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The South Lakes Group


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 For cyclists who love off road leisure cycling in South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales


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Ride reports in January, February and March 2010


1st January: A ride to Morecambe (16.4 miles)

It was cold start for the first day of the New Year! So the six of us headed down the cycle track into Lancaster with quick stop at Sainsburys for the toilets for the three members who travel up from Blackburn to join us for the first South Lakes Group ride of the year! We soon on our away again crossing over the River Lune via Milennium Bridge (which is cycle and pedestrian bridge), there some views of the houses and warehouses all the way along St Georges Quay from the west side of the River Lune its just shame about all the rubbish floating in the tide! We soon at Salt Ayre where we followed the cycle path down to Snatchems and due to the tide flooding over the road at the Golden Ball Inn, we decide to change the route of the ride instead of going to Sunderland, we back track and headed down Ovangle Road to rejoin the Lancaster to Morecambe Cycle Path. I should point out that Jim join us on the ride at Snatchems and this was due to Anni chatting to him about the ‘RSF’ inviting him on the ride, I just wish more members would do this! Anyway getting back to the ride headed down to Lancaster and Morecambe Cycle Path and we soon cycling along the promenade to the Stone Jetty. We stopped at the end of the Stone Jetty to look at the views across Morecambe Bay and be a local, I tend to forget how beautiful the views of the Lakeland Fells from the promenade.


After looking at the views across the Bay, we cycle along the prom towards Hest Bank then followed the cycle path up on to the Lancaster Canal, we then followed cycle path along the canal to Bolton-le-Sands. We then headed out of Bolton-le-Sands Village on Ancliffe Lane before drop down to Halton to have lunch at Pat & Fred.


After lunch as know one want to do anymore miles we headed back to cars parked at Denny Beck car park.


Simeon Orme


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10th January: A ride to Silverdale (11.9 miles)

Five members met for morning brew and chat at the Tearoom at Carnforth Railway Station ( I should point out the all day parking at carpark at the Railway Station is £1.50 at weekends), so after putting world right Ed, Peter and myself set off on the ride, while Nick and Eileen had decide go walking instead joining on the ride. So the three of us followed National Cycle route 6 out of Carnforth and then headed through Millhead, then at Walton we followed ‘B’ road around to Crag Foot. From Crag Foot we followed the road through Silverdale Green and then into Silverdale before heading for Leighton Moss Visitor Centre for lunch.


After lunch we followed the road to Yealand Storrs, there is some good views looking across Leighton Moss from this road. From Yealand Storrs we followed the road through Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Conyers to Walton where Peter left us to ride back to Lancaster via Crag Bank. From Walton we followed the road back through Millhead back to Carnforth where left Ed to ride home through the Over Kellet and Nether Kellet back to Halton.


Simeon Orme


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17th January: A ride to Longsleddale (17.9 miles)

Six members met at the Ashes Lane car park, we soon heading along Ashes Lane it was tricky riding in places along the lane due to the ice across the track so it took bit longer to get to Wilf’s at Staveley for our morning brew.


After our morning cafe stop we followed the lanes up the Kentmere Valley to Kentmere Village before following Lowfield Lane through Green Quarter and then High Lane up to Stile End where we turn on to the public byway. The first part of the track was fairly easy to walk along due to farm traffic going up feed the animals after we cross over on to the open moorland it got bit more difficult to push our bikes through the snow, near the summit of the pass we had lift all the bikes over a gate due the large amount of snow behind the gate. It was bit tricky in places as we followed the track down into Longsleddale due to ice across the track and Nick at one point had to jump off his bike due to losing control on the ice put we all finally made it safely down to the end of the track at Sadgill. We then followed the tarmac down the Longsleddale stopping for some lunch, seating out side Community hall or in porch of the church.


After lunch we followed the tarmac down to Garnett Bridge, then the Garnett Bridge Road down to Burnside before following the lanes up to the A591 which cross over before heading back to the cars parked at Ashes Lane. It had been enjoyable ride for our first proper off-road ride year!


Simeon Orme


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23rd January: A ride to Melling and High Bentham (28.5 miles)

There were two faces at the start of the ride Andy who rode to the start of the ride from Clitheroe (he told me later on in the day he set off at 8am from Clitheroe) and new member Graham, plus six other members.


So the nine of us set off up the Lune Valley cycle path towards Caton, with the first mile I got puncture in my back wheel, after quick chat with Peter it was decide that I would mend my puncture and he would lead rest of the party to the morning cafe stop. So under Peter leadership the rest of the party carry up the cycle path to the Crook’n Lune before following Park Lane through Halton Park up to Kirkby Lonsdale Road, they headed up Kirkby Londsdale Road short distance before turning on to the Aughton Road which they followed through to Gressingham, from Gressingham they crossed over the River Lune via the Loyn Bridge before heading into Hornby on the A683 to our morning cafe stop at the tearooms at Hornby Post Office. After changing the inter tube in the back tyre, I headed up the cycle path up to Bull Beck Bridge where I joined the A683 which I followed up to Hornby and arriving at our cafe stop a few minutes after the rest of the party.


After eating and chatting in the tearoom we headed up the A683 to Melling where we turn on to Lodge Lane which we followed towards Wennington for short distance before turning on to public byway at Melling Moor which we followed over to Old Wennington but half way along this track we had stop for Peter to mend the second puncture of the day. We were soon on way again but as we heading out of Old Wennington we had stop again for Charlie to mend the third puncture of the day. So after Charlie had mended his puncture we followed the lanes around to High Bentham for Lunch.


