Skiddaw

Where we cycled in 2017

A day to look forward to - the annual Mulled Wine and Mince Pies hosted by the Convenor. 15 members cycled, led by David around the Newlands Valley + extensions before arriving back in Keswick for some Christmas goodies. Another 13 members (who didn't cycle!) came and joined in the festivities.

It's always a bonus to be able to ride in December. 10 of the members just had a very short ride around Derwentwater today, Tuesday 5th December 2017

On a very wet day Tuesday November 21st 2017 11 cyclists set off from Threlkeld and cycled along the gated road to Mungrisdale, through Mosedale to Townhead and returned to Threlkeld via Eyecot Hill, Berrier, Troutbeck and Gill Head. Just a short rode of 22 miles but in the conditions we had it certainly felt more. Had coffee at Cocklakes.

Starting from the Stone Circle at Castlerigg David led 10 members along Castle Lonning, down the Nest round the back of Thirlmere and over Dunamil Raise to Grasmere where we stopped for refreshments. Returned the same way. Today's ride, Tuesday November 7th 2017 was 27 miles.

On Tuesday 24th October 2017 Bill led us on a bike ride which he called "Whitehaven Nobody Knows". From the Melbreak Hotel we cycled through Lillyhall, Distington, and Parton to Whitehaven. It was rather wet and windy to start off with but thankfully it did clear out. We then did a circular route taking in Moor Row, Cleator Moor and Egremont and back to the town for coffee at the Beacon. Returned to the cars via Parton, Distington and Lillyhall. It was our longest ride of 36 miles.

For today Tuesday 10th October 2017 both the U3A cycling groups came together. The Social Cyclists, led by David and the Easy Wheelers, led by Barbara enjoyed their ride around the Newlands Valley. The EW's taking a slightly shorter route but all came together to enjoy plates of cake and coffee at the CHUF fund raising coffee morning at Grange. Both groups cycled on as far as Rosthwaite before returning to Keswick. There were 24 cyclists and we were pleased to welcome 4 new members.

Down in the south of the county for the ride on Tuesday 26th September 2017 David led 12 members from Staveley through Burneside and Kendal before stopping off at Sizergh Castle for refreshments. The return journey overlooking the Lyth Valley is such a lovely route. Some members stopped at Wilf's for lunch.

Lorna led 13 members from Troutbeck to Dockray and then onto Dowthwaite Head before returning to the start. It was only about 18 miles but very hilly, the 2 on electric bikes making light work of the route. Tuesday 12th September 2017

On Tuesday 29th August 2017 David led 16 members from Embleton to Brandlingill, Rogerscale, Loweswater, stopping off in Lorton for coffee before returning to the start via Armaside and Jenkin...a real sting in the tail.

11 members met in Askham and cycled a 27 miles route through by Keld and Haweswater on Tuesday 15th August 2017 Fran led the group.

Again in the north of the county, Ron led 5 members on a route from Ireby on Tuesday 1st August 2017

Helen led 10 members on their ride Tuesday 18th July 2017 It was a very hot day cycling the 29 mile undulating route from Hesket Newmarket.

The ride on Tuesday 4th July 2017 was cancelled because of bad weather.

Tuesday 20th June 2017 saw 12 members cycling anti-clockwise around Blencathra and Skiddaw. A very hot day for our annual 34 mile route.

The ride on Tuesday 6th June 2017 was cancelled because of bad weather.

May 22nd, 23rd & 24th saw 14 members travelling to Arnside for their annual away trip. 3 good routes were cycled. On the first day we cycled some of the Morecambe Bay cycle way taking in Grange and Cartmell. Approx. 31 miles. On the 2nd day we cycled south to Morecambe then headed inland and returned to Arnside via Leighton Moss, approx. 41 miles. and on the 3rd day we cycled inland towards Kirkby Lonsdale then returned via Beetham Garden Centre, approx. 25 miles.

We met in the north of the county on Tuesday 9th May 2017 and Ron led the ride of 21 miles of not too severely undulating territory taking in Ireby, Bewaldeth, Isel, Sunderland, Whitrigg and Torpenhow. There were 15 on the ride.

