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

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6th April 2013: A ride around the Northern Part of the Pennine Bridleway to the Moorcock Inn.

Inside the Duo Cafe in Sedbergh where the ride started from.

Getting ready to set off in Sedbergh.

The start of the Pennine Bridleway near Street just off the A683.

The start off-road just after Street.

A bit further up the track.

A bit further on.

Getting near the top of the climb.

Looking back at the view from High Dolphinsty.

Mike looking at the view down into Mallerstang.

Lunch time view.

Ed heading down the track.

Regrouping and looking at the view with Wild Boar Fell in the background.

Pennine Bridleway signpost with Wild Boar Fell in the background.

Heading down the track into Mallerstang.

Looking back up the track from valley bottom.

On the next section of the Pennine Bridleway.

Crossing a snow drift.

Steve just cross over the snow drift.

Regrouping stop at the Water Cut.

Another view of the Water Cut.

A view of Hell Gill Bridge.

Heading down the track from Hell Gill Bridge.

Heading towards next snow drift.

A bit further on.

Another crossing of a snow drift.

Crossing this one was bit tricky.

A close up of Mike as he cross over this snow drift.

Looking back after crossing the snow drift.

Yet more snow drifts to cross.

The last snow drift to cross before drop down to Garsdale Head for a brew.

A view of the bridge over the River Ure.

The afternoon brew stop at the Moorcock Inn at Garsdale Head.

The end off-road sections of the ride at Garsdale Station.

A view of the Howgills from Tom Croft Hill.

Ride Report by Steve Gregson

Blue skies and the Lakes Mountains covered in snow lifted our spirits on the way up to Sedburgh and after a coffee together with an a.g.m. update, 4 of us set off northwards full of the joys of a late spring. Cautley Spout was noted rather dryed up before we turned eastwards onto the bridleway leading up to Wild Boar Fell. On the road, the two younger ones had forged ahead. It was a hard push steeply upwards,  sometimes riding, sometimes a struggle through snowdrifts.

In the lee of a wall on the Nab and with a spectacular panorama in front of us; a snow covered Mallerstang Common, a picnic lunch was enjoyed. It had been a very cold fortnight previously without any open - air eating! On the descent, it was sometimes possible to ride on top of the snow but when we inevitably fell, our bicycles stayed upright! Wheels buried in the white stuff.

Down into the Eden Valley and then across and onto the Lady Anne Clifforde Way with the drifts getting deeper and deeper until at the top there were quite steep slopes to conquer before a welcome descent to the Moorcock Inn. In the pub lounge, the Grand National was soon underway on the TV and it seemed rather like our day so far with us bunching up ( at gates) and sometimes falling at the obstacles.

The sign posts near the Inn; Hawes, Sedburgh and Kirkby Stephen confirmed we were on the high Pennines but only one section of the Pennine Way Bridleway remained before the rolling downhill, complete with a puncture and a split rim to deal with.

So, 5 Fellowship rides in 10 days, an advantage of living in North Lancashire and all had been dry although cold.  

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