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Past Ride Reports of 2007


6th January: Longsleddale, Stile End and Kentmere Area.

The eight of  us including new member Barrie, set off from the Kendal Leisure Centre, we followed our usually route through Kendal along the cycle track to join the A6. We headed up the A6 for about mile before stopping at the cafe at Morrison Supermarket for our morning cafe stop.

After putting to world to right in the cafe, we cross over the A6, then followed Gillthwaiterigg Road and then Garnett Bridge Road up to Garnett Bridge where we stop to watch some canoeists braving the waterfalls on the River Sprint. We then continue up Longsleddale to Sadgill, where we followed the track over to Stile End where we stop for some lunch beside the track. After lunch we continue down the Kentmere valley along High Lane, Lowfield Lane  and then down main valley road to Wilf ‘s cafe at Staveley .

After enjoying the delights of  Wilf’s Cafe  we followed lanes back to Kendal.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL7 The English Lakes (South-eastern area).


Simeon Orme


21st January: A ride from High Bentham to Ingleton then to Kirby Lonsdale and back to High Bentham

The nine of  us including Simon Preston who one of  RSF Directors, set off from High Bentham and we followed Bentham Road to Ingleton where we stop at Bernie Cafe due to Inglesport Cafe being full and many thanks to Brian M. for paying for every ones teas and cakes, it was his birthday today!

After coffee stop, we followed Oddie’s Lane out of Ingleton Village, then followed the lane up to Scar End, then followed the track over to Kingsdale. At end of  the track , we headed down the main Kingsdale road towards Thornton-in-Lonsdale for short distance before turning on to Westgate Lane, then on to our next track the Tow Scar Road, at end of this track we stop for some lunch.

After our lunch stop we headed down Masongill Fell Lane through the village of  Masongill, then followed the lanes to the A65, after crossing the A65 we headed through the hamlet of  Gategreen, then we followed the lanes around to Jogging Bridge where we crossed over the A65 again,  then followed the lanes through the villages of  Ireby, Leck and Cowen Bridge before crossing back over the A65 where we followed the road around to Overtown, where we had to walk with our bikes along a short stretch of  public footpath (about 500 yards)  before getting  on them again! we then follow the road through High Gale to cross back over A65, due to tearoom at Kirkby Lonsdale being closed we headed down Devil’s Bridge via High Casterton for afternoon cafe stop, where Barrie left us to cycle home to Burton-in-Kendel

After we all eaten up and said our goodbyes to Barrie, the rest of  us followed the A683 down to Greta Bridge, where we followed the lanes through Wrayton, Old Wennington and Four Lanes End back to High Bentham.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL2 Yorkshire Dales (Southern & Western Area)


Simeon Orme


3rd February: A ride up the Rawthey Valley in the Yorkshire Dales

After meeting at the free car park in Sedbergh, the eleven of us headed 500 yards up the road to the Gallery Coffee House for morning cafe stop.

After the cafe stop we headed out of Sedbergh on the A683, then turn on to the A684 for short distance before following the lanes back to the A683 after crossing over the River Clough via Garsdale Bridge. We followed the A683 for about 2 miles before taking a side road up to Bluecaster, we were soon following public byway with good views of  the Howgills and Cautley Spout. After about mile we turn on  to bridleway which we followed into Uldale, we stop for some lunch beside the track.

After lunch we continue on the track into Uldale, then followed the lanes down to Rawthey Bridge where we rejoin the A683, which followed down to Cross Keys where we crossed over the River Rawthey via the footbridge, we then followed the bridleway down the valley to Ellerthwaite, then followed the lanes through the hamlet of  Buckbank before rejoining the A683 for the last mile back to Sedbergh.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL19 Howgill Fell & Upper Eden Valley.


Simeon Orme


11th February: A ride around Silverdale and Arnside

After meeting at the Denny Beck car park, the six of us cross over the River Lune via the Iron Bridge, then headed through Halton up to Four Lane Ends, where we followed Bottomdale Road for short distance before turning on to Ancliffe Lane which we followed into Bolton-le-Sands. In Bolton-le-Sands we followed cycle path along the Lancaster Canal to Crag Bank where we cross over A6 and headed through Crag Bank village. We then followed the shore road around to Hagg Wood where we crossed over the River Keer via the cycle/foot bridge, we then followed part of the Lancashire Cycle Way up into Warton before following main road to Silverdale past Scout Crag and Crag Foot. In Silverdale we stop at the Tea room  at Wolf  House Gallery for our cafe stop.

After the cafe stop we followed the lanes through Silverdale and Elmslack then for about mile we followed the road towards Arnside before turning off to followed the bridleway over Arnside Knott before dropping down into Arnside where we stop for some lunch.

After lunch we followed lanes through Arnside and Black Dyke, after crossing over Arnside Moss, we followed our next bridleway  through Dolly Wood, then followed the road around to Slack Head where impromptu freewheel competition was held which Peter Kenner won.. We then followed lanes over Hale Moss before joining the A6 for short distance before turning on to Moss Lane which we followed over Burton Moss and Hilderstone Moss to Cinderbarrow, we then followed lanes down to the A6070 which followed for short distance before turning on to Borwick Lane which we followed through Priest Hutton  and Borwick. In Borwick we followed the white road to New England where we then turn on to Capernway Road after short stop midway along  the road to mend a puncture, we followed the road into Over Kellet. After cycling through Over Kellet we followed the lanes back to Halton, where we stop at Fred & Pat Lloyd’s for tea and biscuits before heading our separate ways home.


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Maps used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland and Ordnance Survey OL The English Lakes (South-eastern area).


Simeon Orme


18th February: Kirkby Lonsdale


The day started with a bang as Simeon’s rim exploded only yards from our meeting point. Maps and camera were delegated to Geoff and I, and after the usual café stop, ten of us set out for a 24 mile ride.


It was a lovely spring like day. Only a week ago the ground had been frozen hard, but now thawed some of the fields proved quite sticky and several tyre-cleaning sessions were needed. Ed, Geoff and Brian opted for a full tyre wash at the ford near Lupton. Although not intentional both Geoff and Brian had a foot rinse too. Our route took in lanes and bridleways via: Low Biggins, High Biggins, and New Biggin, quite a beginning, before dropping down to the ford. At Lupton it was straight over the A65 and on up the hillside, where we lunched. We sat enjoying extensive views extending from Silverdale, across Morecambe Bay and right across the Lakeland fells. It was clear enough to identify many of the peaks. Once we’d had our fill we continued northeast on two long stretches of bridleway linked by quiet lanes passing Tarnhouse Tarn. Later crossing the river Lune and on to Barbon. We even had time to call in at the Old Station House café before finishing back at Devils Bridge.


 It was an enjoyable ride in good company and lovely weather.  Shame you missed it Simeon!


