Ride Reports in January, February and March 2009
It was disappointing to see that know else had turn up at the start, so after waiting for several minutes I headed up the Lune Valley Cycle Track to the Crook O’ Lune and then cycle path up to Park Lane which I followed through Halton Park then up to the Kirkby Lonsdale Road. I then followed the Kirkby Lonsdale up to Brooklands where I foolowed the lanes through Higher and Lower Addington then passing by Birkland Barrow Farm before heading through Over Kellet. I then join Kellet Lane which followed down to Mannor Farm just outside the village of Borwick where I followed Borwick Lane down to the A6. I then headed towards Carnforth for about 500 yards before following the ‘B’ road towards Warton, at Warton Cricket Club I turn on to permitted bridleway which I followed towards Yealand Conyers after about mile I join the next track which brought me out near Dykes Farm, I then followed the lanes through Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Storrs before stopping at the tearoom at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve.
After my coffee stop, I followed the ‘B’ road through Crag Foot to Warton. At Warton I followed the public byway down to the River Keer where I cross over it via the cycle and foot bridge, I then followed the lanes through to Crag Bank, where I crossed over the A6 and continue along cycle/ footpath on the Lancaster Canal to Bolton-
After meeting Don at Devil’s Bridge we headed into Kirkby Lonsdale for brew. After our cafe stop we followed the B6254 out of Kirkby Lonsdale towards Old Town, at Kearstwick we followed the lanes through Mansergh and up the Lune Valley to Rigmaden Park where the road down to Rigmaden Bridge where we stop to look at the view, the water in the River Lune was so clean you could see the bottom, we also spotted to two dead fish. After finishing looking at the views we continue up the road heading towards the A683 before turning on to Low Lane Track which we followed around to Abbey Farm, we then followed the lane up to Middleton House where we join the A683 for short distance before following the lanes through Middleton into Barbon Village. In Barbon, we join our second track of the day which followed passed Oak Tree Farm before stopping for some lunch beside the track.
After lunch we followed the bridleway up Barbondale and rejoin the tarmac near Blindbeck Bridge. We then headed back down Barbondale before following the lanes through the hamlet of Bellgate, then contine along Wandales Lanes before following Chapelhouse Lane down to Devil’s Bridge.
I think most members decide that Sunday was best spend inside listening to the rain, anyway I rode or should say that I blown to start at Tewitfield, know one was waiting for me went I got there, so waited a few minutes before heading up the A6070 to the Tearoom at Deerslet for coffee before heading back to Halton via Priest Hutton, Borwick, Capernwray and Over Kellet.
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It was disappointing not to see anyone else waiting for me at the car park in High Bentham so once I got my bike out of the van and waited for few more minutes to see if anybody else turn up I headed out of High Bentham on Bentham Road heading towards Ingleton, after about half mile I turn on to the first track of the day which I followed through Bentham Golf Course to Windy Hill Lane, the track was wet in places but there few nice views of Ingleborough with snow on the top. On hitting the tarmac at Windy Hill Lane, I decide to follow the lanes into Ingleton after crossing over A65 I headed to the Inglesport Cafe for morning brew and some cake.
After my morning brew, I headed through Ingleton village back to A65 which I followed for short distance before following the bridleway from the A65 through Greenwood Leghe to Green Lane. I then headed up Green Lane before following Lowkber Lane to Cold Cotes Wastes. From Cold Cotes Wastes I followed the road down towards A65 before following track passed Goat Gap over Newby Moor, I then crossed over the A65 and then followed the lanes around to Newby, then recrossed the A65 before heading through the village of Newby, just on the outskirts I turn on to Laithbutts Lane which I followed through to Clapham. In Clapham, I followed the road down to Clapham Station where stop for some lunch in bus shelter.
After lunch, I followed the lanes over Clapham Moor to Keasden, then headed along Reebys Lane, then along Bloe Beck Lane and along Mewith Lane back to by van park at High Bentham.
Seven members gather at Pat and fred’s in Halton for evening of slides and chat. In the first part of the evening Nick showed his slides of his tours of Sardinia and Turkey with Eileen and then we treated to supper of tea and cakes (see photo of the cakes in the photo Gallery). In the second half evening Pat and Fred showed us there slides of their tour of Corsia.
I would like to thank Fred and Pat for hosting the evening and doing the catering for the supper.
The four of us followed the road pasted Sykes Farm before turn off the tarmac at Trough Barn to followed the track up to Trough House, at Trough House we continue to followed the track over Whin Fell before following the Ouster Rake Path down into the Brennand valley, at the top of the Ouster Rake Path the Bowland Mountain Rescure were practising rescuing a mountain biker who had fell off his bike, so we walk down the path. When got down into the Brennand Valley we followed the bridleway down the valley into the Dunsop Valley and then down Dunsop Bridge where we stop to eat our sandwhichs beside the river before heading to the tearoom for brew, cake and soup.
After lunch we followed the ‘B’ road down the Hodder Valley through the villages of Higher Whitewell, Whitewell and Middle Lees to Loud Mytham Bridge. We then followed the lanes through the hamlet of Loud Mytham to Leagram Mill where we joined our next track which we followed to Higher Greystoneley, stopping on the way to look at the linekiln at Knott Hill and there also interesting ford across Greystonely Brook which Nick rode through and the rest of us use the footbridge to get across the brook. From Higher Greystoneley we followed the road over New Laund Hill back down into the Hodder Valley before following the valley road back towards Dunsop Bridge. On the outskirts of Dunsop Bridge we followed the road up the Langden Valley back to cars parked near Sykes Farm.
It been good day out on the bike and it will be my last for few weeks has I am going into hospital on Wednesday for operation on my hand so Peter has volunteer to lead the next two rides.
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After that it was road work with 2 miles of climbing over to Oakenclough before farm tracks down to Calder Vale where soup and butties were consumed overlooking the village. Evicted by an agressive robin looking for crumbs we risked frost bitten ears on the fast descent by Ringing Hill down to Garstang where coffee, teacake and a very good piece of custard tart were enjoyed at an excellent tea rooms in the town centre. We then rode back, via Scorton, to the start by which we had covered all of 18 miles. Quality not quantity.
Initially intending the `soft` route home I instead rode `up and over` to Dolphinholme and Ellel Crag before dropping to Five Lane Ends and Galgate. And I was home well before lighting up time.
Thanks to Charlie for a really good day.
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After two weeks of not being able get out on the bike due operation on my hands it was nice to see five other members waiting for me at the start of the ride at Tewitfield. We soon heading up the A6070 to the tearoom at Deerslet where we stop for our second breakfasts.
After our morning cafe stop we continue up the A6070 into Burton-
After lunch we continue through Whittington and followed the B6254 for short distance before following Coneygarth Lane down to the River Lune, then push our bikes along short section of Lune Valley Ramble before following bridleway back on to the B6254 which followed for short distance towards Newton where had to send out search party for one member, anyway once we regroup we followed lanes through to the cafe at Docker Park Farm.
After our after brew stop, we followed Keer Holme Lane down to Pheasant Field where Peter and myself left the other four to ride back towards Lancaster, the rest of party head back through Borwick to cars park at Tewitfield.
I like thank Peter for leading the last to rides and hope to see you all next week ride.
I must say our General Secretary miss good ride, I hope he fit and well for next week’s ride. Anyway getting back to ride after the usual amount planning the group does for a ride which amounts to the Area Secretary looking at the map about ten minutes before ride starts and showing the rest of riders on the ride the route which we are go to do and after bit of fine tuning of the route, we set off to nearest cafe, I also should point out good ride for the group is to do track that we never done before which manage to do two tracks on this ride that the Area Secretary never done before, anyway numbers were down due to Lancashire Group holding a ride in deepest Lancashire.
So the three of us headed out of Cartmel and soon face hard climb up to High Fell Gate, yes I know there good reason why we always go to the tearoom at Cark when the Group starts rides at Cartmel because there know steep hills unfortunately the tearoom is closed on Sundays that was only reason why we were heading towards Grange-
In Grange we stop at one of the cafes by the park, after we were all fuel up we headed out of Grange on the B5277 heading towards Lindale but we soon turn on Pipe Lane and pass by Grange other Golf Club, we then followed the lane through Meathop and passed by the hamlet of Ulpha. After riding over Highstock Bridge we met Lancaster CTC Group coming opposite direction in two groups, we stop to chat with the last group and Alan Parkinson ask where our General Secretary was! After chatting with Alan who is 80 year old and good friends of Pat and Fred Lloyd ( who are my Mum and step father). We followed the road up to Boat Bridge where we followed the cycle path under the A590 into Longhow End where we followed the bridleway through the nature reserve at Latterbarrow up to High Fell End (which one of the tracks that I never done and well worth doing) from High Fell End we join the tarmac for a few minutes before following the bridleway from Witherslack over Yewbarrow to Witherslack at one point we did stop to let some power walker pass us who trying to prove that they can walk faster than we can ride our bikes up the track but after they pass us they follow footpath back down to Witherslack. At Witherslack Hall we join the tarmac again and followed lanes through Pool Bank before following the road passed Cowmire Hall before stopping for lunch near the church at Cartmel Fell.
