14th August 2011: A ride Dunsop Bridge via Ouster Rake
The cafe photo at cafe d’Lune.
On the bridleway from Lane Head to Waste Lane.
At this point we miss the bridleway end up following a footpath and coming out half mile down the road from where we should have been.
Heading towards Marshaw, we had to keep stopping for cycle race to go past.
At the summit of the Trough of Bowland.
At the start of the bridleway from Trough Barn to Brennand Farm.
Looking back down the bridleway towards Trough House.
Nick’s bike after fell off it!
Looking towards the Trough of Bowland.
At the top of the climb.
The view looking towards Staple Oak Fell and beyond!
The view looking towards the Hodder Valley.
The party heading down Ouster Rake.
The view looking down Ouster Rake into the Brennand Valley.
The view looking back up Ouster Rake.
A lunch time view.
Heading down to Brennand Farm.
Looking back up the Brennard Valley.
Stopping to look at the view.
Heading down the Dunsop Valley.
Cake photo number 1 at Puddleducks Cafe in Dunsop Bridge.
The cake photo number 2 at Puddleducks Cafe in Dunsop Bridge.
On the bridleway between Higher Greystoneley and Leagram Mill.
Heading down road from Harrisend Fell.
Ride report by Norman Bulter
A seven strong South Lakes Group headed inland from our start venue of the Cafe d’Lune at Conder Green. After passing through Galgate and crossing the River Wye at Street we took to the rough stuff near Bracken Lea with the intention of meeting the road opposite Waste Lane. However some dodgy navigation and the lack of any waymarking brought us back to the road half a mile too soon! Our route then took us to Marshaw, where we found it necessary to await the passage of a cycle road race doing laps of the Abbeystead circuit. We continued over the Trough of Bowland to then take the bridleway over Whin Fell to the Brennand valley. This bridleway includes the steep slopes of Ouster Rake which necessitated carrying the bikes down to the lower slopes. This was a good point at which to enjoy lunch overlooking the valley with views to Whitendale Fell and Croasdale Fell beyond that. After a fast descent of the valley to Dunsop Bridge we stopped for tea and cakes at the Puddleduck Cafe before continuing towards Chipping but with a rough stuff diversion from Higher Greystoneley to Leagram Mill. The roads took us through Chipping, over the climbs of Oakenclough and Harrisonend Fells back to Galgate and then on to Conder Green.
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