 Lynne Rowbotham


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Simeon Orme


24th February: Scorton Area


After meeting at the Denny Beck carpark near Halton, the three of us headed up Denny Beck Lane and then cross over the A683 and then followed Grimeshaw  Lane, then after crossing over the M6, we then followed the bridleway pass the Prison coming out near Lancaster Moor Hospital. We headed out of  Lancaster following Newlands Road, then Langthwaite Road before following Little Fell Road towards Lancaster University. We then followed public byway through the hamlet of  Barrow Greaves where we crossed the River Conder via stepping stones, we then continue along  Kit Brow Lane and then Langshaw Lane into Galgate, where we stop at the Silk Mill Cafe for our morning cafe stop.


After our cafe stop, we headed through Galgate before following the lanes towards Street, then after passing through the hamlet of  Street, we continue along  Long Lane and Higher Lane to the start of  the bridleway through Grize Dale, we stop for some lunch  by Grizedale Reservoir.


After lunch we continue along the track down Grizedale before joining Higher Lane again which we followed towards Scorton before joining Tithe Barn Lane which we followed into Scorton. We then followed lanes through Scorton, Forton and Cockerham  before joining  the cycle track at Glasson  which followed through Lancaster back to Denny Beck.


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Maps used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale and Ordnance Survey 102 Landranger Map Preston & Blackpool.


Simeon Orme


3rd March: Parkamoor and Grizedale


After meeting at the race course car park in Cartmel, the thirteen of us started our 32 mile tour of the Crake, Grizedale and Rusland valleys by following the bridleway out of the car park through Lane Park where we join the Cistercian Way for short distance before dropping down to Holker, where we followed the B5277 into Cark for cafe stop at the Tea Room at Southern Lakeland Nurseries and Garden Centre and many thanks to Lynne for paying  for the teas and coffees it was birthday today!


After our break, we headed back up the B5277, which we stay on, until turning off  it at Low Wood near Haverthwaite to followed cycle route over to Greenodd, where we join the A5092 for short distance before turning off it in Penny Bridge to followed lanes up the Crake Valley to High Nibthwaite. At High Nibthwaite we turn on to public byway which we followed up on to Parkamoor, after good mile on the track we stop for lunch beside the track and was rewarded with some of the best views in the Lakes.


After lunch we continue on along the track over Parkamoor and down through Grizedale Forest where we rejoined the tarmac at Satterthwaite Bridge. We then headed down the Grizedale Valley through Force Mills before turning on to our next track which we followed through to Thwaite Moss. We then explore the lanes down the Rusland Valley before returning to Cartmel via Newby Bridge, Canny Hill and Field Broughton.


You can see photos of taken by me and Mike Nott.


Maps used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL The English Lakes South-eastern Area and Ordnance Survey OL 6 The English Lakes, South-western area.


Simeon Orme


11th March: A ride into the Forest of Bowland


With the Rough-Stuff Fellowship’s National General Secretary Peter Kenner leading the Lancaster CTC Section ride and with several other members away on holiday our numbers were down from last weeks ride! So after meeting at the Denny Beck Car park, the two of  us started on our tour of  the Lune Valley and the northern part of the Forest of  Bowland by following the cycle track up to Bull Beck where we join the A683 which followed up to Claughton where we turn off to explore a white road, which we followed through Farleton before rejoining the A683 for short distance before turning on to the B6480 which we followed for about a mile before turning on to Back Lane which we followed into Wray Village. We continue through the village, before stopping at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom.


After our break, we climbed out of the Hindburn Valley and followed the lanes passed Lane House, then over White Moss back into the Hindburn Valley. At Botton Mill Bridge we followed Botton Road pasted Lower Thrushgill before taking the track down to Botton Bridge where we stop for some lunch by side of the track.


After lunch we continue along the track to Botton Head where we followed the road up to Lythe Fell Road which we followed for short distance before joining Lythe Lane, then we followed Silly Lane, Craggs Lane and then Ringstones Lane up to Slaidburn Road where we stop have look at the Great Stone of  Fourstone. We then followed Mewith Lane and Long Lane back down into the Hindburn Valley before heading through Mill Houses, Wray and Hornby where we cross over the River Lune via the Loyn Bridge. We continue along the lanes and returning to Halton via Eskrigge and Aughton.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland and Ribbledale.


Simeon Orme


18th March: The Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway


It was day of sun, snow and wind for our tour around the Settle Loop of  the Pennine Bridleway, after meeting at the National Parks car park in Stainforth , the six of us headed down Ribblesdale via Little Stainforth and Stackhouse  to Settle  where we stop at the Settle Down Cafe for morning coffee and for Nick’s second breakfast.


After our break we climbed out of Settle up Mitchell Lane where we joined Lambert Lane which is the first off-road section of the Settle Loop, which we followed up to High Hill Lane due weather conditions Fred & Pat left us for ride around Airton, Otterburn, Hellifield, Long Preston  and getting back to Stainforth for four o’ clock, the rest of us cointinue up Stockdale Lane to followed the Pennine Bridleway back to Stainforth, we were treated to find views of the Yorkshire Dales and Malham Tarn at their best, the route took pass the Winskill Stones and we did stop to walk down to Catrigg Force (above Stainforth) to see it in full flow! We made it back to Stainforth just before it started to snow .


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area.


Simeon Orme



24th March: Hutton Roof and the Lupton Area


After meeting Brian, Barrie and his son James at the Denny Beck Car park, we headed through Halton and followed the lanes through Over Kellet,Capernwray, then up the Keer Valley to stop at Docker Farm for the morning cafe stop. After putting the world to right, we followed the lanes through Docker, up to Dalton Lane which is the main ‘B’ road between Kirkby Lonsdale and Burton-in-Kendal, has James had started to flag has it was first ride with RSF, he and his dad headed for home in Burton-in-Kendal and later in the day rode back to Halton to pick up their car!

Brian and myself  followed Dalton Lane for short distance towards Kirkby Lonsdale before following the lanes through Hutton Roof  where we join our first track which we followed through the hamlet of Whin Yeats, stopping for lunch on the side of the track, where we had find views of  the Lupton Valley.

After lunch we continue down the track, we stop to watch a deer for few minutes on the track head of  us before we carry on down the track to Town End Farm, where we followed Puddlemire Lane down the valley before crossing Lupton Beck via the ford at Lupton. After crossing over the A65 we headed up Crabtree Lane and followed the track over Scout Hill before heading back through the lanes to Kirkby Lonsdale for afternoon cafe stop.

After our cafe stop, we followed the B6254 back to Halton.


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Maps used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area and Ordnance Survey  OL7 The English Lakes South-eastern area.


Simeon Orme








31st March : The Old Shap Road and the Borrowdale


Yes I was 10 minutes late getting to the start but I was please with my self  for cycling up to Kendal  against head wind and yes I did cycle back home after the ride. Anyway getting back to the ride we followed our usual route through Kendal along the cycle track before heading up the A6 for about mile before stopping at the cafe at Morrison Supermarket for our morning cafe stop.

