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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11th August 2013: A ride around the Hindburn Valley

The cake photo at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom in Wray where the ride start from.

Also riders on one of  the Ride with Brad rides were stopping at the Tearoom.

A view of post at the side of road as we headed towards Botton

A view of Cragg Hall.

A view of a farm building.

A view of the road, as we headed towards Birks Farm.

A view looking back down road towards Birks Farm.

On the climb up Furnessford Road.

A posh Garden Shed.

A view of inside of the Church at Lowgill.

A view of one windows in the Church.

Another view of the inside of the church.

The key to the door of the church.

A view outside of the Church.

A view of fern outside the church.

Surprising what you see crossing the road.

Moss on Millbeck Foot Bridge.

A view of the beck.

The view across the bridge.

Geese in a field.

At the start of the public byway to Botton Head.

A view of Botton Bridge.

A lunch time view

A view of bridge across Whitray Beck.

The view looking back down the road towards Botton Head.

Well we had go have look around the exhibition at the Maiden Bridge Gallery.

A view of inside the Gallery.

Another view of the gallery.

Another view of inside of the gallery.

A view of the bridleway between Ashley’s Farm and Russells

The view looking back at end of bridleway in Russells.

Teasel at side of the road in Russels.

The view from Trinket Lane.

The cake photo at our afternoon brew stop at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was strong tail wind which blow me up the Lune Valley from Halton to the start of the ride at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom at Wray where Mik was the only member waiting for me but there was plenty other cyclists about due to Ride with Brad rides calling in there!

Once we put the world to right over a brew, there was bit of climbing to do as we followed the lanes through to Botton which is collection of farmsteads above Wray and Cragg Hall is worth stopping to looking at it from the road side, for a few minutes. A lot of the buildings that make up Botton, date back to late 17th century and are quite impressive for this quite corner of North Lancashire.

Any way once passed through Birks Farm, we soon turn on to Park House Lane which we followed down to Furnessford Bridge where we cross over River Hindburn which is worth stop at to look at the views up and down the valley. Then there was a bit more climbing to do up Furnessford Road before we turn on to Spen Brow, then after about mile we followed the High Road passed Higher Stock Bridge where interesting garden shed in one of the gardens. After about half mile we headed down the road to Mill Bridge, part way down the road we stop to look around the church at Lowgill which well worth doing before following the tarmac up the valley through the villages of Lowgill and High Ivah before crossing back over River Hindburn via the Stairend Bridge. We continue on the tarmac following Botton Road through Thrushgill before turning on to first track of the day, the public byway down to Botton Bridge where stop to have some lunch.

After our lunch break, we continue to follow the public way to Botton Head where we rejoin the tarmac again and yes there was more climbing to do as followed the tarmac up and over Starkers Moor to the junction with the Lythe Fell Road which was about highest point of the ride and yes there was some good views of the Bowland Fells.

From there we headed along Lord’s Close Road which turns into Balshaw Road and after passing the Moor Cock Farm turns into the Slaidburn Road then we turn off this road with many names and we headed down Whitepits Lane where we stop to have a look around the Maiden Bridge Gallery which interesting place to look around for gifts or just look at the fine art on display.

After our culture stop, we followed the lanes down to Ashleys Farm to next off-road section of our ride which we followed through to Rusells where we rejoin the tarmac again; from there we followed the road down to Mill Houses, then heading up Trinket Lane and down Agnes Ing Lane to B6480 which we stay on for a few minutes before following the bridleway from Meal Bank Bridge into Wray which was a bit of mistake due the punctures we both got from the thorns left on the track after the hedges had be cut, anyway way we both made it back to Bridge House Farm Tearoom before we had to deal with mending punctures, after changing the tube in one of my wheels, we when into the tearoom for a brew and cake before heading for home.

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