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

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9th December 2012: A ride to Dandra Garth in Garsdale.

The food photo at the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh where the ride started from.

The view looking up the Main Street in Sedbergh.

Looking at the view at Garsdale Bridge.

Heading up Dowbiggin Lane.

At the start of the public byway to Garsdale Foot.

A bit further up the track at the gate to moor.

Heading along the track towards Garsdale Foot.

At the start of the tarmac at Garsdale Foot.

A spring at side of the lane as we head down into Garsdale.

Ian today’s ride leader heading the lane to Garsdale.

Looking back down the A 684 in Garsdale.

The start of the bridleway at Dandra Garth.

Heading through the woods as we slowly climb out of Garsdale.

Looking back down the bridleway into Garsdale.

Following the bridleway across Black Hill Moss.

A bit further along the track.

Crossing one of the streams running along the moss.

Stopping for lunch.

The lunch time view.

Looking down the track towards Dentdale.

Looking back up the bridleway.

Steve and Alistair at the end of the bridleway in Cowgill.

Heading into the cafe in Dent.

Looking back up the road in Dent.

The sign for the Stone Close Cottage Tearoom.

Cake photo number one in the Stone Close Cottage Tea room.

Cake photo number two at the Stone Close Cottage Tea room.

Reflections on the lane between Shoolbred and Barth Bridge.

Ride report by Ian Wood

Today’s ride started from the Duo Café in Sedbergh. After we had drunk our fill, five of us rode along Sedbergh main st heading towards Kirkby Stephen. We crossed over the river Rawthey on the ‘new bridge’ before turning off left onto a track to Garsdale Bridge over the Clough River.  We then briefly re-joined the A684 before turning off right to Dowbiggin Foot. We then followed the minor road through Green Hollins to Dovecote Gill. Here we followed a rough, and in places wet track to Garsdale Foot where we met the tarmac again. This lane was then followed up Garsdale where we met the main road which we followed to Dandra Garth in the hamlet of Garsdale. Here the fun really began!


This bridleway was followed uphill, Chris riding more of it than most of us. This was followed up through a plantation before emerging onto the open moor. The weather up till now had been dry with cloud over the high tops. The ‘ride’ was in reality a push up a steep rutted very overgrown track. As we crested the top some riding was done over Black Moss which was still frozen in parts. Negotiating the wooden bridges was quite tricky as these were incredibly slippy. The sun even emerged, albeit briefly, at this point. The way down was rideable in parts, although one member of the group spectacularly went over the bars, it was a shame we weren’t quick enough to capture it on camera!


After stopping for lunch we followed the track down into Dentdale, then the South, quieter road into Dent village for tea and cakes at the Stone Close Café. We then followed the track from Church Bridge to Barth Bridge in Dentdale before following the Main road back to the start. The roads and tracks where very quiet, probably due to most folks Christmas shopping.


You can click here to download  GPS route files of the route. You can check out Alistair ride report on Al’s World at this link and see Ian’s photos of the ride on the forum at this link. To find out where we going next checkout forthcoming events page and don’t forget to post comment on our forum. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter. You may find more photos taken on this ride by other members posted up on the South Lakes Flickr Group.


Click here to see the ride photos of the 22nd December ride of the South Lakes Group to Glasson or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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