After cafe stop, we cross over the A6 and followed the lanes up to Garth Row where we rejoin the A6 for about mile before turning on to the first part of the Old Shap Road which we followed through to Bannisdale High Bridge where we join the tarmac for short distance before following the next part of the old road to Wolf  Howe where we cross over the A6 and followed the road down to the hamlet of Ashstead, where we joined our next track which followed up to the A6. After about 500 yards on the A6 we turn on to the Borrowdale track and after about mile on the track we stop for some lunch beside the track.

After lunch continue down the Borrowdale valley before taking the track up to the repeater station on Whinfell, after looking at views at the summit of  the track, we enjoy the fast freewheel down into Mint Valley below! We headed back to Kendal via Patton Bridge and Meal Back.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL7 The English Lakes South-eastern area.


Simeon Orme


8th April: The Winster and Lyth Valleys


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15th April: Upper Lune Valley and Upper Eden Valley.


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21st April: Grizedale, Great & Little Langdale and Tilberthwaite.


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28th April: Killington Reservoir.


The three of us met at Docker park farm, Simeon came up from Halton and we came from Burton. We then went to Newton and on to the main road. We then went through Whittington and at Sellet Mill we joined a bridleway. A steam ran along the bridleway for much of its length requiring some fancy foot work to avoid getting wet.

The sun was still blazing as we entered Kirkby Lonsdale, we then went past QES and up to Harprigg. We had lunch on a field (which was very windy). It was then straight up the hill, along the Old Scotch Road, and on to Killington Reservoir.

It was then down to Old Hutton to get on another bridleway, which lead down the side of the motorway. We then went through Gatebeck village, down to Milton and had tea in very nice cafe called Farleton View, the cake was great.

We then went down to Holme where Simeon split off and we went on the main road to Burton.


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James Usherwood


5th May: Winster and Lyth Vally.


After meeting in Milnthorpe the four of us headed up the B6385 to the hamlet of Woodlands where we followed side road down to the hamlet of Wath Sutton where we stop for our morning cafe stop at the Farleton View Tea Room.


After Nick was well fed! We headed back up to Woodlands where we crossed over the B6385 and then followed the lanes through Deepthwaite, Woodhouse, and Greenside to Mabbin Hall where we followed public byway down to the A6 at Levens Hall, we then followed the A6 for short distance before taking the road to High Sampool, we then followed the bridleway to Sampool Bridge, after crossing over the A590 we headed through Sampool Bridge, we then  followed the new cycle path which runs along besides the A590 after about half mile we join a quite lane which use be part of  A590 before the new trunk road was built about 20 years ago! We followed this quite lane for short distance before the lane up to Raven’s Lodge Farm where we followed the bridleway through Buckhouse Wood to Mill Side, there some nice views of  Morecambe Bay all along this track and its well worth doing! In Mill Side we followed the road up to Beck Head and then continue along the bridleway, after about mile we rejoin the tarmac, then followed the lanes through Low Park Wood with the Bluebells in full bloom, we then continue through Pool Bank, then past Cowmire Hall up to Bowland Bridge, where we followed the ‘B’ road up the first part of Strawbank before following the lanes up to Birkett House Allotment, where we followed the public byway towards Winster. We stop for lunch by the tarn near Neds Low Wood, it was so quite you would think you only a few miles away from Bowness-on-Windermere.


After lunch we continue along the public byway which turn into bridleway near High House Farm before crossing over A5074 before following another public byway to Lindeth Lane which we followed for about 500 metres before following another public byway over Undermillbeck Common into the Gilpin Valley, we stay on the tarmac for about half mile before following another public byway to Thornyfields and then bridleway down to Croak Foot before rejoining the road again! We then followed the road another mile towards Crosthwaite before jioning another bridleway which we followed through Starnthwaite Ghyll before rejoining the tarmac again! We then followed the lanes through Crosthwaite, High & Low Gregg Hall and Brigsteer before stopping for eat up near Levens.


We then headed back to Milnthorpe through Levens then via the A6 and then followed the lanes across Milnthorpe Marsh.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL7 The English Lakes Southern-eastern area.


Simeon Orme


12th May: Salter Fell and the Trough of  Bowland


Six of us met at Halton to begin the ride.

Proceeded to Caton along the old railway line then up to Littledale past the south edge of the windfarm.

A cracked frame disappointed Simon, who departed back to Halton at this point.

The rest of us turned south to follow the very minor road  past Haylot farm then back north to Lower Salter. Then back south- east to approach High Salter where the road surface ends and the Salter Fell ride begins. Note the sign "Slaidburn 18km ".

 

Once on the track its a classic ride over moors with a population density approaching that of the moon (we saw two people on the whole stretch).

A chain was snapped (I'll say no more).

Lunch was eaten looking at the Wolfhole Crag to Wards Stone moorland at about the highest point on the ride, watershed between Lune and Ribble.

After lunch carried on along the track (now exactly following the old Roman Road), past the quarries at Croasdale Fell, Simeon nurses a puncture around here, fast rocky descent.

When the track ends, tarmac begins to take us to Newton via House Lane then Back Lane.

Along the road to Dunsop Bridge for cakes at Puddleducks.

Climb up the Trough road (quiet I thought, but maybe because it was getting late at this point ?) then descend to Marshaw then Abbeystead before heading via Quernemore to avoid the slog up to Jubilee Tower.

Straight back to Caton (with a slight tail wind and a slow puncture adding to the urgency), then track back to Halton.

 

Incredible ride with just the right mix of sun, haze, track and road miles.

 

Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale

 

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Barrie Usherwood


20th May: Foxup Moor


Barrie, Charlie, James, Mike, Peter and Simeon gathered at Clapham for the ride to the Foxup area. One father and son, who shall remain nameless, tried to join this ride on Saturday but they had better success on Sunday!

After refreshments at a local cafe our ride started through the long, dark, slippery tunnel under the Farrer Estate in Clapham (this tunnel, constructed by the Farrers around 1833, was intended to hide servants and garishly clad mountain bikers from their view).

Climbing steadily above Clapdale via the Thwaite Lane and Long Lane tracks, we then climbed the grassy pastures over Long Scar to Sulber Gate. Here we paused to admire the views over Thieves Moss and the extensive limestone pavements and cliffs of Moughton Scars above Crummack Dale. Crossing Sulber Nick we descended near Borrins to the main road and down to Horton in Ribblesdale.

Through Horton, turning left up Horton Scar Lane, we had fine views to Penyghent. Climbing up this rough lane on the flanks of Penyghent alongside a deeply fissured limestone dry valley, we arrived at Hull Pot where we stopped for lunch. Hull Pot is an open, sheer sided chasm 300ft long, 60ft wide and 60ft deep, from which real potholers can descend a further 200ft, we just looked over the edge!

After lunch we climbed over Horton Moor to Swarth Gill Gate at around 1600 feet. James, Barrie’s young son impressed us with his strong, skilful riding and his enthusiasm for opening many of the gates for us. Joining the old Foxup Road track on Foxup Moor we contoured the hill high above the hamlets of Foxup and Halton Gill.

