 mph.
Ian B.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Christmas Lunch Reminder

Our Christmas Lunch this year will be on Saturday 7th December at 12:30 at Four and Twenty in Penrith (42 King Street).
If you intend coming, then please FILL IN THE FORM and pay by direct online transfer (preferred)  to:
Account name - Eden Valley Cycling UK
Sort Code - 16-52-21
Account No - 53608033
Please use your name as reference.
(or send me the appropriate money made out to "Eden Valley Cycling UK"

Drinks & tips will as usual be separate on the day. Deadline Monday 2nd September so get on with it now!


Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Re-arranged "2 bike ride", Sunday 24th November for early risers

Mike's ride from Dalston to UpFront is replaced by Liz R's ride from Lazonby (although, of course, there is still the alternative coffee stop at UpFront).

Lazonby to Castle Carrock for a Big Breakfast at the Watson Institute (breakfast £8.00 donation in aid of Music on the Marr festival)
Must leave at 9.00am aiming to get there by 10.45 latest as breakfast service only goes to 11.30.
Meet Lazonby car park (by the river/the recycling).
Ride Leader: Liz R 07553585776. If possible leave a message here on blog or text if you are coming so I can let them know how many (ish) for breakfast.
Out: 17ish miles, 500ft up, 725ft down (but google keeps changing its mind) hillyish; Lazonby, Parkhead, Renwick, Hazelfield to follow Cairnbeck to Carlatton Mill, north to Castle Carrock.
Back: 15ish miles 804 ft up, 1030 ft down (ummh not sure how that works google) hillyisher: CC - Moss Nook, Cumwhitton, Hornsby Gate, Hlmwrangle, Armathwaite (east side), Staffield, KO, Lazonby.
forecast 6 degrees.

Friday 22 November Mountain Bike Ride

I'm due to lead the MTB ride this Friday. I have been and continue to spend a lot of time with a severely ailing relative in North Yorkshire, and am not able to lead this Friday's ride.  I'll re-arrange the event when I can see further ahead.  Rob

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

It is my intention to  ride to the coffee stop at Melmerby tomorrow leaving Beacon Edge at 10 am. If anyone would like to join me you would be most welcome. The route will go over Strawberry Hill to Langwathby, Little Salkeld and Ousby. The forecast is for it to be slightly warmer tomorrow so hopefully the roads won t be so icy. I in tend to return to Penrith a slightly different way but to be back in Penrith between 1 and 2 pm


Friday, 15 November 2019

Grade 2 bike ride on Sunday 17th November

Leave Greystoke at 10.00 am aiming to reach Pooley Bridge for an early lunch around mid-day (sorry no coffee stop!). Route goes north first towards Johnby and back south over Berrier before heading towards Ullswater via Bennethead. About 18 miles. After lunch the route is via Askham and Lowther to Penrith and back through Newton Rigg to Greystoke. About 16 miles.

Acorn Bank coffee stop

There were 16 of us there on Wednesday - feedback is welcome as we are considering making this a regular venue now that we have lost Mrs Miller's. Jane said the fruit scones were as good as Lily's!!!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

2-bike ride Wednesday 13 November

Please see post below for details of Bill's 3-bike ride.
My ride is starting at 12 noon after coffee from Acorn Bank, near Temple Sowerby. We will be going to Appleby and back on a circular route. The direction will depend whether Rachel joins us and if so which way she has come. Maximum if the fellside route includes Murton is 27 miles but I will decide tomorrow depending on weather and wishes of the group. Minimum is 19 miles. Like Bill, I am  hoping that we can find somewhere for lunch, even though we are told Appleby is going to be very busy. I hope to see some of you tomorrow. It will be cold - wrap up warm!

Coffee stop/self-led ride tomorrow Wednesday 13 November

We are trying out a new cafe with the closure of Mrs Miller's in Culgaith. The café is at Acorn Bank, the National Trust house and garden between Culgaith and Temple Sowerby. You don't need to pay to go to the coffee shop but if you have a National Trust card they are pleased if you show it for recording visitor numbers. Both rides will be there around coffee time (11.30) tomorrow and we  hope it will be a success. Please come along and give it a try!

Last day for data check

I will assume that everyone who is going to return changes for the database will have done so by the end of Wed 13th tomorrow. Thanks to those who already have.
An updated list will then be published shortly after!

Monday, 11 November 2019

3 Bike Ride Wednesday 13th.

The ride will start from Greystoke at 10am as published. As Mrs Millers has now closed we'll stop at Acorn Bank for 11's before heading on to Appleby for lunch. I've been informed that Appleby may be quite busy on Wednesday, but I'm sure there'll be room for a few cyclists. Total ride distance is about 55 miles. The weather forecast is cold, but dry (fingers crossed it stays that way), so wrap up warm.

Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Mrs Miller's has closed

We are really sorry to report the closure of our popular café stop in Culgaith. We wish the staff success at 'Four and Twenty' which we will have a chance to see at our Christmas lunch - for details see earlier blog - it isn't too late to book.
Please check the blog or the runs list on the website to check where the substitute coffee stop will be. Bill and I were to have been at Culgaith on Wednesday and we are conferring about the appropriate alternative - more to follow...

