South Lakes Group

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10th February 2013: A ride to Horton-in-Ribbledale

Picnic table at the Crook n’ Lune car park and picnic area on my ride to start of the ride at Clapham.

The tolls board on the B 6480 near Low Bentham which I follow up to Clapham for the start of the ride.

Cake photo in the Reading Room Cafe at Clapham where the ride started from.

Chatting inside the cafe.

On the climb out of Clapham.

Regrouping on Crummack Lane.

On the bridleway above Crummack.

Regrouping stop at top of the climb out of Crummack Dale

The view looking across Thieves Moss from Sulber Gate.

Regrouping at Sulber Gate.

Looking back along Pennine Bridleway.

Following the Pennine Bridleway down into Ribbledale.

Lunch time view.

The cake photo at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe in Horton-in-Ribbledale.

At start of bridleway over to Feizor which part of the Pennine Bridleway, this where I left rest of the party to head for home.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway towards Lower Bark House Farn.

Signs of Spring in the Church yard at Wray.

The view from the Iron Bridge at Halton, I was quite please with myself once I got home with 52.8 miles on the clock and 5:42 hours of riding time being not one of best days of year so far for cycling in.

Ride Report by Ian Wood

The start of today’s ride was at the Reading Room café at Clapham. I met John as the café was opening. Once inside and seated we were joined by Alistair and Mick. Simeon turned up a little later after having cycled 17 miles from home! The weather was looking rather inclement, to say the least. As the ride leader I chose to alter the route to a lower level route.

We set off through the tunnels of Ingleborough Hall up Thwaite Lane, stopping for a quick breather at the junction of Long Lane. We then descended to Crummack Lane and followed the road/ track to Crummack farm. After the farm we headed uphill on the snowy bridleway to above Crummack Dale, Alistair being the only one to ride this bit.

Once the height was gained it was tiring cycling ploughing through the snow, those of us on 29ers gaining a slight advantage, while Simeon on his road tyres was finding it difficult. After a brief stop at Sulber Gate we quickly lost height as we headed towards Selside. The tarmac road was crossed to join the Pennine bridleway towards the new-ish bridge over the River Ribble.

Before crossing the river, we chose to shelter under a bridge carrying the Settle to Carlisle railway for a brief spot of lunch. As we climbed to the High Birkwith/New Houses road the full force of the wind and weather was met. We all chose to follow this road down the Ribble valley to the Penyghent café in Horton in Ribblesdale.

After tea, coffee and cake where consumed we headed down the B6479 to turn right at the Helwith Bridge.

After a short distance we said our good byes to Simeon who was cycling back home from this point. The rest of the group turned left and followed the bridleway to Feizor before heading to the ford at Flascoe Bridge. Mick and I chose to ride across it, successfully too!

When we met the road Mick and Alistair turned left and chose the tarmac to meet us at Thwaite Lane. John and I turned right and after a short stretch of tarmac we turned left and were soon back on the rough stuff again. Following the track past Slaindale to meet the others at the crossroads. We all then followed the bridleway back through the tunnels to Clapham.

We said our goodbyes and headed off home. We all agreed it had been a good ride.

You can click here to download  GPS route files of the route or you click here to read Alistair post about the ride on Al’s Outdoor World at this link or you can see Ian  photos of the ride at this link. To find out where we going next checkout forthcoming events page and don’t forget to post comment on our forum. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter. You may find more photos taken on this ride by other members posted up on the South Lakes Flickr Group.

Click here to see ride photos of the 14th February ride of the South Lakes Group to Coniston Water or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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