After lunch we did another half mile on the tarmac before following the bridleway over Raven’s Barrow and passed by Heights Cottage up to Sow How Lane, has I never done this track before I think we will been doing it again! We then followed Sow How lane (at this point is a public byway) through the hamlet of Foxfield before following the public byway up to Simpson Ground where we followed the bridleway over to Staveley-
With no phone calls the evening before asking where the ride was going so it was no surprise to find nobody waiting for me at the start, so hung around for a few minutes to see if anybody else would turn up but know one did so headed up the Lune Valley cycle track and turning off the cycle track just after Caton, then crossed over the A683, then followed the lanes into Brookhouse. In Brookhouse, I followed the road up to Moorside then from Moorside followed Quarry Road up to the Wind Farm, I did stop few times to take a few photos looking back down into the Lune Valley on clear day you will able to see for miles. Anyway once I got to the top of Quarry Road, I followed the bridleway down past Moorcock Hall and Claughton Hall before following the back road into Farleton, after heading through Farleton I join the A683 for short distance before turning on to B6480 which I followed for about mile, then I followed the Back Lane (which quite track) into Wray where I stop for a brew at Bridge Tearooms.
After late morning cafe stop, I followed the road out of Wray up to Millhouses then following the lanes through the hamlet of Russells on Mewith Lane which followed for several miles passing through Mewith Head and Keasden before joining Eldroth Road which I followed for few hundred metres before turning on to Cragg Lane which I followed up on to Austwick Common, the first part of lane is okay to ride on put after you pass Stopps Barn its turns into boggy track until you reach the common, then on the Common there post to be public byway across the Common but I followed the well use track across the Common which easy to follow down on Keasdon Road. Then I headed down Keasdon Road through Dovenanter to Keasdon where I rejoin Mewith Lane which I following back to Wray stopping for some late lunch above Bentham.
In Wray, I then followed the B6480, and the A683 back to Bull Beck Bridge where I turn on to the Lune Valley Cycle Track which followed back to the Denny Beck car park at Halton and then headed for home.
After meeting Peter at the car park near Sykes Farm we headed down the Langden Valley for morning brew at the tearooms in Dunsop Bridge.
After our brew we followed ‘B’out of Dunsop Bridge down the Hodder Valley to Burholme Bridge where we followed the road over New Laund Hill before following the bridleway through Higher Greystonely to Leagram Mill where we rejoin the tarmac again. We then followed the road into Chipping before heading out of Chipping on Green Lane which followed down to High Head. At High Head we followed the bridleway passed Dobson Hall on to Longridge Road. We headed back into Chipping on Longridge Road. In Chipping we stop for some lunch in bus shelter as the weather forcast for the day had prove to be right and it had start to rain.
After our lunch stop we headed to cafe in Chipping for brew. After our coffee stop, we had wet ride back over New Laund Hill, then up the Hodder and Langden valleys back to car park.
Geoff and Peter were waiting for me when I got to the car park at Tewitfield, a few minutes after 10.00am we headed up A6070 to follow our usual route to the Farleton View Tearoom at Wath Sutton but we had to retrace our steps back to A6070 at Saltermire Bridge due to bridge over the M6 being closed for repairs! As we heading back to the A6070, we stop to tell a young lady cyclist that bridge was closed so she decided to join us for part of way as she was heading to Kendal and the tearoom was on route. So we followed the A6070 into Burton-
After our refuelling stop we said goodbye to the young lady cyclist and followed the lanes through Millness to the A65, after crossing over the A65 we again followed some more quite lanes up and through Gatebeck before following the road through the hamlet of Mount Pleasant, after passing Bracken Hall we followed the bridleway over Flodding Hill to Hill Farm just outside Old Hutton. We then followed the B6254 into Old Hutton, at Hutton Gate we followed the lanes over the M6 and through Great and Little Bruntwaite towards Bendrigg Lodge but at Tarn Plantation we followed the road under the M6 which turn into nice public byway which followed down to Great Eskrigg End where we rejoin the tarmac again! We then followed the lanes pass Greenmoor Bank to the hamlet of Ewe Bank where we had hard climb up Fairthorns Road to our next track which we followed over to Roan Edge Quarry. There some nice views of the Howgills and Lakeland Fells from this track. At Roan Edge Quarry, we followed the A684 towards Sedbergh for about about a mile before turning on to the Old Scotch Road which we followed all way down to Old Town, stopping part way along the road for some late lunch at Hill’s Quarry.
After our lunch stop, we followed the Old Scotch Road down to Old Town then B6254 into Kirkby Lonsdale for afternoon brew.
After our cafe stop we followed the B6254 down the Lune Valley to Newton, where we followed the lanes pass Docker Park Farm and then followed Keer Holme Lane down to Pheasant Field where Peter and I left Geoff to ride back to Lancaster. Geoff then headed back to his van park at Tewitfield via Borwick.
After meeting at Ashes Lane, the four of us followed Ashes Lane up on to the Crook Road then headed down it into Staveley for our morning cafe stop at Wilf’s.
After our morning brew, we followed national cycle route 6 out of Staveley along the side of A591 up to Ings. At Ings we followed the Moorhowe Road over to the A592 which we cross over, to followed the bridleway into hamlet of Town End and on this track we saw some Primroses in flower. In Town End we followed our next track up on to Holbeck Lane, after short section of tarmac, we turn on to our next track which we followed up on to Robin Lane Track and we stop look at the views of Lake Windermere in the valley below. We soon following bridleway again and after passing through High Skelghyll Farm we stop to have our lunch at Jenkin Crag.
After lunch we the followed the bridleway down into Ambleside and then headed through Waterhead before following the cycle path along side the A593 to Clappergate where we joined the B5286 which followed for good mile and bit before turning off it near Angle Wood to followed the lanes up to High Wray. At High Wray we followed the bridleway up pass The National Trust’s Basecamp and through the woods (we did waste about half a hour get lost following the wrong forest track) up on to Claife Heights and then followed the bridleway down to Far Sawrey. The General Secretary did give us a demonstration on how not cross a ford by falling off his bike in Wilfin Beck. In Far Sawrey we followed the B5285 down to ferry. After crossing Lake Windermere on the ferry we followed the A592 into Bowness-
After we all fuel up again, we followed the A592 and then A5074 through Bowness-
We were bit late setting off, as we had to wait for Nick and Eileen to arrive at the start as they were running a bit late, as it was bit last minute decision weather to come or not, has Nick was not feeling that well and he did well to get has far as Ingleton before turning back!
Anyway I know we were post to having a ride to Scorton but I did not fancy that or the Fylde Coast, with the cold weather we have been having all week, the day called for a cafe to cafe ride so after Nick and Eileen had unloaded their bikes from the car, the four of us head up the Lune Valley Cycle Path towards Caton and then joining the A683 near Bull Beck Bridge. We then carry on up the A683 to Claughton where we followed the public way over to Farleton before rejoining the A683 for a short distance before turning on to B6480 which we followed for good mile before turning on to Back Lane which followed into Wray and stopping at the Bridge Tearooms for our morning coffee stop.
After we were all fuel up, we followed the ‘B’ road up the Hindburn valley to Mill Houses, where we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells before joining Eskewbeck Lane which we follow down into Low Bentham. After climbing out of Low Bentham, we followed the lanes over Bentham Moor before following Bentham Road into Ingleton, due to the cold weather and Nick not feeling to well we decided to stop at Inglesports cafe for some lunch.
After lunch, Nick was still not feeling that well so he and Eileen decide to ride back slowly to Denny Beck carpark and myself and Geoff would carry on with the ride. After crossing over the A65, we followed the lanes pass Moorgath Hall Hotel before joining Nutgill Lane which we followed to the B6480. After crossing over the B6480, we headed down Greystonegill Lane and crossing over the River Wenning via Greystonegill Bridge before climbing out of the Wenning valley to join Mewith Lane which we followed down to Wray, from Wray we followed the B6480 then the A683 back to Bull Beck Bridge and the Lune Valley Cycle path back to Denny Beck. Nick and Eileen make it back to cars about five minutes after us and they had spent extra half hour in the cafe before Nick was up to riding back! He did look a lot better than was at lunchtime.
