20th May 2012: A ride to Harter Fell

At the morning cafe stop at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Heading up the Kentmere Valley.

On the climb up to Green Quarter.

Regrouping and chatting on High Lane.

Reflections on the public byway from Stile End to Sadgill.

Heading down into Longsleddale.

A tree at the side of the track.

Regrouping above Sadgill.

The view from the bridge at Sadgill looking up Longsleddale.

Waiting for Ian to mend his puncture.

Flower at the side of the track.

The start of the climb up Gategarth Pass.

Lunch time view at Brownhowe Bottom.

Another view at lunch time looking down the track.

More pushing as we head up Gategarth Pass.

The view at the top of Gategarth Pass looking back towards Longsleddale.

The view looking into Mardale, as we follow the footpath up to Harter Fell.

Another view of Mardale.

The view looking across towards Blea Water and Racecourse Hill.

Ian’s with Mardale in the background.

Looking back down the boundary fence towards Little Harter Fell and Gategarth Pass.

Another view looking down into Mardale.

Reflections in a pond as we follow the path up to summit of Harter Fell

The summit of Harter Fell.

Stopping to look at the view.

The view from Harter Fell.

Heading down to Nan Bield Pass.

At the shelter at the summit of Nan Bield Pass.

Heading down Nan Bield Pass into the Kentmere Valley.

A bit further down the track.

Looking back up the bridleway towards Nan Bield Pass.

Following the bridleway around Smallthwaite Knott.

Regrouping a bit further down the valley.

The cake photo at the afternoon brew stop at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Heading back along Ashes Lane back to the cars.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After meeting up Ashes Lane car park, we followed Ashes Lane up to Crook Road where Norman join us as he had rode up from Levens, the five of us headed down the Crook Road into Staveley for morning brew at Wilf’s Cafe.

After our morning cafe stop, we followed the main valley road up the Kentmere Valley, turning off it just before Kentmere Village, to head up Lowfield Lane into Green Quarter and then out of Green Quarter on High Lane, after bit of climbing we turn on to start of track from Stile End to Sadgill which is a public byway. At the first gate, we had to leave open for the local farmer as he was rounding up his sheep and wanting move them through the gate and off the open moorland.

It was quite easy ride up the track to the summit of the pass before following public byway down into Longsleddale, there some good views as we followed the track down towards Sadgill.

In Sadgill, we cross the bridge over River Sprint and headed up Longsleddale on the next track of the day, we soon had to stop for Ian to mend a puncture.

After a bit of waiting for Ian to finishing mending his puncture, we started the long climb up the track towards Gategarth Pass, we rode the first bit and then it was case of getting off and pushing the bike up the track. After a lot of pushing, the track levels off in Brownhowe Bottom, we stop for some lunch by side of the track.

After our lunch it was case doing some more pushing of the bikes up the rest of Gategarth Pass, at the summit of pass we followed the footpath to the summit of Harter Fell  and stopping a number of times to look at the views before following the footpath down to Nan Bield Pass which was quite tricky in places, you do need clean day with no cloud do this section of the footpath. At the summit of Nan Bield Pass we had regrouping stop before following the bridleway down into the Kentmere Valley, some of the party rode quite a bit of the bridleway where I end up pushing my bike down most of the first section of the track. After another regrouping stop at the ford at Ullstone Gill it was fairly fast ride down the Kentmere Valley to Staveley for afternoon brew stop at Wilf’s Cafe before heading back to the cars at Ashes Lane.   

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