After lunch we headed about 500 yards down the B6480 for afternoon brew stop at the Nosebag Cafe in High Bentham or for Ian his second lunch stop! After some more chatting and eating in the cafe, we then continue down the B6480 to Low Bentham where we followed Eskew Lane and then Long Lane over to Mill Houses, then the road down the Hindburn Valley to Wray where we rejoined the B6480, which we followed to A683 and then we then headed down A683 through Claughton to Bull Beck Bridge where we join the Lune Valley cycle path which followed back to cars parked at Denny Beck car park, Andy left us in Caton to ride back home to Clitheroe. Another good ride even with three punctures!


Simeon Orme


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30th January: A ride to Simpson Ground via Hampsfell and the Winster Valley (20.7 miles)

After looking at the map and deciding our route for the day the four of us headed out of Cartmel passing the Priory, then following the main ‘B’ road up the Eea Valley for about mile before heading along the bridleway to the hamlet of Longlands. After we made our way through Longlands we followed the bridleway across a few fields which were hard with frost and then followed the track up the hillside to the open moorland where we rewarded with find view of the lakes at their best. After stopping a few times to look at the view we finally made it to summit of track over Hempsfell where if the ground had not been hard with frost it may have been a bit wet under foot for about 500 metres but we cross this section with our feet dry due to the hard frost! Then we continue followed the track from Longslands Allotsment down into Bishop’s Allotsment then through Eggerslack Wood down to Grange-Over-Sands for late morning brew or for two of the party a second breakfast or was it a early lunch!


After our morning cafe stop myself and Nick had puncture each to repair before we continue on our ride but we soon on our way following the B 5277 to Lindale. From Lindale we then followed the Back o’ th’ Fell Road and then the Tarn Green Road up the Winster Valley before following the public byway up to the Ashes then we continue along the lanes through Cartmel Fell before following the bridleway up on to Raven Barrow where stop for late lunch stop.


After our lunch stop we continue to followed the bridleway up to Sow How Lane, then headed down Sow How Lane through the hamlet of Foxfield before heading up the public way to Simpson Ground. From Simpson Ground we followed the lanes down to Low Newton for afternoon cafe stop at the Hat Trick Cafe.


After our afternoon brew stop we followed the lanes back to the cars parked at Cartmel.


Simeon Orme.

  

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6th February: A ride around the Upper Ribblesdale Valley (24.5 miles)

The industrial fringes of the Ribble valley were covered in a cold, dank mist which had not lifted by the Clapham start of the ride .


True to the weather forecast it was to be a day of blue skies, spectacular lines of low mist and best of all, some warmth in the sun after weeks of freezing conditions. So warm in fact that a leisurely picnic lunch was enjoyed, extremities bared, on the banks of Cam Beck at Ling Gill Bridge.

       

Certainly the blue skies enhanced the views of the 3 Peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with snow drifts, some vertical others horizontal, still in place and being frozen, could be walked on and even ridden over.  Whispy lines of mist soon had the cameras out . The limestone outcrops of Crummack Dale and Thwaite Scars caused us to pause awhile to absorb this phenomena, so full of detailed interest.


The day`s route was Clapham, Austwick, bridleways via Feiizor and its popular cafe then across to Helwith Bridge. From Horton-in-Ribblesdale the rising dead-end lane headed north and then it was over the moorland to Cam Fell before turning west and down to Ribblehead`s mobile snack bar, unusually quiet. There remained a swoop down to Selside before the final magnificent bridleway crossing of Sulber Nick , down Long Lane and through the tunnels to Clapham and a welcome cuppa and cake.


 Definitely a day to remember for the sunny views and excellent bridleways.


Steve Gregson          


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14th February: A ride to Natland (31.1 miles)

Peter led the charge past Lancaster & South Lakes CTC group as six of us headed up the A6070 towards Burton-in-Kendal and after about a mile we were following the lanes through Cinderbarrow and Hiderstone. Then we followed Moss Lane across Burton Moss and after crossing over the A6, we stop for morning brew (or for some members there second breakfast) at the Creature Comfort Cafe at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.


After the morning cafe stop, we then followed the public way into Hale. In Hale we crossed over the A6 and then headed along Pye’s Bridge Lane. At end of the lane we turn on to the B 6384 which we followed for short distance up to Elmsfield House. From Elmsfield House we followed lane over Chapel Hill into Farleton. In Farleton our route took over Nook Bridge and Dovehouse Bridge before heading along the A6070 for short distance to then followed the lane from Moss End to Woodlands. In Woodlands after crossing over the A590 via the B6385, we followed the lane from Lane Farm up to Stainton Bridge End. Then our route took us through Stainton (where there interesting ford which you can try crossing like Ian did!) and Skettlegill up to A65 which we cross over to head into Half penny. In Halfpenny after following short public way over the beck we continue the lanes around to Stang. From Stang we headed along a bridleway towards Helm End, stopping  part way along the track for a picnic lunch.


After lunch we continue along the bridleway to Helm End where we followed our next bridleway over the Helm before dropping down to Natland. From Natland we followed our next bridleway down to Wilson Place near Sedgwick, then our route took us through Hincaster, Greenside, Woodhouse and Heversham where we followed Marsh Road over Milnthorpe Marsh, then short climb through Dallam Park before dropping down to Beetham where we stop for afternoon brew at the tearoom at the Old Post Office.


