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19th August 2012: A ride to Malham

All I am going to say about the cake photo I had done a few hours at work raking bunkers before driving to the start of the ride at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham , so I was hungry.

We had to wait for few minutes for local farmer to move some cows on Wood Lane near Austwick.

Regrouping at a gate, as we followed the bridleway from  Feizor to Giggleswick Scar.

Looking back on the climb out of Feizor

A bit further along the bridleway.

Shutting the gate at end of the bridleway.

Following the bridleway through Lodge Farm near Settle.

The cake photo at the Old Barn Cafe in Malham.

Norman looking at the view outside the cafe.

On the climb up Hawthorn Lane out of Gordale.

Crossing one of the fords on Mastiles Lane.

A bit further along Mastiles Lane heading towards Malham Tarn.

At another ford crossing on Mastiles Lane.

Heading along Henside Road.

Heading along Moor head Lane towards Helwith Bridge.

Chris.

Heading down into Ribblesdale on the Moor Head Lane track.

A bit further along the track.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It was good turn out, with rain forecast for later on in the day. Once we had finished chatting and eating at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham. We headed out of Clapham on the B 6480 and then short section on the A65 before following the lanes into Austwick, we then headed out of Austwick on Graystonber Lane, after crossing over Austwick Beck via Austwick Bridge, we headed up Wood Lane where there was a few minutes waiting for farmer to round up some sheep, we then carry on up Wood Lane where we soon join the Pennine Bridleway which we followed in to Feizor.

In Feizor there was section on the tarmac before following the bridleway over Feizor Thwaite to Buck Haw Brow where we rejoined the tarmac and followed the B6460 down into Giggleswick and through Settle before turn off the tarmac again a few miles later to followed the bridleway up to Lodge Farm and then through Hudsa Plantation where we join Lambert Lane which we followed up to High Hill Lane where we rejoin the tarmac again . As we heading up Black Gill Lane the promise rain start to fall, so we stop for a few minutes to put on waterproofs before continue up the climb to top of Scosthrop Moor at 364 metres where we followed Peart Lane which soon turn into Grains Lane which then turn into Cow Close Lane into Kirkby Malham. From  Kirkby Malham we followed the road up the valley to Malham  where we stop for pre lunch brew at  Old Barn Cafe in Malham.

After our brew stop, we headed out of Malham on Gordale Lane which turns into Hawthorns Lane after crossing over Gordale Bridge. After a bit of climbing or walking up Hawthorns Lane we regroup at the top of the climb before continuing along the tarmac which soon ran out after Smearbottoms Gate where Hawthorns Lane turn into Smearbottoms Lane, we continue along Smearbottoms Lane which we followed for another good mile before turning on to Mastiles Lane where we stop for some lunch and in my case to repair a puncture.

After our lunch stop, we continue along Mastiles Lane, as we followed the lane to Street Gate we rejoined the tarmac again and followed the lanes pass Malham Tarn and along Henside Road to Sannat Hall Farm  where we turn off the tarmac again to follow the Moor Head Lane over to Helwith Bridge where some one turn shower setting to downpour setting as we followed the road over Swarth Moor and through Wharfe, outside Austwick we split up two groups with the main group following Thwaite Lane back to Clapham . Myself  and Geoff  keeping on the tarmac, both groups got back to Clapham at about the same time.

You can check out Ian’s photos of the ride at this link.

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Click here to see ride photos of the 25th August ride of the South Lakes Group to Clapham or click here to check out other Rough-Stuff Fellowship photo galleries on the web