Regaining tarmac at Hesleden Bergh we admired the views into Littondale and Penyghent Gill.

We then climbed over the Silverdale Road with a fast descent into Stainforth. This descent was quite hazardous as we met hundreds of tired, sometimes erratic cyclists nearing the end of their 175km Etape du Dales cycling event.

From Stainforth we crossed the ancient pack-horse bridge to Little Stainforth, then climbed north on the flanks of Smearsett Scar to a panoramic view of the many quarries on the sides of Moughton Fell.

Turning west past the tiny hamlet of Wharf, we took the Thwaite Lane track (part of the old Lancaster to Richmond pack-horse route) for our return back to Clapham.

Descending into Clapham it was quite a shock riding down into the dark tunnel again. After the bright sunlight our eyes took a while to adjust to the near blackout, but we all managed to stay upright!

We ended our day back at the cafe in Clapham and eventually went our separate ways after a great day in the hills with fine weather.

Thanks to Simeon for organising a most enjoyable ride.


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Mike Nott


26th May: Lower Kent Valley


After meeting Charles at the Denny Beck car park, we headed up the cycle track towards Caton, we soon had to stop repair my front mudguard which had been knock off  by branch getting into the front wheel luckily their was no permanent damage and we were soon on our way, at the Crook n’ Lune, we turn off the cycle track and start the climb out of  the Lune Valley, by following Park Lane through Halton Park up on to the Kirkby Lonsdale Road which followed for few miles before joining the B6254 which we followed for about good mile to Sunny Bank Farm where we followed the lanes down into the Capernwray Valley, at Pheasant Field we followed interesting lane around to Priest Hutton, we soon joined the A6070 which followed through Burton-in-Kendal up to Moss End, where we followed lanes down to Falton View Tea Room at Wath Sutton.

After cafe stop we followed the lanes through villages of Woodlands, Deepthwaite, Woodhouse, Greenside, Hincaster before running out of  tarmac at Wilson Place ( well its is RSF’s ride!) where their is nice foot bridge across the River Kent well stopping to look at! Anyway after looking at the footbridge we followed our bridleway up to Larkrigg Hall Bridge where we stop for some lunch.

After lunch we followed bridleway to Cracalt House, then followed the road into the village of Natland, where we followed the road up to The Helm, after crossing over the A65, we followed our next bridleway from The Helm to the hamlet of  Stang (The section between Hem End and Stang is well worth investigating but you do need a map as there need for few extra signposts in places as we had to backtrack once!). From Stang we followed the lanes around to hamlet of  Halfpenny where we followed public byway down to the ford but lucky for us the nice footbridge across Saint Sunday’s Beck, then followed the track up Brookside Farm, we then followed Low Park Lane around to Birkrigg Park where we join our next bridleway which cross over some beautiful meadows full of wild flowers then over interesting foot bridge over Peasey Beck before joining the tarmac again! We then followed lanes through Gatesbeck and Millness before heading back Falton View Tearoom for tea and cakes!

We then headed back to Halton via Falton, Holme, Holme Mills, Cinderbarrow and Over Kellet. Many thanks to Charles for your company on the ride.


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Map used on the ride Ordnance Survey OL7 The English Lakes.


Simeon Orme


2nd June: High Street Roman Road


I met Charles and Mike at the Cow Bridge car park near Brother Water, we down numbers again due to members being on holiday or in Nick case having to work or another member who shall be nameless was leading Lancaster CTC Section ride the following day! Anyway you miss a great ride!

Anyway I don’t know if was Charles comments about the South Lakes Group slowly becoming the SAS section of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship or was It that I getting a lot fitter but it seem a lot easier climb up to the summit of The Knott than the last time the group we did this ride in 2004, it took us about hour and half  reach the summit of The Knott, our route took us through the village of  Hartsop, we then followed the bridleway up to Haywater where we had short stop for coffee and sandwhich before following the bridleway up to the summit of The Knott, we followed the track along the Straits of  Riggindale before joining the High Street Roman Road. With good views of the lakes all around us, we headed up the summit of High Rise, then followed the old Roman Road to the summits of  Raven Howe and Red Crag before stopping some lunch in shelter of  boundary wall we runs part of way along road.

After enjoying our lunch we continue along the track, at Loadpot Hill, we then followed the bridleway around the hill, then along Barton Fell down to Pooley Bridge for tea and cakes. Then after our cafe stop, we headed the ten back up the Ullswater Valley on the A592 and getting back to the cars at Cow Bridge just before five o’clock. Many thanks to Charles and Mike for their company on the ride.


Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL5 The English Lakes, North Eastern Area.


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Simeon Orme


10th June: Twisleton Scars and Chapel-le-Dale in Yorkshire Dales.


We departed from Denny Beck making our way up the Lune valley along the old railway.

Joined the A road to take us to tollgate then onto the Wray road.

At Wray we had cakes and conversations, then set off heading to Wennington, shortly after that turning North-East up the long climb up to Bull Common.

The descent was swift (James !!) and following the river Greta soon arrived at Ingleton. A left turn down the very steep slope and across the Greta bridge turning immediately right to begin the struggle up Meal Bank.

A further half mile then left through the gated road to Scar End onto the track leading over eventually to Kingsdale. The bridleway up to Twisleton Scar End is on the north side a few hundred yards up the rocky track.

It begins quite steep and with the mid-day sun doing its worst, some were suffering. A lunch stop was called for just before the switch back in the bridleway nearing the plateue. Shade was sought and after half an hour we were all fit to go.

A short walk up through a crevice between the rocks opened out onto the 'flat' limestone pavement above the Scar. Trickey going across the rock slabs and the well worn track gave panoramic views of what must be the most dramatic side of Ingleborough and a mile or so further the Ribblehead Viaduct was noticed up the valley.

After Blake Bank Moss we decended using the bridleway track down to Chapel-le-Dale. Taking the quieter road (although very busy at this time with trippers cars littering the narrow lane) we made back to Ingleton and visited the Cafe above the outdoor shop (cyclists using the bike park at the rear of the narrow alley).

Basically retraced or way back to Halton after an interesting and very warm ride.

 

map used : mostly Yorkshire Dales OL2

 

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Barrie Usherwood


17th June: A ride to Castle Bolton in Wensleydale.


A nice sunny day was to start our ride over Wensledale. We then went down a peaceful lane that ran down the side of the A684. It was a gradual slope up to Castle Bolton for our only cafe stop of the day.

As we started on the track just half a mile later a cow charged across the bridleway infront of us.

Three miles later we came back on to the road to join another bridleway. It was then through a ford which lead on to the Askrigg road back into Hawes.

A short 25 mile ride but a interesting one.


