24th March 2012: A ride to Long Preston.

The cake photo at the Bridge House Farm Tea Rooms where the ride started from.

Heading along Mewith Lane.

A view of Keasden Beck

Regrouping on the bridleway between Four Lane Ends and Craven Ridge Lane Ends.

A lunch time view outside the Reading Room in Rathmell.

Following the road into Long Preston.

A after lunch brew stop at the Tea Room at the Long Preston Post Office and Store. The tearoom is open from March to October.

Heading up Edge Lane, as we followed the Pennine Bridleway over to Settle.

The view from summit of the track over Hunter Bark.

Wood at the side of the track as we head down into Settle.

A view of Ribblesdale as we followed Stainforth Lane up the valley.

On the climb up Thwaite Lane from Slaindale

A view from Thwaite Lane looking towards Norber.

The cafe photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham where we stop afternoon brew.

About to follow the Road down through Cold Cotes.

Sun setting over the Lune Valley.

A evening view of the River Lune from the Lune Valley cycle path near Bull Beck Bridge.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was just five of us at the start of the ride at Bridge House Farm Tearooms in Wray, with Laura joining us for first time on ride and also nice to see Mike out again. We decide to sit outside in the sunshine for our pre ride brew and after putting the world to right and catching up with what everyone been doing over past week, we headed up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses, then followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells up to Long Lane which we cross over to head up Cross Lane on to Mewith Lane.

For next several miles we continue to followed Mewith Lane through Mewith Head and on to Keaden where Mewith Lane turns into Eldroth Road at Dubgath Hill. We continue along Eldroth Road passing through Eldroth until we got to Four Lane Ends where we turn on to our first track of the day, a interesting bridleway which we followed over to Craven Ridge Lane Ends where we pick up the tarmac again. We then followed Paley Green Lane down to the A65 where we did a short section on A65 before following the road to Rathell. In Rathmell we stop for some lunch outside the Reading Room. It was nice sitting in the warm sunshine.

After lunch we said our goodbyes to Don as he had to head back to his car, park in High Bentham due having to get back home early.

From Rathmell we did some more roadwork heading through Wigglesworth to Long Preston where we stop post lunch brew at the Tearoom at Long Preston Post Office and Store. The Tearoom is open from March to October but it will wise to ring to check on opening times if you planning to stop at the tearoom.

After our brew, we cross over the A65 and headed out of Long Preston on Green Gate Lane which soon changes into Edge Lane. On Edge Lane we join the Pennine Bridleway which we followed over Hunter Bark and down into Settle. In Settle we followed the B6480 around to Giggleswick where we headed up the west side of the Ribblesdale valley following Stainforth Lane through Stackhouse and Little Stainforth up to Swarth Moor, there some nice views of  the eastern side of Ribblesdale all way up to Swarth Moor.

At Swarth Moor we followed the road down into Crumack Dale, then headed along Thwaite Lane to Clapham for afternoon cafe stop at the Reading Room Cafe.

After our Cafe stop we followed the Old Road out of Clapham, then headed through Cold Coates down to A65 and cross over it near Whinney Mere Farm. From there we head along Dumb Tom’s Lane and ride broke up on Bentham Moor as Laura, Chris and Mike  headed back to High Bentham. I had continue on down Wenningdale and the Lune Valley back to Halton.

By the time I got home, I had clock up 61 miles and done 6 hours 3 minutes of riding time. The average speed for ride was 10 miles per hour.

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