Ride Reports in April, May and June 2009
After meeting in the free car park in High Bentham the four of us headed in High Bentham to stop at The Nose Bag Coffee Shop for our second breakfast.
After we all fuel up, we headed out of High Bentham on the road which goes over Lythe Fell to Slaidburn but once we crossed over River Wenning via Bentham Bridge (which byway was the only time on the ride we drop below the 100 metre mark). We climb out of the Wenning valley through the hamlet of Barnfield to join Mewith Lane which we followed for next few miles through the villages of Keasden and Eldroth, just outside Eldroth at Four Lane Ends we followed nice bridleway to Craven Ridge Lane Ends, then we followed Paley Green Lane down to A65. After very short section on the A65, we followed the ‘B’ road through Rathmell to Wiggleworth where we join the B6478 which followed towards Long Preston. After crossing over the River Ribble via Cow Bridge, we headed into Long Preston on Back Lane and stopping for some lunch on the village green.
After lunch we cross over the A65 we then headed out of Long Preston on Green Gate Lane and then Edge Lane where we join the route of the Pennine Bridleway which we followed over the summit of Hunter Bark before dropping down into Upper Settle on Mitchell Lane, we then followed Pennine Bridleway signs through Settle pass Castle Plantation to the next off-
After our cafe stop, the others did not see me turn on to Hale Lane and after waiting for five minutes wondering where they got to! I when looking for them, I found them cycling back up Kiln Hill Lane, after we regroup we headed down Hale Lane towards Austwick crossing over Austwick Beck via the Flascoe Bridge before following Thwaite Lane over to Clapham where we followed the B6480 for 5 miles over Newby Moor against a head wind back to High Bentham.
After waiting a few minutes to see if anyone else would turn up for the ride, I headed up Ashes Lane and then followed the Crook Road into Staveley where I stop at Wilf’s for a brew.
After my cafe stop, I followed Browfoot Lane up the Kent Valley to Browfoot, I then then followed the bridleway through Browfoot up to Ullthwaite Bridge before following the track through Croft Head and then I continue up the bridleway which crosses over Black Beck and Park Beck before joining the main bridleway to Kentmere Hall, at this point instead of following the bridleway down to Kentmere Hall I decide to follow various tracks around to the hamlet of High Borrans before heading along Borrans Lane and then along Moorhowe Road down to Heaning where I followed a public way to the A591 which I crossed over to followed the lanes up to Borwick Fold Farm where I join a bridleway which became part of the Dales Way for a short distance before returning to the tarmac to follow the lanes over Brackenthwaite and passed New Hall Farm then back to my van park at the end of Ashes Lane for some lunch before heading for home.
It was little disppointing to see that no one else was at the carpark but to be fair it was a Bank Holiday Monday and did wait around for few minutes to see anybody else would turn up before following the A684 through Hallbank towards Sedbergh before heading down the public way to Garsdale Bridge, then I followed the A683 up the Rawthey Valley before turning off it few miles later to follow the road into Street. Where I followed the bridleway up to the summit of High Dolphinsty where I stop to have some lunch.
After lunch, I headed down the bridleway into Mallerstang before following the B6259 for short distance towards Kirkby Stephen then I headed up Lady Ann Way up Hell Gill Bridge. At Hell Gill Bridge I followed the public byway down to Shaw Paddock where I rejoin the B6259 which I followed up to Moorcock Inn where I headed down the A684 through Garsdale back to van parked at the bottom at the carpark at Tom Croft Hill.
We followed our usual route to the morning cafe stop at Farleton View Tearoom via the villages of Burton-
After our morning brew we followed various lanes through Deepthwaite, Greenside and Hincaster down to the River Kent near Sedgwick where we cross over River Kent via the footbridge at Wilson Place. Then we headed up Nannypie Lane and followed the lanes passed the Heaves Hotel before following Parkend Lane towards Brigsteer after about mile we followed the bridleway over to Briggs House Farm. At Briggs House Farm we followed the road down to Low House where we followed the bridleway to Shenstone, stopping on the way beside the track for some lunch.
After lunch we continue down the track to Shenstone where we followed the A6 into Kendal and then we headed out of Kendal on Natland Road, in Natland we followed the bridleway over Larkrigg Hall Bridge down to Wilson Place, where we followed the lanes through Hincaster, Viver, Stainton Bridge End and Woodlands back to Farleton View Tearoom for afternoon brew.
After putting the world to right in the cafe, we followed the lanes through Farleton and Holme back to the cars parked at Tewitfield.
After meeting at the Denny Beck carpark near Halton the four us including new member Ian set off up the Lune Valley cycle path, after a few miles on the quite cycle track we join the A683 just after Bull Bridge. With head wind we followed the A683 and then B6480 before following the Back Lane into Wray where a few minutes looking at the Scarecrows in the annual Wray Scarcrow Festival. We then rejoin the B6480 which followed to High Bentham where we stop at the Nose Bag Cafe.
After our only cafe stop of the day we followed Bentham Road in to Ingleton and then headed through Ingleton before following Oddie’s Lane up Meal Bank to Twisleton Hall where we followed the public way across to Kingsdale, Ed manage to get two wet feet when he try cycle across the River Twiss in Kingsdale via the ford, the rest of us use the footbridge. At end of the track Peter left us to head back to Lancaster has he off to see band in Manchester. The rest of us headed up Kingsdale for about mile before stopping at Yordas Cave which we look around before having lunch outside the cave.
After lunch, we push our bikes up the public way on to the Turbarry Road which we followed towards Masonfield with some good views of Kingsdale in the valley below. At the highest point on the road at 408 metres we stop look at the view, you could see for miles all the way to Morecambe Bay but we soon following the road down to Masongill Fell Lane where we turn on to Tow Scar Road which is another public way before joining the tarmac at Westgate Lane which we followed down to Higher Westhouse where we cross over the A65 and then followed the lanes through Lower Westhouse, we were heading for Burton-
Unfortunately we manage to lose Ann in High Bentham between the Nose Bag Cafe and the junction for the road to Ingleton, after spending several minutes looking for her we decide to continue on with the ride and leaving Steve to look for Ann ( Steve and Ann later re-
We followed Bentham Road out of High Bentham towards Ingleton for about half mile before turning on the bridleway by Bentham Golf Club which we followed over to Windy Hill then we headed up Nutgill Lane back on to the B6480 which we followed over Newby Moor to Green Close Bridge where we followed the lanes into Newby, after riding through Newby we turn on to Laithbutts Lane which is interesting bridleway that we followed into Clapham. In Clapham, we headed up Thwaite Lane, then Long Lane and over Long Scar before stopping at Sulber Gate for some lunch.
After lunch we followed the track down into Ribbledale where we join the B6479 which we followed through Selside up to Ribblehead. At Ribblehead we followed the main bridleway down Chapel-
After our cafe stop we followed Bentham Road back to High Bentham.
I was not surprise to find know one waiting for me at the car park at Tewitfield so I headed up the A6070 through Burton-
After my morning brew, I followed the lanes through Millness before joining the A65 for short distance before following lanes towards Gatesbeck at Challon Hall I followed the bridleway to Goose Green where I rejoin the tarmac to followed the lanes through Gatesbeck to Holmescales where I followed Popplemire Lane to Middleshaw. In Middleshaw I followed the B6254 down to Saint Sunday Bridge before following the lanes through New Hutton up to the A684 which I cross over to contine along Kinn Road and soon join national cycle route 68 which I followed through Haygarth and the Green before turning on to track which I followed over Lambrigg Fell to the A684. There was some good views alway along this track, as the rain of the morning had be replace with sunshine. Anyway when I hit the tarmac again I followed the A684 for about mile towards Sedbergh before turning on to the Old Scorth Road which I follow for several miles down to Old Town, stop on route at Hill’s Quarry for some lunch where I saw deer cross the road in front of me.
In Old Town, I joined the B6254 which I followed through Kirkby Lonsdale and back down the Lune Valley to Halton.
Yes it was little bit dispointing to see know one at the start waiting for me, maybe it was the weather forcast for heavy rain later in the day and yes I did get a soaking but that at end of the ride for about half a hour or it could be distance to the start or you could be packing for your holiday in Scotland like our General Secretary was doing!