James Usherwood  


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23rd June: A ride to Wray


Has it was York Cycle Show weekend, I was out by myself , I did meet Brian Parkinson at the start who was taking his daughter and grand daughter on tour of Lancaster and Morecambe tracks with promise of bacon bum for Ruth at the end of the ride. Anyway getting back to the ride report , I headed up the cycle track to bull beck where joined the A683, at Camp Bridge I followed the ‘B’ road into Wray where I stop for coffee and cake. Afterwards has I was starting suffer from flu, I headed back to Halton via Hornby, Eskrigg and Aughton.


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Simeon Orme


7th July: A ride to Mosedale Cottage


Most of us met at Kendal Leisure Centre and proceeded by the old railway route to Morrisons cafe north of Kendal.

Two further members met us here.Took the usual route out past the industrial site and across Sprint Bridge and onwards to Garnet Bridge.From there straight up Longsledale to Sadgill. At Sadgill a late starter suprisingly sprinted up behind us and joined the group swelling our ranks even further. We started now on the difficult track up the dale which was very wet due the recent bad weather. The steep and slippery surface gets no easier however many times it is attempted and the large pebbles challenge both mind and body. Once the track flattens out we have lunch out of the wind

at the sheepfold gates. Refreshed we head north east along the bridleway (which is very boggy in this section - no, actually, the whole area is a lake at the moment!). The decent down to Mosedale Cottage is quite fast and punctuated with a number of falls as front wheels sink axle deep into the sludge at every other stream crossing. At the Cottage we saw it was in occupation by Mountain Bothy guys and visited for a chat. Continuing on down the valley, we cross Mosedale Beck and I for one don't get any wetter than I already am by choosing to use the ford rather than the excellent bridge at this point. A tough slog up over Scam Matthew opens out to fine views across the Shap Fells and gives us

a first glimpse of the Quarry Works which we will be later passing through. A much easier ride down the valley from this point and with the sun out in full force we dry out quickly.

On leaving the bridleway it is a short ride by minor road to the A6 just south of Shap village. We ride south and use the bridleway through the quarry factory grounds. This track leads us back to the A6 which we join again for only a few hundred yards before picking up on the old road across Wasdale Old Bridge and over Packhorse Hill. The track is very

rough having had its 'infill' washed out by the engorged streams flowing across it this year. Simeon has had a rear axle snap and chose to use the A6 route bypassing this section so we meet up back at the summit on the A6.Our younger member was not surprisingly suffering at this point so a few of us tucked together to defeat the headwind for a freewheel

back to Kendal. It had been a long and difficult ride but rewarded all the effort expended.


Maps used : OL7 1:25000 Lakes, South East OL5  1:25000 Lakes, North East


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Barrie Usherwood


15th July: A tour of the Forest of Bowland


The five of us departed from Denny Beck and headed up the cycle path to Caton. Where we then followed Quermore Road, then  Postern Gate Road and then Rigg Lane up to Quermore village, where then headed up Quermore Brow up to Jubilee Tower. We then stop for short break at the Tower to enjoy some best views in North Lancashire and to make the most of the morning sun before the afternoon rain started. We then headed down Rakehouse Brow to Lower Lee where we had short climb out of the Tarnbrook Wyre Valley before dropping down into the Marshaw Wyre Valley to followed the road over the Trough of Bowland where we enjoyed longed freewheel down the Langden Valley to the carpark at Sykes. After short climb up to Mountain Rescue Centre we enjoyed another freewheel down into Dunsop Bridge where we met Steve Gregson ridden up from Blackburn to meet us.We stop for some lunch by the river in Dunsop Bridge.


Has the sky was getting darker with the promise rain being blow up from the south of the country, Steve decide he would leave us to head home and the rest of us headed up the Hodder Valley to Slaidburn. I had forgotten how steep the road over the Great Dunnow has I got off by bike to walk up it with James (The Great Dunnow is the hill between Newton and Slaidurn).


In Slaidburn we followed the quiet lane over Merrybent Hill down to the Cross of Great Bridge where we started the last major climb of the day over Lythe Fell. After regrouping at the summit of the pass, we head down through lanes via Lowgill to the Tearoom in Wray where it started to rain.


After tea and cakes we headed back to Halton along the A683, at Bull beck we rejoined the Lune valley cycle path which we followed back to the carpark at Denny Beck, where James and Barrie did a little extra loop on the cycle path so that James could beat his personal best of  45 miles in a day.


 

Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL 41 Forest of Bowland.


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Simeon Orme


22nd July: A ride along High Street the Roman Road in Cumbria


The four members of the South Lakes Group’s  ‘SAS Section’ that was myself , Charles, Barrie and James met at the National Park’s carpark at the top of Kirkstone Pass which is free to park at! After very short climb up to summit of the pass, we enjoyed the long freewheel down into Patterdale, we regroup at the junction for turn off for Hartsop. Then followed the road through the village of Hartsop where we join the bridleway which we would followed up on to the Old Roman Road, at Hayeswater we stop for a morning coffee break before following rest of the track up summit of The Knott. At the Straits of Riggindale we stop for lunch.


After lunch we join the Old Roman Road which we followed up over High Street and Racecourse Hill  before following the track down the side of Park Fell (which Charles rode most of it!) into the Hagg Gill valley, just after Long Green Farm we stop for afternoon tea stop.


We then followed the track to Limefitt Park where we rejoined the tarmac for the three half  mile climb back to cars at the top of Kirkstone Pass.


Maps used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL7 The English Lakes South-eastern area and OL5 The English Lakes North-eastern area.


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Simeon Orme


Sat 28th July: A ride to the summit of  Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales


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Sat 4th August: A ride around Coniston Water, Tiberthwaithe and Hodge Close


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Sunday 12th August: A ride to Dentdale.


After meeting Peter at Denny Beck, we headed through Halton and then we followed the lanes through to Over Kellet, before following Capernway Road up to Borron Lane End where we caught Pat & Fred Lloyd up! Then the four of us carry on to the junction of Keer Holme Lane where we met James and Barrie, then the six of us head up Keer Holme Lane to the Tea Room at Docker Park Farm for our morning cafe stop.


After putting the world to right, we followed the lanes through to Newton and then followed the B6254 through Kirkby Lonsdale to Kearstwick. At Kearswick we followed the lanes past Mansergh Hall and then up to Rigmaden. At Ringmaden we cross over the River Lune via Rigmadam Bridge to join the A683 after about half mile we turn on some more lanes before rejoining the A683 at Middleton Hall Bridge, after passing through Middleton Head we turn on to Jordan Lane which we followed for about mile before turn on to only track of the day we followed around Holme Fell before rejoining the tarmac again, after short climb we drop down into Dentdale. We then followed the quite lanes up the valley, stopping for some lunch near the hamlet of Bainses where deer was spotted on the other side of the River.


After lunch we carry on up the valley to Gawthrope, where we climb out of Dentdale  with James riding all way to the top, we then followed the road down Bardondale, we then followed lanes through the hamlet of Belgate before following Wandales lane and Long Level to the Tea Room at Kirkby Lonsdale Station for afternoon tea.


