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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31st August 2013: A ride to Calton Fell.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway to Feizor for a morning brew at Elaine’s Tearoom.

The cake  photo at Elaine’s Tearoom in Feizor.

The signpost on the bridleway from Feizor to Buck Haw Brow.

A view of a tree with Settle in the background from Lodge Lane.

Another view across fields looking towards Settle.

The view from Black Gill Lane looking towards Pendle Hill.

Steve heading up Black Gill Lane.

A view of Kirkby Beck in Kirkby Malham where we stop for lunch.

A lunch time view.

A door at Hanlith Hall

The view looking back across the valley towards Kirkby Malham from Hanlith.

Steve heading along Windy Pike Lane towards Hanlith Moor.

The from Windy Pike Lane looking across the valley towards Malham.

Steve shutting the gate at top of the track up Hanlith Moor.

The view of the bridleway looking down Calton Moor towards Pendle Hill in the background.

Steve heading up the bridleway towards Weets Top.

The view from Weets Gate.

A view of top of gate post on Smearbottoms Lane.

Heading along Mastiles Lane.

A view of the ford across Gordale Beck.

Heading along the bridleway around Malham Tarn.

Information about the Malham Tarn Estate.

A Otter carving in the Orchid House exhibition.

Birds-eye Primrose carving in the Orchid House exhibition.

A view of Pen-y-ghent in the background from Henside Road.

A tree at the side of the road as we heading along the road towards Wharfe.

Ride report by Simeon Orme


There was only Steve waiting for me at Clapham, we decided not bother having a brew at the Reading Room Cafe but head off on the ride, so we headed out of Clapham on the B 6480, then headed along the bridleway along side the A65 before following the lanes into Austwick. After we made our way through Austwick village we headed up Wood Lane and then Hale Lane into Feizor where we stop for a morning brew at Elaine’s Tearoom in the hamlet.


After we put the world to right and chatted about recent trip to Sweden cycle touring for a month. We headed out Feizor, following the bridleway over to Buck Haw Brow, there was a bit of climbing to do before started to get the good views of Pendle Hill in the distance in deepest Lancashire. Once we drop down to Buck Haw Brow we were back on tarmac for the next few miles as we headed down into Giggleswick, then around through Settle before turn off the tarmac to followed the bridleway up Lodge Road  to Lodge Farm where we pass a family of cyclists out for the day from West Yorkshire, we got chatting to them a bit further up the track as they caught us as we followed the bridleway from Lodge Farm up to Black’s Plantation, a Rough-Stuff Journal hand over to family before we said our goodbyes to them. From Black’s Plantation, we headed along Lambert Lane (a part of the Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway) up to High Hill Lane where we rejoin the tarmac again which stay on for next several miles as we climb out of the Ribble Valley over Scosthrop Moor and head down to Kirkby Malham where we stop for some lunch on the banks of Kirkby Beck.


After Lunch, there short flat ride across the valley bottom before the next of climbing as we headed up through Hanlith, once we got to top of this small village the tarmac ran out and turn into Windy Pike Lane which was quite nice track to cycle along with nice views of Malham across the valley which look like it was quite busy with a lot of cars park up on the roadside.  All good things do run out as did Windy Pike Lane as it turn single track as we cross over on to Hanlith Moor, we push our bikes up the single track across the moor, after good 20 minutes of pushing we were at top of Hanlith Moor and after opening and closing gate we on Calton Moor. We then followed the bridleway up to Weets Top and headed through Weets Gate before dropping down to top of Hawthorns Lane where we next small section of tarmac along Hawthorns Lane which soon turn into Smearbotoms Lane. We left the tarmac again near Middle Laith and followed the public way over High Bank and down to Mastile Lane, we then headed along Mastile Lane towards Malham Tarn into a head wind, at Street Gate we stop chat  two mountain bikers where another Rough-Stuff Journal was handout, they were first folk we seen in over hour or so.


From Street Gate there was another short section of tarmac before following the bridleway around Malham Tarn stopping a few minutes at Malham Tarn House to look around the exhibition in the Orchid House.

We soon back on the tarmac again and climbing up and along Hernside Road, there few good views of Pen-y-ghent, as we followed Hernside Road over to Sannat Hall Farm where we turn off the tarmac again to follow Moor Head Lane down to Helwith Bridge.


From Helwith Bridge we followed the lanes back through Wharfe and Austwick back to Clapham.


It had been fine day of good views and good company.


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