Steve & Carol’s A2C, (Aspatria to Carnforth) 8th – 12th June, 2015
Posted by Carol Charlton on 21 June 2015
Monday 8th June
We set off around 3pm by car with bikes on the back to drive to Carnforth. We stopped for tea and cake on the way near Ravenstonedale and then onwards to book into our nice B & B – Capernwray House, 3 miles from Carnforth where we planned to leave our car until collection at the end of our cycle tour. We had a bar meal at a nearby Pub which was fine but the Landlord was Mr. Dreary and the pub was tired. Back to our B & B for a good night’s sleep.
What a gorgeous day for a gentle ride over the moors to The Bike Cafe at Fremington. Only Four people set off from Ravensworth and another, Dave, joined us near Marske. The moor birds were calling, the lambs were bleating and the army were shooting.
On the last two rides I have led along the Nidderdale Greenway Barbara and I have only been joined by one other person - James on a very wet ride to Knaresborough and Steve on a very windy ride to Wetherby. Today we were joined by 9 other people. We rode from Masham via Grewelthorpe to Kirby Malzeard where Yvonne had a mechanical breakdown - her derailleur changer broke and went into her wheel. It was unrepairable on the road. Yvonne asked a lady in the adjacent bungalow if she could leave her bike there whilst she walked back to Masham for her car.
The Canoeists kindly invited the Cycling and Walking sections to join them on their camping holiday on Mull. The trip was fated from the start. Several people cancelled because of the weather forecast and Patrick attempted to go but had a blow-out in his car on the A66. Steve and his son Simon arrived on the Monday night and met some of the canoeists who were keeping warm around a fire.
Melanie, Jenny, Barbara and I set off from Gilling West at 8am. We only just made the start time Barbara having set our alarm for 6.45 in the evening rather than the morning and me falling down the step in the kitchen in my hurry to get out.
It could have been the prospect of cycling through beautiful dales landscapes in perfect weather, or the challenge of climbing both Fleet Moss and Park Rash in one day, that brought out 9 brave cyclists on this Wednesday ride.
We had an excellent bank holiday at the Loch Ken Activity Centre - thank you to Dave and Anne for organising the accommodation and to Helen for organising the food.
On Friday we cycled to Castle Douglas and some of us (having been advised by Paul that the road was surfaced) cycled back along the west bank of Loch Ken on a rough but beautiful track through a nature reserve.
On Saturday we cycled to Drumlanrig Castle across lonely moors and through forests. Bank Holiday - what bank holiday? There were very few people around.
Steve & Carol’s Ride from Scorton, Wednesday 1st April 2015
Posted by Carol Charlton on 2 April 2015
The weather forecast prior to this ride was poor – high winds, sleet & snow showers and very cold. However, the weather had improved somewhat and 10 of us met at Scorton to ‘fuel up’ for the ride. Steve had the obligatory bacon sandwich at Joan’s Cafe!
Bernadine was none too pleased when we started by climbing up Hurgill Road. She had only just descended it to meet us. The ride was billed as undulating but it bordered on hilly. The wind didn't help us on the way out. After a minor revolt at Greta Bridge it was decided to pacify the troops by stopping for coffee at the Moritt Arms. They were very accommodating. Barbara banned me from eating a tea cake and took the sugar cube out of Peter's cup - what a bossy boots. The coffee was very strong and fuelled us with caffeine for our climb up Teesdale to Eggleston Hall.