South Lakes Group

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23rd September 2012: A ride to Claife Heights and around Grizedale Forest

The cake photo at 1872 cafe and shop at Lakeside.

The view looking up Lake Windermere from the dock at Lakeside.

The cable to rear derailleur on Gwen’s bike had snap on the climb up to Graythwaite Old Hall.

Ken taking off the gear lever.

A bit later on!

Following the Bridleway from Cunsey Bridge up to Great Ore Gate.

Looking back down the bridleway to Moss Eccles Tarn.

Lunch time view.

A view of Wise Een Tarn.

A view of Highs Moss from the bridleway.

Chris crossing the ford on the bridleway from Low Wray to Outgate.

A bit along the bridleway as we head towards Outgate.

A view looking across the fields from the bridleway as we head towards Outgate.

Holly tree growing out of old tree trunk at side of the bridleway, in the background you can see Outgate.

A seat with a view in Grizedale Forest.

A small tarn in Grizedale Forest.

The cake photo at the Cafe in the Forest at the Grizedale Centre.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It was bit of surprise to find that I was first to the starting point for the ride at the Chapel House Wood car park usually about the last person to get to the start but I was soon join by Gwen & Ken and Chris. After we all got our bikes out or off backs of our cars. We followed the road down through Staveley-in-Cartmel and then short section on the A592 before following the cycle path into Newby Bridge where we cross over the River Leven to follow the road to Lakeside.

At Lakeside, we greeted by someone who had not passed there NVQ in customer service, shouting at Ken & Gwen not leave bikes by the cafe, as it where the boarding ramp for ferries was kept when not in use.

Anyway once the bikes where lock up we headed into the 1872 cafe and shop for our morning brew.

After our cafe stop, we headed out of Lakeside, following the road through Low and High Stott Park on the climb up to Graythwaite Old Hall the cable to rear derailleur on Gwen Bike broke, we had few technical problem threading a new cable through the gear lever only to find that the cable was to short to get to the rear derailleur.

After spending quite a bit time trying to replace the cable, it was getting to late to do the plan ride to Broughton-in-Furness, so after looking at the map myself and Chris headed off to follow the road down to Cunsey Bridge, leaving Ken and Gwen to pack away tools go hunting for a new cable in local bike shop.

At Cunsey Bridge we followed the bridleway along side Cunsey Beck up to Great Ore Gate, then cross over Cunsey Beck at Eel House Bridge to follow the lanes up to Near Sawrey. In Near Sawrey we followed the bridleway up on to Claife Heights, stopping for lunch at the classic viewing point looking across Wise Een Tarn towards the mountains of the western lakes.

After lunch it was case of following the bridleway through the woods down to High Wray where we followed the road down to Low Wray. At Low Wray we headed along the bridleway to Outgate where we were back on the tarmac again and follow the lane up to The Drunken Duck, then more road work as we headed through Knipe Fold  up to High Cross where we headed into Grizedale Forest following the forest cycle paths down to the Grizedale Centre for afternoon brew and cake at the Cafe in the Forest.

After our cafe stop, it was road work for rest of the ride as we followed the tarmac down the Grizedale Valley to Force Mills where we followed the lanes down the Rusland Valley before climbing out it near Border Moss Wood, it is quite a steep climb as we headed up to Hill Top, then there bit more climbing to do before following the lanes back down to Newby Bridge where we retrace morning route back through Staveley-in-Cartmel back to cars park at Chapel House Wood. Making it back to cars for 5pm.

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Click here to see ride photos of 29th September ride of the South Lakes Group to Borrowdale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.