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

3rd November 2012: A ride to Cartmel.

The cake photo at the 1872 cafe and shop in Lakeside where we stop for a morning brew.

The view looking towards Fell Foot across Lake Windermere from Lakeside.

Getting ready to set off from the cafe.

A view of Finsthwaite House.

A view of the Rusland Pool

Looking back along the Causeway.

A tree in a field.


Looking up the Crake Valley.

The view from foot and cycle bridge over the River Leven at Greenodd looking back towards the National Park.

Following the national cycle route along disused railway line towards Low Wood.

View of woodland at the side of cycle route.

Another photo of woodland at side of cycle route.

Looking back down the cycle route between Greenodd and Low Wood.

Following the bridleway Low Wood up to Low Brow Edge.

The view from the bridleway looking down into the Leven Valley

Looking back down the bridleway.

A view looking across the Race Course at Cartmel.

A lunch time view.

Following the bridleway across the race course.

Following the public byway down to Cark.

Cake photo at the tearoom at behind of the South Lakelands Nurseries and Garden Centre, there also cafe in the Garden Centre.

A view looking towards Broughton Lodge

A tree in a field above High Newton.

The view from above High Newton looking towards the Lakeland Mountains

There snow on the mountains.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Well I did think it was going to be a wet ride, as I was driving up to the start of the ride at Chapel House Wood, with low cloud hanging above the hilltops and with rain hitting the windscreen of my van the omens for the ride were not brilliant but once my van climb up the A590 from Lindale, it was like someone had flick a switch there was blue skies all around and stay that way for rest of the day.

There were three other hardy souls apart from me, these being Ian, John and Steve who brave the early morning weather to drive to the start of ride,

Once we got our bikes out of our cars and vans, we follow the lanes through Staveley-in-Cartmel, the a bit of road work on the A592 before cycle path into Newby Bridge. Then from Newby Bridge we followed the road around to Lakeside where we stop for a morning brew at 1872 cafe and shop.

After we put the world to right in the cafe, there was bit of climbing to do as we followed the road from Lakeside up to Finsthwaite, then we continue on the lanes as we headed through  Town End and Hill Top before dropping down into the Rusland Valley where we followed the Causeway across the valley where we did bit more climbing as we followed the road up to Bouth.

From Bouth there were a few ups and downs as we followed the lanes over into the Crake Valley where we spotted the first snow of Winter months on the Lakeland Mountains above Coniston Water.

We then followed the lanes down the Crake Valley to Greenodd.

In Greenodd, we crossed over the River Leven via the foot and cycle bridge and then followed the national cycle path through to Low Wood where we headed up the bridleway to Low Brow Edge. In Low Brow Edge there was more climbing to do as we headed through High Brow Edge and up to Low Gate.

There was bit more climbing to do from Low Gate before we followed the lanes through Beck Side and down to Cartmel where we stop for some lunch at the local cemetery.

After our lunch stop, we headed into Cartmel Village and then followed the bridleway across the racecourse and through Lane Park before heading along the public byway down to Cark where we stop for a pre lunch brew stop at the Tearoom at the back of  South Lakeland Nurseries and Garden Centre in Cark.

After our brewstop, we headed into Flookburgh, then we followed the lanes back up the valley towards Cartmel through The Green, Middle and Lower Birkby before heading through Cartmel.

From Cartmel, we followed the lanes up the valley and slowly climbing out of the valley, as we headed over to High Newton.

From High Newton, we headed down the old A590 and then cycle path along side the A590  getting back to the vehicles for 3.30pm.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You can find more photos of the ride taken by Ian on the forum 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.

Click here to see photos of 11th November ride of the South Lakes Group to Feizor or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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