After our brew and cake, we followed the road from Beetham up to Slack Head which is short hard climb, from Slack head we followed the lane down to Hale Moss and then the permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss (This bridleway just open this year after being closed for several years), then the bridleway across White Moss where stop to watch some deer for a few minutes but soon on our way again and back on tarmac for short section of Nineteen Acre Lane before turning on to our next track which we followed into Yealand Redmayne. From Yealand Redmayne we followed the road to Yealand Conyers, then it back on tracks again coming out near Walton Cricket Club where Nick, Eileen and Charlie left us to head back to cars at Tewitfield. Myself, Peter and Ian (Has we all rode out to start of the ride)continue into Walton, then followed the lanes through to Crag Bank, then headed along the cycle track at side of the Lancaster Canal into Bolton-le-Sand where we said our goodbyes before we headed off in different directions for home.


Simeon Orme

    

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21st February 2010: Staveley.

Unfortunately it was one of those days that the weather conditions were against us, so after meeting at Ashes Lane and with snow still falling the four of us decide to leave the bikes in the back of our cars and drive down to Staveley for a morning brew at Wilf’s Cafe. After chatting in the cafe for about hour, the snow was still falling so we headed across the yard to look around Wheelbase before heading for home.


Simeon Orme


27th February 2010: A ride not to Scorton (21.87 miles).

After meeting at the car park at Denny Beck, the six of us including two new faces to South Lakes Group rides (Graham and Jim) follow the Denny Beck lane up to the A683 which we crossed over to continue up Grimshaw Lane, stopping at the top of the lane to look at the views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakes and up the Lune Valley to the Yorkshire Dales. After crossing over the M6 via the bridge, we followed the bridleway over the Ridge and down through the Ridge estate, then headed through the heart of Lancaster following the cycle path along side the Lancaster Canal to Aldcliffe. From Aldclffe we followed the road to the River Lune where we join the Lune Estuary Cycle Path which we followed up to Conder Green to the morning cafe stop at Cafe d’ Lune.


After morning brew morning stop we continue through Conder Green before heading along national cycle route 6 into Galgate where we stop for a few minutes so that Jim could buy supplies for his picnic lunch, we then followed the lanes through Ellel and Ward Houses to Barrow Greaves where the ford was to deep to cross the River Conder using the stepping stones due to rain of the day before and so like on most South Lakes Group rides we change our plan route to Scorton. After back tracking to the tarmac, we then followed the Little Fell Road up the Quermore Valley, then following the road down to Stock-a-Bank before heading up Littledale Road. After the first climb, Jim found he had puncture in his back tyre, what should have taken a few minutes to fix could be describe as comedy of errors with Jim having the wrong value on his spare inner tube to fit his back wheel but after forty to fifty minutes we on our way again after Nick put Eileen spare inner tube in Jim’s back tyre. We soon stop for a late picnic lunch near Baines Cragg.


After our picnic lunch we continue along Littledale Road down into Littledale, with detour near New Farm on public way before rejoining Littledale Road which we followed down into Brookhouse. From Brookhouse our route took back along the Lune Valley Cycleway back to cars parked at Denny Beck.


Simeon Orme

   

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6th March 2010: A ride to Winskill Stones (30.84 miles.)


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14th March 2010: A ride to Docker Fell (47.00 miles).


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21st March 2010: A ride to Little and Great Langdale (25.00 miles).

After meeting Peter and Bill at the Rigg Wood car park on the east side of Coniston Water, we followed the road up the east side of the Lake (For day of two half's one dry and one wet) to Coniston where we stop for a morning brew.


So after putting the world to right, we headed through Coniston village and then followed the road up towards the old copper mines for short distance before joining the National Trust’s Bridleway which we followed up Yewdale before heading up the road to Tilberthwaite. At High Tilberthwaite we followed the public way over into Little Langdale then up Fell Foot Bridge where rejoined the tarmac, as the sky clouding over we decided not to followed road into Great Langdale via Blea Tarn but to followed the road a bit further down Little Langdale valley to Dale End where our join our next track, we soon stop for a picnic lunch beside the track.


After our lunch stop we continue along the public way heading towards Elterwater before following bridleway through Sawrey’s Wood into Great Langdale. We then followed the public way up the valley to Baysbrown and then the bridleway up to Oak Howe. From Oak Howe we continue along the bridleway to the B5343 which we followed down to Chapel Stile where we stop for afternoon brew.


After coming out of the tearoom, Bill found that he had puncture in his back tyre which he mended in the bus shelter as it had started to rain, we were soon on our way again following the B5343 down Great Langdale, then the road through Elterwater before following bridleway through Tongue Intake Plantation, then the public way through Low and High Oxen Fell up to Hodge Close. From Hodge Close we followed the road down into Yewdale, then the bridleway from Low Yewdale over to Boom Crag Farm before following the road back down the east side of Coniston Water back to the cars at Rigg Wood.


Simeon Orme


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27th March: A ride to Yordas Cave and along the Turbarry Road (37.8 miles).

With tail wind pushing us up the Lune Valley, we soon turning off the A683 at Claughton to followed the white road over to Farleton where we rejoined A683 again where we followed it up to Hornby. In Hornby village, we stop for morning brew at the Hornby Post Office Tearoom.


After our brew stop, it was fast ride up to Melling, from Melling we then followed the public way over to Old Wennington, before following the lanes over Bentham Moor before heading into Ingleton on Bentham Road. We then headed out Ingleton on Oddies Lane, after the climb up Meal Bank we stop for picnic  lunch at bench at the side of the road in the shelter of Lenny Wood.


