15th May 2011: A ride to Beck Foot

The cake photo at Farleton View Tearoom.

The house by the ford at Stainton

Ivy on a wall near Underhelm Wood

Looking back down the road from Kiln Head.

A view of the Lune Viaduct at Waterside

A view of inside of The Cariad in Kirkby Lonsdale where we stop for  our afternoon brew stop.

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Ride Report by Simeon Orme

Quite often on South Lakes Group rides the destination is a hope may be pipe dream but about fifty percent of the time we usually get there but not case on this week ride with rain forecast for the day and cloud level over the Lakeland Fells and Mountains there was not much hope of getting to Mosedale Cottage.

Anyway getting back to ride, I was running late due to slow puncture in the front tyre at Kellet Lane Bridge which ended up changing the tube and after about 20 minutes of messing around I was back on the road and had to bash down Kellet Lane to Tewitfield, then up the A 6070 and was about ten minutes late getting to Farleton View Tearoom. Ian from Blackburn was the only person waiting for me!

After chatting, eating cake and drinking coffee and watching the rain on the windows of the Tearoom, we decide to head out on the ride.

From Wath Sutton we followed the lane up to Woodlands where we join the B 6385 for short section to cross over A590 the highway to the hotspots of the National Park. Then it was back on lanes again heading through Field End and Stainton Bridge End and around to Stainton where stop to look at the ford across Stainton Beck but we took easy option and cross over the Beck via the pack horse bridge.

From Stainton there more lanes as we headed through Crosscrake where there a bit of climb out of the hamlet before following the lanes into Barrows Green where we cross over the A65 and had bit more climbing to do to get pass Helm Mount Farm then was bit of freewheeling before another climb pass Underhelm Wood. Then we did short section on Oxenholme Road before joining national cycle route 68 which we followed for next several miles towards the Lune Valley this due to looking across the Kent Valley and looking at all the rain clouds over the National Park.

There was was plenty of up and downs as we followed national cycle route 68 into Lune Valley. At Beck Foot we left the cycle route and also had put our capes on due to rain. From Beck Foot we followed the B 6257 down the west of valley through Firbank and stopping at Waterside for a few minutes to look at Lune Viaduct and workman ship which when into building the Viaduct across the River Lune.

From Waterside there was short section on A684 to Black Horse then about mile on the B 6256 before we back on quite lanes again heading down the west side of the valley towards Kirkby Lonsdale which is bit up and down route with some nice views of the valley which a lot folk miss as they head into the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District as you can happily spent quite few days exploring Lune Valley and all side dales which are just as good cycle touring as the two national parks and also quite all year round.

With 20 plus miles under our belts we decide to stop under shelter woods at High Rigg Brown for some lunch.

After our lunch we continue to followed the lanes down the valley through Ringmaden Park and Kearstwick into Kirkby Lonsdale for afternoon brew at ‘The Cariad’ as the South Lakes Group at Victoria’s Tearoom is now closed. There was two signs on the cloths shop next to ‘The Cariad’ asking cyclists not leave against the paint work of the cloths shop, I should taken a photo of them put I was more interest coffee and cake and getting out of the rain.

After putting world to right, we head out of Kirkby Lonsdale through High Biggins then the lanes towards Burton-in-Kendal with detour through Dalton before dropping down to Burton-in-Kendal which we headed through to Holme Station where we said our goodbyes. It had been enjoyable ride in rain with good company and once got back home I had done 57 miles which is not bad for day with weather conditions.

Simeon Orme

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