On Tuesday 25th April 2017 Lorna led 9 members on a circular ride from Eamont Bridge to Pooley Bridge and return.

Bill led 14 members on a ride from Rowrah to St. Bees on Tuesday 11th April 2017

10 members met at Ambleside Cricket Club on Tuesday 28th March 2017 David led us on a very hilly route of 24 miles taking us to Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Coniston for coffee before returning via Little Langdale and Elterwater.

Geoff and June led us on a ride around the Newlands Valley on Tuesday 14th March 2017. 15 miles and there were 13 of us.

12 members met on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at Beckses for a ride to Troutbeck then through to Dalemain and returning the north side of the A66. Sadly one of members was involved in a cycling accident and the ride was terminated.

On a beautiful Spring like morning 17 of the group met for their ride on Tuesday 14th February. From Sandhills we cycled the quiet road round by Scarness to Bassenthwaite village. Our route then took us along North Row to Castle Inn, Ouse Bridge and then into the Derwent Valley. The road undulates but well worth cycling through this lovely valley for the extensive views. Cockermouth presented no problems then picking up the Sustrans route 71 we headed for Wythop Mill. Now high up above the Embleton valley we had great views again over Bassenthwaite Lake and had Skiddaw in the background. We all enjoyed the mile or so downhill stretch from Routenbeck to the Pheasant Inn where we stopped for coffee. Feeling suitably refreshed we were bouyed up for the final stretch back to the start.....HOWEVER, one member, remaining nameless, until named and shamed, who had generously offered to secure 4 bikes with his bike lock then couldn't find the key! The other 13 cyclists made their way either back to the start or back to Keswick and the stranded 4 had to wait until an employee from the Pheasant came with a hefty pair of bolt croppers. We do have such fun on our outings.

On Tuesday 31st January 2017 it didn’t bode well when at 9.30 it was pelting down and thoughts that “Plan B” (coffee at Booths) might have to be implemented. But by 10 am it was relatively dry so 8 of the group who had bravely met up, were ready, willing and eager to go. Cycling into the St. Johns Vale via Storms, Naddle and Burns all was well, but the forecasted rain did of course arrive. We stoically carried on. Crossing the A591 we cycled over the dam and once we started to head south along the back of Thirlmere we were into strong headwinds and plenty of rain. Some of the group had expressed a desire to cycle to the top of Dunmail but in the end decided not to. So back the way we came and with the wind now behind us made good progress and were soon at Low Bridge End having very welcome cups of hot drinks and sustaining goodies. Our route back to Keswick to us through the vale again and then up past Shundraw, Naddle and Storms. At the end of the bike ride we were thoroughly soaked but not one utterance of complaint was heard. Mad perhaps but so good to get out and about. Thanks for your company folks. Just short of 25 miles today. We welcomed a new member today too.
And how apt, on the radio back home …… Barry Manilow with “I made it through the rain” !!

On an unseasonably warm January morning 19 of the group cycled from Keswick to Seathwaite and returned to Keswick via Grange and the back of the lake on Tuesday 17th January 2017. At this time of year the roads are relatively quiet and we had ample opportunity to admire Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. It stayed mostly dry until we were approaching Seathwaite, where of course it had to rain didn't it!. It soon faired up though and it wasn't until we had the Chalet at Portinscale when we got a bit damp again.
We welcomed a new member today and it was good to see a few of our original group getting out and about again. Just 20 miles long but always a great route on our doorstep.

We hadn't intended having a ride today, Tuesday 3rd January 2017# but following on from a request a hastily arranged route was put together. So on a drizzly morning 8 members left Keswick along the railway line and cycled to Threlkeld via Storms and Burns. From here we carried on to Mungrisedale, along to the A66 and returned to Threlkeld via Hutton Moor End and Stoneraise, and by which time we were all ready for our refreshments in the village. It was just a short ride back to Keswick, but slow going as we cycled into a headwind round by Naddle. The route was just short of 20 miles