Anyway after waiting for few minutes to see if anyone else would turn up, I headed down road on east side of Coniston Water throught High Nibthwaite to Water Yeat where join the A5084 for short section before turning off at Blawith where I follow the lanes up past Houkier Hall before following the road toward the hamlet of Cockenskell and just before Cockenskell I turn on the first track of the day which I followed over High Kep Pass and down to Green Moor Farm. From Green Moor Farm I then followed the bridleway through Green Moor Woods which full of Bluebells in flower. On hitting the tarmac, I followed the lanes passed the Woodland Parish Room before heading up The Hill to the A593 and surprise my self riding most of the way up before getting off the bike to walk the last section of The Hill. Anyway at the top of The Hill, I decide not to head into Broughton for a brew but to carry on along the A593 to Lower Hawthwaite. At Lower Hawthwaite, I turn off the A593 to followed the lanes down to Broughton Mills before following the road up the Dunnerdale Beck Valley at the top of the valley I turn on to the Park Head Road which I followed over Brock Barrow, there some good views of the Dunnerdale in the valley below alway along the Park Head Road.
Instead of dropping down into Dunnerdale, I decide to followed the bridleway down the Long Mire Valley to Stephenson Ground which was bit wet in places. At Stephenson Ground I rejoin the tarmac and followed the road over the River Lickle via the Water Yeat Bridge before following the bridleway through the Appletree Worth Wood before stopping for some late lunch by the Appletree Worth Beck.
After lunch, I followed the bridleway up on to Hummer Lane where the promise rain started. So I followed Hummer Lane down to the A593 and then followed the A593 into Torver where I join the A5084 which I followed back to Water Yeat, then the lanes back through High Nibthwaite to my van parked at the Rigg Wood car park.
After meeting Geoff at the Denny Beck we followed the Lune Valley cycle track up to Caton before heading through Caton village and then followed the ‘B’ road up to Brookhouse where we started the climb out of the Lune Valley by following the Littledale Road and then Roeburndale Road over to Winder. Where we followed the public byway over Bladder Stone Beck up to Haylot Farm before dropping down into the Roeburndale Valley and crossing over the River Roeburn, then joining the public road just above Lower Salter where we followed the public road through Middle Salter and Higher Salter and Higher Salter the road turn into the Salter Fell Track or the Hornby Road (if use the name on Ordnance Survey Map). We continue on up the track over Higher Salter Close and was pass by lone mountain biker who we saw later on in Dunsop Bridge, has we were going into the tearoom, he was coming out! Anyway we soon stopping for some lunch beside the track with fine views looking down Whitendale.
After lunch we continue to follow Salter Fell Track down Croasdale before heading down House Lane and then Back Lane towards Newton, just before Newton we turn on to new bridleway at Bull Lane which is part of the North Lancashire Bridleway. The new bridleway follows the Bull Lane Track down to Rough Syke after crossing over the steam via bridge the route of the bridleway is marked by old stone markers every 400 yards across to the hamlet of Beatrix, this part of the route was bit wet under foot. From Beatrix the route follows a tarmac road down to Wood End Farm, its a lot better route that using the main road from Newton to Dunsop Bridge. From Wood End Farm it was only a minutes in Dunsop Bridge where we stop for Afternoon brew at the tearoom.
After our coffee and cakes, we headed up the Langden Valley and over the Trough of Bowland before heading down the Wyre Valley through Marshaw and Abbeystead, just before Lower Green Bank the lanes over into the Quermore Valley and heading down the valley through Quermore into the Lune Valley. In Caton we rejoin the Lune Valley cycle track which we followed back to the car park at Denny Beck.
The day before myself and Peter the National Club Secretary spend the day chatting to visitors to Rough-
Once we already the six of us headed along Ashes Lane then down Crook Road in Staveley for morning brew at Wilf’s, after putting the world to right. We headed out of Staveley down the East side of the River Kent to Mirefoot where we headed up Potter Fell Road and having to stop near summit of the road to fix puncture in my back wheel. After the puncture was fixed we headed down to Garnett Bridge and then up Longsleddale valley to the hamlet of Murtwaite where we join our next track which followed over the shoulder of Murthwaite Knott and rejoining the tarmac near Mosergh Farm, then following the lanes around to Plough Farm where we join our next track which we followed over to Bannisdale High Bridge. At Bannisdale High Bridge we followed our next track over to Wolf Howe Plantation and after crossing over the A6 we headed down toward Ashstead. After we crossed over Ashstead Beck we join our next track which we started to followed back up the Ashstead valley towards the A6 before stopping for some lunch in the shade of the woods at the side of the track.
After lunch we followed the public byway up to the A6, the after short section on the tarmac we followed the bridleway down Borrowdale before following the track up to the Repeater Station on top of Whinfell Common stopping half way up this track for eat up! From summit of the track down to end of the bridleway at Tarnside it took about ten minutes to do depending how brave you were! From Tarnside we followed the lanes down to Patton Bridge then over to Meal Bank where Matt left us to head back to Kendal. The rest of us followed the lanes back through Burnside back to cars parked at Ashes Lanes.
Mark and Geoff were waiting for me when I got to the start at the car park at Ashes Lane, after we got the bikes out of the cars we headed up Ashes Lane but we soon caught up by Ed who found out about the ride via reading a leaflet at the Kendal Cycle Fest Show. We then carry on along Ashes Lanes and then followed Crook Road down into Staveley for morning brew at Wilf’s and then look around the bike shop.
After our morning brew, we headed out of Staveley heading towards Ings on the cycle track beside the A591. At Ings we followed the lanes around to the hamlet Heaning where we follow the public byway to the A591 which we cross over to follow a network of lanes pass the hamlets of Whasdike and Ootrun Nook up to the B5284. Where we followed the public byway from Cleabarrow towards Heathwaite this classic track and would not think you only about mile from Windermere. At end of the track we follow the lanes through Mason Ground back to the B5284 which cross over to head down Lindeth Lane, about a mile later we turn on to another public way which followed to the A5074 which cross over to follow the bridleway around Scout Hill and then the public byway up to Birkett Houses Allotment where we stop for some lunch by the tarn.
After lunch we followed various lanes down to Strawberry Bank where we join our next track at Hollins which followed through the fields to Great Heartbarrow. After short section of tarmac we followed our next bridleway up to Wood Farm this track a little bit wet in places even on hot day! From Wood Farm we followed the lanes pass Birks Bridge up to Bryan House Farm where we followed Crag Lane up to the A5074 which we cross over again before following the next bridleway over to Thornyfields and then down to Crook Foot where we followed the lanes down to Crosthwaite. From Crosthwaite we followed the ‘B’ road around to Underbarrow where Ed left us to head back to Kendal. We headed through Underbarrow and followed the lanes up to Crook where we had a eat up!
After our eat up we headed along Crook Lane and then down Ashes Lanes back to the cars park at end of Ashes Lane.
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After meeting up with Charlie and Mark at the start of the ride at Tewitfield, we followed our usual route to Farleton View Tearoom via Holme and Farleton.
After our morning brew, we followed the lanes through Millness to the A65 which we cross over to followed the lanes up the Peasey Beck valley through the village of Gatebeck to Homlesscales. At the hamlet of Homlescales we join Popplemire Lane which follow to Middleshaw where we followed the B6254 down to Saint Sunday Bridge. Where we turn back on to the quite country lanes, after about mile we face climb of the day up to hamlet of Borrans which we all manage ride with out getting off and walking, then it was on to Old Hutton where we followed our first track into the village, we had stop by the church so Mark could repair a puncture. After the puncture was repair we headed out of the village towards the A684 which we cross over and then we headed along the Kinn Road through Haygarth, The Green before following the lanes through Thatchmoor and Beck Houses to Grayrigg where we cross over the A685, to followed the lanes past Grayrigg Hall stopping for some lunch near Sweet Bridge.
After our lunch stop we continue to follow the lanes through Tarnside to Guestford where we join our next track, which we follow down to the River Mint where we had to take boots off to push our bikes through the ford. Has the ford a bit to deep ride through, after we put our boots back on again we followed the bridleway to tarmac but soon turn on our next track which was a public byway, which we followed down to Brackenrigg Side then rejoining the tarmac near Poppy Farm. After passing Crake Hall we turn on to our next track which was bridleway which followed pass Goodham Scales, a good section of this track we had to push our bikes along and it was bit overgrown in places but we soon back on tarmac again! We then followed the lanes down through Broadthorn to Mealbank where we had repair two punctures one in my bike and one in Mark bike.
After the punctures were repaired we headed along Mealbank Road then the A685 into Kendal and then followed the cycle track through Kendal and then headed out of Kendal on Natland Road. In Natland we turn on to the last track of the day which we followed over Larkrigg Hall Bridge down to River Kent where we stop for afternoon eat up, which nice spot to watch world go by on warm Sunday afternoon.
