After we all got our bikes out of cars and vans, our number total six which is good turnout for a South Lakes Group ride, we were planning on going for pre ride brew in the Old School Tea Room in Tebay put it not open till 10.30am on Sunday morning. So quick re plan of the ride took place, as we had Nick out on ride, as regular readers of the South Lakes Group ride reports know Nick’s stomach need regular stops fuel or runs out of energy. So the plan was to head for Orton to try out Silver Yard Cafe for our morning brew stop.
We followed the lanes up the Lunesdale, through the hamlet of Cocklake to Gasigill where we cross over the A685 and headed up the B6261, as there was bit of climbing to do get us out of Lunesdale, we so heading towards Orton, we must be getting soft as we stop under some trees at side road to shelter from a heavy shower of rain which soon pass over and we soon back on our bikes and in Orton in enjoying the delights of the Silver Yard Cafe.
After our brew stop, we heading out of Orton on the bridleway to Street Lane which was wet in places. Once we back on tarmac, there was short section of road work, once we pass Scar Side Farm, we headed up the bridleway towards Great Ashby Scar, there was quite a bit of climbing to do before we got to boundary of Great Asby Scar Nature Reserve, where we followed a interesting bridleway through the Reserve before following it down through Asby Winderwath Common where we stop lunch.
After lunch we soon back on the tarmac for another short section of road work before heading up the bridleway to Maisongill which hardcore farm track. From Masiongill we followed the bridleway through the fields to Asby Grange and then on to Whygill Head. There some brilliant views of the Eden Valley from this under use bridleway but you need to need Ordnance Survey Explorer Map navigate it.
From Whygill Head, we back on tarmac again and following the lanes around to Crosby Garrett, once we climb through the village, we followed the bridleway over moorland above Smardale to Bents where we had a eat up before following bridleway pass Bents Bunkhouse, then through Bents Farm and then down to Brownbr then over to Badger Hill where we rejoin the tarmac which we followed down to Newbiggin-on-Lune for afternoon brewstop at Lune Spring Garden Centre where we waited in comfort for Ian to mend his puncture.
After our refueling stop, we followed the old road back down Lunesdale back to Tebay.
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