3rd March 2012: A off-road ride around the Northern Part of Lake Windermere.

The cafe photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Moss and lichens on a wall on the climb up from Ings over to Borwick Fold

On the public byway from Cleabarrow to High Lickbarrow.

Crossing the ford on the public byway from Cleabarrow to High Lickbarrow.

Mending the slow puncture, after cross over Lake Windermere via the ferry.

Following the bridleway along the shore of Lake Windermere up to High Wray.

Information outside the Church at High Wray.

A lunch time view.

The cake photo at Cafe altitude in Ambleside

Looking down on to climbing wall from Cafe altitude.

The view looking across the Lake Windermere as we follow the bridleway up through Skelghyll Wood.

At side of the bridleway as we head up through Skelghyll Wood.

The view looking down Lake Windermere from Jenkin Crag.

The view looking down towards Lake Windermere as we head towards High Skelghyll Farm.

The view looking back along the bridleway towards High Skelghyll, as we followed Robin Lane down into Troutbeck.

The view looking up the Trout Beck Valley from the Garburn Road.

A view of Longmire Road.

A sign of spring on Ashes Lane.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was only Chris waiting for me at the start of the ride at Ashes Lane, once we got our waterproofs on, we follow the usual route along Ashes Lanes where there alot folk from the campsite picking up litter along the lane which is always nice to see, I just wish folk would stop dropping litter in the countryside and take home with them. After passing the campsite Ashes Lane turns into a proper track before turning back into tarmac road at Ashes, from Ashes there climb up to the Crook Road which then followed down to Staveley for a morning brew at Wilf’s Cafe.

After chatting and eating in the cafe, we decide that plan route along the Old Shap Road was not good ideal due to the weather conditions and we would better chance of drier weather in the valleys than on the tops, so we decide that we would head around the northern part of Lake Windermere.

So we headed out of Staveley and followed the cycle path along side the A591 up to Ings where we cross over A591 and followed the gated road up to Borwick Fold, at top of the climb out of the Kent Valley we stop to take our water proofs off. From Borwick Fold its a bit up and down road through Outrun Nook to B5284 which we only stay on for few hundred metrics before following the public byway from Cleabarrow to High Lickbarrow, there nice little tarn at side of track which is not show on the Ordnance Survey map of area which is worth stopping a minute or two to look at, plus the interesting ford a bit further along the track to cross, you would not of guess that we were about two miles away from one of the honey pots of the Lakes that is Bowness-on-Windermere. From the end of the track at High Lickbarrow we followed the lane pass Mason Ground down to B5284 which we followed down to Ferry Nab where we waited a few minutes for the ferry to cross back over Lake Windermere.

It cost a pound to cross the Lake Windermere using the ferry, back on dry land again we had to stop for me mend a slow puncture in my front tyre before heading along the bridleway along shore line of Lake Windermere which we followed up to High Wray where we stop in the porch of the church to have lunch.

From High Wray its was few miles of road work, as we followed the roads around the northern part of the lake to Ambleside for afternoon brew at Cafe altitude which look down on to climbing wall.

After our afternoon brew we were soon back on the tracks again following the bridleway up through Skelghyll Wood up to Jenkin Crag where we stop look at the view before continue along the bridleway to High Skelghyll, then it we bit down before following the bridleway up to Robin Lane which follow down into Troutbeck. From Troutbeck we head down to Troutbeck Church on the A 592 and follow a short section of the A592 up the valley to Limefitt Park where we followed the bridleway through  the campsite up on to the Garburn Road which cross over to followed Longmire Road, we soon back on tarmac again, when we join Moorhowe Road which over Ings. From Ings it was fast ride back down cycle track to Staveley, then back along Crook Road and Ashes Lane to the cars park at end of Ashes Lane.   

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