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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2nd February 2013: A ride along Loughrigg Terrace to Grasmere

Looking back down climb up from Ings.

Nick at the top of the climb from Ings.

Regrouping at one of the gates.

Heading towards Outrun Nook.

Heading across Lake Windermere on the Ferry.

A dead tree on the shore of Lake Windermere.

Chatting on the bridleway to Low Wray.

The view up the Lake Windermere towards Ambleside.

At end of the bridleway at Low Wray, note the new surface on the bridleway.

Ducks in the River Brathay.

A view of the River Rothay

A view of the cave above Rydal Water.

A lunch time view.

Heading along the bridleway towards Loughrigg Terrace.

Looking down to Grasmere from the bridleway along Loughrigg Terrace.

Nick bike with Grasmere in the background.

Another view of Grasmere.

Another view from Loughrigg Terrace.

Another view of Grasmere.

At end of the bridleway at Red Bank.

Wilf’s Cafe at Town End.

Cake photo one.

Cake photo two

Looking towards Rydal Water from the A591.

The stepping stones across the River Rothay

Moss on a wall, as we followed the lane down the Rothay Valley to Ambleside.

Moss on a wall, on the bridleway up to Jenkin Crag

John looking at the view.

The view at Jenkin Crag

Another view at Jenkin Crag.

Heading along the bridleway towards High Skelghyll Farm.

The view from the bridleway looking down towards Lake Windermere.

A tree in a field.

Heading along Robin Lane towards Troutbeck.

Stopping above Limefitt Park.

Heading along Longmire Road.

Back at the cars in Staveley.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

It was bit wake up call to how fuel cost nowadays as call in at the services on the M6 to fill up my van, when it came to paying, I notice that  driver of large tuck in front of me, did not have much change out of £500 and did pass comment about it, he rely that only fill quarter of the tank of his vehicle up, that would get him to the other end of Scotland and back again.

You wonder why price of things continue go up, its the cost of fuel and transport and the reason why cyclists opt for two wheels instead of four wheels and if you going to use motor car or in my case a van to get to a start of ride, it must be over a hour away in riding time on the bike to offer value for money and reason for moving from outside your home. I did think about riding start of the ride which is about good two hours of riding time for me but at this time of year I would have end up riding back in the dark.

So I opt to use the van, which take around half hour to 35 minutes to get to Staveley it would help if read my own instructions about where the ride was starting from, as I pull into Ashes Lane where we usually start most of the Group’s rides from when visiting this part of the Lakes, got my bike out of the van and wonder where everyone was so check a copy of the current issue of the Rough-Stuff Journal (For those of you don’t know about the Journal, its our national club mag which come out bimonthly) to see where the ride should be starting from which was from outside of Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley. So I put the bike back in van and drove into Staveley and end up being about fifteen minutes late, which was to late to have brew in Wilf’s Cafe.

Once everyone had finish there brews in the cafe, the five of us set off on our adventure around the central lakes, I should point out that having five members on a ride is good turn out for the group, with few members away on holiday and at this point I am going offer warm congratulates to Geoff Smith who celebrating his 60th birthday in Barbados.

Anyway getting back to the ride, we headed out of Staveley, then follow the cycle path along side the A591 to Ings where we cross over the main route for motor vehicles into the central lakes and where most motorist find that if they don’t slow down going through Ings that the speed cameras do work.

From Ings there was bit of climbing on the gated lane over to Borwick Fold to do with plenty fine views looking back into the Kent Valley.

From Borwick Fold continue on the gated lane through Outrun Nook and then down on to B5284, which follow down to Ferry Nab where we use the ferry to cross over Lake Windermere, many thanks to Nick for paying for the ferry crossing, it cost a pound for a cyclists to use the ferry or a bit cheaper if you book of tickets.

Once we cross over the lake, we followed the bridleway along the shore of Lake Windermere to Wray Castle, I was wondering why on more technical bit or steep part of track near Bass How that it was so easy to ride this part of the bridleway, I look down noted that the surface of the track had be upgrade over the Winter months seen I had last rode along it which is not bad thing it does encourage more folk to get on two wheels.

Once end we got to end of the bridleway near Wray Castle, we were back on the tarmac as we did some road work as we follow the lanes up to Clappersgate, then the cycle path along side the A593 which followed to Rothay Bridge where we cross over A593 and head up a delightful lane which follows the Rothay valley up to Pelter Bridge.

At Pelter Bridge we followed the public way up to Cote How, then we followed the bridleway around to the caves above Rydal Water where we stop for some lunch by the side of the track.

After lunch we carry on along the bridleway which along Loughrigg Terrace with its fine views of  Grasmere and Dunmail Raise at end of the Rothay Valley.

We were soon back on tarmac again as we headed through Grasmere village to Town End where we stop at Wilf’s Cafe at Dove Cottage for afternoon brew, a bit more upmarket version of Wilf’s Cafe than the Staveley branch but well worth visiting.

After our afternoon  brew, we follow the old road over White Moss Common before dropping down to A591 which follow along the shores of Rydal Water to Rydal before off it to follow more quieter lane back down the Rothay Valley to Ambleside.

After making our way through Ambleside we followed the bridleway up to Jenkin Crag and then on High Skelghull, then along the Hundreds Road and Robin Lane down to Troutbeck where we follow a public way down to the A592 which we did small section on before following the bridleway through Limefitt Park and then along Longmere Road, at end of this track, we return to the tarmac and followed Moorhowe Road back down to cycle path along side the A591 which we followed back into Staveley. We got back to the cars in Staveley just after lighting up time.

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Click here to see ride photos of the 10th February ride of the South Lakes Group to Horton-in-Ribblesdale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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