After eaten what left of our food, we followed the lanes through Wilson Place, Hincaster, Greenside, Woodhouse, Ackenthwaite, Whasset and Holme back to cars parked at Tewitfield. It was one of the longest rides that Mark had done!
After meeting Geoff and Mark at the National Parks car park in Clapham, we followed the B6480 out of Clapham and a short section on the A65 before following national cycle route 68 through Austwick before following the bridleway over the Flascoe Bridge. We then followed Hale Lane into Feizor and waiting at one point for horse rider to pass us coming the other direction. I n Feizor we stop at the tearoom and took bit of time decide which cake we should have!
After our brew, we followed the bridleway from Feizor over to Scar Top Garage on the B6480 which we followed down into Settle. Then headed out of Settle on Mitchell Lane, then along Lambert Lane and then up Stockdale Lane which part of the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway before stopping near top pass out of Stockdale for some lunch beside the track.
After lunch we followed the bridleway down to Langscar Gate, then the bridleway from Langscar Gate over to Malham Tarn, then we followed the bridleway around Malham Tarn before following Hernside Road passed Capon Hall before dropping down to Cowside where I surprise myself by riding up the steep hill towards the Winskill Stones, once we all climb up the hill we followed the public way down towards Stainforth, stopping on the way down Stainforth to look at Catrigg Force.
After walking back up to the track after looking at the waterfall we carry on down the track to Stainforth, we then headed through Stainforth village and then cross over the B6479, to follow the lanes through Little Stainforth and over Swarth Moor. Then we followed National Cycle route 68 down into Crummack Dale and then Thwaite Lane back over to Clapham.
Nine members gather at the national parks carpark opposite the Kirkstone Inn at the summit of Kirkstone Pass for the start of the ride, we then headed down A592 toward Troutbeck, passing through Town Head before turn off the tarmac to followed the bridleway through Limefit Park, then up the Troutbeck valley passed Long Green Farm, then up the Hagg Gill valley before stopping for something to eat at the bottom of the climb up Park Fell.
After we had something to eat, we followed the bridleway up Park Fell, stopping several times to rest, look at the view and cool down has was hard work pushing the bikes up this section of the track but after good hour we made it to the top of Park Fell and several minutes looking at the views before heading up to the Beacon on Thornthwaite Crag where we stop for some lunch, it had taken us good three hours to get this point!
After lunch we followed the track over Racecourse Hill and then High Street before dropping down to the Straits of Riggindale where Ken, Rob and Peter left the rest of the party to followed the bridleway down passed The Knott, then down to Hayeswater before following the track down to Hartsop before heading up the A592 to the cars parked on top of Kirkstone Pass.
The rest of continue along the Roman Road following the track over High Raise, then Raven Howe, then Red Cragg and then over Wether Hill before stopping half way up Loadpot Hill for afternoon eat up!
We then followed the bridleway around Loadpot Hill and down over Whitestone Moor before dropping down to Pooley Bridge and making to the cafe just before closing time!
After spending good half hour eating and drinking several cups of teas it was after half past five, so we decide to followed the A592 back along shores of Ullswater and through the villages of Glenridding and Patterdale, getting back to the cars and vans park on the car park on top of Kirkstone Pass just after seven o’ clock, we be out for just over nine hour and done just under 34 mile. We also seen the Lake District at its best!
Rides reports for July, August and September 2009
I was few minutes late getting to start of the ride at the car park near Parkgate Farm at Dockray on the A5091 due to holiday traffic going over Kirkstone Pass and was not surprise to see anybody waiting for me, has our National Secretary had sent me e-
So after getting my bike out of the van, I headed up the A5091 through Dockray at Thornythwaite, I followed the lanes down into Matterdale where I soon join national cycle route 71 which I followed through Nabend, Thackthwaite and Sparket Mill before crossing over Dacre Beck via Calley Bridge, then I climb out of Matterdale up to the A66 which I crossed over and then followed cycle route 71 into Greystone where I stopped at Cyclist Cafe for a brew.
After my cafe stop, I headed out of Greystone and then through Johnby before following the lanes down into the Caldrew Valley where I headed through Millhouse and Hesket Newmarket then continue along the road to Caldbeck where I joined the B5299 which I followed through Upton, Whelpo and Parkend then over Caldbeck Common before following the lanes through Longlands and Orthwaite. About mile after cycling through Orthwaite, just after Peter House Farm I turn on to the bridleway which would take me up to Skiddaw House Youth Hostel. The first part of the bridleway is tarmac up to Dash Farm so it was easy riding for the first part of the bridleway put the bridleway turn on to a land rover track about half mile before Dash Farm which I found easy to ride along before having get off to push my bike up the climb out of the Dash Valley. There is nice view at the top of the valley looking back down the valley you can see the coast of Scotland across the Solway Firth in the distance.
After pushing my bike up the climb out of the Dash Valley, it was easy riding to the youth hostel where I stop have a late lunch.
After lunch I followed the bridleway down Mosedale and it was interesting that the heather was just coming into flower at the top of the valley put was in full bloom lower down the valley. In Mossdale village, I followed the road towards the A66, heading through Bowscales and Mungrisedale. At the A66 turn on national cycle route 71, in Troutbeck I to stop to cape up as it started to rain, I continue to follow cycle route until the B5288 near Penruddock where I crossed over the A66 and followed the lanes back through Matterdale and getting back to my van just after half past five.
After meeting at the Rigg Wood car park on the East side of Coniston Water, the six of us follow the quite road up the east side of Coniston Water passing Brantwood before dropping down to the B5285 which we followed into Coniston where we stop for our brew where one member treat himself to his second breakfast, there were few comments about speed of the ride so far as it had only taken us 30 minutes to get Coniston.
After our morning cafe stop we followed the A593 out of Coniston towards Yewdale but after about mile we turn on to quiter cycle track which runs beside the A593 which follow to the turnoff for Tilberthwaite, half way up the climb to Tilberthwaite my first puncture happen when my back tyre when down! After we change the inner tube over and we carry on through Tilberthwaite and we following the bridleway down to the ford at Little Langdale when my back type when down again! So we change the tube over again after checking the type for any thorns etc and carry on down to the ford at Little Langdale where I miss Nick trying to ride through the ford.
Has we heading up Little Langdale towards Busk House a large bang came from my back wheel, this third puncture of the day had happen and Peter carry out major repair job on back tyre as there was small hole in the wall of the type. After the puncture was repair we carry on up Little Langdale, with three members of the party riding to the top of Wryrose Pass which include Bryan who oldest member on the ride! At the top of Wryrose Pass we stop for some lunch and enjoy looking at the fine views of the lakeland mountains.
After lunch we followed the road down the Dunnerdale valley and stopping for afternoon brew at the Newfield Inn.
After our afternoon brew we then followed the Park Head Road which was our second track of the day over into the Dunnerdale Beck Valley where Bryan left us head back home to Ulverston, the rest of us followed the lanes through Broughton Mills and then on to Woodlands where we turn on our last track of the day which followed through Green Moor Wood and pass Green Moor Farm before stopping for afternoon eat up.
After our afternoon eatup, we followed the track over Woodlands Fell and down into the Crake Valley where we join the A5084 at Blawith and soon turn off it at Water Yeat where the last puncture of the day happen again in my back tyre, as we only a mile or so from the cars parked at Rigg Wood I decide to push bike back instead repairing the puncture and others rode back. Peter then came pick me up in his car to take me back to the carpark at Rigg Wood. It had been good day out even with four punctures!
After meeting Geoff at the Denny Beck carpark we followed the Lune Valley Cycle Track up to Bull Beck where we join the A683 which we followed through Claughton and passed Farleton before we turn on to the B6480 which we followed for about a mile, before turning on to Back Lane which followed in Wray where we stop for a morning at the Tearooms in Wray.
After morning cafe stop, we headed up the Hindburn Valley to Millhouses, then followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells up to Hunters Gate where we crossed over Long Lane and then followed Crossed Road up to Merwith Lane which we followed for the next several miles through the villages of Mewith Head, Keasden and Eldroth (Merwith Lane does several names on the map these include Bloe Beck Lane, Hollin Lane and Reebys Lane at the cross roads in Keasden its turn into Eldroth Road but what name its call on the map local cyclists call it Merwith Lane which is quite and traffic route which can followed alway from Wray to Settle) after passing through Eldroth we followed the public byway from Eldroth Road to Lawkland Green which as nice ford which rode through, from Lawkland Green we followed the lane through Lawkland up to the A65 which we crossed over and followed Graystonber Lane into Austwick, stopping for lunch at Austwick Bridge.
