23rd July 2011: A ride to Kitridding and over Scout Hill

Peter and Ian sitting outside the tearoom at Deerslet.

The cake photo at the Tearoom at Deerslet.

At the start of the first track up Holmepark Fell

A bit further along the bridleway up Holmepark Fell.

Looking back down the bridleway.

Regrouping on the second track of the day!

Rock on a wall at end of second track, with Newbiggin Crag in the background.

Regrouping on Sealford Lane.

Thistle at side of the bridleway as we follow the fourth track of the day down to Hollin Hall.

At end of the track before we do short section on the A65.

Heading towards Fleet on the fifth track of the day.

A lunch time view.

On track number six from Tosca Cottage to Belle Vue.

A view of the Lune Valley from Hawkrigg on track number seven of the day.

Peter and Norman on track number seven of the day

The icecream photo at the tearoom at Kitridding.

Wooden pig outside the tearoom at Kitridding.

Looking at the view from the Cragmire Plantation

The view, you could see for miles right across to the Lakes.

A bit further along the bridleway as we head around Scout Hill.

Another stop to regroup and look at the view.

Heading down Crabtree Lane.

Ian crossing Lupton Beck using the ford.

He did have three goes at doing it!

Stopping to look at the view again as we follow the bridleway to Whin Yeats.

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Ride Report by Norman Bulter

Due to the imminent closure of Deerslet Tearoom this was to be the last time that the South Lakes met at this venue.  The expected heavy holiday traffic meant that the planned destination of Cartmel was quickly replaced with a ride around bridlepaths and by-ways closer to home and generally in an area to the north-east of our starting point.  Coffee and tea consumed, the group headed north to Burton-in-Kendal.  A short loop through Holme brought us to the first rough stuff of the day, a 1.5 climb from the A6070 at Holme Park Farm up through Holmepark Fell.  From there we followed quiet lanes and bridleways to reach the A65 at Hollin Hall.  Crossing the road we took a lovely bridlepath past the rather sad sight of the abandoned farm at Fleet and with only a few horseflies to bother us we took an early lunch stop on the side of Tosca Hill. A loop of bridleways and lanes brought us to a new South Lakes Group tea stop at Kitridding Fishery and Tearoom.  After tea (which actually included such delights as chips and an extravagant looking banana split!) we continued on up to the westerly slopes of Scout Hill where views of the Lakeland hills and South to Morecambe Bay were well worth the initial damp and boggy push-up.   A quick descent brought us back to the A65 and after making a quick traffic dodging crossing we were off-road again to the ford crossing of Lupton Beck.  There is a footbridge but Ian (the younger one) decided to try his luck at riding through the water with the inevitable wet feet as a result!  Two more bridleways brought us back into Burton-in-Kendal.  A relatively short ride but neverless very enjoyable made all the better by very pleasant weather and the knowledge that 45% of the route was rough stuff!