After our lunch stop we continue up Oddies Lane, then the lane up to Twisleton Hall, then headed along the public way into Kingsdale passing a lot of walkers doing the Ingleton Falls walk. In Kingsdale we rejoin the tarmac again and followed the road towards Kingsdale Head,  stopping once to look a cave entry which I can’t remember the name of but Ian was explaining to me where all the caves were in Kingsdale has he be down most of them which made ride up the dale a bit more interesting, we soon at start of the public way up to the Turbarry Road, after looking around Yordas Cave. We followed the track up on to Shout Brow where the Turbarry Road starts before get to start of the road you have to make your way through a area of boggy moorland, once we on the Turbarry Road we start to pay for the easy ride out has we met full force of the head wind so in some places on the track it easier to get off and push our bikes along the track but we soon at end of track at North End Scar where we were treated to good views of the Lakes and the Bowland Fells.


After brief stop for me to adjust my back brakes, we headed down Masongill Fell Lane into Masongill, then crossed over the A65 at Galegreen, then followed the lanes down into Burton-in-Lonsdale. From Burton-in-Lonsdale, we followed the lane up through Spittle Banks before stopping for a eat up!


Afterwards we followed the ‘B’ road down into Wennington. From Wennington we headed down the B6480 and then the A683 taking it in turns to be at front due to the strong head wind back to Bull Beck Bridge where we followed the Lune Valley Cycle Track back to the car park at Denny Beck, then headed into Halton for end of ride brew.


Simeon Orme     


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Ride Reports for April, May and June


3rd April: A ride to Small Water in Mardale (24.3 miles)

Like I half expected I was myself for this ride has most RSF members were enjoying the delights of Hay-on-Wye and the Surrounding area at the Easter. Anyway getting back to the ride, after getting the bike out of the van, I decide to head up the A6 for short distance before following  the lanes down to Keld, stopping there to take a photo of the Chapel which is owned by the National Trust. After making my way through Keld, I headed along the Old Water Board down into Swindale where I followed the bridleway over Rosgill Moor down to Naddle Farm did not much of this track due wet conditions but could good track to do when it drier that if we get hot Summer this year. From Naddle Farm, I followed the bridleway down to the Haweswater Reservor Road where I decided to followed the tarmac all the way up to Mardale Head. At Mardale Head its good job that Peter was not with me or he would veto the ideal of pushing the bike up to Small Water for lunch and did get view strange looks from some walkers but it was worth it has I had never been up there before but next time I will not be taking the kitchen sink up in my saddle bag.


After my lunch stop, I headed back down the bridleway down to Mardale Head, then followed the tarmac back down Mardale to Bampton. From Bampton, I followed the lanes up the Lowther Valley to Rosgill where its worth stopping to look at the interesting bridge across the River Lowther. In Rosgill I made it part way up the hill before getting off and walking up the rest of steep climb through the village behind flock of sheep that were being move between a field and the farm yard.


From Rosgill, I then followed the public way to A6, then headed back along the A6 to Shap where my van was park.


Simeon Orme


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11th April: A ride to Meathop and Witherslack (42 miles)

There was only Keith waiting for me at the start of the at Tewitfield, so after chatting for a few minutes we set off up the A6070, following the Group’s usual route through the lanes via Holme and Farleton to the Farleton View Tearoom which is our General Secretary favourite cafe!


After our cafe stop we followed the lanes through, Woodlands, Deepthwaite, Woodhouse, Heversham and Leasgill down to the A6 which followed for short distance before following the road down to High Sampool, then heading along our first track of the day which we followed to A590. After crossing over the A590, we followed the road through Sampool Bridge, then followed cycle track to the ‘Old A590’ which is now quite ‘B’ road and still can remember the traffic jams on it when use to be ‘A’ road, so after good mile or so we headed under pass at Longhowe End to cross back under the A590 to followed another network of quite lanes to Meathop passing several family groups of cyclists enjoying sunny day. In Meathop after quite look at the map we followed the road down to Meathop New Bridge then short distant on the B5277 heading towards Lindale before turning on to our next track which we followed for short distance to the A590 which cross over to followed the bridleway up to Nicholos Wood. At Nicholas Wood Farm we followed the track through the woods seeing the first primrose of the year which I had to stop to take a photo of! After the photo stop, we then continue on along the track which soon turn into tarmac and then we found nice seat to stop at for our lunch stop.


After our lunch stop we followed the tarmac into Witherslack, then the bridleway over Yewbarrow to Witherslack Hall Farm, then the bridleway down to Beck Head where we stop for a brew at the self service cafe, the Hiker Rest where you have to make your own brew and help your self to nice selection of cakes, once you finish you put the money you own into envelope and stick it through letterbox of the cottage next door to the cafe. From Beck Head we headed down the road to Millside where we followed our next track over to Raven’s Lodge, then it was back on the tarmac again to followed the cycle track to Sampool Bridge, then the lanes through to Levens. From Levens about a mile on the A6 before we followed the lanes across Milnthorpe Marsh to cross over the River Bela via  Milnthorpe Bridge, then we headed up through Dallam Park before freewheeling down to Beetham for coffee and cakes at the Tearoom at the Old Post Office.


After our afternoon brew stop, we headed up the short sharp climb to Slack Head  and then enjoy the freewheel down to Hale More. We then followed the bridleway across Thrang Moss and White Moss to Nineteen Acre Lane before following our usual route through Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Conyers  down pass Warton Cricket Club  and then back to Tewitfield.


Simeon Orme.


