19th February 2012: A ride to Shap

The cake photo at the Tea Room at the Old School in Tebay where the ride start from.

Crossing the River Lune on the Bridleway from the A 685 to Kelleth

On the public byway from Wain Gap to Barugh Bridge.

A bit further along the public byway.

Following the road down to Coatflatt Bridge.

At the start of the bridleway from B 6260 to Martinagap.

Near end of the bridleway.

Looking back down the Old Roman towards Thunder Stone.

Looking back along the bridleway as we follow it up Coalpit Hill.

A lunch time view.

There was quite a bit 4x4 damage on the bridleway over Coalpit Hill.

Heading towards Iron Hill on the bridleway from Oddendale.

At end of the bridleway.

Heading along the Old Water Board Road.

On the last climb up the B 6261 before dropping down to Orton.

At the afternoon cafe stop at The Conservatory Coffee House at Kennedys Fine Chocolates in Orton.

At the afternoon cafe stop at The Conservatory Coffee House at Kennedys Fine Chocolates in Orton.

At the afternoon cafe stop at The Conservatory Coffee House at Kennedys Fine Chocolates in Orton.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

Another good turn out of seven members including the General Secretary, after chatting and eating in the Tea Room for over half ‘n hour, we headed out of Tebay, following the road to Gaisgill, then taking minor lane we headed through Longdale up the Lune Valley, crossing over the A685 just after Midfield to follow the bridleway over to Kelleth and you use a footbridge to cross over River Lune, the bridleway on the Kelleth side is best done in the late Autumn or in the Winter Months or the early Spring due large number of nettles on sides of track on the climb up to Kelleth when we last did this bridleway in September but we did not suffer same problems as we did in September.

From Kelleth there was a bit road and bit climbing out of the Lune Valley to get us on our next track, a public byway from Wain Gap to Barugh Bridge where you need to stop a few minutes and look at the views as you head along this track. From Barugh Bridge there short section on the B6261 before we follow the lane down to Coatflatt Bridge then on to B6262 which we follow for short distance towards Orton before heading along the bridleway to Martinagap which is bridleway through several fields before hitting the tarmac again, I did manage to lose one of handle bar grips off my handle bars going along this bridleway. Anyway we soon back on the B6262, after about mile of climbing we headed off the tarmac again on the Old Roman Road from Thunder Stone and following the bridleway up Coalpit Hill where we stop for some lunch at side of the bridleway. There were some good views across the Eden Valley of the Northern Pennines.

After our lunch stop, we followed the bridleway along the ridge towards Oddendale over the summitt of Seal Howe, the bridleway is badly damage by 4x4’s and there sign along track asking folk to ring the police if they see any 4x4s on the track. From Oddendale we continue along the bridleway over Iron Hill before following the lanes down to Shap, where we check to see if the cafe was open but unfortunately it was close. So we followed the lanes down to Keld and then head along the Old Water Board Road to Wet Sleddale Road which we followed up to A6. From A6 it was fast ride along the B6262 to Orton for afternoon cafe stop at The Conservatory Coffee House at Kennedys Fine Chocolates.

After our brew stop, we headed back along the B6262 back to the cars at Orton.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route or click here to read Alistair report of the ride on Al’s Outdoor World. To find out where we going next checkout forthcoming events page and don’t forget to post comment on our forum or in our Photo Guest Book. 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 photos of 25th February ride of the South Lakes Group to Chipping or click here to check out other Rough-Stuff Fellowship photo galleries on the web.

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