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

8th September: A ride along the Pennine Bridleway to Cam Fell.

Cafe photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham where the ride started from.

The view at top of Long Lane looking up the Pennine Bridleway.

Regrouping at the next gate and the view looking back down into Clapdale.

The view looking down into Crummack Dale from Sulber Gate.

A view of  Thieves Moss from Sulber Gate.

A Pennine Bridleway signpost, as we head down into Ribblesdale.

Regrouping after crossing over the B 6479.

Ian crossing over Pennine Bridleway Bridge.

Heading up the Pennine Bridleway from High Birkwith.

A view of a Barn at the side of the bridleway.

Wild flowers at Ling Gill.

A view of Ling Gill Bridge.

The pack lunch.

After lunch drink.

A view of the water filter.

Looking back down the Pennine Bridleway from Cam End.

Norman stopping look at the view as we follow the Pennine Bridleway down to Newby Head.

The view before down to Newby Head.

A bit further along the Pennine Bridleway.

A brew stop at the Fourth Peak Snack Bar at Ribble Head.

The view looking back to Ribblehead Viaduct.

Thistles at side of the bridleway as we head towards Iverscar

The view looking back towards the Ribblehead Viaduct from near Bruntscar Farm.

Heading through Chapel-le-Dale.

A view looking towards Ingleborough, as followed Oddie’s Lane down to Ingleton.

The cafe photo at Inglesports Cafe.

The view looking up the Doe Valley from the public byway up to Storrs Common.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was just four of us who met up at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham, after having chat about the future of the group, it was decide that I would step down as Group Secretary and become the Group Runs Secretary and Webmaster while Mike Nott would take over from me as Group Secretary.

Well after putting the world to right and finishing eating the lovely cakes, we headed out of Clapham through the tunnels and on to Long Lane where join the Pennine Bridleway. We headed up Long Lane, riding most of the track put in few places we had to get off our bikes and push them put we soon gain a lot of height, plus the day had warm up with the sun coming out.

After we climb out of Clapdale, it was quite easy ride following the track towards Sulber Gate with good views looking down into Crummack Dale. At Sulber Gate its always worth stopping to looking at the view across Thieves Moss which is one of seven wonders of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

From Sulber Gate, it quite easy ride down into Ribblesdale with good views of Pen-y-ghent across the valley, we regroup after crossing over the B6479 before following the new purpose built bit of the Pennine Bridleway across Far Moor to cross over the River Ribble via the Pennine Bridleway Bridge, then there bit of climbing to do before hit the tarmac which we followed to High Birkwith.

At High Birkwith there was more climbing to be done as we headed up to Old Ing, then it was fairly easy ride along the Pennine Bridleway to Ling Gill Bridge where we stop for lunch.

After lunch there more climbing to do as we followed the Pennine Bridleway up to Cam End on to the old Roman Road, from Cam End there was still a bit more climbing to do as we followed the Roman Road up to Cold Keld Gate where the Pennine Bridleway turn off the Cam High Road to head down to Newby Head, it was first time that I have done this part Pennine Bridleway from Cold Keld Gate down to Newby Head.

It was fairly easy to follow the track, Ian did fall off his bike part way along the first section but was okay after spending a few minutes resting on the ground. We carry on heading down to Newby Head and were pass by few motor bikes who had the landowner permisson to use this section of the bridleway.

At Newby Head we were back on the tarmac for next few miles down to Ribblehead were we stop for a brew at the Fourth Peak Snack Bar.

After our brew stop, we followed the next bridleway under the Ribblehead Viaduct around to Gunnerfleet Farm, then the public byway towards Winterscales before following the next bridleway around to Ellerbeck Farm and down into Chapel-le-dale. From Chapel-le-dale we headed down Oddie’s Lane into Ingleton for afternoon cafe stop at Inglesport Cafe.  

After putting world right sitting outside the cafe in the sunshine, we headed out of Ingleton on small public byway up to Storrs Common where Mike left us to head back home to High Bentham,

The rest of us headed back to Clapham along the Old Road.

It had be interesting day, with about 70% of route being off-road.

You can click here to download the GPS route files of the route. 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 for the 16th September ride of the South Lakes Group to Cafe d’Lune or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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