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18th April: A ride to Jekin Crag and Claife Heights (28.3 miles)


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24th April: A ride along the Salter Fell Road (41.9 miles)


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1st May: A ride along the Winster Valley (25.56 miles)

 

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9th May: A ride to Fox’s Pulpit (48.35 miles)


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16th May: A ride to Malham Tarn (38.2 miles)

After meeting at the car park in High Bentham, the three of us headed out of High Bentham following the bridleway from the Golf Club up to Windy Hill, then we headed along Nutgill Lane where a lot of Early Purple Orchids in flower at side of the lane, we soon join the B 6480 which we followed through  to Clapham, after making our way through Clapham, we join the A65 for short distance before following the lanes into Austwick. After crossing Austwick Beck via Austwick Bridge we headed up Wood Lane and then Hale Lane which are part of the Pennine Bridleway into Feizor. In Feizor we stop at the tearoom for our morning brew.


From Feizor continue on the Pennine Bridleway which followed over to Swarth Moor, from there we headed into Helwith Bridge,  then climb out of Ribbledale following the Moor Head Lane and soon dropping down into Silverdale valley. We then continue up Silverdale Valley for short distance on Goat Lane before turn on to Henside Road which followed to Malham Tarn. At Malham Tarn, we stop for a late lunch on the shore of the tarn after following the bridleway part way around the tarn.


After lunch, we continue follow the bridleway around the tarn, then over Dean Moor to Langscar Gate. At Langscar Gate, we headed up the public way and soon join the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway which we followed over to Stockdale Lane, has we heading over to Stockdale Lane I did spot the first Stoat of the day running next to stone wall which I point out to Charlie and did see another Stoat later on in the day on Mewith Lane has we heading back to High Bentham. Also there was nice yellow violets in flower at side of the track as we heading down to Stockdale Lane which I took photo of which I think are Mountain Pansies. From Stockdale Lane we followed the tarmac down to Settle for afternoon brew at the Settle Down Cafe, where we had chat with six members of Blackburn CTC  who had been around Dentdale.


After leaving cafe, I soon discover that I lost one of maps out of my saddlebag some where between Malham Tarn and Settle, it was my 1:25,000 of the Southern and Western areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Anyway from Settle we followed the roads through Giggleswick to Giggleswick Station. After crossing the A65, we followed Paley Green Lane from Giggleswick Station to Craven Ridge Lane Ends where turn on to our last track of the day which followed to Four Lane Ends, then we followed Mewith Lane back to High Bentham, getting back to cars just after 6pm, it had be good ride in good company.


Simeon Orme

      

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22nd May: A ride to Chapel-le-Dale (42.7 miles)


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29th May: A ride to Crosby Ravensworth (20.1 miles)


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5th June: A ride to Grasmere (37.1 miles)


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13th June: A ride over Whernside (38.85 miles)

There was one small problem, the tearoom at Hornby Post Office does not open until 10.30am on Sundays, so we decide to head to Ingleton for morning cafe stop at Inglesport Cafe. So we followed A683 out of Hornby up the Lune Valley to Melling then the public byway from Melling over to Old Wennington, then the lanes over Bentham Moor before following Bentham Road into Ingleton.


After we eaten and bit shopping down stairs Inglesports in my case buying a new map for the one I lost on the Malham ride, someone said I should claim back out of Area Secretary expense account, had inform them that was my pocket put with cost of waterproof maps at £14.99 its something that RSF national committee is going have to at! Anyway getting back to the ride, we headed out of Ingleton on Oddie Lane. The training I have been doing ride to work and back home again is starting to pay off has rode all way up Meal Bank, then spent a few minutes for the other four to catch up with me. We then continue to followed Oddie Lane up to Chapel-le-Dale, its worth stopping in Chapel-le-Dale for few minutes to look at the Church. From Chapel-le-Dale we join the B6235 for short distance before turning on to Philpin Lane, after heading through the hamlet of Philpin where there snack bar inside a barn at side of lane, we followed the bridleway across to Ivescar which was bit rough going for first few hundred metres but turn into nice track afterwards. From Ivescar we followed the public byway up to Winterscales. Then from Winterscales we followed the well made track over Turf Hill, then under Settle to Carlisle Railway before regrouping near signal box near Bleamoor Sidings, from there carry on up track re crossing over railway via the Aqueduct where the going got a bit harder has we push our bikes up Slack and then up Force Gill Ridge where we left the main path up Whernside to followed the Craven Way Track over into Deepdale. Plans to have lunch half way along the track were put on hold due to promise rain showers and it was decide to have late lunch stop in Dent. Once we on Craven Way Track, it was quite good track to ride along, Nick manage to jump off his bike at start of Craven Way and Peter front wheel drop out of his front forks on the more trickier part of track has we heading down into Deepdale but we all made it safely into Dent for combine lunch stop and afternoon cafe stop.


Has we leaving the cafe at about 4pm the sun decide to come out, so we headed down Dentdale to Gawthrope. From Gawthrope we climb up to top of Barbondale, then followed the road down Barbondale, then the lanes down to Kirkby Lonsdale Station where we cross over A65 before following lanes through to Overtown and then heading down Woodman Lane to Nether Burrow where we join the A683 which followed back to Hornby.


