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Damian Lewis Spends Adventurous Weekend Cycling in Cumbria – March 16, 2015

Homeland and Wolf Hall Star Damian Lewis Visits Cumbria

by Staff | News and Star | March 16, 2015


Damian Lewis with Dan Richards, owner of Lake District Cycling, at Penrith Station

Actor Damian Lewis spent an adventurous weekend cycling and running in Cumbria. The actor, known for his roles as Nicholas Brody in Homeland and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, came up with his friends on Saturday morning from London on the first train.

He hired a bike from Lake District Cycling at Penrith Station before he and his friends cycled to Glenridding. They then spent the day running up and down Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain, in wintry conditions.

A few weeks ago Dan Richards, owner of Lake District Cycling, was rather surprised to receive an answer phone message from Mr Lewis, asking if he could hire a bike.

Mr Richards said: “He was a genuinely charming, lovely guy. They committed to doing something that was a bit bonkers, frankly, but they all did it and seemed to have a really great time.”

The friends stayed the night in Penrith at The Agricultural Hotel before returning back to London on Sunday.

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Damian Joins Tufnell Park Campaign Demanding Safe Cycling Routes – March 3, 2013

Homeland Star Damian Lewis Joins Tufnell Park Campaign Demanding Safe Cycling Routes

by Tom Marshall – Islington Gazette – March 3, 2013

TV star Damian Lewis turned out to support calls for a new cycle route in Tufnell Park this week.

Mr Lewis, the Golden Globe-winning star of acclaimed US series Homeland, who lives in Tufnell Park with actress wife Helen McCrory and their two young children, showed his backing by joining supporters outside the Tufnell Park Tavern, Tufnell Park Road, on Saturday.

Campaigners want to get more youngsters biking on a daily basis by creating a sign-posted route, linking six schools in the area.

They have proposed a three-mile circular route, which also takes in six parks and playgrounds, and plan to stage a family-friendly Tour de Tufnell Park ride next weekend to raise awareness.

Father-of-two David Lincoln, 45, of Huddleston Road, who is leading the Tufnell Park Cycles to School campaign, said: “The campaign was partly inspired by watching videos of Dutch children cycling to school on YouTube. They show what it could be like. The council’s own research has shown that 35 per cent of children would prefer to cycle to school, but less than three per cent actually do. We know the main reason is that our roads don’t look and feel safe. We are staging the Tour de Tufnell Park along the route to raise awareness, but also because there are upcoming by-elections in two Tufnell Park wards, and we’re trying to influence the local candidates.”

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