28th April 2012: A ride to Bell Hill and Kendal

The cake photo at Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station.

Following the bridleway from Low Sampool to Sampool Bridge.

Regrouping in Sampool Bridge, after cross over the A590.

Looking back down the Brigsteer Causeway.

The view up the Lyth Valley from the Brigsteer Causeway.

A view of the church in Underbarrow.

Looking back down the Chapel Lane towards Underbarrow.

The view looking up Chapel Lane.

Heading along Chapel Lane towards Bell Hill.

Heading across the fields towards Bell Hill.

A bit further along the Bridleway.

Regrouping stop near Lindreth Brow.

A lunch time view.

Following the bridleway around Bell Hill down to ford.

A view of the ford.

A bit further along the bridleway.

A view looking back along the bridleway.

Looking back down through the wood Gamblesmire Lane.

A bit further along Gamblesmire Lane.

A bit further up Gamblesmire Road with Cunswick Hall in the background.

The view from the top of Gamblemire Lane looking down into the Kent Valley.

The view looking back down Gamblesmire Lane.

The cake photo at the Warehouse Cafe in Kendal.

Chatting and eating at the Warehouse Cafe.


A view of the River Kent in Kendal.

Norman’s puncture.

On the bridleway from Natlands to Wilson Place.

At the start of the Hindcaster Trailway.

A bit further along the Hindcaster Trailway.

Following the bridleway through Greenlands Farm.

Hen of the Bridleway as we head through Greenlands Farm.

A view of the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was good turnout of five members at start of the ride at the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station, after our usual chatting and eating in the cafe.

We headed out of Carnforth, crossing over River Keer at Hagg Wood via the foot/ cycle bridge and then following the public byway up to Warton. From Warton, we followed the shore road through Crag Foot and pass Slackwood Farm before following the road pass Silverdale Golf Club and Burton Well, then heading down through the Row (which is small village near Silverdale). From the Row we followed the lanes through Waterslack, Hazelslack, Storth and Sandside where we join the B5282  which we stay on for about mile before following the lanes across Milnthorpe Marsh (where we met the full force of the head wind which we manage avoid so far) to join the A6 at Eversley. We followed the A6 around Leven Hall, before following the lane to High Sampool where we join the bridleway to Sampool Bridge. After crossing over the A590 in Sampool Bridge, we headed up the Lyth Valley following the Brigsteer Causeway up to Brigsteer. Then from Brigsteer we followed the lanes up the valley to Underbarrow where we turn on to Chapel Lane which is a bridleway which followed towards Bell Hill, the first part of the lane was enclosed with hedges on both sides of the track, then next part was across three fields with a bit of climbing to do, at end of this section we followed the track around pass Lindreth Brow before stopping for some lunch.

After lunch there was bit more climbing as we followed the bridleway around Bell Hill, then interesting down hill section and ford to cross, then more track work before hitting the tarmac again near Cold Harbour but we soon turning off the tarmac to head along Gamblesmire Lane which is a public byway. There was quite a bit of climbing to do, as we followed Gamblesmire Lane over Cunswick Scar before dropping down to Underbarrow Road but there plenty of good views to look at all way along the lane and was well worth doing! Once we hit the tarmac again, we followed Underbarrow Road down into Kendal for brew at the Warehouse Cafe at the Brewery Art Centre in Kendal.

After our afternoon cafe stop, we walk with our bikes through a small park down to River Kent which we cross over via footbridge. On the other side of the River Kent, Norman discover that he had a puncture. After the puncture was mended we cross over the A65 and then follow a side road towards Kendal Castle then join the Kendal Cycle Track which we followed out of Kendal on to Natland Road.

In Natland we turn off the tarmac again to follow the bridleway down to Wilson Place. From Wilson Place there was more road work to Hindcaster where we turn on the Hindcaster Trailway which follows part of old railway line from Hindcaster to Arnside, you can find more information about the Hindcaster Trailway at this link.

We soon back on the tarmac again following the lanes through Woodhouse, Ackenthwaite, Whasset, Holme, Hilderstone and Cinderbarrow with a strong tail wind blowing us along. After heading through Cinderbarrow we did short section Lancaster Canal towpath before following the bridleway to Greenlands Farm in Tewitfield. We headed out of Tewitfield along Kellet Lane back to Carnforth.

By the time I got home to Halton there was 51.4 miles on clock, the average speed on the ride was 9.5 mph and with 5 hours and 23 minutes of riding time.

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