South Lakes Group

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1st September 2012: A ride to Kitridding.

At the start of the ride at the Refreshment Room.

On the bridleway from Greenlands Farm.

A view of the locks on the Lancaster Canal.

A view from the towpath of the canal.

The start of the bridleway up Holme Park Fell.

A bit further up the track.

Looking back down the track.

Steve looking at the view down into the Lupton Valley.

Remembering heroes.

A lunch time view.

The pack lunch.

Two brave members legs after pushing their bikes through bridleway full of nettles.

Looking back on bridleway at side of Lowther Plantation.

Following the bridleway through Whinny Plantation.

Looking back along bridleway as we over Kirkby Moor.

Steve looking at the church at Mansergh.

Another view of the church.

Cake photo one at the Kitridding Tearoom.

Cake photo two at Kitridding Tearoom.

Regrouping on the climb up Kitridding Hill.

Stopping to look at the view as we follow the lanes down to Nook.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After meeting at Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station, the five of us headed out of Carnforth on North Road, then soon heading along Kellet Road towards Tewitfield. In Tewitfied we cross over the A6070 and then followed the bridleway from Greenlands Farm up to the Lancaster Canal, then headed along canal towpath until we rejoin the tarmac at Saltermine Bridge. Then we followed the lanes for next few miles through Cinderbarrow, Hilderstone, Holme Mills and Holme before coming out on the A6070 which we did a short section on to Holme Park Farm where we pick up our next track. The first part of the bridleway is quite easy to ride along as it is farm track until you cross over on to National Trust land where the track start to climb, there some good views when you stop and look back towards the coast, it one of these tracks where you can ride bits and then walks bits but we soon back on tarmac again for some more road work, as we followed the lanes towards Hutton Roof.

After heading through Hutton Roof, we followed Gallowber Lane out of the village and after bit of climbing turn on our next bridleway which we followed towards Hollin Hall, part way along this track Norman’s bike got a puncture so we stop for lunch while Norman his puncture.

After lunch we had to battle our way along the next part of the bridleway which was overgrown with nettles due to wet summer, I must say two members of party Geoff and Rob were brave wearing shorts but we soon regrouping at bottom of the bridleway, then short section on the A65 before heading along our next track to Fleet. After passing through Fleet Farm, we did a very boggy bridleway along the edge of the Lowther Plantation and then through Whinny Plantation up on to Kirkby Moor, then there some more road work before following the bridleway through Deansbiggin, we then back on tarmac again heading towards Mansergh Hall. There some good views of the Lune Valley along this road.

At Mansergh Hall, we our next track Chapel Lane up to Mansergh Church where we stop at to have a look around the outside of the church.

From Mansergh Church we started the climb out of the Lune Valley up to Old Town where we join the B6254 which we followed towards Kendal for about mile before heading along Beck Lane for afternoon cafe stop at Kitridding Tearoom.

After putting world to right in the Tearoom, we made our way back to B6254 for the climb up Kitridding Hill, after bit of climbing regroup at the top of the hill and we then follow the B6254 pass Barkin House Farm where we turn off the ‘B’ road to follow some quite lanes down to Nook. In Nook there was short section on A65 before turning on to more quite lanes as we headed towards Farleton.

From Farleton it was case of heading along network of lanes through Holme, Holme Mills and Hilderstone back to Cinderbarrow where we followed the canal towpath down to Tewitfield, then Kellet Road and North Road back to Carnforth.  

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