28th January 2012: A ride to Ingleton via the Tow Scar Road

The cake photo at Bridge House Tea Rooms at Wray where the ride started from in the morning.

The view across the fields on the public byway from Melling to Old Wennington.

Regrouping and chatting on the public byway between Melling and Old Wennington.

The ice at end of the public byway.

On the climb up to Galegreen.

On the climb up Masongill Fell Lane.

The lunch time view.

Heading along the Tow Scar Road.

Heading down to Westgate Lane.

The sandstone arch.

A bit of information about the Arch.

The view up Kingsdale from the footbridge over the River Twiss.

The cake photo at Inglesport Cafe.

A view of Ingleborough.

Heading back along Long Lane from Low Bentham to Wray.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There were four of us made it to start of the ride from inside the Bridge House Tea Room at Wray and Ian had rode out to the start for brew and chat before riding to work. It was hard tearing our selves from the warm of fire in the Tea Room but we said our goodbyes to Ian and four of us headed up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses. From Mill Houses we climb out of the Hindburn valley following the lanes through the hamlet of Russells and passed Jackson Pasture before heading down into Wenningdale where we join the B6480 for a short section before following Lodge Lane from Wennington over to the outskirts of Melling where we turn on to our first track of the day, the public byway from Melling to Old Wennington which prove to be interesting with the ice on top of water on some flooded sections of the track but we soon dropping down to Back Lane which took us through Old Wennington, again the ice on this lane prove tricky in places with Ken nearly falling off on one section. After crossing over the border between Lancashire and North Yorkshire we followed the lanes down through Spittle Bank down into Gretta Valley where we cross over the River Gretta at Burton-in-Lonsdale and headed up to the A687 which can be bit of a climb but we all made it up with out getting off and walking.

From Burton-in-Lonsdale, we were soon back on quite lanes again, after short section on the A687, we followed the lanes up to Gale Green where we crossed over the A65 and soon heading through Masongill. After climbing up most of the way up Masongill Fell Lane we stop for some lunch at seat for two by side of the road. Myself  and Ken sat on the ground on jacket and cape while Chris and Gwen sat on the seat.

After our lunch stop we carry on up rest of the climb up Masongill Lane on to Tow Scar Road which is public byway, half way along this track there a tricky section which tend to flooded in wet weather where everyone  in the party manage to get a wet foot, we soon back on tarmac again and heading up Westgate Lane where we stop to look at the Sandstone Arch in the Shepherd’s Hut which part of a Sheepfold project by Andy Goldsworthy, you can read more about the Archway at this link. From the Shepherd hut we followed the tarmac into Kingsdale and then the public byway to Twisleton Hall, then Oddie’s Lane down into Ingleton for afternoon brew at Inglesport Cafe, where we overheard some other customers at another table passing comment about the Rough-Stuff Journal, at one stage they must been looking at the new members page in the journal, as heard a few comments about where members were from ‘Oh they from the States’, ‘Oh they from Garstang’ and they were passing comment about some of the photos but they came to conclusion that the club was strong in the North West after looking at the forthcoming Events page, the sad fact that these two customers were not fit shape to do the ride that we just done but does prove leaving Rough-Stuff Journal in cafes and tearooms that cater to other cyclists that the journal do get look at, maybe not always by cyclists.

After relaxing, chatting and of course eating cake in the cafe, we headed out of Ingleton, crossing over the A65 to follow the lanes pass Moorgarth Hall Hotel and making our way through the lanes on to Dumb Tom’s Lane, soon Chris Left us to head back to High Bentham and we continue along the lane before heading down into Low Bentham where we cross back over the River Wenning, then followed Long Lane back over in the Hindburn Valley and then we headed back down the valley to Wray where I left Gwen and Ken to cycle back to Halton.

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Click here to see the 4th February 2012 ride photos of the South Lakes Group to Horton-in-Ribblesdale or click here to check out other Rough-Stuff Fellowship photo galleries on the web.

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