After our cafe stop, James and Barrie left to head for home, the rest of us cross over the A65 and followed lane and footpath to Overtown where we followed Woodman Lane down to Nether Burrow where followed the A683 back down the Lune Valley to Bull Beck Bridge where we followed the Lune Valley Cycle Path back to Denny Beck..


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Simeon Orme


Wednesday 15th August: A ride along the Helvellyn Ridge.


Five of us met at the Cow Bridge car park near Brothers Water in Patterdale for what I would describe has one of the ultimate rides in England for the off-road cyclist the ride along the Helvellyn Ridge, with the highest point in the ride being the summit of Helvellyn at 969 metres.


We headed off along the A592 down Patterdale and then followed the A5091 to Dockray before following the lanes up to High Row where we joined the Old Coach Road which followed around to the ford at Groovebeck. After crossing over ford we followed the bridleway up on to Matterdale Common and in places it was wet under foot due to heavy rain from the night before, we regroup on the summit of Matterdale Common before heading up to the summit of the Great Dodd at 857 metres, we stop for lunch at the Shelter Cairn on the summit, it take us about three hours to get to the summit of the Great Dodd.


After lunch headed along the ridge following the track to the summit of Watson’s Dodd at 789 metres then the climb up on Stybarrow Dodd at 843 metres before those in party on mountain bikes enjoy the ride down to Sticks Pass where we had another hard climb up the summit of the Raise at 883 metres after rest on the summit, Barrie and James decided they would head back down to Glenridding via the track down Red Screes and Glenridding  Common. Leaving myself, Peter and Charles to carry along the ridge. After another short climb to cairn above Whiteside Bank at 863 metres we face the hardest climb of the day, up on summit of Lowes Man at 925 metres and making up to summit we had another rest and to enjoy the views before heading up to the summit of  Helvellyn which Charles and Peter rode up to, after enjoying views we headed to the summit shelter for some to eat.


Then we headed along the ridge to Nethermost Pike at 891 metres, then on to High Crag at 884 metres and then past the summit of Dollwaggon Pike before facing the long climb down to Grisedale Tarn, then we had  push our bikes most of way along the track down Grisedale until we got to Crossing Plantation before we could ride down the valley to Patterdale and back to cars at Cow Bridge.


We had be out for 8 hours and done 23 mile and about best ride South Lakes Group ever done, if the Rough-Stuff Fellowship had award for the best group ride of year, the South Lakes Group would have won it with this ride and I look forward to our friends in the Lancashire Group and other RSF groups coming up with better ride than this in the coming year!


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL5 The English Lakes North-eastern area.


Simeon Orme


Saturday 18th August: High Cup Nick.


A bit of poor turn out with just me and Charles making it to Dufton, after brew in Charles camper van we decided we would followed track out of Dufton up to High Cup Nick to look at the views which we did then headed back down the same track back to Dufton. Eight miles in total and well worth getting wet for as heavens open has we back down the track.


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Simeon Orme

 

Saturday 25th August: Howgill Fells & Bowderdale.


This was enjoyable ride with the major topic of the day being wind farms and please don’t ask Barrie about them! We started the ride at new cafe the Sedbergh Cafe. Then headed out of Sedbergh along Howgill Lane, then taking track past Lockbank Farm up on to the Howgills, we then had steep climb up to summit of Winder, it was even to steep for Brian he had to get off his bike and walk. We then followed ridge track all way to the summit of  The Calf at 674 metres before heading down Bowerdale we stop for some lunch at the head of  the valley. After lunch we carry on down Bowerdale and yes you do need mountain bike to ride most of this track or you end up walking most of it has I did! After good hour and bit more we finally made it to tarmac at Bowerdale village. We then followed the lanes around to Newbiggin-on-Lune for cafe stop.

After our cafe stop, we followed the A685 for short distance before following the lanes through Ravenstonedale, then the road over to Adamthwaite before dropping down into Wandale, we then turn on to a bridleway  which we followed down to Murthwaite, then followed the A683 back to Sedbergh.


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Map used on the ride was Ordnance Survey OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.


 Simeon Orme


Saturday 1st September:Langstrothdale ride


Meeting at the riverside (Honesty) car park at Horton we made for the cafe by the railway at Middle Barn north of the village. The cafe looked closed and the proprietress confirmed this from an upstairs window. Back to Horton and headed up the Pennine Way to Birkwith Moor. At this point we observe the intestines of a broken freewheel on our leaders machine and bid him fairwell as he freewheels (no, that can't be right!), back to Horton. The rest of us, anticipating lunch carry on, shortly joining the track then minor road taking us past Greenfield. Lunch stop on some limestone outcrops by the Beck sees heavy drizzle forming. (At this point I take photo of my lunch with the leaders loaned camera).

Heading down to Beckermonds and then south down Langstrothdale valley my organisational abilities fail to inform the front men that we should turn off over Horse Head Moor !

Regrouping at Hubberholme a collective decision is made to use the track over Firth Fell. The lower section is steep and rocky, the upper section is steeper and boggier and the top section is so boggy angels or pixies have neatly placed large slab pavements for about a kilometer over the top. Now a very steep but rough descent to Litton makes up for the time

struggling up. After quarter mile north on the tarmac road we turn left across the bridge over the dry River Skirfare (presumably it has disappeared down a pot, certainly not evaporated today). Using the wonderful track over Cow Close we join the Silverdale Road for a descent to Dale Head. here we use the track past Churn Milk Hole and Long Lane down to Helwith Bridge. Now with a tailwind we make rapid progress back to Horton.


Maps used : OL2 1:25000 Yorkshire Dales, South & Western & 1:50000 Wenslydale & Wharfedale


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Barrie Usherwood


6th October A ride to Malham Tarn


Our first stop was at the Settle Down Café where Peter told us about his holiday in the States with Steve Griffith the RSF Chairman, after we finished eating and drinking, the five of us headed out of Settle on the B6480 towards the A65. After about half mile we turn on to Lodge Road which we then followed up to Lodge Farm where we continue up the bridleway to Mitchell Lane where we turn on to Lambert Lane which is part of the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway. Keeping on the Settle Loop we headed up Stockdale Lane, after about mile we left the tarmac kept on climbing up the track with brief stop for Brian to fix his chain, reaching the summit of the pass at 500 metres, this is where Peter left us to head down to Malham to find café for some lunch with promise to catch us up at Malham Tarn later, the rest of us had sandwiches, so we followed the track down to Langscar Gate, then followed the track over Dean Moor Hill before dropping down to Malham Tarn where we stop for some lunch.


After lunch, with no sign of Peter and after Barrie checked his mobile phone for any messages from Peter unfortunately he could not get any signal on his phone, so we followed the bridleway around the tarn before joining the tarmac for short climb up to Streets where we joined our next track.


