22nd January 2012: A ride to Grizedale
The cake photo at 1872 cafe and shop at Lakes Aquarium.
The Bobbin Mill near Low Stott Park
The coat of arms on the gate at Graythwaite Hall.
The start of bridleway at Cunsey Bridge.
A view of one of the fords on the track.
The view from the end of the bridleway looking back down the track.
At the start of public byway over to Grizedale.
A bit further up the track.
The view looking back down one of the steep parts of the track.
Getting near the summit of the pass.
The lunch time view.
Heading down one of the forest cycle routes to Bogle Crag.
More forest art at the Grizedale Centre.
Cake photo at the Cafe in the Forest.
Well I had take photo of this!
Heading down the bridleway to Satterthwaite.
On the public byway from Force Mills to Thwaite Moss.
Sheep in a field in the Rusland Valley
The view looking back up the valley to the Hall at Rusland Cross.
Afternoon sunlight on top wall, as head down the Rusland Valley.
Back at the car park at Chapel House Wood.
As we just about to set off from Chapel House Wood, RSF member Ed Evans stop to say hello as he was with group of friends on morning ride from Cark and was heading over to Simpson Ground, from the mud on Ed face it look like they had done a few track already.
After finishing chatting to Ed, our party of five followed the road down to Staveley-
For those of you who never been on a South Lakes Group, I should point the route on South Lakes Group rides is never set in stone and quite often the route is decide over a brew at the morning cafe stop which happen on today’s ride. After a bit chatting in the cafe and looking at the map we decide on the route which we would take over to Grizedale.
After our cafe stop, we headed through High and Low Stott Park, then pass Graythwaite Hall before the following the road down to Cunsey Bridge where we join the first track of the day, which delightful bridleway which follows Cunsey Beck part of the way up into the Esthwaite Valley before ending near Eel House, it was first that I have done this track and after regrouping at end of the track, we did some more road work by heading up the Valley towards Hawkhead for mile or so, at Esthwaite Hall Bridge we turn on to our next track which was public byway over to Grizedale which quite steep in places where you had to get off our bikes and walk as we climb out of the Esthwaite Valley. The only two people we saw on this part of the track was two mountain bikers come flying down the track from the opposite direction. At the summit of the pass we stop for some lunch.
After our lunch stop and looking at the fox which part of Grizedale Forest Art collection, we headed down one of the forest cycle routes to Bogle Crag Wood car park and then we headed up the Grizedale valley on the tarmac for afternoon brew at the Cafe in the Forest at the visitor centre.
After brew stop, we headed back into the forest to follow the bridleway from the
visitor centre down to Satterthwaite where we rejoin the tarmac again to follow the
road down to Force Mills where we headed along the public byway to Thwaite Moss.
Then it was more road work as followed the lanes up to Rusland Cross and then head
down the Rusland Valley. At Border Moss Wood we started the climb out of the Rusland
Valley and follow the road over to Newby Bridge where we follow the cycle path back
to A592 before heading back through Staveley-
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