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Following the national cycle route along disused railway line towards Low Wood on 3rd November ride.

Past ride reports in November 2012



3rd November 2012: A ride to Cartmel by Simeon Orme

Well I did think it was going to be a wet ride, as I was driving up to the start of the ride at Chapel House Wood, with low cloud hanging above the hilltops and with rain hitting the windscreen of my van the omens for the ride were not brilliant but once my van climb up the A590 from Lindale, it was like someone had flick a switch there was blue skies all around and stay that way for rest of the day.


There were three other hardy souls apart from me, these being Ian, John and Steve who brave the early morning weather to drive to the start of ride,


Once we got our bikes out of our cars and vans, we follow the lanes through Staveley-in-Cartmel, the a bit of road work on the A592 before cycle path into Newby Bridge. Then from Newby Bridge we followed the road around to Lakeside where we stop for a morning brew at 1872 cafe and shop.


After we put the world to right in the cafe, there was bit of climbing to do as we followed the road from Lakeside up to Finsthwaite, then we continue on the lanes as we headed through  Town End and Hill Top before dropping down into the Rusland Valley where we followed the Causeway across the valley where we did bit more climbing as we followed the road up to Bouth.


From Bouth there were a few ups and downs as we followed the lanes over into the Crake Valley where we spotted the first snow of Winter months on the Lakeland Mountains above Coniston Water.


We then followed the lanes down the Crake Valley to Greenodd.


In Greenodd, we crossed over the River Leven via the foot and cycle bridge and then followed the national cycle path through to Low Wood where we headed up the bridleway to Low Brow Edge. In Low Brow Edge there was more climbing to do as we headed through High Brow Edge and up to Low Gate.


There was bit more climbing to do from Low Gate before we followed the lanes through Beck Side and down to Cartmel where we stop for some lunch at the local cemetery.


After our lunch stop, we headed into Cartmel Village and then followed the bridleway across the racecourse and through Lane Park before heading along the public byway down to Cark where we stop for a pre lunch brew stop at the Tearoom at the back of  South Lakeland Nurseries and Garden Centre in Cark.


After our brewstop, we headed into Flookburgh, then we followed the lanes back up the valley towards Cartmel through The Green, Middle and Lower Birkby before heading through Cartmel.


From Cartmel, we followed the lanes up the valley and slowly climbing out of the valley, as we headed over to High Newton.


From High Newton, we headed down the old A590 and then cycle path along side the A590  getting back to the vehicles for 3.30pm.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can  click here to see the photos of the ride and click here to find more photos of the ride taken by Ian on the forum.


11th November 2012: A ride to Feizor by Simeon Orme.

It was good turnout of five members at the start of the ride at Bridge House Farm Tearoom, with new member Mick riding to start of the ride from Kendal.


After chatting and eating in the Tearoom, we followed the road up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses where we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells and up to Hunter’s Barn where we cross over Long Lane, then headed up Cross Road on to Mewith Lane which we followed next several miles towards Settle.


After climbing up through Keasden and over Dubgarth Hill we then headed along Eldroth Road for next mile or so before we cross over School Bridge and then headed up School Lane, then Black Bank Road before heading along Stackhouse House to Four lanes end where we rejoin Eldroth Road, after short section on the road we then followed the public byway to Lawkland Green Farm which as interest ford on it.


From Lawkland Green Farm we followed the lanes through Lawkland (its worth stopping a few minutes to look at Lawkland Hall from the road) up to A65 which we crossed over and headed along Greystonber Lane into Austwick where we followed the lanes through the village before heading down the Pennine Bridleway to the Flascoe Bridge where we stop for some lunch.


After lunch, most of us use the Flascoe Bridge but Chris try to ride through the ford but ended up with two wet feet.


We then continue along the Pennine Bridleway up to Feizor where we stop for post lunch brew at Elaine’s Tearoom.


After our brewstop, we followed the Pennine Bridleway out of Feizor over to Lower Bark House Farm where we turn off the Pennine Bridleway and followed another bridleway down to the tarmac, then followed the tarmac through Wharf down to Austwick, we then head through the village on national cycle route 68 up to A65 where we followed the new cycle path along side the A65 to the B 6480 which we followed into Clapham where Chris and Ian left us.