At the start of the track, Barrie’s saddle bag was nearly attack by horse who come up see why four cyclists were his field after saying our goodbyes to the horse we soon stop for Barrie to check his mobile phone, this time he manage get signal and voice message from Peter but when he try to ring him back to tell him where we were he kept losing the signal after ten minutes of trying we decide to continue on up the track we soon rewarded with some fine views of Malham Tarn in the distance. At Gorbeck we rejoined the Settle Loop which we followed back to Settle.


Map used of the ride: Ordnance Survey OL 2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area.


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Simeon Orme


October 21st : High Dolphinsty and Grisedale

After our usually café stop in Sedbergh, the ten of us headed up the A683, after a few miles we were soon following side road up to Bluecaster Slide were we join our first track of the day which followed down to Rawthey Bridge where followed the old road through the hamlet of Cold Keld before joining the A683 for short distance. After turning off the A683 we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Street before joining our next track which we followed up to High Dolphinsty with fine views of the Howgrills, the Upper Lune Valley and the Lakes in the distance all the way up the track it well worth stopping to enjoy the views. At the summit of the pass we stop for some lunch before heading down into Mallerstang valley below.


We rejoined the tarmac near Little Ing Farm where we followed the B6259 up the Mallerstang valley to Aisgill Cottages, we then followed the bridleway over Grisedale Common  into Grisedale (you should note this track can be wet in places). We headed down Grisedale into Garsdale where we joined the A684 which we followed back to Sedbergh.


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October 27th Leck Fell


The five of us headed up the Lune Valley Cycle Track up to Bull Beck where we join the A683 which we followed through the villages of Claughton and Farleton before joining the B6480 at Butt Yeats we followed the Back Lane into Wray for refuelling stop at the Tearoom at Wray Bridge.


After our café stop we followed the road up the Hindburn Valley to Millhouses where we turn on to Trinket Lane then headed down Agnes Ing Lane to rejoin the B6480 which we followed up the Wenning Valley to Wennington. After turning off the B6480 just after Wennington, we followed the lanes through to Burton in Lonsdale via Old Wennington. In Burton in Lonsdale we followed the ‘B’ road up to Jogging Bridge where we crossed over the A65, then headed through the village of Ireby. At Todgill Farm we followed the public byway up to Fellside Barn where we stop for some lunch by the track, it was pity it was so overcast as there some great views of North Lancashire all the way up this track.


After lunch we enjoy the freewheel down through Leck to Cowan Bridge where we crossed over the A65 where followed our usually route to Kirkby Lonsdale via Over Town and High Casterton. We then headed out of Kirkby Lonsdale on the B6254 which followed down to Newton before following the lanes through to the Tearoom at Docker Park.


After our afternoon tea stop we headed back to Halton via Capernway and Over Kellet.


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Simeon Orme  


3rd November : The Brennand, Dunsop and Hodder Valleys in the Forest of Bowland


You to tend forget how beautiful The Forest of Bowland is at this time of year with the autumn colour at its best! We were treated to great views of the Forest at its best on our thirteen mile tour of some best bits!


Anyway getting back to ride I met Charles, Brian Parkinson and John who had rode up from Slaidburn Youth Hostel where he been staying the night before, it was also his first time out with the South Lakes Group at the car park near Sykes Farm. We headed up Lotterdale passed Sykes Farm to Trough Barn where we turn on our first track which followed passed Trough House, the next section of track up to fell boundary wall is boggy in places but we were reward with some great views of North Lancashire. After the boundary wall there bit of steep climb before you get the summit of the pass but it worth it for the views looking down into the Brennand valley, James one of Group’s youngest members would have love the single track down into the valley bottom. At Brennand Farm we followed the Bridleway down the Brennand valley and then the Dunsop Valley to Dunsop Bridge for late morning café stop.


After our café stop we followed the tarmac down to Burholme Bridge, then followed the road up to Tunstall Ing before following the bridleway up to Lower Fence Wood where stop for some lunch beside the track.


After lunch we continue along the bridleway through Lower Fence Wood and then over Mellor Knoll before dropping down to Hareden Farm where we followed the bridleway down into the Langden valley. After crossing the bridge over Langden Beck we said our goodbyes to John who was heading back to Slaidburn. The rest of us headed up the Langden valley pass the mountain rescue centre back to the cars.


It pity their only 240 miles of bridleways in the County of Lancashire but some of the best of these can be found in the Forest of Bowland its point worth remembering when heading up M6 to the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales.


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Simeon Orme


11th November: A ride to Warton Crag


Has nobody was waiting for me at the Denny Beck car park, I headed up the Lune Valley Cycle track to the Crook n’ Lune, where I followed the bridleway up to Park Lane which I followed up to Kirkby Lonsdale Road, I then followed Kirkby Lonsdale Road for about half mile before following the lanes through the hamlets of Brooklands, Higher Addington, Lower Addington and Swarthdale before joining the B6254 for short stretch. At Swarth Beck Bridge, I turn on to Lord’s Lot Road which is white road; on hitting the tarmac again I headed pass Southwood view and Sunny Bank Farm before joining the B6254 again which I followed towards Arkholme. At Storrs Gate, I turn on to Locka Lane which I followed over into the Capernwray valley, then followed the white road through the hamlet of Gunnerthwaite where I joined Keer Holme Lane and then followed Borwick Lane through Borwick & Priest Hutton. After riding through Priest Hutton I turn on to Kirkgate Lane which is another interesting public byway, then I was soon turn on to Kellet Lane which I followed to Tewitfield. After crossing over the A6070, I followed the bridleway pass Greenlands Farm and do make the same mistake has I did by riding all the way up to the Buck Stone then having to back track has this bridleway is poorly signposted, anyway I was soon wading through some brambles and nettles down the single track part of the bridleway before crossing over the Lancaster Canal by a foot bridge then under the M6, then the bridleway turns into farm track which I followed to the A6. After crossing over the A6, I headed towards Yealands Conyers for short distance before following two tracks which brought me back on the tarmac near Warton Cricket Club. I then headed into Warton and followed the road up to Leek Hill Wood where I stop for some lunch at the picnic area.


After lunch I followed the bridleway over Warton Crag, then the road down to Crag Foot then followed lanes back to Crag Bank where I stop at my sisters for brew where I was soon join my Pat & Fred. After putting the world to right we headed back to Halton along tow path on the Lancaster Canal to Bolton-le-Sands then followed Ancliffe Lane and Bottomdale Road back to Halton.


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18th November: A ride up Longsleddale and the Kentmere Valley


It was one of those days where it was cold and wet where you hoping no one will turn up at the start so you can go home, also with the carpark at Kendal Leisure Centre now being a pay & display and charging £8.00 for all day parking we were a bit late starting the ride has we had to find other locations to park.

It was surprising with the weather conditions that nine members were at the start; we followed our usual route out of Kendal to the morning café stop at Morrison where we join my new member. After warming up in the café we headed through the lanes and up Longsleddale to Sadgill where we followed the track over to Stile End, just before Stile End we stop for some lunch beside the track.

