What a beautiful day - it's good to be out on a bike.
Bernadine, Jenny, Barbara, Mick and I cycled from Bishop Auckland to Hamsterley and then by the minor road via Howlea Bridge to Wolsingham. The sky was clear, the air was still, and the scenery was magnificent radiating gold.
A great tea stop at the bakery (named after a Dickens character - Copperfield or Nickleby or the like) and then a stiff climb up to the outskirts of Tow Law.
Bernadine, Melanie, Barbara, Mick and I cycled from Richmond via Hudswell, Downholme, Preston under Scar and Redmire to Aysgarth Falls. The weather was cold, a strong wind blew against us, and the roads were icy in parts. We settled into the cafe at the National Park centre, took off several layers and were about to order when we discovered that the lavatories at the centre were out of use because of a blockage.
Carol & Steve’s Ride to Ulnaby Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Posted by Carol Charlton on 21 October 2014
Steve arrived at Nun’s Close Car Park in Richmond expecting to greet half a dozen cyclists. By the time the party left at 10.05a.m., the numbers had increased to 17 and after picking up Carol & Yvonne at Gilling West, we had a grand total of 19! Steve decided to split the party in two with James leading a faster and longer route.
The 100 Milers Charity Cycle Ride Saturday 13 September 2014
Posted by Lyn Rogers on 15 September 2014
On Saturday 13 September 2014 Pauline, Yvonne, Lyn, Peter, Steve completed a 100 mile cycle ride from Northallerton. For Pauline Yvonne and Peter it was the first 100 mile cycle ride they had ever completed so huge congratulations to them. Bernadine also joined us as far as Kirklington but had to be back home early so left us there but many thanks to Bernadine for her support and for getting up so early!!
Steve & Carol’s ride from Buttermere, Wednesday 13th August
Posted by on 17 August 2014
Our annual trip to the Lake District included a programmed ride on the Wednesday prior to our walk on the Thursday. Mark T was staying overnight to join us on both days. No doubt some were put off by the weather forecast but Anne Ballard arrived and was having none of this. In the event, we had a fine, breezy day!
Steve had worked out a route of about 40 miles around the fells to the north of the campsite. We cycled from our B & B at Troutbeck to the camp and Carol & I were joined on our ride by Jim, Bernie, Carol A, Mark & David.
I first led this ride last May in celebration of my 60th but, unsurprisingly, only Jenny and Bernardine opted to repeat it again this year with me. I wonder why! The other five were warned about the hills and still they came. Charles and Graham even cycled from home to the start as well. The others were Peter, Julie and Pauline. Most people knew the first little hill was only a warm up. We had only just got started on the second when Pauline asked "Are we there yet?" Fortunately the day was warm with not too much of a headwind.
12 cyclists all arrived in Perth by different means and met in a café within the town.
Once we had had lunch and were all refuelled, we cycled out of the town and into the countryside. On our way out of Perth we passed the Glen Eagles golf club and saw how the other half spends their time.
We past a monument of a young women that had been burnt on a stake because she was deemed to be a witch date 1542, these must have been very dark days.