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21st October 2012: A ride to Uldale

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

A view of the River Rawthey from the New Bridge.

Ivy on the New Bridge at Sedbergh.

A view of tree in a field, as I was heading towards Garsdale Bridge.

Rose-Bay Willowherb on the side of the A683.

A sign of Autumn, rose hips.

Looking back on the climb up to Bluecaster.

Leaves on the lane.

Looking back at start of the track at Bluecaster.

Nettles at the side of the track with the Howgill Fells in the background.

Looking back along the track.

Looking back across one of the fords on the track with the Howgill Fells in the background.

Heading toward Uldale on the bridleway.

A view of the Autumn Colour in Uldale from the bridleway.

Lock the bike up to walk a bit further up the valley but above five minutes later I pull  muscle walking up track and decide it was good ideal to turn around head back to the bike.

Autumn colour.

Autumn Colour.

Looking back up the valley, after crossing over bridge over River Rawthey.

Looking back down the bridleway.

Looking down the valley with the Howgills in the background.

Looking back along the road towards Uldale.

A lunch time view.

A tree in a field.

A view of the River Rawthey from Straight Bridge.

A view posh house in Sedbergh.

A view of the church in Sedbergh.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It was one rare days where you left wondering why you are only person at starting point for the ride, I could of understood if had been pouring down with rain but it was day of bright sunshine, good views and a lot of good Autumn colour.

So I lock the bike up outside the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh where the ride was starting from and when in for brew, hoping that someone else would turn up but know one did so after I had finished the coffee and the toast teacake, I headed out of Sedbergh on the A684 for the first mile, then following the public byway to Garsdale Bridge before following lane from Garsdale Bridge down to A683 which I continue on for next few miles, slowy climbing up the Rawthey Valley and stopping to take a few times to take photos before following the lane up to Bluecaster.

After you passed Bluecaster the lane turns into track which is wet in places and soon got two wet feet but there was some great views of the Howgill Fells.

I was soon turning off the public byway from Bluecaster to Rawthey Bridge to follow the bridleway to Uldale, there a lot good views on this bridleway but next I am going to do this after a few months of dry weather because in places there was quite a bit bog hoping but it was worth it to see good Autumn colour as I got nearer Uldale.

As got nearer Uldale, I decide to continue on following bridleway up the valley to see where the track when, after bit more pushing of the bike up the track, I decide to lock the bike up at side of track and walk up the bridleway a bit further hoping to get few good photos of the valley but this plan only last about several metres up the track when pull a muscle which was quite painful so I decide it would be good ideal head back to bike, once I had unlock it, I head back down the bridleway crossing over the River Rawthey via wooden bridge to followed the bridleway up into Uldale.

From Uldale, I followed the road down to Rawthey Bridge, then stop for bit lunch at side of A683. After lunch continue back down the A683 back to Sedbergh.

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