We drove to Barrow in Furness on the afternoon of Saturday 17th June, and checked into our room at The Crofters. We then drove to Walney Island to recce the start of the route, followed by a walk along the sand. We had an ice dream in the sun overlooking the Irish sea and spent some time wandering around Barrow town centre. We had an early evening meal at Wetherspoons and returned to our B & B.
Crummock Water and Lowes Water from Buttermere, 30th June 2017
Posted by Carol Charlton on 2017-07-08
Mark, Berni, James and Barbara joined us on this short ride on the first morning of the Camp weekend. The weather had looked threatening but in the event, we had a dry day in very pleasant conditions. We started the ride in traditional fashion at the café in Buttermere village - we had all had a long journey to the start of the ride and were in dire need of refreshments. The bacon butties did not disappoint.
We weren't expecting many people out on this ride from Middleton in Teesdale to Allenheads as strong winds were forecast.
We were suprised then that eight people made the effort: Roley, Mick, Steve L, Mark S, Richard, David, Barbara and I. Paul was at the start but he had just cycled there from Northallerton for breakfast and was then on his way home.
Nineteen people celebrated Barbara's 70th birthday and my 67th with a ride from Reeth to Tan Hill and then to Thwaite (for lunch). A lot more came to Barbara's surprise party at the Clubhouse in the evening - thanks to Berni and Glenys for organising the party and for all who contributed food or just their presence.
The highlight of the ride was the wedged lorry on the descent to Keld.
Had an eventful ride today! One set of car keys locked in car (Yvonne) - Green Flag to the rescue; two punctures in the same tyre resulting in a taxi ride back to Helmsley (David); two flooded roads (rode through one but had to detour round the second); one wasp sting; one bit of tree blown onto helmet; and one dropped ice cream (Richard).
Peter, Pauline, Berni, Tim, Richard, David, Graham B, Yvonne and I all did at least part of the ride. Yvonne ended up driving to Hovingham and met us at Castle Howard for lunch then rode some of the afternoon ride with us.
It's been a few years since we've held the 100 mile flat ride so we resurrected it this year. Seventeen members and one guest completed the ride from Brompton via Thirsk and Easingwold to Newton upon Ouse and back to Brompton via Boroughbridge, Ripon, Bedale and Kirkby Fleetham.
I cut the corner off my planned route, thinking I had a mile or so in hand. Unfortunately that was not the case and we arrived back in Brompton having done just over 98 miles so we cycled round and round the village much to the bemusement of residents until we clocked up the century.
Graham Banks, John Hallet, John Turner, Alec and I cracked on at a pace, I'd averaged 13.9mph over the whole 71 miles. We were faster than that in the first half. So it was definitely a faster ride which everyone enjoyed. Only one cafe stop at Alston - had intended to stop first at the top of Hartside but the cafe wasn't serving due to a water problem. Then after Alston we just carried on. I was pleased I managed to keep up with them though I was tired at the end.