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This page relates my 2005 adventure into the world of journalism - a weekly column in the Barrow Evening Mail describing a local cycle ride! It was good fun, and tried to show something of the area as well the ride. It was five years ago, but I think the articles still stand up (although a lot of the links to other websites will probably be broken by now).


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    This page provides links into a number of pages, each of which describes a cycle ride somewhere around South Cumbria. There will be a bit of a bias towards the south-west of the county, as your author Jeff Chambers lives near Ulverston.

    Each of the rides will have been published in the (Barrow) North-West Evening Mail, in its Saturday 'Weekend' section. The purpose of these pages is to provide a reference to go back to, maybe on a day when it isn't pouring down, and also now and then to add more information than the space in the column in the paper would allow. There might be some useful links to other sites in some cases, where I can find them.

    Update for the end of October 2005 - the last Evening Mail column appeared on the 29th October 2005, that's 38 in all this year. It's been great fun!

1 Westfield Trail, Barrow-in-Furness. 7 miles.   
    An easy, flat, mainly traffic-free 'Greenway' route out of Barrow. Published 12/02/05.

2 Ulverston to Bardsea Circle. 10 miles.
    A meander down narrow and quiet Furness lanes to Bardsea. Published 19/02/05.

3 Broughton-in-Furness. 4 miles.
    A short ride on the old railway line, opened as a bridleway. Published 26/02/05.

4 A Furness Tour. 11 miles.
    A circle from Dalton via Dendron, Gleaston, Scales and Great Urswick. Published 5/03/05.

5 A Circuit of Coniston Water. 14 miles.
    A circuit of the lake, starting from Water Yeat. Published 12/03/05.

6 The Bogle Crag Trail at Grizedale Forest. 6 miles.
    One of the waymarked off-road cycle routes in the forest. Published 19/03/05.

7 A Circuit of the Langdale Valleys. 11.5 miles.
    A scenic tour from Tilberthwaite round Little Langdale and Great Langdale. Published 26/03/05.

8 Exploring Ulverston's Back Yard. 9.5 miles
    A round between the meadows north of Ulverston, visiting the quiet Newland valley. Published 2/04/05.

9 Up on Subberthwaite Common. 11.5 miles
    A varied ride from Sparkbridge, near Greenodd, along the Crake valley, and onto a high common with great views. Published 9/04/05.

10 A Tour of the Rusland Valley. 11.5 miles
    A circuit of this idyllic rural area, using a little known outward route on part of the way, and returning by the famous Rusland beeches. Published 16/04/05.

11 Getting round the Lickle Valley. 8.5 miles
    A hilly ride around this little-known valley, in stunning surroundings. Published 23/04/05.

12 A Furness High Road. 19 miles
    A circle from Ulverston, taking in the sea shore to a high road with splendid views along the 'spine' of Low Furness. Published 30/04/05.

13 A trip around the Winster Valley. 16.5 miles
    A tour starting at Lindale (near Grange over Sands), heading up the valley to Cowmire Hall, and back close to Whitbarrow Scar, and on to Meathop. Published 7/05/05.

14 A Coniston Adventure. 14 miles (Nibthwaite start), or 24.5 miles (Greenodd start)
    A challenging and exhilarating off-road ride high above the east shore of Coniston Water. Published 14/05/05.

15 Duddon Exploration. 14 miles
    A fairly gentle amble up Dunnerdale from near Ulpha, with plenty of interest along the way. Published 21/05/05.

16 A circuit of Great Burney. 16 miles.
    A ride with a fair amount of steady climbing, from Ulverston, around the tranquil, and not heavily  visited, Subberthwaite Common. Published 28/05/05.

17 Off-road meanders around Oxen Park. 13 miles
    An enjoyable short circuit that nonetheless involves an off-road section with some effort required. Published 04/06/05.

18 Claife Heights and Lake Windermere. 7.5 miles
    Tranquil tarns, forest tracks and a lake shore path, with plenty of off-road to follow. Published 11/06/05.

19 Hodge Close. 8.5 miles
    A pleasant circuit from Coniston, visiting a spectacular former slate quarry, a huge 'hole in the ground'. Published 18/06/05.

20 Off the beaten track to Torver. 12.5 miles
    A  fairly demanding combination of tarmac and three off-road sections. Uses lanes you wouldn't enjoy in a car! Passes through an area largely free of visitors.
Published 25/06/05.

21 A local ride from Barrow to Ulverston, following the new W2W 'Walney to Wear' route. 22 miles.
    An reasonably easy outing following this new long distance route on the outward ride.
Published 02/07/05.

22 A local ride from Ulverston to Grange, following the new W2W 'Walney to Wear' route. 15 miles.
    A hillier outing following this new long distance route, with a suggested use of the train for the return.
Published 09/07/05.

23 A circuit from Dunnerdale, over Birker Fell to Eskdale, with a return over Harter Fell. 21.5 miles.
    A strenuous outing, with a high fell crossing on tarmac, and a tough off-road slog up to 1150ft on the return. Published 16/07/05

24 A foray into the Woodland Valley. 14 miles.
    A moderate outing crossing the magical Angerton Moss, then passing through the idyllic Woodland Valley. Published 23/07/05.

25 More wanders in Dunnerdale. 13.5 miles.
    A figure-of-eight meander through lower Dunnerdale, visiting Duddon Ironworks, Frith Hall and other spots of interest. Published 30/07/05.

26 The Cartmel Fell Triangle. 14 miles.
    An on-road trip from Newby Bridge, to High Newton, to Strawberry Bank, and back down Gummer's How. Published 06/08/05.

27 A Bardsea Outing. 5 miles.
    A short trip along the Coast Road from Ulverston, with a shoreline return. Published 13/08/05.

28 The Silurian Trail. 14 miles.
    A demanding off-road trek in Grizedale Forest. Published 20/08/05

29 Roanhead. 10.5 miles.
    An easy outing from the centre of Barrow, with great views and an unusual route back. Published 27/08/05

30 Jenny Brown's Point. 21 miles.
    An exploration of the limestone country around Arnside and Silverdale. Published 03/09/05

31 Tarn Hows. 10.25 miles
    An fairly strenuous outing from Coniston with plenty of off-road tracks to follow. Published 10/09/05.

32 Humphrey Head. 22.5 miles
    A meandering circuit from Haverthwaite to Cark and Cartmel, with a hilly return. Published 17/09/05.

33 From Kent to Sprint. 16 miles
    An outing up Kentdale and return down Longsleddale, with an interesting off-road bit in the middle!  Published 24/09/05.

34 Giant's Grave. 8.5 miles. Another circuit of Subberthwaite Common, with some off-road. Published 1/10/05.

35 Whicham Valley. 17.5 miles. An occasionally hilly exploration of this little valley near Millom. Published 8/10/05.

36 Around Backbarrow. 6 miles. A short little circuit with lots of old industrial interest on the way, and some nice Lakes scenery at Lakeside. Published 15/10/05

37 Coniston alternatives. 14 miles. A circuit of the lake, but concentrating on two alternatives for the Torver to Coniston section. One easy, the other not such a doddle! Published 22/10/05

38 Grasmere. 9 miles. A circuit from Skelwith bridge via Grasmere and Rydal, with a section of bridleway. Published 29/10/05

Any comments on the cycling pages would be gratefully received!


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