5th May 2012: A ride to Hellgill Force

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

The start of the public byway at Dovecote

A bit further along the track heading towards Garsdale Foot.

Getting near end of the first track with Garsdale Foot in the background.

A interesting gate, as we head down to the A684.

Primroses at the side of the Old Road as we head out of Garsdale.

Heading along the road into Grisedale.

A view looking up the road in Grisedale.

The view looking down into Grisedale from Grisedale Common.

The view looking back from the boundary gate on Grisedale Common.

Peter heading down the bridleway.

Heading towards High Shaw Paddock.

Looking back at High Shaw Paddock.


Looking back at end of the bridleway.

Peter heading along the bridleway to Hellgill Force.

Hellgill Force.

A lunch time view.

Looking back up the valley.

Following the bridleway down to Hanging Lund.

Pendragon Castle

Heading along the public byway to Croop House, with the River Eden and Lammerside Castle in the background

Ed heading up the bridleway from Croop House to Tommy Road.

The cake photo at The Cross Keys Temperance Inn at Cautley

Horses at the ford across the River Rawthey at Low Haygarth

The view from the Cross Keys Hotel.

The view looking up the valley to Cautley Spout from bridge across the beck.

Following the bridleway the valley.

Stopping to regroup at a gate.

A bit further along the track.

Following the bridleway from Fawcett Bank down to Thursgill.

Back on the tarmac again at Thursgill Farm.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

Ed, John and Peter were already in the Duo Cafe Bar by time I got there, after we done the usual catching up, eating drinking we headed out of Sedbergh, following the road towards Garsdale for about mile before taking the public byway to Garsdale Bridge and then the lanes around to Dovecote Gill where we followed the public byway up to Garsdale Foot. From Garsdale Foot we were back on tarmac again following a lane with several gates on it which had to be open and close down to the A684. We then followed the A684 up Garsdale, its quite interesting to see where all the houses are in the Dale as you climb up the valley but we were climbing out of Garsdale into Grizedale which is small dale that most folk do not known is there, we headed down the only road into Grizedale and follow it to until the tarmac ran out near East House. We continue on up the public byway and then bridleway over Grizedale Common. One thing you should note when you following the track down into the Mallerstang Valley once you see the B6259 in the valley bottom you need to bear left and follow the bridleway down the valley to Aisgill  Moor Cottages and do not follow what looks like the track down to the road which Ed and John did! Anyway Peter and myself followed the bridleway down to Aisgill Moor Cottages it was bit wet in places where Ed and John were waiting for us. We crossed over the B6259 and followed the bridleway around to Hellgill Force where we stop for lunch.

During lunch the weather got a bit colder and Peter said he was going back to Sedbergh. So after finish eating, we said our goodbyes to Peter and followed the bridleway down to Hanging Lund, we continue along the bridleway after Hanging Lung and manage lose the track, end up following a footpath down to B6259.

Once we back on the tarmac we headed down the valley to Pendragon Castle where we stop for few look around the Castle. From the Castle, we followed a public byway down the valley to Croop House and then bridleway up to Tommy Road. We then followed Tommy Road up on to the A683 and then followed the A683 for the next several miles down to  The Cross Keys Temperance Inn at Cautley for afternoon brew.

After our brewstop we decide to follow the bridleway from Cautley down the Rawthey Valley down to Thursgill, then the tarmac back to Sedbergh.

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