South Lakes Group

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July 14th 2013: A ride to Dent via The Craven Way

The cake photo at Inglesport Cafe where the ride started from.

Nick’s Second Breakfast at Inglesports Cafe.

On the climb up Oddie’s Lane out of Ingleton.

Looking back along the public byway towards Twisleton Hall.

Heading up the bridleway up Twisleton Scar End.

A view of the limestone pavement.

Thistle at side of the bridleway.

The view looking towards Ingleborough from the bridleway.

Regrouping stop with Ribblehead Viaduct in the background.

A sheep on the limestone pavement.

Heading along the bridleway towards Broadrake.

Looking back down bridleway towards the signalbox at Bleamoor Sidings.

A lunchtime view at side of Little Dale Beck.

The view from the Aqueduct of the start of the Bleamoor Tunnel.

Looking back down the bridleway on the climb up Force Gill Ridge.

At top of the climb.

Heading along Craven Way towards Dent.

A bit further along the bridleway.

Heading down the track into Dentdale.

A photo stop as we head down into Dentdale.

A view of old house in Dent.

Cake photo one at Stone Close Cottage Tearoom in Dent where we stop for afternoon brew

Cake photo two at Stone Close Cottage Tearoom in Dent where we stop for afternoon brew

A view of Flinter’s Gill.

A view of High Ground Farmstead.

A view of the inside of the High Ground Farmstead

Near the top climb out of Dentdale.

The parting of the ways as rest of the group follows Green Lane towards Foul Moss where Simeon heads for home via Barbondale.

A view of track heading down to Keldishaw in Barbondale.

Foxgloves at side of the road above Barbon in the Lune Valley.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

I was few minutes late getting to start of the ride at Inglesport Café but there were four other members waiting for me and putting the world to right over a brew and in Nick case his second breakfast, yes I did earn my brew and cake as I’ve had rode my bike up from Halton and route include a bit off-road, it took me about hour and ten minutes to do going via Aughton and Melling.

The great thing about meeting in café it encourages members to ride there bikes to start ride, as they know you going to be stopping for half hour for brew and chat, it good way for those who new to the group, to get know other members on the ride.

Anyway after putting the world to right, we headed out of Ingleton up Oddies Lane, then up the public byway to Twisleton Hall and then followed the bridleway up Twisleton Scar End, yes a lot of climbing in the first few miles put well worth it for the views across the limestone pavement. For next few miles we followed the bridleway across Ewes Top Moss, then Rantree Moss and then Blake Bank Moss before joining the bridleway up to Ellerbeck from Chapel-le-dale which we stay on for next few miles as we followed the bridleway through several farms and houses as we headed up the valley to hamlet of Winterscales, there been a bit a work done on the bridleway with new gates and hardcore on one section across field, the farmers were taking the opportunity of the warm dry to cut the hay meadows.

After passing through Winterscales we soon join the main route up to Whenside from Ribblehead which is easy ride along as it was hardcore surface, we soon stop for lunch on the banks of Little Dale Beck watching the many walker heading up path to Whernside there must have been some good view from top of Whernside or someone selling ice cream at the summit.

After lunch, we cross over the Aqueduct which carries Force Gill over the railway line as well as the bridleway to start of next bit of climbing as we headed up Force Gill Ridge, once the route to summit Whernside left the bridleway the track improve as we join the Craven Way which we follow across the Craven Wold and down into Deepdale, where we follow the lanes into Dentdale where we stop for afternoon brew at the Stone Close Cottage Tearoom.

After our brew stop we headed out of Dent bridleway up Flinter’s Gill, part way up the track we stop to look at High Ground Farmstead before continue up the climb out of Dentdale.

At top the climb on Green Lane, I said my goodbyes to rest of the party who were going to follow the bridleway around and over Foul Moss to High Pike where they would follow the tarmac down Kingsdale back to Ingleton.

After I said my goodbyes, I followed Green Lane over into Barbondale which I headed down into the Lune Valley before following the tarmac down the valley back to Halton.     

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