After our lunch stop we followed the Wood Lane which is a bridleway through to Wood End Farm then another bridleway into Wharfe (this village is what the Yorkshire Dales were like hundred years ago!), from Wharfe we followed the bridleway to Mill Bridge stopping part way along to have chat with RSF member Mike Nott who was out walking with his family. From Mill Bridge we join the tarmac again and followed the road towards Austwick before turning on to Thwaite Lane which followed over to Clapham. In Clapham we followed the roads down to the A65 which we cross over again before following the ‘B’ road down to Clapham Station and then the lane over Clapham Moor at Keasden, we rejoin Merwith Lane which we followed back to Wray where we join the B6480 again and then headed along the A683 to Bull Beck where we rejoin the Lune valley cycle track which we followed back to the car park at Denny Beck.
Has I was riding out of Halton along Scargill Road I saw a deer in a field which was surpising has I was only half mile from Halton, anyway I watch for a few minutes before following my usual route to start at Tewitfield, any way manage to get to the early and sat on wall waiting for about 20 minutes for people turn up for the ride put know one did! So I headed up the A6070 for short distance before following the lanes through Cinderbarrow, Holme and Farleton to the morning cafe stop at the Farleton View Tearooms.
After my morning brew, I followed the road up to Woodlands where I join the B6385 for short distance before following the lanes through to Stainton Bridge End where join National Cycle route 6 which I followed through the hamlet of Crosscrake before turning off the cycle route at Barrows Green to head up to the A65 which I followed for short distance towards Kendal before following the road along The Helm which as some great views of Kendal in the Kent Valley below. After crossing over the B6254 I continue along Hayclose Road up to Greyhound Farm where I followed National Cycle Route 68 for the next few miles passed Fishers Tarn Reservoir then along Dickgate Road and then through the hamlets of Haygarth, Hollins and The Green. At Klin Head I turn off the national cycle route to followed the lanes through Thatchmoor Head and Hardrigg before following the gated road from Broad Head (There was interest sign on the gate at Broad Head warming road users about free range children) up to Brow Head Farm where I then followed the road down to Grayrigg Head. At Grayrigg Head, I headed along the road towards Cowperthwaite, at Top Wood I then turn on to the public byway which I followed up to the A685, then I continue along A685 down to Low Borrowbridge where I turn on to the Fairmile Road. After heading through heading through Low Borrowbridge and Low Carlingill, I stop for some lunch at the side of the Fairmile Road.
After lunch I continue down the Lune Valley, following the Fairmile Road, in Howgill village I stop to look at the village church and continue along the New Road, then along Howgill Lane where I stop have chat with some cyclists doing the coast to coast, instead of heading into Sedbergh for afternoon brew I headed down Slacks Lane to the A684 then followed the bridleway from Ingmire Hall to the A683 which followed for short distance towards Kirkby Lonsdale before turning on to the lane at Beckside which I followed to the B6256, I then followed B6256 back up the Lune Valley for short distance before crossing over the River Lune via Killington New Bridge. I then followed lanes down west side of the Lune Valley through Rigmaden Park and Mansergh before stopping for afternoon eatup in Kearstwick. I then followed the B6254 into Kirkby Lonsdale and continue to followed it back down the valley to the Red Well where I turn on to Kirby Lonsdale Road which followed back to Halton. It had been fine day with some great views!
Four of us set off from Ashes Lane heading across to Staveley using the unmade gated track past the Caravan Park. Dropped down into Stavely village and had tea and cakes at Wilfs -
Headed up Kentmere valley on the road to start the track over Stile End to Sadgill, easy ride but the track very slippery under-
rocky sections made it best to walk now and again. >From the bridge at Sadgill we head up Longsleddale track. The weather is very changeable now getting wetter in sharp showers and feeling quite chilly in the stiff breeze. After the gate at the sheep fold the track gets steeper and has been recently remodeled by pouring earth down the slopes here and there, making it quite claggy under foot / wheel. Decided to take lunch at the top of Gatesgarth Pass and review the plan for the rest of the day. After looking at the cloud cover and hiding under capes for lunch, it was the best option to retreat back down to Longsleddale again. The original plan for continuing over the top then back up to Nan-
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Got back about 4pm, so just too late to detour for the General Secretaries kind offer of coffee at Wilf's.
Good ride, always a favourite, and usually tough enough to have to make sensible decisions about progressing should the weather turn.
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After meeting Peter at Denny Beck carpark near Halton, we headed up the Lune Valley cycle track towards Caton and joining the A683 just after Bull Beck Bridge, we then followed our usually route up the A683 then along B6480 before following the Back Lane into Wray where we stop for a morning brew at the Bridge Tea Room.
Has most members know who ride with the South Lakes Group we don’t always go where the ride is advertised to go on this website on the forthcoming events page or in the Club’s Magazine ‘The Rough-
So after our morning brew we followed the road up the Hindburn Valley to Millhouses where we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells before dropping down to Wennington and coming out on the B6480 near Wennington Station. We headed along the B6480 for a short distance towards Low Bentham before the lanes towards Wrayton, at Bull Bank Farm we decide to have look at the bridleway which runs down to River Greta and then crosses it before it heads into Cantsfield, we followed the track down to River Greta but could not find a crossing point over the river has there was no bridge and the river abit to deep to attempt to cross, so retrace our steps back to the tarmac and headed into Wrayton then short distance on the A683 before following the A687 into Cantsfield. In Cantsfield we turn on to our next bridleway which followed into Tunstall, we did have look at the map at end of the bridleway just after crossing over Cant Beck to work out where the track rejoin the tarmac in Tunstall due to the size of the field. In Tunstall we crossed over road to followed our next bridleway to Nether Burrow, the first part of track was through field of sweet corn was like going through a jungle we could easily got lost but the farmer had left path for us to followed, after the jungle the rest of the track quite easy to follow! In Nether Burrow we followed the bridleway from the A683 down to River Lune, the track does crosses over a garden before you get to the river bank where we stop for some lunch.
After lunch we followed the bridleway back up to the A683 before crossing over it to followed Woodman Lane up to Overtown, in Overtown we push our bikes over the footbridge over the Leck Beck before following a road up to the A65 which we cross over and headed to the tearoom at Kirkby Lonsdale Station for afternoon brew.
After our cafe stop we then headed along Wandales Lane then up Fell Road towards Bull Pot Farm after passing through Fell Yeat we turn on to Fellfoot Road which was last track of the day and we then rejoin the tarmac at Tiplot Wood. We then followed the lanes through Casterton before dropping down to Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale, after crossing over the River Lune via Devil’s Bridge, we then followed the B6254 and then Kirkby Lonsdale Road back down the Lune Valley to Halton.
After meeting at Horton-
After our late cafe stop, we followed the B6160 down Wharfedale passing a group of women cyclists before stopping for some lunch in Kettlewell at the seats by the bridge in the village.
After our lunch stop, we continue down Wharfedale for another mile on the B6160 before following a short bridleway from the B6160 to Hawkwick Lane. We then followed the lane up Littondale, passing through Hawkwick, Arncliffe and Litton before turning on to our next track at the New bridge to followed the public byway up to Dawson Close, we did stop for afternoon eat up part way along the track and bit further along the track after afternoon eatup we had another stop to put on waterproofs, also shelter behind wall due to heavy rain showers blowing down the valley. After a few miles of track which you could ride we were back on tarmac again! We then followed the road towards Stainforth before turning on to our next track at Dale Head, there was few groups of walkers on this public byway following the Pennine Way. We soon left the walkers to headed down Long Lane into Ribbledale rejoining the tarmac at Helwith Bridge where we followed the B6479 back up the valley to the cars park at Horton-
First I should apologize to John for missing him at start and ask members if you not be on South Lakes Group for sometime please let me know you coming by phone me the night before or sending me a e-
After phoning Barrie and James on Saturday evening and leaving message on Peter’s answering service, we all met up at 11.30am at Devil’s Bridge, then headed along Laithe Lane into Higher Casterton and then followed the lanes around to the Tea Room at Kirkby Lonsdale for brew and chat.
After our brew we retrace our steps along the Long Level and then followed Wansdale Lane towards Barbondale, stopping on route to pump up a slow puncture in my back type and adjust the height of James Saddle. Has we riding towards Barbondale a lot of cyclists were heading opposite way doing the North Dales Audax. We stop for some lunch near Blindbeck Bridge in Barbondale.
After lunch and changing the inter tube in my back type, we followed the bridleway passed Barbon Manor into Barbon, then followed the lanes through the village down to A683 where we checkout bridleway to see if we could follow it but the ford across Barbon bit too deep so we retrace our steps back to A683 which we followed for a short distance before following Scaleber Lane down to Low Beckfoot then Lowfields Lane back up to A683 which we followed into Casterton where we then followed lanes through Casterton and Higher Casterton back down to Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale.
