21st August 2011: A ride along the Old Coach Road from Dockray to St. John’s in the Vale.

Like last week’s ride it was early start for me raking some bunkers at work.

Heading up Kirkstone Pass

A view of the Kirkstone Pass Inn.

The view looking down The Struggle.

The view from the A5091 looking back towards Patterdale.

The start of the Old Coach Road.

A bit further along the Old Coach Road with Clough Head in the background.

The view from Mariel Bridge of Mosedale Beck.

Lunchtime view.

The view looking across Threlkeld Common towards Great Mell Fell.

The view looking down the Old Coach Road towards St. John’s in the Vale, with Lonscale Fell in the background.

The view looking back along the Old Coach Road towards Mosedale.

The cake board at Low Bridge End Farm Tea Garden.

The cake photo at Low Bridge End Farm Tea Garden.

A view of St John’s Beck from Low Bridge End Farm.

On the dam at Thirlmere

The view looking up Thirlmere from the dam.

A  view of Wyth Burn.

The AA phone box on Dunmail Raise.

A View of Windermere from the park at Water Head where we stop for eat up.

A view of Windermere from the bridleway up to Jenkin Crag.

A view of Windermere from near High Skelghyll

A National Trust Gate at High Skelghyll.

The view looking down into Troutbeck from Robin Lane.

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Ride Report by Norman Bulter

The Old Coach Road, a five mile long by-way from Dockray to St John’s in the Vale was the focus for this South Lakes ride.  The by-way is a very enjoyable track over Threkeld Common with spectacular views of the peaks of the Skiddaw Forest and the valley from Penrith to Keswick.  Unfortunately from our start point of Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley we had to negotiate Kirkstone Pass which, although not a difficult climb in the south to north direction, was made rather uncomfortable by the amount of Sunday holiday traffic.  Following a stop for tea and cake at Low Bridgend Farm we began our return south initially along the quiet road to the west of Thirlmere.  From here though we had to rejoin the holiday traffic over Dunmail Raise to Grasmere and then on to Ambleside. Minor roads and two bridleways, the first over Jenkin Crag, brought us back to the main road at Ings and from there it was a short ride back into Staveley.

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