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Sharing our "Locaf Knowledge"

The Churchmouse in Barbon (Pic: Ele Suggett)

The Caf.

For some riders it’s the meeting point, for others it’s a focus of the middle or end of their ride. A destination or a place to regroup, refuel and recharge. In the depth of winter they can be a warm refuge from the elements of the #ColdDarkNorth.

Some Cafs suit individuals or smaller groups. Others are best enjoyed in a gang. Some cater specifically for cyclists, welcoming us with open arms and bike locks. Some even have a track pump (we salute you!). Others might merely tolerate us, but they’re worth it for the bounty they serve.

The Wolf & Us in Silverdale

Do you like your beans on toast with a beer like some of the more prolific and vocal members of the famous Morecambe Clock Tower ride or are you more of a flat white and slab of cake enthusiast?

The bottom line is, as with so much in cycling and in life, that it’s different strokes for different folks. Many won’t pay more than a few bob for a tea and a slice (“it’s not That London”), some would remortgage their carbon steed for the perfect macchiato. There are plenty of riders that won’t ever venture far from their group’s chosen Caf. Old habits die hard. But the reality is that, in the Cold Dark North, we are blessed with some proper cracking cafs.

Struggling with maps at Puddleducks in Dunsop Bridge

So we wanted to share a little local knowledge to help you find some of these great Cafs, often in great places, that you might not know. We’ve created an interactive map to make this accessible on the move too, in case you’re freestyling and you need a slice of cake to help you work out the way home.

So here are the Cafs of the #ColdDarkNorth, or what we’re calling our “LocafKnowledge” - these are the places we've been, we've heard about, we recommend or we have had recommended to us. Cafs are subjective things. They might not be your cup of tea. And they might have changed hands since we were last there last. We can't spend ALL our time in Cafs, after all.

Please let us know if you have a good or bad experience in these or if you think we’re missing a trick. We'll try to keep this updated if we can.

Regrouping at The Three Hares in Sedbergh
The Barn is a great all-rounder, especially for big groups

Our Starting List is as follows:

Post Box Pantry in Dufton

Melmerby Village Bakery

Goat Gap Cafe near Clapham

Wolf & Us in Silverdale

The Churchmouse in Barbon

Chesters by the River in Skelwith Bridge

The Three Hares in Sedbergh

Four Season Bakery in Ingleton

Penny Garth Cafe in Hawes

Apple Store in Scorton

The Barn in Scorton

Puddleducks in Dunsop Bridge

Riverbank Tearooms in Slaidburn

Cobbled Corner in Chipping

The Bridge Cafe Wray

Orton Scar Cafe

Granny Dowbekins Tearooms in Pooley Bridge

Little Chamonix in Keswick

Siskins Caf at Whinlatter

Moochin About in Arnside

Method in Kendal

Homeground in Windermere

Inglesport Cafe in Ingleton

The Swan at Newby Bridge

Broughton Village Bakery

Fairydust Emporium in Silloth on Solway

The Gin Case in Wigton

The Chalet at Portinscale

Priests Mill Cafe in Caldbeck

Syke Farm Tea Room in Buttermere

The Gather by Ennerdale

The Pot Place near Plumpton

Sizergh Barn, Sizergh

Mallard Café, Cartmel

Kitridding Farm Shop, Old Town

Clearwater Fisheries in Borwick

Light Ash in Myrescough

Roots Cafe in Preston

Little Town Dairy in Longridge

Town End Farm Shop at Airton

Country Kitchen near Waddingon

Bashall Barn

Ye Olde Naked Man Café in Settle

More? Bakery in Staveley

Wilf’s Caf in Staveley

The Pink Geranium in Kirkby Stephen

Post Office Tea Room in Hornby

Wallings Ice Cream Parlour

Don't be sad if we missed your favourite...

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