South Lakes Group

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For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in the South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales

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7th July 2012: A ride to Little Langdale

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Following the lane from Ings to Borwick Fold.

Getting ready to set off, after mending a puncture on Simeon bike.

On the ferry across Lake Windermere.

Looking back towards Ferry Nab across Lake Windermere.

Following the track along the shore of Lake Windermere towards High Wray.

At the start of the bridleway to Outgate.

Heading along the bridleway.

A foxglove part way along the bridleway.

Looking back, with Blelham Tarn in the back ground.

Following the bridleway up to Outgate.

The signpost for newest bridleway in the National Park.

Foxglove at the side of the track.

Looking back down the track.

A lunch time view.

A end of the bridleway, I just wish folk would park in front on gate on public right of way.

On the public byway from Knipe Fold to Oxen Fell High Cross.

A view of Tarn Hows looking down from the track.

Another view a bit further along the track looking down into Yewdale.

Heading along the bridleway from High Oxen Fell Farm to Hodge Close.

Following the bridleway from Hodge Close down to Stang End.

Following the public byway from the ford into the Little Langdale.

Mending Steve’s punture outside Little Langdale Village.

Public art? On the bridleway from Little Langdale over to Sawrey’s Wood in Great Langdale.

Heading along the bridleway down into Great Langdale.

Crossing over Great Langdale Beck.

The cake photo at Brambles Cafe at Chapel Stile in Great Langdale.

A view of the cafe.

A view of Loughrigg Tarn.

Another view of Loughrigg Tarn.

At the first climb on the bridleway over the shoulder of Loughrigg Tarn.

Bog Asphodel at the side of the bridleway.

Heading up the bridleway.

Following the bridleway down into Rothay Valley.

Back on tarmac at end of the bridleway.

The view from Jenkin’s Crag

Looking at the view from Jenkin’s Crag, where we stop for a eat up!

The view looking down into the Windermere Valley, as we headed towards High Skelghyll Farm.

Last photo of the day of Common Spotted Orchid, at the side of bridleway as we head towards Troutbeck.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

We manage avoid the rain on this week’s ride and it did help with know one putting on sun protection on, it was good turnout for South Lakes Group ride of six members with Steven travelling the furthest to get to start of the ride, we did get held up with two punctures on the ride but you can’t complain as we cycling around the only part of England where it was not raining.

Anyway once all the bikes were unloaded out of the cars, we headed along Ashes Lane and soon join Crook Road which we followed down to Staveley where we stop for our morning brew at Wilf’s Cafe.

After our brew, we headed out of Staveley, following the cycle path along side A591 up to Ings where we cross over the A591. To follow lane from Ings over to Borwick Fold and then around to Cleabarrow, we had to stop for several minutes on the lane before we drop down to B5284 for me to fix a puncture. After I fix the puncture, we headed down to B5284 and join it near Cleabarrow. We then followed the B5284 down to Ferry Nab where we use the ferry to cross over Lake Windermere.

On the other side of Lake Windermere, we followed the bridleway along side the shore of the lake to Low Wray, then short section on the road before following the bridleway to Outgate. In Outgate we headed along the lanes pass the Drunken Duck before turning on one newest bridleways in the National Park which upgraded from to footpath earlier on this year, we followed this new bridleway towards Sunny Brow, stopping part way along the track for lunch.

After lunch, we continue along the bridleway to Sunny Brow, the bridleway is well worth doing and you can ride the whole length of the track, I hope that motorists in the future do not block the gate at Sunny Brow end of the bridleway as we found out, its not rocket science just get out of your car and check which way gate opens before parking in front of gate on public right of way. Anyway we manage navigate our way around the park cars and join the tarmac again which we followed to Knipe Fold.

In Knipe Fold, we turn on our next track, a public byway which followed around the the back of Tarn Hows and over to High Cross, the party stopping a few times to look at the view and take photos. At High Cross we crossed over A593 and on to next track which we followed over to Hodge Close, then down to Stang End. From Stang End we headed down a quite lane to Slater Bridge where everyone in the party decide to keep there feet dry and use the bridge to cross over River Brathay instead of the deep ford. We then followed the public byway into Little Langdale where Steve discover he had second puncture of the day.

After the puncture was fix, we followed the public byway from Dale End and then the bridleway over down through Sawrey’s Wood into Great Langdale, then the bridleway through slate quarry, along the banks of Great Langdale Beck before crossing over the beck via the bridge, then we followed the tarmac up to Chapel Stile where we stop for afternoon brew at Bramble Cafe.

After our afternoon brewstop, we heading back down the Great Langdale Valley before following the lanes up to Loughrigg Tarn where we followed the permitted bridleway around the tarn, then the bridleway over the shoulder of Loughrigg Fell down into Ambleside where Steve left us head back to Ashes Lane, the rest of us followed the bridleway up to Jenkin Crag where we had eat up.

After our eat up, we continue on the bridleway through High Skelghyll and over to Troutbeck. From Troutbeck we followed Moorhowe Road over to Ings then the cycle path along side the A591 back to Staveley, getting back to the cars for 7pm.

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