From Clapham we the lane down to Clapham Station where we said our goodbyes to Mick who was staying in Clapham Station for the night before heading back to Kendal.


From Clapham Station we climb up Clapham Moor to Dubgarth Hill where we rejoin Mewith Lane which we followed back to Wray.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can click here to see photos of the ride or you can find more photos of the ride taken by Ian on the forum at this link.


18th November 2012: A ride to Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre by Simeon Orme

After getting our bikes out of the cars at Ashes Lane, the four of us headed along Ashes Lane then down Crook Road to Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley for our morning brew where we join by Alistair, Graham and Mick.


After bit of discussion about the route, we headed out of Staveley and followed the cycle path along side the A591 to Ings where we turn on Moorhowe Road, then there was a bit of climbing to do before  we turn on to Dubbs Road. The track up to Dubbs Reservoir is quite easy to ride along but after passing the Reservoir there bit pushing of bikes to do before we got to summit of the track, then easy ride to the Garburn Road where we spent a few minutes looking up the Troutbeck Valley before heading down the Garburn Road to the cross roads with the Longmire Road where we followed the bridleway down through Limefitt Park and up to A592 where did a bit of road work before following a public byway into Troutbeck Village. After ridding through Troutbeck Village there was a bit more road work before we followed Mirk Lane down to A591 where there was small section on A591 before we head into Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre for lunch in the gardens of the visitor centre.


After lunch, there was stop to fix a puncture on Mick’s bike before we did some more road work on A591 before heading up Wain Lane, there was bit of pushing on the track before we rejoin the tarmac again for short section before following the bridleway from Town End to Longmire where there bit of road work on the A592, then bit of climbing out of Trout Beck Valley on Moorhowe Road before we followed the road down to Ings, then the cycle path along side A591 back to Staveley for afternoon brew at Wilf’s Cafe.


After a lot of chatting in the cafe we headed back to cars along Crook Road and Ashes Lane.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can click here to see photos of the ride orfind more photos of the ride taken by Alistair on Al’s Outdoor world at this link.


24th November: A ride to Grize Dale by Simeon Orme.

Peter Kenner honour us with his present by riding out to start of ride for brew and chat, he could not join us for the ride as he going to meeting about the Arnside to Grange cycle path later on in the day in Arnside. It was getting busy in  Cafe d’Lune filling up the cafe so we said our goodbyes to Peter and headed through Conder Green, then the lanes through to Galgate.


After crossing over the A6 in Galgate, we followed the road to Ellel, then turn on to Langshaw Lane and soon heading along Kit Brow Lane climbing slowly out of the Conder Valley as we followed the lanes over to Lower Green Bank in the Wyre Valley .


The road between Lower Green Bank and Abbeystead was close to motor vehicles due to buliding work on a bridge by the County Council but the room for bikes to get through.


We were soon dropping down to Abbeystead where we cross over the Tarnbrook Wrye and then the Marshaw Wrye before climbing out of the Wyre Valley.


At top of the climb we stop for John to point out the Pig’s Face.


After dropping down Cam Brow, there was a bit more climbing to do over the shoulder Catshaw Fell before following Long Lane back down into the Wyre Valley but we soon turn off this lane to follow the road passed Syke’s Farm  and then through the ford to the start of the bridleway down Grize Dale.


We stop for some lunch at head of Grizedale Reservoir.


After our lunch stop, we soon following the bridleway down Grize Dale, at the bottom of the dale there a bit of climbing to do before dropping down to Apple Tree Store Cafe at Wyresdale  Park.


It was the group’s first visit to this cafe and it was well worth it!


After our brew stop, we headed along the permitted bridleway along side Wyresdale Lake down to Long Lane.


We soon said our goodbyes to Gwen and Ken as they headed for home.


The four of us head across Cleveley Bridge over the River Wyre before following the lanes through to Forton where we said our goodbyes to John.


Then three of us followed the lanes  through Hollins Lane to Whams Lane, then up to Five lanes end before heading down to Galgate where we had to navigate through flood section of the road under the Motorway Bridge.


From Galgate it was back along the lanes to Conder Green where I said my goodbyes to Eileen and Nick before following the cycle path back up the Lune Valley  to Halton  before the promise rain.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. Click here to see photos of the ride.

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