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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18th August 2013: A ride to Crosby Garret

Sheltering from a rain shower on the way to Orton.

The cake photo at the Sliver Yard Cafe in Orton where we stop our morning cafe stop.

Ian’s chips at the Silver Yard Cafe in Orton.

Getting ready to set off outside the Silver Yard Cafe in Orton.

Stepping Stones across the beck in Orton.

Getting ride through a wet section of track on the bridleway from Orton to Street Lane.

A bit further along the bridleway.

Regrouping at end of first track on Street Lane.

Another tearoom.

The view looking back to Scar Side Farm on the next bridleway.

Another view looking back to Scar Side Farm as we followed the bridleway up side of Beacon Hill

Another view looking back down into Lune Valley as we follow the bridleway on to open moorland.

A bridleway crossroad.

The sign for the Great Ash Scar nature reserve.

A bit more information about the nature reserve.

A map of the nature reserve.

Rose-Bay Willowherb

Following the bridleway through the nature reserve.

Hawthorn at side of the bridleway.

Following the bridleway down Asby Winderwath Common.

The lunch time view.

At end of bridleway.

A view of small wood at Maisongill.

A view looking back down the bridleway towards Masongill.

Heading down towards Ashby Grange.

Mik on the bridleway from Ashby Grange to Whygill Head

The view looking back abit further along the bridleway.

Bindweed in Crosby Garrett

Alistair crossing a clapper bridge in Crosby Garnett.

Heading out of Crosby Garnett.

A view of the viaduct at Crosby Garnett.

On the climb out of Crosby Garrnet

A rock at side of the bridleway with the Howgills in the background.

Rocky outcrop at side of the bridleway near Bents Farm.

Historic writing in the rocky outcrop near Bents Farm.

A view of the camping barn at Bents Farm.

Nick heading along the bridleway towards  Friar’s Bottom Farm.

The cake photo at Lune Spring Garden Centre in Newbiggin-on-Lune where we stop for afternoon brew.

A view of outside of the garden centre.

The badge of our national club on Mik bike.

A tree in a field, as we headed down the Lune Valley.

The  view looking across Lunesdale towards the Howgills.

A view of Kelleth Old Hall.

A view of New House in Gaisgill

Ride report by Simeon Orme


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.


You can see more photos of the ride on Al’s Outdoor World at this link.

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Click here to see photos of the 24th August 2013 ride to the Winster Valley or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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