Simeon Orme

 

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20th June: A ride to Sunbiggin Tarn (35.4 miles)


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23rd June: A ride over Kirkstone Pass and along the Old Coach Road (53.8 miles)


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26th June: A ride to Dunsop Bridge (40.3 miles)


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Ride Reports for July, August and September


3rd July: A ride over Wryrose Pass and Dunnerdale (30.68 miles)


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11th July: A ride up the Lyth Valley to Staveley (46.7 miles)


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18th July: A Cafe to Cafe ride (10.85 miles)


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24th July: A ride to Crummack Dale ( 34.48 miles)


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31st July: A ride to Parkamoor (33.9 miles)


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Past Ride Reports in October, November and December


10th October: A ride to Hutton Gate and along the Old Scotch Road (37.6 miles)


After meeting outside Carnforth Railway Station, the four of us headed into station for pre ride brew at the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, after spending sometime chatting and putting the world to right, we headed out of Carnforth, following the back lanes through to Warton. Then from Warton we followed the permitted bridleway and then another bridleway into Yealand Conyers. In Yealand Conyers we were back on the tarmac again as we followed the ‘B’ road through Yealand Redmayne, then short section on Nineteen Acre Lane before turning on to our next off-road section, a bridleway and then permitted bridleway which we followed across Thrang Moss, then another short section of road before headed into Hale on the public byway. From Hale we cross over the A6 and then on to Pye’s Bridge Lane, then short section on B6384, at Elmsfield House  we followed the lane towards Farleton. Part way along this lane Ian left us to head back to Lancaster as he had to be at work for 2pm. In Farleton we followed Nook Lane around to Nook Bridge then the road over Doverhouses Bridge down to the A6070. From there we followed our usual route over the M6 to the Farleton View Tearoom  at Wath Sutton.


After spending pleasant time eating, chatting and sitting in the sunshine at the tearoom, it was time to get back on the bikes, we headed through Millness and then Gatebeck. Then up through Mount Pleasant and then just after Bracken Hall we turn on to our next track which runs beside the M6 for about a mile, about half way along this we had to stop to mend a puncture in my back tyre but we soon on our way hitting the tarmac at Hill Farm, where we drop down to Hutton Gate, from there was bit of climb up to Great Brunthwaite. We then followed lanes pass Essett Hill before following Old Scotch Road and then B6254 into Kirkby Lonsdale for afternoon brew at Victoria’s Tearoom..


After our brew stop we headed out of Kirkby Lonsdale on the B6254 with a tail wind we were travelling quite fast and we were soon at Newton, where we climb out of the Lune Valley, there was some good views of Ingleborough as you look across the Lune Valley to the Yorkshire Dales. From Newton we headed through the lanes to Capernwray and then on to Over Kellet. In Over Kellet Charlie headed back to his camper van parked in Carnforth , Peter and my self  headed back towards Lancaster. It had been day in good company, with fine views, a lot of sunshine and three good cafe stops.


Simeon Orme


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17th October: A ride to Claife Heights (29.4 miles)


The ride along Ashes Lane wakes up the legs and opens up a Lake District vista to savour. Along with new man John, from Cleveleys, we rode to Wilfs at Staveley for a brew where we were joined by John2. This was followed by the pull up to Borwick Fold and the descent to the Windermere ferry near Bowness. Passing a long line of waiting cars is always a pleasure though Simeon was almost taken out` by a Sunday driver not checking properly.


Across the ferry and a short way up the West bank we turned up the stony path above Harrow Slack where lunch was taken on the fell with panoramic views of Coniston Old Man and the Langdale Peaks.


Dropping through Far Sawrey we took the trail past Moss Eccles and Wise Een Tarns. There are peaceful, wide open views before the forest encloses you again. Following a long descent, by trail to High Wray and road to Low Wray, we turned off by Wray Castle to take the shore trail back to the ferry.


An afternoon brew, at Bowness, was followed by a hard road climb to High Lickbarrow and trail to Clewbarrow. Then it was back, via Borwick Fold, to Ashes Lane.


Peter Kenner.


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23rd October: A ride to Ingleton ( 23 miles)


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30th October: A ride around the Rawthey Valley (14.6 miles)


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6th November: A ride around the Kent Valley (18.9 miles)


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14th November: A ride around Silverdale and Arnside (25.4 miles)


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21st November: A ride to Simpson Ground (13.70 miles)


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27th November: A ride to Grize Dale (37.21 miles)


With the threatened visit of our Chairman curtailed by inclement weather (the wrong type of snow) and others absent for various reasons, Simeon and I met at Cafe de Lune for the first brew stop. Proceeding `gingerly` in a South Westerly direction, first by road to Bank Houses, we took the coastal path past the parachute club, with members floating down out of a clear blue sky. We continued, on roads and tracks, via Great Crimbles, Hardhead ( I love British place names) and Cabus Cross Roads over the A6 to Scorton. Here we succumbed to the lure of the Priory, cyclists tea rooms, for lunch.


Not over keen on climbing a 1 in 6 straight after lunch but it was necessary to reach the top road and the days main objective Grize Dale. This is a lovely, secluded, wooded valley with a small reservoir near the top end. A steady climb and a descent to the ford at Sykes Farm - where common sense prevailed, I crossed the footbridge, too cold for a soaking - was followed by roads to Dolphinholme (how do they get their names?). Further on I was leaning the bike against a gatepost when I realised that there was a squirrel fast asleep on top. We took photos, quietly, before realising that it had actually frozen to death in that position. Shortly afterwards, at Five lane Ends, we parted to head our separate ways home.


Peter Kenner.


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4th December: A ride to Wilf’s Cafe (4.78 miles)


Ian, myself and Peter met at Ashes Lane, with nice layer of snow on the ground at Ashes Lane we decide to headed for Wilf’s Cafe. As we headed up Ashes Lane towards the campsite we pass by man on a tractor with front bucket on cleaning the snow from the lane so the campers could get out of the campsite. For us was case walking some sections and trying to cycle on other parts of the lane but Ian rode most of the lane as he was on his mountain bike. We made finally to end of lane then it was easy ride down to Staveley  and then to Wilf’s Cafe for brew.


