Skiddaw

Where we cycled in 2019

On 30th July 2019 David led 17 members on a circular route from Eamont Bridge. From the start we cycled past Brougham Hall to Cliburn then on to Morland, Newby, Little Strickland, Great Strickland, Hackthorpe and Lowther where we stopped at the Bird of Prey Centre for refreshments. We then returned to the start via Askham, Celleron and Yanwath. A very undulating route of 23 miles. Very lucky with the weather as thundery showers were forecast but thankfully they held off until we had finished.

A fantastic turn out of 30 members cycled our first "Ride to Remember" on 16th July 2019. This cycle ride was organised to remember the late Frank Lee who sadly died as a result of injuries sustained when he was out cycling with the group in 2017. Two of our other members, Paul Lillington and Colin Davies also passed away the same year. The route around Newlands was a particular favourite of Frank's and it was only fitting that we should stop at Littletown Farm which was a regular place for Frank to stop. A slower group of 6 started at 9.30 and went direct to Littletown via Braithwaite and Rigg Beck and the remaining group led by David started at 10 am and went out to Thornthwaite before heading off up the Newlands Valley. After refreshments the bulk of the group cycled around the back of Derwentwater back to Keswick. Perfect weather for cycling.

22 members met in Langwathby for their ride on 2nd July 2019. Lorna led us on a 22 mile undulating route around by Little Salkeld, Glassonby, Renwick, and Gamblesby then onto Melmerby where we stopped for delicious scones and cakes etc. We returned to Langwathby via Ousby, Skirwith and Culgaith. It was an ideal day for cycling, dry and not too hot.

On 18th June 2019 we cycled around the backs of Blencathra and Skiddaw. Starting in Keswick this 34 mile ride has become an annual favourite and attracted 23 members of the group. Cycling anti-clockwise we cycled through Threlkeld and along the gated road to Mungrisdale then through Mosedale and onto Hesket Newmarket where we stopped for coffee. A few miles further on was Caldbeck then the long slog up to the the Longlands junction and into the westerlies was hard work! A welcome downhill stretch to Overwater and a short hop to Bassenthwaite where we stopped for lunch beside the river in the village. From the village we cycled back to the start via Scarness then along the A591.

On 4th June 2019 Bill led a ride starting from Brigham near Cockermouth. Cycling along dis-used railway paths and quiet roads we cycled through Gt. Clifton, Stainburn, Curwen Park, Siddick and Flimby then onto Maryport where we stopped at the Marina for coffee. Returned to the start via Flimby, Siddick Ponds, Seaton, Camerton, and Gt. Broughton. A lovely ride, relatively flat of around 26 miles.

Some members of the Social Cycling group headed to North Yorkshire for their annual 3 day (20th/21st/22nd May) away trip. Stopping at Grassington the 16 cyclists rode past Kinsey Rocks and into Littondale where they cycled as far as Arncliffe before heading off to Kettlewell in Wharfedale. After the 20 mile ride the group headed off to Harrogate where they were to base themselves for the next 2 days.
On Day 2 the group cycled to Ripley Castle, Brimham Rocks, Studley Royal Water Gardens and Fountains Abbey before cycling back to Harrogate. A tough day of 36 miles.
On Day 3 the group cycled through Harrogate to Ripley Castle then to Knaresborough where they had ample time to look around the Castle, Market and looking at the tromp o’leil artworks around the town. They then cycled back to Harrogate via the Beryl Burton way. 23 miles today.

David led the group today 7th May 2019. Starting from Bewaldeth the 19 cyclists headed towards Sunderland, then carried on through the quiet villages of Threapland, Plumbland, Gilcrux, Tallentire, Dovenby Crags, Gt. Broughton and Papcastle before stopping off in Cockermouth for refreshments. The return to the start was via Isel Bridge. It was a very pleasant day and around 25 miles in length.

19 cyclists met at Lazonby on April 23rd 2019 and Helen led the group on a very hilly route around by Kirkoswald, Renwick, Gamblesby, Hunsonby to Little Salkeld where they stopped for coffee at the Watermill. After calling in at Long Meg to count the stones the group returned to the start via Glassonby. A total of 22 miles.

April 9th 2019 and Nigel led 20 cyclists on the bike ride. Starting in Wiggonby the group did a 27 mile ride around by Whitrigg and Bowness on Solway to Wallsend for coffee then returned to the start, and into a headwind!, via Watchtree nature reserve.

A better day today, March 26th 2019 for cycling, a bit overcast but ok. Again David led the ride. From Wallthwaite we cycled to Troutbeck then had a very undulating route to follow to Greystoke. Coffee at the village pub then back to the start via Troutbeck. 22 miles

A wet day today March 12th 2019 and not suitable for cycling so the ride was cancelled.

On February 26th 2019 David led a group of 18 on a 21 mile ride from Low Lorton visiting the hamlets of Rogerscale, Brandlingill, Mosser, Sosgill, Mockerkin and Loweswater before stopping at High Lorton for coffee. It was a glorious sunny day and enjoyed coffee al fresco. We then did another loop around by Armaside, Southwaite Mill and Rogerscale before returning to the start at Low Lorton

17 of the group assembled for the ride today on February 12th 2019. From Keswick we cycled to Seathwaite, stopped off for coffee at Longthwaite Youth Hostel then returned to Keswick via Grange and Manesty.

Snow and sleet showers prevented the group cycling on January 29th 2019 but seven of the group got together for a cup of coffee at the Coffee Shop in Threlkeld and those there had a discussion about future routes.

On January 15th 2019 we held our Annual Lunch at the Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld. 23 members of the group enjoyed the convivial company and the lunch.