17th July 2011: A ride over Cocklaw Fell.

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Norman stops to look at the view, as we head up bridleway to Green Quarter Fell.

A view of one steams crossing over the track.

A view of a Thistle at side of the track.

Following the bridleway down Green Quarter Fell and heading towards Cocklaw Fell, with view Skeggles Water in the background.

There quite a lot of Common Spotted Orchids at side of the bridleway as we headed up Cocklaw Fell.

The view heading down into Longsleddale.

Close up of some rocks as we cross over one fords as we headed down to Longsleddale.

Foxglove at side of the track.

A lunch time view looking towards Sadgill.

A view of  River Sprint from Garnett Bridge.

The cake photo at Wedge Hall Tearoom & Cakery.

A view of Wedge Hall Tearoom & Cakery.

A flower at side of the track on Ashes Lane.

Himalayan Balsam at side track on Ashes Lane.

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Ride report by Norman Butler

I felt the intensity of the rain justified my decision to make a cup of tea and return to bed to read my book!  However, after considering that the book was “The Man Who Cycled the Americas” and that Mark Beaumont would not have let a bit of precipitation prevent another day in the saddle, I quickly made a packed lunch, loaded the car and set off for Staveley.  Realising that time was on my side I parked up in Levens to ride the nine miles to Wilfs Cafe.  The rain had actually stopped when I left the car but before long I had to stop to don waterproof leggings and overshoes.  Just outside Staveley I spotted the infamous yellow cape of Simeon making its way (with Simeon inside it I presumed) to the end of Ashes Lane and we rode the last mile to Wilfs Cafe together.  Tea, coffee and cakes consumed and with no more RSF riders we headed north.  As we approached Kentmere we branched right onto Lowfield Lane and then right again onto the bridlepath that would take us over Green Quarter Fell into the neighbouring valley of Longsleddale.  It was a tough push up most of the way with only a few stretches of rideable terrain.  Even these were precarious as there were plenty of slippery wet rocks and water filled dips that were just the size of a front wheel.  The rain fell steadily all of the time and trying to avoid wet feet was a fruitless task.  Descending over Cocklaw Fell you couldn’t fail to be impressed with the view of Longsleddale even with the low cloud.  We decided to take the bridlepath through Sadgill Wood to bring us to the road at Sadgill.  At this point the rain had stopped so lunch was taken on a bench overlooking the bridge and the start of the by-way to Gatescarth Pass but within five minutes of sitting down the rain began again!  We decided that a return to Staveley on the road was the better option so after a brisk ride down Longsleddale we arrived at Garnett Bridge where the water cascading over rocks and under the bridge itself was well worth observing for a few minutes.  With the rain holding off again we felt brave enough to pack away the wet gear and rode on down Garnett Bridge Lane and then turned west along Potter Fell Road.  Brightening skies gave us clear views south to Kendal and beyond.  Arriving back in Staveley we decided to avoid the Sunday afternoon queue at Wilfs and try the Wedge Hall Tearoom and Cakery. This was confirmed as a good choice by the display of cakes and instant friendly service.  Setting off for home we parted company just outside Staveley, Simeon to dodge the puddles of Ashes Lane and myself to return to Levens via Crook, Underbarrow and Brigsteer, but the rain had the last word as within five minutes of us going our separate ways the heavens opened yet again but I was too damp to bother stopping to put on the rain gear.  An enjoyable ride despite the weather and it being a bit on the short side!

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