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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7th December 2013: A ride to Sadgill

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley where the ride started from.

The view outside Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Heading along the bridleway from Scroggs Farm to Low Elfhowe

A cockerel at Middle Elfhowe.

The bridge over Hall Beck on the bridleway from Middle Elfhowe to Hall Lane.

Looking back at end of the bridleway towards Middle Elfhowe.

A view of tree in field from Hall Lane.

A closer view of the same tree, I leave it up to you which photo you like best!

The view looking back down Hall Lane.

A view looking across to Skeggles Water.

Reflections on the bridleway to Hollin Root

Heading up Longsleddale towards Sadgill.

A farm building at Sadgill.

A lunch time view.

Looking back on the climb out of Longsleddale

Heading down the public byway to Stile End.

Reflections on the road as we head down the Kentmere Valley back to Staveley.

The cake photo at the afternoon cafe stop at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

The weather was not brilliant and a bit of disappointment compare to glorious weather we had on last Saturday ride put it was big improvement from the storm that batter the UK on Thursday so at this on the year you can ask for the weather to stay dry for the ride which it did for the first part of the ride but as got further into the hills we did quite a bit falling on our heads, anyway I am getting head of myself, I should start at the beginning.


I was join on this cycle ramble into the hills by John and Jeremy, before you ask there new on John bike, so once we finish chatting and eating in Wilf’s Cafe we headed out of Staveley the the hills. Our first track of the day was just on the outskirts of Staveley, the bridleway through Scroggs Farm to Low Elfhowe, then there a bit of climb up to Middle Elfhowe where the local hen population were in full song. From Middle Elfhowe we followed the bridleway down to Park Beck and cross over it by interesting Pack Horse Bridge, then it was a bit of push up to Park Lane. Once we got back on the tarmac it fairly easy going for next mile until the tarmac ran out just pass Park House, we manage carrying on riding up the bridleway until we got to boundary gate between moorland and farmland where there was a bit more pushing to do instead of cycling as we followed the bridleway over to Hollin Root in Longsleddale, there some fine views on this bridleway of Skeggles Water and more as you drop down into Longsleddale looking up the dale. I did hand two journals too two sets of folks you never who’s interested in joining our national club.


Once we made it down to Hollin Root, we followed the bridleway across to the other side of the dale where we join the tarmac, which made for easy ride up to Sadgill where we stop for lunch.


After lunch, we followed the public byway from Sadgill over to Stile End, which is a lot easier to push your bike up and ride down the track to Stile End, after the improvements which been done over last Winter.


Once we got to Sitle End, it was getting a bit dam, so we decided to head down the Kentmere Valley back to Staveley for afternoon brew at Wilf’s Cafe before heading for home.


One of the mad ideals, while we chatting in Wilf’s for South Lakes Group rides in the coming year is night ride along the Salter Fell Road, John said he would lead this if there enough interest, so we need a bit feed back from you before its going to happen to gauge  amount of interest.


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Click here to see photos of the 15th December 2013 ride of the South Lakes Group to the Apple Tree Store Cafe or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites


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