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29th September 2012: A ride to Borrowdale.

The cake photo at Farleton View Tearoom from where the ride started from!

Heading down to Lowgill.

A view of Lowgill Viaduct.

The Crook of Lune Bridge.

A view of small tarn on the climb up from the Crook of Lune Bridge.

Heading along the Fairmile Road

At end of the tarmac as we head up Borrowdale.

Following the bridleway towards Low Borrowdale Farm.

A lunch time view.

Stopping for lunch at High Borrowdale.

Looking back down the valley towards High Borrowdale.

Getting near end of the track, as we head towards the A6.

Heading down the public byway towards Ashstead from the A6.

One of the several gates we had to close and open as we followed the tarmac down the Ashstead Valley.

A view of Whinfell Tarn

Looking back on the climb up from Patton Bridge.

The cake photo at Natland Mill Beck Farm Ice Cream Parlour.

The Ice Cream Parlour Sign.

Looking at the information board at the start of Hincaster Trailway.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

The weather gods were kind to us with only a few rain showers and tail wind for most of the ride.

After riding out to start of the ride at Farleton View Tearoom from Halton, I met up with Chris, Steve and Mike our new group secretary inside the tearoom.

After putting the world to right inside the tearoom, we followed the lanes through Millness to the A65, after short section on the A65 we back on quite lanes and slowly climbing as we headed through Gatebeck and Holmescales up to Hutton Gate. Then continue on quite lanes over Essett Hill and soon join the Old Scotch Road which we followed passed Killington Reservoir, we continue following Old Scotch Road around Drybeck Hill and down to Lowgill where we cross over the River Lune via the Crook of Lune Bridge. Then there was bit of climbing to do as we head up on to Howgill Lane which we followed up the Lune Valley to the Fairmile Gate where Howgill Lane into the Fairmile Road. There always a lot of good views on this road as we continue up the valley, we soon crossing back over River Lune via the Salterwath Bridge and then heading through Low Borrowbridge, we stop for few minutes under the motorway bridge to shelter from a rain shower. We then cross over the A685 and then heading up the Borrowdale Valley, the first part of the road is tarmac through Borrowdale Wood before the road turns into bridleway which is hardcore track up to Low Borrowdale Farm, then the bridleway changes into path through the fields before changing back into hardcore track at High Borrowdale where we stop for some lunch at the side of the track.

After lunch we continue following the bridleway up the valley, there good views on both sides of the track as we head up the valley to join the A6 which we did a short section on before following the pubic byway down to Ashstead, from Ashstead continue down the valley following quite gated road to Harewood where we did a bit of climbing before following road  passed Whinfell Tarn down to Patton Bridge where there more climbing to do as followed the tarmac over to Meal Bank, then the A685 into kendal. In Kendal, we followed the cycle path through Kendal to Natland Mill Beck Lane where we try out a new cafe at Natland Mill Beck Farm Ice Cream Parlour.

After our refuelling stop, it was back on lanes as we headed through Natlands, Sedgwick and Hindcaster. In Hincaster, we did another off-road section on the Hincaster Trailway before getting back on quite lanes again as we headed through Viver, Stainton Bridge End, Woodlands and back to Wath Sutton where we said our goodbyes.  

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. You more photos of the ride taken by Chris 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.  

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Click here to see photos of the 6th October ride of the South Lakes Group to Garnett Bridge or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.