After our brew we had look around Wheelbase, as there was to much snow on the ground to do any tracks we decide to headed back to cars at Ashes Lanes, so after unlocking the bikes we headed out of Staveley towards A591, after crossing over Staveley Crossings we headed along the cycle track to Winter Lane, again myself and Peter had get off our bikes and push them through the snow where Ian on his mountain bike rode along the cycle track with no problems. At Winter Lane, Ian left us to do bit more cycling in the snow. Myself and Peter rode short distance up the A591 back to cars at Ashes Lane.


Simeon Orme


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Ian’s report on the ride


After leaving Peter and Simeon, I looked at the map and chose to cycle back into Staveley. I then went on the bridlway past scoggs farm, then crossed over the river at scroggs bridge and back up the snow covered road on the right bank of the beck, passed fellfoot and to T junction to meet the bridleway to The Heights, passed Hugill Hall and followed the bridleway to Ings and the A591. the followed the cycle path back through Staveley and the road to the Car at Ashes Lane.


Ian Wood


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12th December: A ride to Hornby (22miles)


After crap week of weather, I decide that we would have better chance getting a long ride in if we started the ride nearer the coast that was main reason for starting the ride from Carnforth Railway Station instead of High Bentham.


Anyway getting back to ride, six of us met up at the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway for brew and chat before the ride, one topic of conversation was Peter new off-road bike, he was spotted on it in Halton visiting Pat & Fred Lloyd (Fred did say it look like good bike but shame about name on the frame), so we had bit fun with Peter, pulling his leg about his Peter Kenner frame but there one thing about having own name on the frame of your bike there less change of it getting stolen, maybe Peter starting new fashion for having one name your bike. Unfortunately for us, he was not on his new bike, so we could not have closer inspection of it and he said would only come out on it on South Lakes Group ride if I gave him written guarantee that would post any photos of his bike up on this website before the Easter Meet, the changes of this happening are about zero and at the first opportunity there photo posted up on this website for you all to look at!


Anyway getting back to the ride, I should point out to RSF members that you now get a 10% discount at the Refreshment Room when you show your RSF membership card when you paying for order.


Anyway we finally set off out of Carnforth heading towards Millhead, then following the shore road pass Hagg Wood to Cragg Bank. At Cragg Bank we cross over the A6 and headed along the cycle path along side the Lancaster Canal towards Bolton-le-Sands, the Lancaster Canal was still cover with ice. At Bolton-le-Sands we followed the byway through Crawstone Wood up to Hawkheads before dropping down into Bolton-le-Sands Village where we followed Ancliffe Lane out of the village then the public byway up to Kellet Lane. After heading along Kellet Lane to wards Lancaster, at the crossroads at Four Lane Ends we headed down to Halton, in Halton we cross over River Lune via the Iron Bridge and join the Lune Cycle Path which we follow up the Lune Valley, with short stop for Nick to repair a puncture near Caton, we continue up the cycle path for short distance before crossing over the A 683 and headed into Brookhouse.


In Brookhouse we said our goodbyes to Ian who was heading back to Lancaster as had work in the afternoon. The rest of continue up Quarry Road out of Brookhouse, stopping in places on the climb up to Caton Moor to get off our bikes to walk around icy sections of the road. We stop at the picnic area at the top of Quarry Road for lunch and was treated to fine views all around us.


After lunch we followed the bridleway pass Moorcock Hall and down into Claughton, from Claughton then the followed the white road into Farleton then along the A 683 into Hornby for afternoon cafe at the Hornby Post Office Tearoom for a brew.


From Hornby we re cross the River Lune via the Loyn Bridge, then followed Fleet Lane and Lea Lane up through Eskrigge before dropping down to Aughton Road where Peter left us to head for home. The rest of us cross over Aughton Road and followed the bridleway to the Redwell on the B6254, one comment about this track you need to do it after several days of dry weather as it was wet in a few places this may due the thaw. From the Redwell we followed B6254 back to Carnforth.


A good day in good company.


Simeon Orme

    

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18th December: A ride around the Lune Valley and Wenningdale (13.4 miles)


With it snowing on the Friday evening only myself and Ian made it to start of the ride at the Hornby Post Office Tearoom, after our brew at the Tearoom we followed the B 6480 to Wray where we stop for a few so that could adjust the front brakes on his bike. Then from Wray we followed the ‘B’ road up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses. From Mill Houses, we continue on the ‘B’ road up the steep hill out of the Hindburn Valley before dropping down to Low Bentham. In Low Bentham we followed the B 6480 into High Bentham where our usual cafe stop was still close, so we headed to the Town Hall where there was coffee morning going on.


After our brew at coffee morning inside Bentham Town Hall, we headed back down the B6480 through Low Bentham and Wennington, then in Tatham we had short detour go and look at the Church in Tatham Village before rejoining B6480, we then continue down Wenningdale to Meal Bank Bridge where we follow the Back Lane bridleway around Wray before rejoining the B6480 which followed back to Hornby.


After saying my goodbyes to Ian in Hornby, I headed back to Halton via Gressingham and Aughton, when I finally got home had clock up just over 28 miles.


Simeon Orme.


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22nd December: A ride to Scorton (25.7miles).


Note to self, leave home a bit sooner when the ride start from Cafe d’Lune at Conder Green especially when there snow on the cycle path as you gather from this I was bit late for this ride which was arranged at end of the last South Lakes Group ride and posted up on What’s New Page of this website which Nick from Clitheroe had spotted who was waiting me with Ian near Cafe d’Lune which was close unfortunately due to frozen water pipe. So we headed along the cycle path into Glasson Dock for a brew at ‘The lantern O’er Lune’ cafe.


