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18th November 2012: A ride to Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre.

Regrouping at the top of Ashes Lane.

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

At the start of Dubbs Road

Ferns at side of Dubbs Road.

Reflections and looking back on Dubbs Road.

Looking back with Dubbs Reservoir in the background.

Regrouping at a gate.

Looking back up summit of Dubbs Road.

Heading down to Garburn Road.

Looking at the view at the junction of Dubbs Road and Garburn Road.

Following the bridleway up the Troutbeck Valley.

Heading down the bridleway to Limefitt Park.

Looking back down the public byway in Troutbeck.

At start of Mirk Lane.

Heading down Mirk Lane.

The view looking down to Lake Windermere from Mirk Lane.

A view of Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre.

Stopping for lunch.

The view Middlerigg Tarn from Wain Lane.

Looking back down Wain Lane.

Reflections on Wain Lane.

Following the bridleway across Trout Beck.

Heading along Moorhowe Road.

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

Chatting in Wilf’s Cafe.

Heading back to the cars along Ashes Lane.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After getting our bikes out of the cars at Ashes Lane, the four of us headed along Ashes Lane then down Crook Road to Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley for our morning brew where we join by Alistair, Graham and Mick.

After bit of discussion about the route, we headed out of Staveley and followed the cycle path along side the A591 to Ings where we turn on Moorhowe Road, then there was a bit of climbing to do before  we turn on to Dubbs Road. The track up to Dubbs Reservoir is quite easy to ride along but after passing the Reservoir there bit pushing of bikes to do before we got to summit of the track, then easy ride to the Garburn Road where we spent a few minutes looking up the Troutbeck Valley before heading down the Garburn Road to the cross roads with the Longmire Road where we followed the bridleway down through Limefitt Park and up to A592 where did a bit of road work before following a public byway into Troutbeck Village. After ridding through Troutbeck Village there was a bit more road work before we followed Mirk Lane down to A591 where there was small section on A591 before we head into Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre for lunch in the gardens of the visitor centre.

After lunch, there was stop to fix a puncture on Mick’s bike before we did some more road work on A591 before heading up Wain Lane, there was bit of pushing on the track before we rejoin the tarmac again for short section before following the bridleway from Town End to Longmire where there bit of road work on the A592, then bit of climbing out of Trout Beck Valley on Moorhowe Road before we followed the road down to Ings, then the cycle path along side A591 back to Staveley for afternoon brew at Wilf’s Cafe.

After a lot of chatting in the cafe we headed back to cars along Crook Road and Ashes Lane.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can find more photos of the ride taken by Alistair on Al’s Outdoor world at this link. To find out where we going next checkout forthcoming events page and don’t forget to post comment on our forum. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter. You may find more photos taken on this ride by other members posted up on the South Lakes Flickr Group.


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Click here to see ride photos of 24th November ride of the South Lakes Group to Grize Dale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.