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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3rd August 2013: A ride to High Greenfield

The cake photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham.

At top of Long Lane on the Pennine Bridleway.

Heading up the Pennine Bridleway.

Getting ready to set off at Sulber Gate.

The view across Thieves Moss from Sulber Gate.

Crossing the ford as we had down into Ribblesdale.

Regrouping at the Pennine Bridleway Bridge across the River Ribble.

Heading across the bridge.

A view of the bridleway at the other side of the bridge.

A lunchtime view.

Heading up the Pennine Bridleway with Ling Gill Bridge in the background.

Looking back along the High Cam Road.

A bit further along the High Cam Road looking back along the road towards Ingleborough.

The view looking across Fleet Moss  looking towards Bardale.

Heading along Oughtershaw Road across Fleet Moss.

Regrouping in Oughtershaw.

The view looking up the Greenfield Valley from Beckermonds.

The view looking down the valley.

A orchid at side of road in a meadow.

More wild flowers.

Looking back down into High Greenfield.

The view of Cow Pasture from bridge across the beck.

Regrouping at the top climb through the woods.

Following the bridleway across Low Birkwith Moor.

Crossing one of the several ford on this section of track.

Closing the gate.

Following the bridleway down into Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

The Afternoon Cafe stop at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe in Horton-in-Ribbledale where two of the party had egg and chips.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

A unwritten rule on South Lakes Group rides was broken concerning Nick's stomach which needs to be full, this usually taken care of at the morning cafe stop with a second breakfast if this does not happen he runs out of steam part way around ride and we all have to wait for him to refuel this happen on today ride this was due to the fact we spend a little less time in the Reading Room Cafe putting the world to right than we usually do or was it Nick and Elieen got held up by traffic on the way to start of the ride but unfortunately for Nick we were heading out of cafe as they about to come in, so he had to make do with sandwich while he got the bikes out of the car but we all suffer when later on when he ran out of steam just before High Greenfield this may have not be help by Ian saying that he stop at a tearoom in Beckermonds some years back but was not there now and with next cafe several miles away in Horton-in-Ribblesdale but when we did  get to Pen-y-ghent Cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, he made up for lack food earier in the ride with plate full of chip and eggs which another member of the group had as well.


Anyway I am getting head of myself, once we all ready to set off we headed out of Clapham up Thwaite Lane and then we followed Long Lane up Clapdale, then the bridleway over Sulber Gate where there some find views across Thieves Moss at the top of Crummack Dale which I think one of the seven wonders of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


From Sulber Gate we followed the Pennine Bridleway down into Ribbledale, once cross over the B6479, we continue on the Pennine Bridleway following it under the famous railway line that runs up Ribblesdale, then across Far Moor to the Pennine Bridleway Bridge which we use to cross over the River Ribble before continue along on Pennie Bridleway were there was bit of climbing to do as we headed through High Birkwith up to Old Ing, then we soon stop for some lunch.


After lunch we continue on Pennine Bridleway, crossing over Ling Gill Beck via Ling Gill Bridge before starting the climb up to Cam End which help via strong tail wind. Once we regroup at Cam End, we headed along the High Cam Road, which as good hard core suface on it now and with the strong tail we headed along this Old Roman Road at a fast pace and soon at end of road where we stop to regroup.

Before we turn on to the Oughtershaw Road, we let two police cars pass which later found out were going aid of motorbiker who had come off his bike at Beckermonds, after a little bit more climbing we came to highest point of the ride on Fleet Moss at just under 600 metics, yes there was some good views all around as we followed the tarmac down into Oughtershaw and then on to Beckermonds where we had afew minutes for emergency serivces to take care of the motorbiker who airlift out by helicopter and maybe feature on the BBC, as there was BBC cameraman filming the emergency services at work.


From Beckermonds we followed the tarmac up the valley to High Greenfield where spend a bit of time waiting for Nick to refuel before continue on through High Greenfield where the tarmac run out and turns into public way, then a bridleway which followed over into Ribbledale where we stop at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe.


After our afternoon cafe stop, we head down Ribbledale on the B6470 to Helwith Bridge which was busiest part of ride for traffic.


From Helwith Bridge we followed the road over into Crummack Dale, where three of the party decide to do extra loop on the Pennine Bridleway over to Feizer and then down to Austwick, I think this was something to do with wanting to work off the plate full of chips and egg in the cafe.

Myself and John decide to head back on the tarmac back to Clapham via Austwick and the new bridleway along side A65.


You can click here to see more photos of the ride taken by Ian Wood.

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Click here to see photos of the 11th August  ride of the South Lakes Group around the Hindburn Valley or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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