It was nice see two new faces at the start of ride, Anne and her twelve year son Samuel who found about the ride from Lancaster City Council cycling website ‘Celebrating Cycling’. We were soon on our way heading up A6070 which we followed for about mile before following the lanes through Cinderbarrow, Holme Mills then through Holme before following the lane passed Town Head Farm and then over Chapel Hill into Farleton. We then followed Nook Lane out of Farleton. At Nook Bridge we followed the lane over Doverhouses Bridge down to A6070 which we followed for short distance before following the road down to Wath Sutton where we stop at the Farleton View Tearoom.
After our morning cafe stop, we followed the road down to Woodlands, then the lanes through Deepthwaite and Woodhouse to Heversham where we then headed through Leasgill before dropping down to the A6 where stop to have chat with Alan and Sheila Parkinson who were heading toward Grange. We continue along the A6 pass Levens Hall before following the road down to High Sampool, then the bridleway to Sampool Bridge, after crossing over the A590 we then followed the cycle track then the track to Raven’s Lodge where we followed the bridleway over to Mill Side. From Mill Side we followed the road up to Beck Head then the bridleway then the road up to Witherslack Hall Farm where we turn on to next track which followed towards Yewbarrow, after passing Lawns House we stop by the side of the track to have some lunch.
After lunch we followed the bridleway over Yewbarrow and down to Church Road, a short section road before following our next track from High Field End down to Latterbarrow. We then headed back along the ‘B’ road which runs along side the A590 and then the cycle track to Sampool Bridge before following the lanes through to Levens, then the A6 for good mile, after that we followed the lanes across Milnthorpe March to Dallam Park before following the road through the Park and then heading down into Beetham for afternoon Brew at the Tearoom at Beetham Post Office.
After our afternoon brew followed the road up to Slack Head where Eileen and Nick left us for ride around Silverdale and Arnside area, the rest of us followed the lanes through to Yealand Conners, then the bridleway from near Dykes House, then we followed the pemitted bridleway down to Walton Cricket Club. Then followed the roads through Walton before following national cycle route 6 into Crag Bank. In Crag Bank, Anne and Samuel left us to head for home (I think Samuel should be proud of himself has he clock up about 40 miles on this ride which is personal best). Then myself and Peter headed along the Lancaster Canal to Bolton-
When I arrive at the start at Denny Beck our national secretary Peter and our national chairman Steve were waiting for me! Steve had cycle across from his B&B at Garstang. Anyway after getting the maps out of my saddlebag we decide to head for Sulber Nick and Crummack Dale and leave Dentdale for another day has Steve never up to Sulber Nick which I think is one of the seven wonders of the Yorkshire Dales.
So after putting the maps back in my saddlebag, we headed up the Lune Valley Cycle track to Bull Beck Bridge where we join the A683 which we followed up to Claughton where then followed the old road into Farleton, at the summit of this track is nice view of the Lower Lune Valley which stopping to look at! After looking at the view we followed the track then road into Farleton which nice quite village, after riding through Farleton we soon rejoin the A683 for short distance before turning on to B6480 which followed for about mile before heading along Back Lane into Wray, there was no stopping at the Bridge Tea Room in Wray as we had appointment at the Nose Bag Cafe in High Bentham. So we carry on up the Hindburn Valley to Millhouses where we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells before heading down Long Lane and then Eskew Lane into Low Bentham where we followed Low Bentham Road into High Bentham to stop at the Nose Bag cafe for well earn morning cafe stop, we had cover over 11.5 mile in about 75 minutes which is not bad!
We finally make out of the cafe just after 12 o’clock and after steve had bought some cake. We then headed out of High Bentham on Bentham Road towards Ingleton for a short distance before turning on to our next track which followed from Bentham Golf Club to Windy Hill where we rejoin the tarmac again and then followed Nutgill Lane up to the B6480 which followed towards Clapham. After passing over Green Close Bridge we turn off the B6480 and followed the lanes up to the A65. After crossing over the A65, we headed through Newby which is another nice village, we then turn on to Laithbutts Lane which was our next track of the day which we followed to the Old Road. We then followed the Old Road into Clapham. We then headed out of Clapham on Thwaite Lane then we followed Long Lane up Clapdale, stopping at the head of the Dale for some lunch.
After lunch we continue up the track over Long Scar before following the bridleway to the Head of Crummack Dale to look at Sulber Nick. After looking at the view we retrace steps for short distance before following the bridleway down to Crummack, then we followed track over Austwick Beck down to Wharf then short section of tarmac before following the Pennine Bridleway into Feizor where stop for afternoon brew at the tearoom..
After our afternoon brew, we followed the Pennine Bridleway out of Feizor and recrossing Austwick Beck via the Flascoe Bridge before following the lanes through Austwick to cross over the A65 at Harder Bridge. From Harder Bridge we continue along Orcaber Lane then Fummber Lane before joining Mewith Lane at Lane Side Bridge. We then headed back to the start of ride along Mewith Lane to Wray where we join the B6480, then we followed A683 back down the Lune Valley, near Caton Green, Steve left us to head back to his B&B in Garstang and we continue down the A683 to Bull Beck Bridge where we followed the Lune Valley Cycle track back to Denny Beck.
Ride Reports for October, November and December 2009
Well its at this time of the year that committee of Rough-
This the committee meeting was at Bridges Youth Hostel in Shropshire. So Peter pick me up on the Friday morning, with detour into Manchester to pick up Heather and two cafe later we arrive at the Youth Hostel.
A lot of chatting and catch up was done on the Friday night and with the chairman setting a good example by washing up after the hostel evening meal.
On the Saturday morning there were two main rides one led by John Kemp to Church Stoke and other led by Steve Griffith to Montgomery. I decided to on John’s ride, we headed down East Onny valley for short distance, before following the lanes up to Cold Hill Farm and following lanes down to Great Wood House where we then headed up the West Onny Vallley to the A488 where Pat and Fred Lloyd left us headed to Bishop’s Castle. The rest of us headed up the A488 for short distance before following the lanes around Corndon Hill down to Church Stoke for a late morning brew at the cafe at the local supermarket.
After our cafe stop, we followed the lanes across the Camled Valley from Church Stoke to the B4385, after passing the Mellington Hall Hotel, we climb up to the Kerry Ridgeway which followed down into Bishop’s Castle for tea and cakes at The Poppy House Tearoom.
After our afternoon brew, we followed the B4384 out of Bishop’s Castle, then the B4383 and then short distance along the A489 before following the lanes up the West Onny Valley back to the Youth Hostel. One member sum up the ride by saying that it was best rides he been on!
There quite few members mending punctures before the committee meeting due to a lot hedgecutting and not enough clean up of the road afterwards.
The committee meeting was over in record time! The main things of note that membership was up and looking head that the Web Manger of the RSF national website should be made full member of the committee.
On Sunday morning some members departed early and rest of us headed to the Bog Centre by various routes for a morning brew before heading back to hostel to pack up and then heading for home.
There was no other takers for this extra ride other than myself, so after unloading the bike out of the van, I followed the bridleway from the Moor Top car park over Sweetenthwaite Hill down into Hawkshead. As was myself I did not bother to stop at cafe in Hawkhead for a brew but carry on through the village and join the B5285 for a short distance before following the lanes through Colthouse. After passing through Colthouse village, I turn on the next track of the day which followed from Colthouse Plantation up on the top of Rough Howes where I stop look at the view and chat two walkers. I soon heading down on to main Claife Heights bridleway, stopping view times to look at the view and take photos, I was soon on Claife Heights and decide to stop for some lunch near Wise Een Tarn which nearly lost to sheep dog which rounding up sheep but manage to get lid back on the pack lunch box.
After finishing my lunch and looking at the view, I followed the bridleway down to Near Sawrey then the B5285 through the village before following the lanes down to Ees Hows, then headed along the main Hawkshead to Lakeside road towards Lakeside for about half mile, at Long Slack I followed the bridleway over into the Dale Park valley, then headed down the valley through High, Middle and Low Dale Park then followed the road through Force Mills down to Force Forge where I followed the bridleway up through the woods to Low Bowkerstead where join the tarmac which followed towards Satterthwaite before turning on to Moor Lane. There some nice views of Grizedale as followed the Moor Lane track into the Grizedale Forest Park, after you get into the Forest Park there no real views from the bridleway until you climb out of Park and you on High Parkamoor.