After our brew, we headed out of Glasson Dock up Tithe Barn Hill which is good viewing point to look across River Lune to look at Sunderland Point, then a interesting ride along the lanes to Bank Houses where we stop for a few minutes to look at the view as the tide was in and the view was amazing as you can see from the photos taken myself  and Ian which have been post up in the photo gallery. From Bank Houses we followed the footpath (which should be upgraded to bridleway) to Bank End Farm where we follow the road around to Patty’s Farm and then the bridleway to the A588. Then we did short section on the A588 to Braides where we headed along the bridleway pass the Sweetings, this bridleway was good farm track for most of the way before short section across some fields to the tarmac, once we hit the tarmac we follow the road to Moss Edge. From Moss Edge we headed along the bridleway come footpath to Cogie Hill then the road around to Elm Farm where we followed the last bridleway of the day across to Island Farm which luxury housing development and there may be future problems with the route of this bridleway of not having in my back yard sort, any way we follow the lanes through Winmarleigh and forton then cross over the A6 before heading into Scorton for a late lunch at the Priory Cafe.


After our lunch stop, we headed back towards Galgate via Cleveley Bank, Hollins Lane and Bay Horse. Then from Galgate we followed the road to Conder Green where we said our goodbyes to Nick. Then Ian and myself followed the cycle path back to Lancaster.


It had been a interest day of cycling in the snow on a lot of the sides road in the area and when I finally got home my water bottle had start to freeze up, it had been quite a cold day with good company, a ride that I will remember for a long time.


Simeon Orme

 

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26th December: Boxing Day Walk around Sliverdale (4.8 miles)


Yes it was another cold Boxing Day like the year before it was bit disappointing that only six of us turn up for this walk being also advertise on Lancaster & South Lakes CTC Group runs list as while, so a lot of local cyclists wimp out on coming out on the walk due to snow on the ground!


Anyway after meeting at the car park at Eaves Wood, we followed the footpath through the woods to Waterslack, then after crossing over the railway track we join the tarmac which followed around to Challen Hall where we headed down the bridleway to Hawes Water and then followed the footpath  around the tarn to Red Bridge. From Red Bridge we followed the footpath across the new part of Silverdale Golf Course and then the road to the cafe at Leighton Moss Visitor Centre for a brew and warm up!


After putting world to right and buying next year’s Christmas presents in the Visitor Centre Shop, we head out in the cold again, after passing Silverdale Railway Station we followed the footpath across the old part of Silverdale Golf Course, then a short section on the road towards the Row before following the footpath through the woods down to Lamberts Meadow. From Lamberts Meadow we headed south for a bit pass Burton Well before following the footpath through the woods into Silverdale Green. After walking through Silverdale Green on the road, we followed the footpaths across the fields into Silverdale Village for a lunch at Sheila and Alan’s who live in the village.


After hour or so of chatting we said our goodbyes to Sheila & Alan and walk back along the road to the cars park at Eaves Wood.


Simeon Orme


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29th December: A ride to Beetham via Kirkby Lonsdale (39.37 miles).


After starting from my home in Halton, we followed a network of lanes from Halton to B6254, then short section on the ‘B’ road before heading along Lord’s Lot Road which is a white road on the map and the only off-road section of the ride, we had to get off walk a few sections of the track due to large amount of rain the day before and with the ground still frozen from the weekend there was quite a few pools of water across the track. At end of the track was campaign poster about the government plan sell off of our national forests which if you have not sign the petition, you can do so from a link from a post on the Members and Site Blog. Any way getting back to the ride we decide that the ground conditions were bit wet to do any more tracks, so we followed the road down to Sunny Bank Farm where we rejoin the B6254 which we followed into Arkholme where we took the back road to Newton with a detour into Docker to look at a start of bridleway which look interesting on the map but we would have several weeks of dry weather before we could think about doing due to steam running down the track. After checking out the track we followed the back road to Newton where we rejoin the B6254 again which we followed into Kirkby Lonsdale for lunch at Victoria’ Tearoom which is up for sale. In side the Tearoom as was about to take photo of the beans on toast I had order, I’ve found out that the batteries in my camera were flat so after we eaten I had go and buy some new batteries at the local newsagents in Kirkby Lonsdale.


 After heading out of Kirkby Lonsdale and then crossing over the A65, we followed the road into High Biggins where there several not in my back yard signs campaigning about a plan local wind farm in Kirkby Lonsdale, you tend to notice these signs on the newer properties and personally I don’t have any problems with winds farms. After heading through High Biggins we followed Gallowber Lane into Hutton Roof there few nice views looking back into the Lune Valley which I stop to take a photo of! In Hutton Roof we followed the road around and into Clawthorpe. From Clawthorpe it was short section on the A6070 before following the lanes into Holme where we join the B6384 which we followed to Hang Bridge, after crossing over the River Bela by the bridge we followed Hangbridge into Beetham for afternoon brew at the Garden Cafe at Beetham Nurseries which as gluten free cakes which made Ian happy as he could have cake instead of his usual chips he orders.


After putting the world to right in the cafe, we cross over A6 and headed through Beetham and up the hill to Slack Head which is getting a lot easier climb these days with me riding the bike into work most days of the working week. From Slack Head was a freewheel down to Hale Moss, then follow lanes along the moss to the A6 which we cross over to followed Moss Lane over Burton Moss, then the lanes through Cinderbarrow to the A6070 which follow into Tewitfield. Then from Tewitfield we headed along Kellet Lane towards Over Kellet, at Pastordale I said my goodbyes to Ian who was heading back to Lancaster via the cycle path along the Lancaster Canal. I continue along Kellet Lane into Over Kellet then followed the lanes back to Lancaster.


Simeon Orme


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