South Lakes Group

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For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in the South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales

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5th  January 2013: A ride to Hampsfell and Simpson Ground.

A view of the River Winster

The food photo at Butterfingers Coffee Shop and Restaurant in Grange-Over-Sands.

Inside Butterfingers Coffee Shop.

Getting ready to set off outside the cafe.

On the climb up Hampsfell Road.

Ivy on a wall at side of Hampsfell Road.

Heading along the public byway to Hampsfield.

A bit further along the byway.

Near the end of the byway at Hampsfield.

Heading up the public byway to Simpson Ground.

Looking back as Norman and Chris climb up the public byway as we head towards Simpson Ground.

Chris crossing the ford on the public byway across Simpson Ground Allotment.

Chris made it across with two dry feet.

Ian crossing the ford.

Norman crossing the ford.

Lunchtime view one.

Lunchtime view two.

Norman heading down the public byway.

A view of Cowmire Hall in the Winster Valley.

Following the public byway from the Winster Valley over to the Row in the Lyth Valley.

Heading down to the Row.

Stopping to look at the view as we follow the road to Raven Lodge.

Stopping to take a photo.

Regrouping on the bridleway from Raven Close to Mill Side.

Looking back up the bridleway to Strawberry Skye.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It always a good sign for ride leader when someone phone up first thing in the morning to tell you that he or she is coming on the ride, like Ian did it usually means there going to three or four folk on the ride other than your self, so the omens were good with a weather forecast than promise no rain for most of the day, so once put the bike in the back of the van I head up the A6 and the A590 to a new starting point for a South Lakes Group ride outside the Derby Arms which is just off the A590 near Witherslack.

After unloading my bike out of the van, I join Ian, Chris and Norman for pre ride chat.

Once we finished chatting and catching up, we followed the lane towards the A590 before following the bridleway under the A590 and then following the lanes across Meathop Moss passing  Ulpha before heading through Meathop, then crossing over the River Winster, then bit more road work before we join the the B 5277 which we followed into Grange-Over-Sands, a place with a lot of big hotels perch on the hillside around Grange-over-Sands with fine views of Morecambe Bay.

Once we were in Grange we decide to stop at the Butterfingers Coffee Shop by the town hall on the Main Street.

Once we put the world to right in the Coffee Shop, we head out of Grange on Hampsfell Road which involve a lot of climbing in places quite steep as we climb up this public byway but the lane soon level out as we turn on first track of the day which was upgrade from footpath to bridleway a few years ago which we followed towards Hampsfield, the first part of the track is access lane up on to Bishop’s or Tithe Allotment and is quite easy ride along but once we headed off the moorland the track got a bit wet in places as we headed down to Hampsfield.

From Hampsfield, we headed along Hollow Lane and then Cartmel Lane before following the old A 590 into Low Newton and over to High Newton where we climb out of the village on Height Road before following the public byway to Simpson Ground, then public byway across Simpson Ground Allotment where we stop for lunch by the ford.

After lunch, we continue along the track over Simpson Ground Allotment before rejoining the tarmac to do some more road work as we head down into the Winster Valley, after passing Cowmire Hall, we still had a few hours of day light so we did more road work before following the public byway over to Row in the Lyth Valley.

From the Row there was short section on the A 5074 before following  the lanes through the Howe, Draw Well and Johnscales before rejoining the A 5074 at Thorfor Bridge, we then continue down the A5074 to Sampool Bridge where we head along the cycle path to the Old Section of A 590 which is quite lane now before heading along the bridleway from Raven Close to Mill Side where we said our goodbyes to Norman who heading back to Levens where he had park his car.

The rest of us headed followed the lane towards Town End before heading down a small bridleway from Strawberry Syke down to Old A 590 which we followed back to car park near Derby Arms.

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Click here to see ride photos of the 13th January ride around the Arnside and Silverdale Area or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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