Friday, 8 November 2019

2 rides on Sunday 10th

There will be 2 rides on Sunday from Beacon Edge cemetery lay-by Penrith, but both will stop at Granny Dowbekin's for early lunch at about 12. Rosie is going there via Askham, about 20 miles, and I am going there via Skelton and Mungrisedale, about 25 miles and hilly.
Start is at 10am and the weather looks fair if cold.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Received from Nigel

Hello Team Townend Challenge Rider,

Team Townend Challenge began in 2010 in memory of Christian and Niggy Townend who were killed in a road crash whilst out cycling. 9 years on TTC has raised over £70,000 for Road Peace and thousands of people have enjoyed the great ride and even better tea and cakes!

The 10 year anniversary edition of the TTC will be on Saturday 9th May 2020, taking advantage of the one-off VE day bank holiday weekend. We’re going big for 2020 so book the date in your diary and we hope you can join us to enjoy the ride and help us reach our fundraising target of £100,000.

Team Townend Challenge 2020
  • 9th May 2020
  • The same great long and short rides, starting and finishing at Loweswater Village Hall
  • Tea, coffee, cakes & beer in the hall afterwards
  • You’ll hear more soon on Team Townend goes large additions. Some of the things we are working on are:
    • The Dirty Double - ride each pass on the long course twice for the adventurous or crazy
    • Child Friendly events at Loweswater Village Hall during the day
    • Evening event in Cockermouth
    • An even more impressive raffle than usual

Details on how to enter the ride, TTC website updates and further information are all in the pipeline. In the meantime, keep your diary free, check out the Team Townend Pushbike Challenge Facebook page and we hope we will see you in May.


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Mountain Biking at Mabie Forrest

Looking to be a fine day all day but quite chilly (6-7deg) As per runs list meet there for 10.00 start.
Please let me know if you are coming and then we wont start without you and maybe we can share transport. Trail map below:(click to enlarge)

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

December 1st ride, leader swap

Hi everyone.
I was supposed to be leading a ride on Sunday 1st December but now find myself having to attend a family wedding.
Please would someone volunteer to lead this for me. The plan was to head to the langdales, about 50 miles at most.
I would be happy to swap with another leader if it helps. Please txt if you can help.
077456 59704

Thule 3 Cycle carrier for sale

Thule Velo Compact 927 3 Cycle Carrier

Lockable on tow bar as well as bikes.

Smart Tilt function so that boot can be accessed with bikes in place

Reason for sale - bikes now go inside car

Max Capacity       60kg

Max bike wt          25kg

£170 for quick sale

Paul Cumella

Nov 6th Ride

The Helm wind is blowing, rain is bladdering down and it doesn't look promising for Mr Fawkes tonight.

However, tomorrow should be better says Radio Cumbria. (their 07.32 daily forecast including the fells is usually more accurate than MWIS etc - find it on 95.6Mhz).

Prompt start from ours at Ousby 10 am to ensure Renwick about 10.40, bearing in mind the ladies at the church hall shut up shop at 11 am.

Anybody riding directly to Renwick  aim to get there shortly after 10.30.

Or meet en route at Melmerby 10.10.

We shall go north - then south - simples ......

Sunday, 3 November 2019

No idea why the poster never appeared??

Women in Adventure Film Night Friday 8th Nov George Hotel Penrith

Hello All,
Some of you might like to come to a film night at the George Hotel, Penrith, on Friday 8th November celebrating,
"Women in Adventure" There will be lots of short films, involving different adventure sports.
Entry from 7pm, £4 on the door. Films start at 7.30. The event is run by the Eden Valley MC.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Ride from Greystoke Sunday 3 Nov

As per runs list starting at Greystoke at 0930 and going over Kirkstone to Grasmere for lunch stop at the garden centre. May stop briefly at Glenridding (if you are well behaved!) returning via Dunmail raise and the back of Thirlmere. (50mi 80km 1500m)
Hope to see some of you out. Weather looks to be OK - perhaps a shower early but otherwise 10% chance of precipitation or less!

Friday, 1 November 2019

Sunday 3 November - two bike ride

Does anyone want to join me in a loop from Melmerby to Abbot Lodge (11.30s) on Sunday? My plan is to set off from Melmerby 9.20 am to get to the Langwathby station (via Ousby and Skirwith) at 9.53 in case anyone wants to join us by train from Carlisle. Then via Culgaith, Temple Sowerby and the Cliburn road another 12.4 miles to Abbott Lodge (just under 19 miles) A similar distance back to Melmerby via Penrith, Beacon Edge, Langwathby, Winskill/Hunsonby and Gamblesby. Pace will be very moderate as I am very out of practice. I will be having lunch at Melmerby Village Bakery if anyone wishes to join in. Return trains from Leeds to Carlisle leave Langwathby at 1440 and 1637. Anyone welcome for all or part of the ride.