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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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A view of Kendal Castle on 27th October ride.

Past ride reports in October 2012


6th October: A ride to Garnett Bridge by Simeon Orme.

Another good turnout of six members at start of the ride at Ashes Lane, once we all sorted out, we followed the usual route to Staveley along Ashes Lanes which had quite pools of water on it due to rain the week before then down Crook Road down to Staveley for a morning brew at Wilf’s Cafe.


After waiting for Nick to finish his second breakfast, we out of Staveley up Hall Lane, which changes from a road into track just after Park House, we continue up the the track stopping part way along for the local farmer to get his sheep pass us, then it was more climbing as we followed the bridleway over Staveley Head Fell where the climb started to level off at about 300 metres. There was some good views of Skeggles Water and bit further along the bridleway of Longsleddale, after view photo stops we followed the bridleway down to Hollin Root in Longsleddale.


From Hollin Root Farm we followed the bridleway down Longsleddale passing through Wad’s Howe before stopping for some lunch by side of the track.


After lunch we continue along the bridleway passing through Kilnstones, Docker Nook, Bridge End, and Nether House Farm before coming out at Garnett Bridge.


From Garnett Bridge we followed the tarmac back up Longsleddale up to Sadgill.


From Sadgill we then followed the public byway back over to Stile End and then headed back down the Kentmere Valley to Staveley where we first try going to Wedge Hall Tearoom for a brew which looks like closed for good before going to Wilf’s Cafe.


After our cafe stop, we headed back to car along Crook Road and Ashes Lane.


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


14th  October: A ride to Malham Tarn by Simeon Orme.

After meeting up at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom and after having a brew in the tearoom, the four of us headed up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses where we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells back on to Long Lane which we cross over to follow Cross Lane up on to Mewith Lane which stay on for next several miles.


On the OS map Mewith Lane goes through several names changes as you head towards Settle but there always good views of the Three peaks of the Yorkshire Dales and the Bowland fells. Its a bit up and down route as the lane follows eastern side Wenning Valley with a bit of big climb up Dubgarth Hill where the lane changes its name to Eldroth Lane, we continue on the Lane through Eldroth up to Four Lanes End where we followed the bridleway over to Craven Ridge Lane Ends, then its was back on tarmac again as we followed Paley Green Lane down to Giggleswick Station where we cross over the A65 and headed into Settle for pre lunch brew at Settle Down Cafe.


The Settle Down Cafe is old fashion cyclist’s cafe, with a lot of cyclists in from several cycling clubs in my view cafe well worth supporting.


After we eaten and done bit more chatting, we headed through the streets of Settle to join the Pennine Bridleway which is quite a climb out of Settle, at some part of the climb we all had to get off our bikes to push them, we were well reward with some fine views of the Ribble Valley when the bridleway level off above Settle.


With the rain over pass week, it was bit difficult ridding and with one member of the party managing to fall off, in places you had to be careful, as we got nearer Langcliffe the Pennine Bridleway starts climb again before joining the tarmac, which we did short section on before following the public byway over Langscar Gate which part of Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway.


It was a lot easier ridding, as we did a lot more climbing pass Victoria Cave and on upwards, there were a lot of walker out on the route and few mountain bikers. We soon stop for late lunch at side of the track.


After lunch we continue along the track with some good views all around us.


Once all the climbing had been done it was fairly easy ride down to Langscar Gate as there a lot of hard core been put down on the track over last few months.


At Langscar Gate, we cross over the road, to follow the bridleway over Dean Moor Moor down to Malham Tarn.


Then we followed the bridleway around Malham Tarn stopping take a few photos and looking at the view.


Then it was bit more climbing to do pass Capon Hall before heading along Henside Road, as it was getting late in the afternoon at 3pm as we had about 20 miles of ridding to do to get back to Wray, we decided to stay on the tarmac for the rest of the ride.


So we continue along Henside Road, at end Henside Road there was steep climb up to Sannat Farm before Goat Lane down to Stainforth.


From Stainforth there was short section on the B6479 before following the lane over to Little Stainforth, then there a bit more climbing to do get over to Swarth Moor.


Then we on ‘B’ road which we followed through Wath and Austwick down to the A65, then it was on to new cycle track along side the A65 which we followed to B6480, which followed into Clapham.


From Clapham we followed the lane down to Clapham Station, then it was bit more climbing to do as we headed up Clapham Moor to Dubgarth Hill where we rejoin Mewith Lane which we followed back towards Wray stopping part along for eat up at Mewith Head.


After our eat up, we followed Mewith Lane and then Long Lane back to Wray where we said our goodbyes before heading for home in different directions.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You click here to see the photos of the ride and there more photos of the ride on Al’s outdoor world at this link.


