7th April 2012: A ride over Foxup Moor

The cake photo at Reading Room Cafe in Clapham.

The sign outside the cafe.

Heading up Long Lane from Helwith Bridge.

Regrouping a bit further up Long Lane.

Looking back down the track into Ribblesdale.

A view looking up the track.

A bit further up the track.

Near the top of Long Lane with Pen-y-ghent in the back ground.

We saw this van park up on the public byway down to Dale Head.

The snow at side of the track and around Churn Milk Hole.

Riding through Dale Head.

The start of the next track to New Bridge.

A bit further along the track.

A view of one of the fords we cross.

A bit further along the track heading down into Littondale.

Looking back up the track.

We had to get off our bikes to push them through the snow, a number of times along this track.

A lunch time view.

The view from New Bridge looking up Littondale.

A view of Foxup.

Regrouping at gate.

A bit further along on the bridleway on Foxup Moor.

Heading down towards Horton Moor.

Mike looking at the view.

A view of Hull Pot.

Another of Hull Pot.

Another view of Hull Pot looking towards Pen-y-genth.

A view looking up the bridleway as we head down the track to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

At the Pen-y-genth Cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway towards the B 6479

Heading over Pennine Bridleway Bridge over the River Ribble.

The view looking across Ribblesdale from the Pennine Bridleway.

The view from Sulber Gate.

The view looking down into Crummack Dale.

Chris heading Pennine Bridleway to start of Long Lane down Clapdale.

At end of the ride in Clapham.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

I had decide to park my van on free car park in High Bentham and then rode up the B6480 over Newby Moor to Clapham for start of the ride inside the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham. I was first there and soon join by Chris and Mike, after we finish chatting and eating in the cafe. We headed out of Clapham on the B6480 towards Austwick, we did short section on the A65 before heading into Austwick and then following the road over Helwith Bridge. At Helwith Bridge we cross over the B6479 and headed up Long Lane over the Shoulder of Pen-y-ghent, we did stop a few times to look at the view on way up the track, there was also quite few snow drifts across the bridleway which we had to cross but we soon made it up to top of climb where the track turns into a public byway. A reminder of status of the track was a van park or should I say stuck at the side of track near Churn Milk Hole and think it cost the owner a bit to get pull out. Anyway it was not our problem we followed the track down to Dale Head, crossing a few more snow drifts before hitting the tarmac again. There was about mile of road work, as we followed the road over into Littondale before turning on to our next track which was public byway to New Bridge in Littondale, again there was quite a few snow drifts to cross and few gates to lift our bikes over due to frozen snow stopping us from opening the gates as we followed the track over Dawson Close and Cow Close. We stop for lunch at the side of the track, before drop down into Littondale.

After lunch, we headed down the track to New Bridge, where there was not much water in the River Skirfare as it look like it disappears under ground at the Litton side of New Bidge. After three miles of track we back on tarmac again and heading up Littondale through Halton Gill  where it looks like there new tearoom open, we did not stop as we were going our afternoon brew in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

We left the tarmac again in Foxup, to follow the bridleway over Foxup Moor, there a bit of pushing of our bikes up the first part of the track until we got on to Foxup Road where we could ride, yes we did make the mistake of following Foxup Road to far and had to push our bikes up the fellside to get on bridleway again but once we were through Swarth Gill Gate which is the highest point of the crossing we rode our bikes most of along the bridleway across Horton Moor down to Hull Pot which is worth stopping to look at.

From Hull Pot it was quite fast ride down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, there were a lot more out walking as we got nearer the village, we stop for afternoon brew at the Pen-y-genth Cafe.

After our cafe stop, we followed the lane out of Horton-in-Ribblesdale up the eastern side Ribblesdale, through the hamlet of New Houses and after bit  more climbing we join the new section of the Pennine Bridleway which we followed over to other of the valley, crossing over the River Ribble via Pennine Bridleway Bridge. Once got the other side of the valley we cross over the B6479 and continue on the Pennine Bridleway following up to Sulber Gate and Clapdale where we left the Pennine Bridleway to follow Thwaite Lane into Clapham where the ride broke up.

By the time I got to my van park at High Bentham there was 43.20 miles on the clock, the average speed of the ride was 7 miles per hour and with 6 hours 11 minutes of riding time.

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