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16th June 2013: Dufton Weekend Sunday ride to Great Dun Fell.
At Dufton Youth Hostel at the start of the ride.
Clothes where stipped off for the ascent to Great Dun Fell
A tree in a buttercup field
The road began to climb up in front of us
A breather at a gate
Mike Prestcott on route to the top
It just carried on and on!
Nick had nearly stripped off to just his shorts by now!
View back down the road to the Lakes
At the junction to Silverband Mine.
The clothes where piled on for the descent.
Mine artifact at Silverband Mine
Alistair & Norman on the descent to Millburn
A giant fungi by the bridleway
The refreshment stop at Long Marton
The same group as Saturday met outside Dufton Youth hostel at 9.30 am. The weather forecast was for low cloud in the morning. We decided to head up Gt Dun Fell and see what the weather would bring and how we all felt. Layers were soon stripped off as the sun made an appearance, as we cycled north on lanes to Knock. More clothing was shed for the climb up the tarmac road to the top of Gt Dun Fell, at a height of 848m, the highest tarmac road in Britain!
As we climbed, photos were taken and we stopped several times to admire the view. The group strung itself out a little with Norman disappearing off into the distance hotly pursued by Alistair. At the top we stopped for a food break and clothing was donned as we soon cooled off under the cloudy skies. The cloud base was well above the tops, but we all decided to head back to Silverband Mine and down into the Eden Valley.
Mike, being on his touring bike decided to return on the tarmac to Appleby for lunch, the rest of the group headed down and turned right onto the track to Silverband Mine. We had a good look around before saying our goodbyes to Steve who retraced his steps (should that be tracks?) to Dufton. Alistair, Norman, Nick, Eileen and I set off down the bridleway to Milburn. There was very little evidence of any path on the ground but a line was followed, steeply in parts, before stopping for lunch at a 400m knoll.
More descent followed before crossing Mudsill Syke near a couple of dammed ponds. We climbed steeply up before the bridleway changed to a footpath, complete with a stile! The OS clearly mark this as a bridleway, so we man/woman handled our bikes over the wall before continuing on our way. Lower down the path, we met more blue bridleway signs. A brief stop was had to photograph the huge fungi beside the track.
After a brief stop in Millburn I decided to link a few bridlepaths on the return route and hopefully find a refreshment stop. We headed towards Kirkby Thore on the tarmac before turning left at Hale Grange to ride a bridleway. After the first gate we got lost and ended up following the footpath past the Gypsum Works and into Kirkby Thore, no refreshments there though! We rode along Sleastonhow Lane to Long Marton where we said our goodbyes to Alistair. The remainder of the group took tea, coffee, a mars bar and beer in the local hostelry as we watched the road cyclists pass by on a Sportive. Roads where followed into Dufton where we went our separate ways.
Can I thank you all for turning up and making it an enjoyable weekend for all, I especially thank the good weather for turning up also.
You can see more photos of the Sunday Ride on Alistair blog Al’s Outdoor World at this link.
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