South Lakes Group

Your Local off-road cycle touring club

For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in the South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales

Part of the ‘Where’s the Brew stop? The off-road cycle touring website’ The site about off-road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, local group events, the South Lakes Group and good photos

25th August 2012: A wet Summer ride to Clapham.

The food photo at Bridge House Farm Tearooms.

A famous visitor to the Tearoom.

A close up of the famous visitor.

Pat and Fred Lloyd had come out to start of ride for a brew and see us off.

After riding several miles in the rain we decide to stop for lunch at the Inglesport Cafe.


Regrouping on the Old Road, after climbing out of Ingleton.

The view from the Old Road.

The waterfall at Clapham.

A closer view of the Waterfall.

The view River Wenning at Clapham Station.

A tree was blocking the road on Reebys Lane.

Tree photo two.

Tree photo three.

Tree photo four.

Ivy on the Hindburn Bridge, note brown colour of the River Hindburn.

At the start of Lune Valley cycle path near Bull Beck Bridge, note the flooding on the A683 in the background.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

Has I was cycling up to start of the ride at Bridge House Farm Tearoom at Wray, I had to cape up at Claughton and rain continue to pour down for the next few hours, so I was quite surprise to see Ken, Gwen and Steve waiting for me in the tearoom with Pat and Fred Lloyd who had driven up from Halton in the car for chat and brew.

After putting the world to right and looking at the photo of famous visitor that the tearoom had in the past week, we put on our waterproofs and said our goodbyes to Fred and Pat, headed off up the Hindburn Valley following the road up to Mill Houses. We then climb out of the Hindburn Valley, heading towards Low Bentham for the next mile before following the lanes down to Wennington, after small section on the B6480, we headed along Lodge Lane to Melling where we followed the public byway from Melling Moor to Hill Top, at end of the track we stop to put on better waterproofs and the plans for the plan ride to Ribblehead were thrown out of the window, due to weather conditions and low cloud over the mountain tops.

So we followed the tarmac around to Old Wennington and then Back Lane up Four Lanes Ends before heading into Ingleton on Bentham Road for lunch at Inglesport Cafe.

After a lot of chatting and putting the world to right, we head back out on our bikes again.

Anyway it was time get moving again, after looking at map to decide which way we would head back to Wray, we followed the Old Road out of Ingleton over to Clapham where we stop to look at Waterfall before heading through the village and after crossing over the A65 we followed lanes down to Clapham Station. Stopping for minute to take a photo of the River Wenning which was well up after a few hours of rain.

After climbing out of Wenningdale up to Dubgarth Hill, we turn on to Reebys Lane and after dropping down into Keasden Valley, we had to stop and navigate our way through the branches of a fall tree that was blocking the lane.

After we all navigate our way through the branches of the tree, we climb out of Keasden Valley and soon stop to tell group of cyclists from Liverpool about the tree, who were doing the Way of the Roses, they bit more concern where the next pub was going to be at!

We then continue on following the lanes back to Wray where I said my goodbyes to rest of the party before riding home.

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Click here to see the 1st September ride photos of the South Lakes Group to Kitridding or click here to check out other photo galleries on the  ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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