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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26th December 2012: The Boxing Day Walk around the Silverdale Area.

Crossing over the Railway at Waterslack.

Heading along the permitt footpath towards Challan Hall.

Looking across the fields to Hawes Water Moss.

Heading along the bridleway into Gaits Barrow Nature Reserve

A view of Hawes Water looking towards Challan Hall.

A pig at the side of the path as we head towards Red Bridge.

Another view of Hawes Water with Challan Hall in the background.

A view Trowbarrow Quarry Nature Reserve.

The cake photo at The cafe at RSPB Visitor Centre at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

Alistair’s Hot Chocolate.

A duck outside the RSPB Visitor Centre.

The start of the path to Jenny Brown’s Point.

Heading along the footpath.

The lunch stop.

The lunch time view.

Heading along the shore to Jenny Brown’s Point.

A view of Wood Well.

A view looking across the fields as we follow the footpath to the Row.

Walk Report by Simeon Orme

Well if you wondering why two cycling clubs get together on Boxing Day to have a walk, it some thing that cycling clubs have traditional done at this time of year which you can not explore on two wheels, we are lucky have area like the Sliverdale and Arnside Area ourstanding natural beauty which most of year the cyclist’s  ride through on the way some where else, so for past several years with our friends from Lancaster and South Lakes CTC Group we have explore the area on two feet instead of two wheels on a Boxing Day .

It good turn of nine members, with Pat and Fred Lloyd coming to the start to see us off, once all the chatting had been done, we headed off through the woods following the footpath to Waterslack, we join by dog for part of way until the owner caught up with us at Waterslack. Once the dog was reunite with its owner, we followed the footpath across the railway track and join the tarmac for small section of road work before following the permitted footpath to Challan Hall, there was quite a few mole hills along side the path. Once we pass Challan Hall, we headed down the bridleway to Gaits Barrow Nature Reserve and then followed the board walk around the shores of Hawes Water before following the tarmac up to Red Bridge where we join our next footpath which we followed up to Trowbarrow Quarry Nature Reserve. After looking the nature reserve we followed the footpath down to the road and headed to cafe at Leighton Moss Visitor for pre lunch brew.

After our brew stop, there was some more road work before following the bridleway down through Fleagarth Wood down to the shore where the bridleway turns back into a footpath, the path was wet in places a few detours had to be made before we got down to the shore where we stop for some lunch by old chimney near Jenny Brown Point.

After lunch we continue along the shore to Jenny Brown’s Point, before following the road up to Gibraltar Farm, we continue along a little bit further into the outskirts of Silverdale before following the footpath down to Wood Well. From Wood Well the path through the woods into Silverdale Village where there was bit more road work to do before following the footpath down to Silverdale Church where we followed the footpaths across the fields to Row and then there bit more road work before we got back to cars at Eaves Wood just before the promise rain of the day.

You can click here to download  GPS route files of the route. You can find more photos of the walk Al’s World 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 29th December ride of the South Lakes Group to Longsleddale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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