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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29th December 2012: A ride to Longsleddale.

A view of flood fields from Ashes Lane.

At end of the tarmac on Ashes Lane by the Camp site.

Ivy at side of the track on Ashes Lane.

At end of Ashes Lane.

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe.

The view up the Kentmere Valley

Lichen on a wall on the climb up to Green Quarter.

The start of the public byway over to Sadgill at Stile End.

Looking back down the track.

Heading down the track into Longsleddale.

A tree at the side of the track.

Flooding on the road below Sadgill.

The view of the River Sprint from near Stockdale Bridge.

Reflections on the road near the church in Longsleddale.

A lunch time view.

The view of the River at Garnett Bridge.

Reflections in Garnett Bridge.

Trees in a field above Burnside.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

If I had not had my name down to be ride leader for today’s ride, I would of roll over and gone back to sleep after the alarm clock had gone off, as the rain was dancing on roof, so the omens were not very good for any one else turning up for the ride, so after watching breakfast news, I put my bike in the back of the van and headed up the M6 and then A591 to Ashes Lane for start of the ride.

After waiting several minutes there were no other takers for the ride, at this point a few years ago I would have turn the van around and headed for home but with price of fuel I decide to get the bike out of the van and had down to Staveley for brew, I was thankful for my Mum Christmas present to me of a Paramo Velez Smock which kept me dry and warm through several heavy shower during the ride.

Once the bike was out of the van, I headed along Ashes Lane with quite of flooding in the fields and in three places on Ashes Lane, then down Crook Road into Staveley for a brew at Wilf’s Cafe.  

After coffee and cake in Wilf’s, I headed up the Kentmere Valley with tail wind, the River Kent was high up and there was a lot flooding in the fields from the rain over past few days, I only saw one lone walker with a dog and several cars heading down the valley.

So after bit of climbing through Green Quarter, I left the tarmac at Stile End to follow the public byway over to Sadgill, there were two walkers at summit of the pass and think we surprise to see each other, a few minutes chatting with them before heading down the track into Longsleddale.

There was quite a bit surface water on the road as I head down the tarmac stopping for some to eat at the picnic table near the Church in Longsleddale.

After lunch which was cut short by heavy rain shower, I continue down Longsleddale to Garnett Bridge where I followed the Garnett Bridge Road down to Burnside, then the lanes up to Ashes Lane.

Lets hope we have some better weather in 2013!

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