20th November: A ride up the Winster Valley via Simpson Ground.

The cake photo at the Hat Trick Cafe in Low Newton in Cartmel.

Heading up the bridleway from Staveley-in-Cartmel.

Geoff pushing his bike along the bridleway through Chapel House Plantation.

A view of Simpson Ground Reservoir

Alistair crossing over Way Beck via on the public byway across Simpson Ground Allotment.

A tree in a field as we headed up the track from Foxfield to Sow How Farm.

A view of Sow How Tarn.

Swans on Sow How Tarn.

Another photo of the Swans on Sow How Tarn.

A lunch time view.

A view of  Middle Tarn.

Near the end of the off-road section of the ride at Lightwood.

The ford at Birks Bridge.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

I  park my van up at small car park at Chapel House Wood near Staveley-in-Cartmel and rode up the new cycle track along side the A590 and then along old road which was A590 through High Newton to the Hat Trick Cafe where I met up with Geoff  who driven up from Lancashire and Alistair who had rode to the cafe from his home near the border between Lancashire and Cumbria, you can read Alistair report of the ride on Al’s World at this link.

The weather conditions were not brilliant compare last week’s ride but least it did not rain but it was over cast with fog and mist, not good day for looking at the views or for taking photos.

After putting the world to right in the Hat Trick Cafe, we headed back down old A590 through High Newton and then along cycle track to Staveley-in-Cartmel which was mostly down hill. In Staveley-in-Cartmel we followed the bridleway through Chapel House Wood, then it was bit pushing of our bikes up the hill side through moorland section of the track between Chapel House Wood and Chapel House Plantation, then bit pushing more of our bikes through the Plantation before we climb out of the Windermere Valley. We soon back on our bikes again following the bridleway down to Simpson Ground with a detour to look at Simpson Ground Reservoir, then headed across Simpson Ground Allotment on the public byway, with Alistair the only person in the party to ride his bike across the ford at Way Beck. Then we continue on the public byway through Foxfield and then up to Sow How Farm where we join our next track a bridleway which followed pass Sow How Tarn and stopping for lunch at side of the briddleway with a view of Sow How Tarn below.

After lunch, we continue down the track, with short stop to look at Middle Tarn, then headed pass Heights Cottage before riding across Raven’s Barrow, where we join our next track, a public byway which we followed through to Lightwood, where we join the tarmac again, we had spend over two hours following the tracks from Staveley to Lightwood.

From Lightwood, we followed the lanes up the Winster Valley to Ludderburn Hill where we decide to cut the ride a bit shorter due to the dull day we were running out of day light, so we headed down to the ford at Birks Bridge and cross over the River Winster via the foot bridge at side of the ford. Then we followed some more lanes back down the valley to Bowland Bridge and then on to Cowmire Hall where Ailstair left us to ride back home. From Cowmire Hall we followed the lanes back over to High Newton where Geoff and I said our goodbyes.

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