30th June 2012: A ride along Mastiles Lane.

The cake photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham where the ride started from.

Heading up the track from Helwith Bridge.

Heading up Moor Head Lane Track.

Regrouping stop.

Waiting for the sheep to pass.

Looking back up Moor Head Lane.

Stopping at Street Gate.

Looking back at Street Gate.

At the start of Mastiles Lane at Street Gate.

Waiting at gate stop for Nick.

A lunch time view.

Nick heading through a gate.

Heading down to Wharfedale.

Chris closing the last gate on Mastiles Lane.

The view out of the window of Coffee Shop at the Kilnsey Trout Farm.

The cake photo at the Coffee Shop at Kilnsey Trout Farm.

Nick’s soup at the Coffee Shop at Kilnsey Trout Farm.

Flowers at side of the road as we head up Littondale.

The view looking down Littondale, as we headed to Ancliffe.

A view of Arncliffe.

The village stocks in Arncliffe

Heading up Littondale towards New Bridge.

The view from New Bridge looking down towards Litton.

The view looking down into Littondale from the public byway from New Bridge to Silverdale Road.

Looking back down the track.

Heading along the track towards Silverdale Road with Pen-y-ghent in the back ground.


Nick crossing ford number one.

Nick crossing the ford number two.

Nick crossing the ford number three.

Nick crossing the ford photo number four.

At end of the track.

A view from Silverdale Road looking towards Pen-y-ghent.

A brief stop before heading down Silverdale Road.

Sheltering from rain in Stainforth.

A view of Clapham at end of the ride.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

A good turn out for South Lakes Group ride of five members at this time of the year when a lot of members are away on holiday and with not that brilliant weather forecast from the Met Office which may have put some folk off, yes the weather forecast was sort of right with mixture of sunshine and showers, with one member putting sun protection on at lunch time but don’t think this work as about hour later we had taken shelter in cafe from thunderstorm.

I do tend here, that some members would like to come out with the South Lakes Group, put think they be a bit slow or that our rides are bit long or that we tend to stay out a bit longer than other RSF local groups, yes it quite true we tend stay out a bit longer at this time of the year but just about all the group rides are in one of best cycle touring areas in the UK, yes sometimes the pace on the rides may be fast but there plenty of regrouping stops and refueling stops in cafes, if you can do forty miles in few hours on road like our friends in Yorkshire Dales Group did on there wet Wednesday June ride from Ingleton around to Wray then following the lanes to Settle then back to Ingleton again, you should be able to manage to do South Lakes Group ride which at this time of  year is usually about 8 or 9 hours long, with about third to half of ride being off-road and the mileage being around 35 to 45 miles long at this time of the year.

Anyway get back to ride, once we finished eating, drinking and chatting, we headed out of Clapham on the B6480, then short section on the A65 before following the lanes through Austwick then climbing out Crummack Dale and following the road over Swarth Moor and down to Helwith Bridge where we join the B6479 for about minute of riding time before turn on to our first track of the day. We climb out of Ribblesdale following Moor Head Lane over to Sannat Hall Farm, stopping part way along to put on water proofs due to showers blowing up Ribblesdale and later for some sheep being move up the track by a local farmer. We rejoined the tarmac at Goat Lane which we followed towards Sannat Hall Farm before heading up Henside Road and then following lanes pass Malham Tarn to Street Gate where join the start of Mastiles Lane, there looks to been a lot of work done on the lane in the past few years to improve the surface of the track as we all manage to ride all way to Kilnsey, if you thinking of doing the track, I think the best way of doing it is from Street Gate to Kilnsey. We did stop part way along Mastiles Lane for lunch.

After lunch, I think it was bit of mistake for Nick to put the suntan oil on we just made it to the Coffee Shop at Kilnsey Trout Farm when the heaven open with a light show from a thunder storm, I did feel sorry for the walkers we passed on the way down to Kilnsey who caught out it.

After eating and chatting in the Coffee Shop, we headed up Wharfedale on B6160 for about half mile before following the road up Littondale to Arncliffe. After making our way through Arncliffe and stopping to look at the village stocks, we continue up the valley following the road through Litton before turning on to our last track of the day, the public byway from New Bridge to Silverdale Road, on this track there a bit steep climb out of Littondale, at bottom of the climb we had to put on our waterproofs yet again due a heavy shower blowing up the valley, after good half mile of pushing our bikes the track levels out and we could get on our bikes and ride. The highlight of this part of the ride was Nick trying ride across one of the fords on this track and end up with two wet feet.

After a few miles, we back on tarmac again and following Silverdale Road which turn into Goat Road down into Stainforth where we spent a few minutes sheltering under a tree near church from another shower before heading back to Clapham via Little Stainforth and Austwick, getting back to Clapham for around 6pm.

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