After lunch we follow the track down to the tarmac before following the road up the Kentmere valley to the hamlet of Hallow Bank where we join Low Lane, which is interesting track with few fords but we soon back on tarmac and at great speed down the valley to Wilf’s at Staveley for our afternoon café stop.

After our refuelling stop at Wilf’s we followed the lanes down the east side of the Kent Valley back to Kendal.


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24th November: A ride up the Lune and Hindburn Valleys


I think Peter Thompson should get mention in dispatches for driving to the start from York putting several regular South Lakes group members to shame who decide its was to wet and when to cycle jumble instead so my spies inform me, also warm welcome to Karen has it her first ride with the Rough-Stuff Fellowship, we also join by our General Secretary.

We headed up the Lune Valley cycle path towards Bull Beck before following the lanes through Brookhouse and Caton Green where Mr K. stop to cape up! We then soon join the A683 for about mile before taking detour through Farleton before rejoining the A683 again for short distance, we then headed up the B6480 towards Wray before following the Back Lane into Wray village where we stop at the Tea rooms.

After putting the world to right, we headed up the Hinburn valley, at Botton Mill Bridge we followed Botton Road, then public byway down to Botton Bridge where we stop for some lunch by beside of the track.

After lunch we followed the track up to Botton Head, then the road up to Lythe Fell Road. At Bank End Gate we followed Lythe Lane and Silly Lane down into Lowgill village. Then we followed Lowgill Lane, Fairheath Lane and Spen Brow back to Wray where we stop at the Tearooms again.

After our café stop we headed back down the B6460 then down the A683 with Mr K. in the lead. At Bull Beck we join the Lune Valley Cycle Path which we followed back to the Denny Beck car park and yes Peter had to drive back to York.


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1st December: A ride to Dent


After meeting at Devil’s Bridge the five of us headed into Kirkby Lonsdale for our morning café stop. After putting the world to right, we headed out of Kirkby Lonsdale on the B6254 at Kearstwick we followed the lanes through Masergh to Rigmaden with find views of the Lune Valley. At Rigmaden we crossed the River Lune via Rigmaden bridge before joining the A683 for short distance where we then took detour through lanes via Low Stockdale Bridge before rejoining the A683 again, which followed for few more miles before turning on to Jordan Lane which followed into Dentdale. Then we followed the lanes through Lenace and Ellers where the road was flooded in parts, we then continue through Gawthrop and down to Dent where Mr Parkinson stop at the café and the rest of us had lunch in the reading room.

After Lunch we headed back down the valley to Gawthrop where we followed the Barbondale Road over into Barbondale, we then followed the lanes back Kirkby Lonsdale via Casterton.


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9th December: A ride to Glasson Dock and Little Dale


After week of rain, you can’t blame anyone for not joining me on this ride but the rain held off and even saw some sunshine. I headed down the Lune Valley on the cycle path through Lancaster to Glasson Dock. At Glasson I followed the lanes through to Upper Thurnham where I followed the A588 to Cockerham, then followed the lanes through to Forton, where I cross over the A6 then followed the lanes up to Dolphinholme and after passing through Lower Green Bank I stop for some lunch.

After lunch I followed the lanes over into the Quernmore Valley, after passing through Quernmore village, I head up Rigg Lane then Littledale Road which follow into Littledale and then down to Brookhouse. In Caton I rejoin the Lune Valley cycle path which I followed back to Halton.


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Simeon Orme


We must have just missed Simeon at Denny Beck on the 9th, got there just on 10am. We went up through Caton / Brookhouse and up towards Littledale. On rough track to Crossgill and up to Roeburndale. Across the dodgy bridge for Lunch and then on to Lower Salter. Up the steep hill and on to meet the B road before Hornby. Down the Lancaster Road shortly to Farleton and up the track to bypass the main road. On to Brookhouse and back to the Caton.


Like Simeon said the sun did shine and it was a good ride.


Barrie Usherwood


16th December A ride to Twisleton Scar


Seven members made it to starting blocks on time, with one member deciding to start from Clapham and join us at Ingleton at the café at Inglesport mentioning no names! Our General Secretary Mr K. should be mention in dispatches for riding to start of the ride from his home yes was something to do with leaving his car at local pub the night before and it was nice see Pat & Fred out with the group again!


Due to cold nature of the day, yes it was freezing and several members will putting in orders to Farther Christmas for new thicker gloves we soon heading out of Bentham at full speed along Bentham Road to the café at Inglesport for warm up and brew, we would have stay in there all day if was not for me saying we had ride to do!


We headed out of Ingleton on Oddies Lane, and then followed the road up to Twisleton Hall then the public byway towards Kingsdale before turning on to the bridleway for the climb up onto Twisleton Scar. At this point Fred and Pat left us to do easier ride they continue along the public byway to Kingsdale before following lanes around to the Tow Scar Road then heading back to Bentham via Masongill and Burton in Lonsdale. The rest of us continue along the bridleway up to Ewes Top then followed the track towards Ellerbeck, we stop for some lunch beside track it was not day hanging about we soon following the track down to Chapel-le-Dale where Charles led the charge back to café at Inglesport in Ingleton.


After warming up and having a brew in the café, we split up four of us headed back to Bentham via Bentham Road and Peter and Charles headed back to Clapham via the Old road.


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Simeon Orme


22nd December 2007 A ride to Sunderland Point


Five hardy members met at the car park at Denny Beck near Halton, we headed down the Lune Valley cycle track to Lancaster and we cross over the River Lune via Millennium Bridge and then headed towards Morecambe on the Lancaster to Morecambe cycle track. After about half mile just before the Leisure Centre we turn off on more recent track which followed along the shores of the River Lune to Snatchems where we then followed lanes through Heaton with Oxcliffe to Overton and then on to Sunderland. At Sunderland we followed the bridleway to Potts Corner, then lanes through Middleton to Heysham village where we stop at café which was more of lunch stop and started to rain!


After our café stop we headed through Heysham village then on to cycle track along the prom which followed to just before the Middleton Hotel where rejoined the Lancaster to Morecambe Cycle Track which we followed back to Lancaster where re cross the River Lune via the Millennium Bridge then headed back up the Lune Valley Cycle Track to Halton where we stop at Pat and Fred Lloyds for tea and cakes.


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26th  December 2007 Boxing Day Walk


12 members and friends met for the group’s annual Boxing Day Walk at the car park at Eaves Wood near Silverdale. We followed the signpost paths up to the Pepper Pot before following several paths through the woods to Arnside Tower, where we continue up to summit of Arnside Knott where we treated to some find views of the Lakes, we then headed down several paths through Copridding Wood to News Barn Bay where stop for some lunch and watch the tide come in.

After lunch we followed the footpath through New Barns Caravan Site and then along the cliff tops to Far Arnside, where we then followed footpath across the fields to Elemslack, then through woods back to cars park at Eaves Wood.


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Simeon Orme

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