The track across High Parkamoor flooded in few places from the rain from the day before but I just rode through these I was soon dropping down to Low Parkamoor Farm which been done up by the National Trust and Grizedale Arts and can hire by groups. From Low Parkamoor Farm, I followed the bridleway up to the summit of The Park and stop to look at the views before following the bridleway back into the Forest Park and then back to the Moor Top car park, I had been out for five hours and seen the Lakes District at its best!
Peter caught me up has I was heading down into Over Kellet on the way to the start of the ride at Tewitfield, once we got to the start there was waiting for us and after waiting until after 10.00am, we headed up the A6070 towards Burton-
After our morning brew and Peter second breakfast, then changing the inter tube in my bike’s back type due to puncture from a thorn. We headed through Wath Sutton and up to Woodlands where we join the B6385 for short distance before following the lanes up to hamlet of Field End. At Field End after looking at the map we decide to followed the public byway up to High Commonmire then the bridleway to Summerlands, then short distance on the A65 before following the bridleway over to Low Park Lane which followed up to Birkrigg High Park where we join our next track which we followed across to Gatebeck to Holmesscale Road, stopping part way long this track for some lunch by Peasey Beck.
After lunch, we rejoin the tarmac and then followed the lanes through Gatebeck down to Crooklands. After crossing over A65, we then followed the lanes through Milness before joining the A6070 at Moss End, we then followed the A6070 down to Dyke’s Bridge where we rejoin the lanes which we followed through Holme, Holme Mills and Cinderbarrow to the Tearoom at Deerslet.
After our brew, we followed the lanes through Priest Hutton and Borwick, then heading along delightfull white road to New England, after riding through Capernwray, we then followed Capernwray Road in Over Kellet village and then the road to Nether Kellet, just outside Nether Kellet we said our goodbyes and headed for home in different directions.
It was not one of the best days for weather but three cyclists(With David riding to the start from Dalton-
After our brew and cake, we continue up the road on the east side of Coniston Water and soon join the B5285 which we followed up Hawkhead Hill, at High Cross we turn in the Grizedale Forest Park and followed various forest cycle tracks down to the Grizedale Visitor Centre for late lunch stop and we were grateful for wet weather shelter at the centre so that we could eat our pack lunches in the dry.
After lunch, it was fast ride down the Grizedale valley following the road through Satterthwaite, Force Mills and Force Forge. At Quakers wood left us to head for home. The rest of us followed the road down the Rusland Valley through Rusland and Rusland Cross down to the A5901, it took few minutes to cross over the A5901 due the traffic! Once we crossed over the A5901, we followed the B5277 through Haverthwaite to Low Wood. At Low Wood, we followed the road up High Brow Edge and then the lanes down to Cartmel.
It was enjoyable ride with good company even if it rain all day!
After meeting at the start of Ashes Lane, the seven of us headed along Ashes Lanes then followed the Crook Road down to Staveley for a morning brew at Wilf’s.
After our morning cafe, with clouds still covering the mountains around the Kentmere Valley, we decide to do some tracks around the Winster valley and leave the plan ride to Skeggles Water for another day. So we followed national cycle six out of Staveley towards Ings, at Ings we follows the lanes around to the hamlet of Heaning where we followed the public way to the A 591 which took few minutes to cross as motorist on this road still think they on the M6. After crossing over the A59l, we followed the lanes through the hamlets of Blackmoss, Whasdike and Outrun Nook before dropping down to B 5284 which we followed for a few hundred yards towards Bowness-
After our lunch break we continue along the public way and soon turn on to Ghyll Head Road. We then followed the lanes through Fox Crag Plantation down to the ford at Birks Bridge, the ford was bit to deep to cycle through, so we all use Birks Bridge to cross over the River Winster. From Birks Bridge we headed up the Winster on tarmac but soon turn on to Crag Lane which followed up to the A5074 which we cross over again to follow our next track over to Thornyfields in the Gilpin Valley. From Thornyfields we followed the bridleway down the Gilpin Valley to Crook Foot where we rejoin the tarmac which followed down the valley to Bulman Strands where turn on to our next track which we followed up to Birk Moss, from Birk Moss a short section on tarmac before following our next bridleway to Crook Hall Farm, after rejoining the tarmac near Crook Hall Farm, we followed the lanes down to the B 5284 and then headed through Crook before following Crook Road and Ashes Lane back to cars at Ashes Lane.
Its always nice to see new face at start of the ride, it was Bill first time out with the Group, so after putting capes and waterproofs on the five of us headed up the A 6070 for about mile before following our usual route through the lanes via Cinderbarrow, Holme and Farleton to the Farleton View Tearoom at Wath Sutton. It was last day opening for the Tearoom before closing for the Winter and reopen on the 1st March in 2010.
After our morning cafe stop, we followed the lane from Wath Sutton up to Woodlands where we turn on to the B6385 for short distance before following the lanes up to Stainton Bridge End. From Stainton Bridge End we followed Viver Lane towards Woodhouse, just before we got to Woodhouse, we headed through Greenside and followed the road to the summit of Heversham Head. At Mabbin Hall we followed the public byway down to A6, coming out near Levens Hall, we then headed down the A6 towards Milnthorpe for short distance before following the ‘B’ road into Eversley. In Eversley we followed a lane down to the A6 which we crossed over and then followed the lanes across Milnthorpe Marsh to Milnthore Bridge which we cross over , we then followed the road up through Dallam Park before dropping down to Beetham for some lunch.
After our lunch stop, we followed a interesting bridleway out of Beetham up to Low Wood Edge, then the road over to Storth. From Storth we then followed the lanes through Hazelslack and Brackenthwaite to Yealand Storrs. In Yealand Storrs we then followed the bridleway from Yealand Hall down on to White Moss and then around to Nineteen Acre Lane, sometimes from this track you can see deer on the moss but we did not see any this time! We then followed Nineteen Acre Lane into Yealand Redmayne, then headed out of Yealand Redmayne on national cycle route 6 towards Yealand Conyers. In Yealand Conyers we followed the road past the church before following a bridleway and then a permitted bridleway coming out near Walton Cricket Club where we said our goodbyes to Charlie and Bill who headed back to the cars parked at Tewitfield. Myself, Brian and Peter then followed the road into Warton where we stop to repair two punctures one in my back wheel and one in Peter back wheel which delay us for about 20 minutes! After the punctures were repaired we continue through Walton and then followed the lanes around to Crag Bank, then about a mile on the A6 (this was due to the cycle path on the Lancaster Canal being closed between Crag Bank and Bolton-
After meeting at the race course car park in Cartmel, the four of us followed the bridleway across the race course and then through Lane Park where we join Cistercian Way (Which a long distance path starting at Grange-
After our morning cafe stop, we followed the B5277 into Flookburgh, and then the lanes down to Humphrey Head which is tallest limestone cliff in Cumbria and also Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve to look at the views across Morecambe Bay, after detour to checkout a bridleway, we then followed the lanes back to the B5277 and join it near Allithwaite. We then followed the B5277 around to Kent Bank, then push our bikes along footpath into Grange-
After lunch we headed into Grange-
After meeting Jane and Neville at the start of the ride at Tewitfield, the three of us head along Kellet Lane towards Over Kellet, just before Kellet Lane Bridge we followed the back road into Carnforth, we had to wait minute or two in Carnforth for load of motor bikers dress has Father Christmases to passed before heading down to Tearoom at Carnforth Railway Station for our morning brew.
After morning cafe stop, we headed through Carnforth towards Millhead before following shore road toward Hagg Farm for short distance before crossing over River Keer via cycle bridge and following the public way up into Warton. We then headed through Warton before following the ‘B’ road over the should of Warton Crag, stopping to look at the Old Quarry on Warton Crag which has be made into free car park and small nature reserve by Lancashire County Council which ideal stopping point for everyone out of the area wishing explorer the area. We soon on our way again heading towards Crag Foot where we followed the Old Coach Road (which is bridleway) over Warton Crag, then the Coach Road down to Yealand Conyers, we then followed the road through Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Storrs. Then around Leighton Moss and stopping to eat our pack lunches at the Leighton Moss visitor centre.
After our lunch we followed the road towards Silverdale and followed back road into Silverdale via Gibraltar Farm which is nice route into Silverdale, after making our way through Silverdale, we followed the road through Waterslack and Brackenthwaite before following the lanes across Hale Moss to the A6 which followed for short distance before turning on to Moss Lane which we followed across Burton Moss. We then followed the lanes through Hilderstones and Cinderbarrow before stopping at the tearoom at Deerslet for afternoon cafe stop.
After putting the world to right we headed down the A6070 back to Tewitfield where said our goodbyes.