18th  March 2012: A ride around the Northern Part of the Pennine Bridleway

The food photo at the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh where the ride started from.

A view of a small chapel as we head up the A683 to Street.

The start of the Pennine Bridleway at Street.

A bit further up the bridleway on the climb up to High Dolphinsty.

On the climb up from ford over Hashy Gill.

Regrouping at the next ford.

Crossing the ford via the bridge.

Looking back down the bridleway.

The view looking back down the bridleway from High Dolphinsty.

The boundary wall at High Dolphinsty.

A lunch time view.

Don and Peter chatting with Wild Boar Fell in the background.

Regrouping on the way down.

Waiting for Peter who had stop to chat to fell walker.

Heading down into Mallerstang.

Back on tarmac in Mallerstang Valley and at end of the bridleway over High Dolphinsty.

At start next off-road section of the Pennine Bridleway on the climb up to Water Cut.

Regrouping partway up on the climb up to Water Cut.

The Water Cut.

A view of Hell Gill Bridge.

Heading Yorkshire Dales National Park, yes the track improve a 100 percent with band on 4x4 and motor bikes.

Crossing the ford.

At one of several gates along the track.

A view of the single track section of the bridleway.

We all end up walking up this section of the track.

Looking back down the track.

Heading down the Pennine Bridleway towards Cobbles Plantation.

Crossing over the River Ure.

At the Moorcock Inn.

Following the Pennine Bridleway under Dandrymire Viaduct.

At end of the bridleway at Garsdale Station.

A view of the Howgill Fell from the car park Tom Croft Hill.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

We had good turn out of six members for start ride from the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh including a new member called Chris who was Witherslack who join us first time out on a ride.

After our usual chatting, eating and catching up inside the cafe, we headed out Sedbergh on the A683 and stay on it for next several miles climbing up through the Rawthey Valley with fine views of the Howgill Fells to look at and few regrouping stops we were soon at the Northern end of Pennine Bridleway at Street.

This part of the track is quite interesting route up to ridge of Wild Boar Fell at High Dolphinsty with few challenging fords to cross if you dare and alot of nice views when you stop to look back of Lunedale, the Howgill Fells and the Lakeland Mountains in the distance.

We were soon at High Dolphinsty where we stop for lunch with views of the Mallerstang Valley and the Northern Pennine Fells. Being just outside the Yorkshire Dale National Park, Mallerstang is very quite valley and off most folk radar and so you don’t see many people out on the fells in this area which may change if the Yorkshire National Park is extend next year or so.

The route down from High Dolphinsty into Mallerstang a bit more challenging and more suited to mountain biking tyres if wish ride down first part of track which interesting single track section but once you on the open moorland its quite a easy ride down into the Mallerstang Valley.

Once we were back on tarmac again we had short section of road work as we headed down the valley for about half mile before turning on to next off-road section of the Pennine Bridleway. It was steady climb from the road up to Water Cut a bit of public art at side of track where stop for the party to regroup and look at the view before continue along track which is public byway across Hellgill Wold to Hell Gill Bridge, you can understand name of the Gill when looking down into the Gill from the bridge. From Hell Gill Bridge the byway is close to 4x4 and motorcycle traffic once you cross over the boundary into the National Park which makes alot difference to condition of the track.

Once we cross over the boundary of the national park, the Pennine Bridleway follows the Highway for next few miles with some interesting fords to cross and alot of fine views to stop and look at before branching off on new section of bridleway down to Ure Force and then on to Moorcock Inn for late afternoon brew.

From the Moorcock Inn we cross over the A684 to followed another section of  new bridleway to Garsdale Station where we said our goodbyes to Don who had park is car in the Garsdale Station Car Park that morning.

From Garsdale Station back down Garsdale along the A684 back to Sedbergh.

For those of you like sort thing there average speed 6.7 mile per hour with 4 hours and 32 minutes of riding time and got back to cars in Sedbergh for about 5.45 pm.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route or click here to read Alistair ride report on Al’s 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 the ride photos of 24th March of the South Lakes Group to Long Preston or click here to check out other Rough-Stuff Fellowship photo galleries on the web.

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