Ride no. 38 – High above Threlkeld on the Surly

And we’re nearing 40 rides this year already — which is fabulous! I have done so much more riding this year over winter/spring as it’s just been so much nicer outside than last year. No snow, no ice, periods of dry and sunny weather – what a luxury :).

Rail-trail home.

Today’s ride was a commuting ride (again) to a little event held up at the Blencathra Centre, where the Field Studies Council is based – high above Threlkeld. It’s a funny little ride … half of it is dead easy – on the flat cycle-path of the railway line from Keswick to Threlkeld. Then the other half is a steep climb up the beginnings of Belncathra fell. It was decievingly humid out today, so I ended up stripping down to my lycra shorts and a t-shirt not long into the hill. Drivers kept going past and probably thought I was mad … half naked in early April. Hrm.

The event in question was put on by an organisation I am quite fond of called Nurture Lakeland. They are a green tourism/conservation charity based in Staveley (mid-way between Windermere and Kendal in the south lakes). They do all sorts of interesting projects, many of which I relate to as they are focused around sustainable tourism – cycling/walking/bussing in stead of using your car while on holiday in the lakes, doing activities out your door while on holiday instead of zooming all over the place, etc.

This event was in conjunction with the Low Carbon Cottages project – which aims to address the gap of information regarding energy-efficiency retrofits in traditional holiday cottages. It’s a project I currently volunteer with, and was chuffed to be able to listen and learn, and meet and greet. The event was held to inform folks about the basics of traditional retrofit – which is vastly different to trying to insulate/draught-proof a modern build. Suffice to say, the event (I think) was very well received, with some good questions, and small points of debate (all the architects/policy geeks were lovin’ it).

I also quite enjoyed that, after this full-on afternoon of technical information, I got to get on my bike and zoom down the hill into Threlkeld. And then a gentle traffic-free pedal back home… what a nice commute.

That’s it for now though – to bed I go after more readings from ‘The Old House Eco-Handbook’. G’night, all.


2 thoughts on “Ride no. 38 – High above Threlkeld on the Surly

    • Thanks, it was a lovely day out! And the project is really interesting – old buildings in Britain are often (and should be) preserved for their character and history …. but the energy efficiency/comfort of them is usually put to one side. Hopefully through Low Carbon Cottages, we can figure out how to do both – preserve the historical buildings while increasing energy efficiency!

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