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


1st December 2012 : A ride to Kendal via Gamblesmire Lane.

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley where the ride started from.

John’s new bike.

A view from the Crook Road.

At the start of Capplerigg Lane.

Heading along the bridleway towards Bell Hill.

A view looking towards Long Wood from the bridleway.

Following the bridleway around Bell Hill.

A view of the ford at bottom of Bell Hill.

A looking towards the Knott, as we follow the bridleway towards Cold Harbour.

A view looking back down the bridleway.

Heading along Gamblesmire Lane.

Stopping to looking at the view.

A bit further along Gamblesmire Lane

Looking back at the view at the summit of the Lane.

A lunchtime view.

Another lunch time view.

At end of Gamblesmire Lane.

Locking the bikes up outside the Waterside Wholefood Cafe in Kendal.

The cake photo at the Waterside Wholefood Cafe in Kendal.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It was one of  those bright sunny days, with deadly back ice on quite a lot of the minor lanes around Staveley, so there was only three of us at start of the ride at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Once we finished chatting and eating in the cafe, then looking at John’s new bike we headed out of  Staveley on Crook Road, I was first to come a cropper to the black ice and soon followed by John. So we decided that it would be a lot safer to walk with our bikes along the Crook Road until we got to Crook.

At Crook, we join the the B5284 for a small section before heading along Capplerigg Lane where we met with the same problems of  black ice on the tarmac, at end of the lane we turn on to the bridleway  which we followed towards Bell Hill, then down the side of Bell Hill to a ford which we cross via stone foot bridge, then from there we continue to follow the bridleway around to Cold Harbour where a short section on the tarmac before turning on to Gamblesmire Lane which is a public byway on the map.

There was a lot of good views along the Lane, as we followed it up to its summit on Cunswick Scar where we stop for some lunch at side of the track, there was good views all around us especially of the Howgill Fells.

After lunch we drop down to Underbarrow  Road which we followed into Kendal for after lunch brew at the Waterside Wholefood Cafe on the banks of the River Kent.

After our brew stop we said our goodbyes to Mick who headed back home.

John and myself  followed cycle path through Kendal before following through Kentrigg, Burnside and Bowston up to A591, then the cycle track along along side the A591 back to Staveley.  

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. 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 ride photos of the 9th December of the South Lake Group to Botton Bridge or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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