22nd April 2012: A ride to Mosedale Cottage.
Petty Hall Conservation Area in Orton.
Petty Hall in Orton
Looking back down the B6261 towards Orton.
Rocks on the side of the B6261 on the climb up to Hardendale Fell.
A view of the River Lowther.
Looking back down the track up Peat Hill.
Reflections at side of the bridleway on Peat Hill.
Looking back down the track into Wet Sleddale.
Looking down into Wet Sleddale.
Reflections on the bridleway, as I headed towards Mosedale.
A bit further along the bridleway heading down Mosedale.
Looking down into Mosedale.
Crossing over Mosedale Beck.
A view looking up Mosedale from the bridge.
A view of inside of Mosedale Cottage.
Another of the inside of Mosedale Cottage.
A view of the outside of Mosedale Cottage
The name of the place.
A view looking down Mosedale.
The view looking back up Mosedale, as I follow the bridleway down Mosedale, heading towards Swindale.
Another view looking back up Mosedale, from a bit further down the bridleway.
Looking down into Swindale.
A bit further down the bridleway, heading down in Swindale.
A tree at the side of the bridleway, with Selside End in the background.
A lunch time view looking up Swindale.
Looking down Swindale.
Looking back up the bridleway, towards the climb up to Mosedale.
The view looking into Dodd Bottom
Looking back down the bridleway, as head to Swindale Head.
A interesting sign for a bridleway over to Mardale but a ride for another day.
Primroses at side of road.
The view looking up Swindale.
Heading along the old waterboard road up the Lowther Valley.
Reflections on the Old Water Board Road.
There was no other takers for the ride other than me which was bit of surprise after good turnout on last week ride of nine members, as it turnout to be a good day with no rain showers which the BBC weather forecaster predicting for the afternoon.
Anyway the Tearoom in Tebay still had close sign on the door, so I decide to not to bother with morning brew and headed out of Tebay on B6260 to Orton and then from Orton on the B6261 toward Shap over Hardendale Fell before dropping down to A6 which I did very short section on before heading up the road towards Wet Sleddale. As I got nearer Wet Sleddale Reservoir, I followed the road towards Thorney Bank then the public byway which turns into bridleway up Peat Hill where my feet got wet and stay wet for rest of the day, if you thinking of doing this route you need a few week of dry weather to dry out the moorland. After climb up Peat Hill, I could ride bits of the bridleway but most of the time it was quicker to get off push bike around some of wet sections of the bridleway. I stop a few times to look at the views and take photos but after about good hour of climbing out of Wet Sleddale I was soon heading down into Mosedale. Once I cross over Mosedale Beck, I headed up Mosedale following the bridleway up to Mosedale Cottage. One tip if just going to look at Mosedale Cottage leave your bike lock up at ford before the cottage and don’t do as I did take your bike over ford which quite deep and bring back over again half hour later after looking around Mosedale Cottage which is Mountain Bothy which is maintain by the Mountain Bothies Association.
After looking around Mosedale Cottage, I headed back down Mosedale following the bridleway down into Swindale. I want to get down into Swindale before stopping for lunch, as the bridleway down into Swindale is quite steep and it was case watching where you walk as I followed the track down into Swindale. I stop for late lunch at side of the tack above Swindale Beck, its quite a magical place with mountains all around you and very little noise and not many people.
After lunch, I follow bridleway down to Swindale Head where I rejoin the tarmac and headed down the valley to the Old Water Board Road which I followed up the Lowther Valley to Kemp Howe where I rejoin the Wet Sleddale Road which I followed back up to the A6. From the A6 headed back along the B6261 to Orton. Then from Orton back along the B6260 back to Tebay with 30.2 miles on the clock and 4 hours 44 minutes of riding time.
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