31st March 2012: A ride to The Park and around Grizedale Forest.

The cake photo at the 1872 Cafe and Shop in Lakeside where the ride started from.

Logs at the side of the track as we head towards Greenodd.

Looking towards the Lakes across the River Leven.

Heading across the foot bridge to Greenodd.

Runners on the road at High Nibthwaite.

The start of the track at High Nibthwaite.

Looking back down the track into the Crake Valley.

A bit further along the track.

A technical section

A bit more climbing.

4x4 damage.

A lunch time view.

Brewing up.

The lunch time view.

Heading towards Low Parkamoor.

Looking back towards Low Parkamoor.

Looking at the view from the summit of ‘The Park’.

Chatting and looking at the view.

Following the track into Grizedale Forest from summit of ‘The Park’.

Regrouping before heading to the Cafe in the Forest.

Cake photo number one at the Cafe in the Forest.

Cake photo number two at the Cafe in the Forest.

Forest Art.

Bluebell at the side of the track.

A pond at side of the track.

The view from the fox looking back down the track towards the Grizedale Centre.

Heading down the bridleway into Dale Park Valley.

Primroses at the side of the track.

Crossing over the ford as we followed the bridleway over to Esthwaite Valley from the Dale Park Valley.

Following the bridleway through the woods.

Following the bridleway down into Esthwaite Valley.

At end of the track.

Following the bridleway down to Curnsey Bridge.

Reflections at the side of the track.

Curnsey Bridge.

Moss on a wall, as we climb up to Graythwaite Hall.

A view of a small tarn just out side Lakeside.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After meeting up at the Chapel House Wood car park, the three of us  followed the road down through Staveley-in-Cartmel and on to A592 before following the ‘A’ road towards Newby Bridge, then following the cycle path into Newby Bridge. Then from Newby Bridge we followed the road up to Lakeside where we stop for a morning brew at the 1872 cafe and shop where we were join by Ian who had use train part of the way before cycling the rest of the way to meet us at Lakeside.

After our cafe stop, we followed the road from Lakeside around through Low Stott Park to Finsthwaite, after climbing through Finsthwaite, we then continue through Town End and after bit more climbing we followed the road down to Causeway End where we crossed over the A590 and headed into Haverthwaite. After passing through Haverthwaite, we followed the cycle path from Low Wood to Greenodd. In Greenodd we join the A5092 for short section before turning off it at Penny Bridge and following the quite lanes on the east side of the Crake Valley through Spark Bridge and Low Nibthwaite, as we pass Arklid Farm we had navigate our way around a lot of runners on road doing some of race before turning of the tarmac at High Nibthwaite. We then followed public byway from High Nibthwaite, which slowly climbs out of the Crake Valley towards Grizedale Forest, we stop for some lunch part way along this track where we had some fine views of Coniston Water in the valley below.

After lunch we continue along track another mile before following the bridleway through Low Parkamooor up to the summit of the Park where we stop to look at the views. From there we followed the bridleway into Grizedale Forest and the various Forest cycle track down to the Grizedale Centre for afternoon brew at the Cafe in the Forest.

After we had finish eating and drinking in the cafe, we headed out of the Grizedale Valley, by following the public byway towards Esthwaite Bridge, at summit of the track we stop look at the large Fox which was part of the forest arts project, before heading along bridleways and forest cycle routes down to High Dale Park. Then from High Dale we followed another bridleway over to the Esthwaite Valley then section on tarmac before following the next bridleway down to Cunsey Bridge. Once we back on the tarmac again there bit of climbing through Moss End Wood, there was fast ride back through Lakeside back to Newby Bridge where Ian left to head back down to coast to catch the train home. The rest of us, headed back to cars at Chapel House Wood  via Staveley-in-Cartmel.  

By time we got back to the cars at Chapel House Wood we had 34.3 miles on the clock, the average speed was 8.1 miles per hour and 4 hours and 13 minutes of riding time.

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