21st October: A ride to Uldale by Simeon Orme.

It was one rare days where you left wondering why you are only person at starting point for the ride, I could of understood if had been pouring down with rain but it was day of bright sunshine, good views and a lot of good Autumn colour.


So I lock the bike up outside the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh where the ride was starting from and when in for brew, hoping that someone else would turn up but know one did so after I had finished the coffee and the toast teacake, I headed out of Sedbergh on the A684 for the first mile, then following the public byway to Garsdale Bridge before following lane from Garsdale Bridge down to A683 which I continue on for next few miles, slowy climbing up the Rawthey Valley and stopping to take a few times to take photos before following the lane up to Bluecaster.


After you passed Bluecaster the lane turns into track which is wet in places and soon got two wet feet but there was some great views of the Howgill Fells.


I was soon turning off the public byway from Bluecaster to Rawthey Bridge to follow the bridleway to Uldale, there a lot good views on this bridleway but next I am going to do this after a few months of dry weather because in places there was quite a bit bog hoping but it was worth it to see good Autumn colour as I got nearer Uldale.


As got nearer Uldale, I decide to continue on following bridleway up the valley to see where the track when, after bit more pushing of the bike up the track, I decide to lock the bike up at side of track and walk up the bridleway a bit further hoping to get few good photos of the valley but this plan only last about several metres up the track when pull a muscle which was quite painful so I decide it would be good ideal head back to bike, once I had unlock it, I head back down the bridleway crossing over the River Rawthey via wooden bridge to followed the bridleway up into Uldale.


From Uldale, I followed the road down to Rawthey Bridge, then stop for bit lunch at side of A683. After lunch continue back down the A683 back to Sedbergh.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can see photos of the ride at this link.


27th October : A ride to Kendal Castle by Simeon Orme.

A better turn of four members from last week’s ride.


Before starting to tell what you miss on the ride, I am going to take bit more your time in giving my congratulates to South Lakes Group members Fred and Pat Lloyd, who have been awarded the Fellowship’s highest award the Merit Shield for second time, they gave up coming out on group rides a few years ago put do come to start of  some group rides see us off and come out on annual Boxing Day Walk, also for past few years they organize the club’s stand at York Cycle Show. Worthy winners of this award.


Once we finish eating and chatting in the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station, we followed road out of Carnforth towards Millhead before following a quieter lane around to Hagg Wood where we crossed over River Keer and then followed the public byway into Warton.


From Warton, we followed the lane towards the A6 before following the permitted bridleway from Warton Cricket Club and then bridleway into Yealand Conyers where it was back on tarmac again as we headed through  Yealand Redmayne before following the bridleway and then the permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss, then it was back on the tarmac for next mile before heading along Dolly Wood Lane into Hazelslack, then it was more road work as we headed through Storth and Sandside down to the B 5282 which did short section on before heading along Marsh Road where we had to stop for Mike to mend a puncture.


We followed Marsh Road across Milnthorpe Marsh with some fine views of the Lakeland Mountains in the distance up to Heversham where we cross over the A6 and pass two ladies cyclists who we kept passing, we finally gave two journals to look at our post lunch brew stop.


After heading through Heaversham village, then we continue to follow the lanes through Woodhouse before turning off the tarmac again near Greenside Farm to follow the Hincaster Trailway into Hincaster where we rejoin the tarmac again for more road work as we followed the lanes down to Wilson Place where we had lunch on banks of the River Kent.


After lunch we headed along the bridleway from Wilson Place up to Natland where we rejoin the tarmac for bit more road work as the road through Natland and down into out skirts of Kendal for post lunch brew at Natland Mill Farm Ice Cream Parlour.


After our post lunch brew stop, there was short section on the A65 before heading along the cycle track towards Kendal for about mile before following side road up to Kendal Castle.


There was some fine views from the Castle and well worth visiting.


After looking around the Castle, we headed back along Kendal cycle track and then followed back through Natland before following the lanes through Barrow Green, Crosscrake and then down to Stainton to look at the ford.


From Stainton, we continue on the lanes through Stainton Bridge End and Field End up to the B6385 which did short section before following lane through Wath Sutton on to A6070 which we did a short section on before following the lanes through Farleton, Holme, Holme Mills, Hilderstone and Cinderbarrow where we followed the towpath along side the Lancaster Canal down to Tewitfield, then it was back along Kellet Road to Pasterdale where the ride broke up as Mike and myself headed for home, with Geoff and Steve back to there cars in Carnforth.


You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. Click here to see photos of the ride and there more photos of the of the ride taken by Geoff on the forum at this link.


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