South Lakes Group

Your Local off-road cycle touring club

For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in the South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales

Part of the ‘Where’s the Brew stop? The off-road cycle touring website’ The site about off-road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, local group events, the South Lakes Group and good photos

24th November: A ride to Grize Dale

The cake photo at Cafe d’Lune at Conder Green where the ride started from.


Outside Cafe d’Lune.

On the climb out of the Conder Valley.

The view looking across the fields towards the Wyre Valley before we drop down to Lower Green Bank.

Reflections in the woods near Abbeystead.

Heading through the woods at Abbeystead.

Climbing out of the Wyre Valley.

Gwen waiting at the top of the climb.

Heading along the bridleway to Grize Dale.

The lunch stop.

The lunchtime view of  Grizedale Reservoir.

Heading down Grize Dale.

We follow this sign into Apple Tree Store Cafe at Wyresdale Park Estate.

Waiting for the food at the Apple Tree Store Cafe.

Cake photo one at the Apple Tree Store Cafe.

Cake photo number two at the Apple Tree Store Cafe.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

Peter Kenner honour us with his present by riding out to start of ride for brew and chat, he could not join us for the ride as he going to meeting about the Arnside to Grange cycle path later on in the day in Arnside. It was getting busy in  Cafe d’Lune filling up the cafe so we said our goodbyes to Peter and headed through Conder Green, then the lanes through to Galgate.

After crossing over the A6 in Galgate, we followed the road to Ellel, then turn on to Langshaw Lane and soon heading along Kit Brow Lane climbing slowly out of the Conder Valley as we followed the lanes over to Lower Green Bank in the Wyre Valley .

The road between Lower Green Bank and Abbeystead was close to motor vehicles due to buliding work on a bridge by the County Council but the room for bikes to get through.

We were soon dropping down to Abbeystead where we cross over the Tarnbrook Wrye and then the Marshaw Wrye before climbing out of the Wyre Valley.

At top of the climb we stop for John to point out the Pig’s Face.

After dropping down Cam Brow, there was a bit more climbing to do over the shoulder Catshaw Fell before following Long Lane back down into the Wyre Valley but we soon turn off this lane to follow the road passed Syke’s Farm  and then through the ford to the start of the bridleway down Grize Dale.

We stop for some lunch at head of Grizedale Reservoir.

After our lunch stop, we soon following the bridleway down Grize Dale, at the bottom of the dale there a bit of climbing to do before dropping down to Apple Tree Store Cafe at Wyresdale  Park.

It was the group’s first visit to this cafe and it was well worth it!

After our brew stop, we headed along the permitted bridleway along side Wyresdale Lake down to Long Lane.

We soon said our goodbyes to Gwen and Ken as they headed for home.

The four of us head across Cleveley Bridge over the River Wyre before following the lanes through to Forton where we said our goodbyes to John.

Then three of us followed the lanes  through Hollins Lane to Whams Lane, then up to Five lanes end before heading down to Galgate where we had to navigate through flood section of the road under the Motorway Bridge.

From Galgate it was back along the lanes to Conder Green where I said my goodbyes to Eileen and Nick before following the cycle path back up the Lune Valley  to Halton  before the promise rain.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. 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.

Click here to see photos of the 1st December ride of the South Lakes Group to Kendal via Gamblesmire Lane or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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