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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9th June 2013: A ride to Flinter Gill in Dentdale.

The cake photo at  The Cariad Coffee House in Kirkby Lonsdale where the ride started from.

Heading along Laitha Lane towards High Casterton.

Red Campion at side of the bridleway as we head towards High Casterton.

Heading along High Beckfoot Lane.

A bit further along High Beckfoot Lane.

Looking back across the ford near Treasonfield.

Old tractors on a day out!

More Tractors we had to wait to let them pass.

Heading along Low Lane towards Abba Farm.

Looking back along Low Lane.

Following the bridleway across the fields towards Low Waterside.

The view across the fields as we follow the bridleway from Low Waterside up to A683.

The view looking back, as we follow the bridleway through the woods up to A683.

The lunch time view.

Heading up the bridleway to Hun Bank.

Heading up Dentdale.

Bistort in bloom at side of the road.

Looking back across the fields as we headed into Dent for a brew.

The cake photo at Stone Close Cottage Tearoom in Dent where we stop for afternoon brew.

Outside the Stone Close Cottage Tearoom.

A view of outside of Dent Meditation Centre.

A view of the Dent Wishing Tree at side of the bridleway up Flinter Gill.

A view of Hawthorn Tree at side of the bridleway.

At top of the climb up Flinter Gill.

Looking back along bridleway towards the bridge over High Lathe Gill.

Looking back up the bridleway towards South Lord’s Land from end of track at Keldshaw

Heading down Barbondale.

The view of the River Lune from Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

If you were following a recipe for the perfect South Lakes Group club ride at home, you have some good friends (one old and one new), one ride leader, two good cafes, several interesting tracks to follow, great views, perfect lunch spot, a warm sunny day. You would then put all these in bowl and stir for several minutes before leaving it in the oven to cook for several hours before coming out with a classic South Lakes Group Ride which happen on this ride.

So after riding out from Halton to Kirkby Lonsdale, I found Simon Preston (he was the old friend and former Chairman and General Secretary of the RSF) waiting for me in the Market Square in Kirkby Lonsdale so we headed for a brew at the Cariad Coffee House in the Market Square, we soon join by Ian (You class him as the new friend as I have only known him for several years). After chatting, drinking and eating in the café we headed out of Kirkby Lonsdale crossing over River Lune via  Devil’s Bridge, then after crossing over the A683 and after a bit of climbing, we turn on first of the interesting tracks of day this was Laithe Lane which we followed up into Higher Casterton where there no street lights which means that price of property is out my league and maybe out of your price range as well, any way we follow the lanes through Higher Casterton into Casterton where we rode pass the School, then a bit more riding on the lanes before we rejoin the A683 for a short section of ‘A’ road before we turn on to Lowfield Lane which we followed down to Beckfoot Farm where there interesting Pack Horse Bridge which is worth stopping and looking at! The farmer tries to tell us it was dead end and we could not take our bikes along the bridleway we inform him that we could and we headed along High Beckfoot Lane  (which Ian put on his over trousers as there was a lot of nettles in some places along the track) towards Treasonfield where there a interest ford to cross via a small foot bridge. We were soon back on the tarmac where we had to wait for historic tractor rally to pass we later saw them park up in field in Dent. We followed the tractors up Betweengates Lanes before following a delightful public byway back to A683 which we stay on for few minutes of riding time before heading up Low Lane to Abba Farm. Then it back on the A683 for short distance. Before we followed lanes around to the Low Stock Bridge and then on to Middleton Bridge. At Middleton Bridge we followed the bridleway across the fields to Low Waterside. After following the bridleway down to banks of the River Lune, Simon discovers that he had a puncture which we stop to fix.

After the puncture was fix, we continue to the follow the bridleway across fields full of Buttercups before following the track up through woods fill with Bluebells in flower, up to the A683 again which we cross over and headed along Jordan Lane for about half mile before turning on to next bridleway which we followed down to the disused railway line which is short permitted bridleway (see ‘New bridleway on Sunday Ride’ on the members and site blog at this  link  for more information) between to bridges across the disused railway line, it’s a pity that hold railway line could not into cycle path up the Lune Valley.

Anyway we stop for some lunch near information stand at side of permitted bridleway which we use to lean our bikes against, there was some good views looking up the Lune Valley from our Lunch spot.

After lunch, we followed the permitted bridleway to end where we join our next track which we followed up to Hun Bank where we rejoin the tarmac again which we followed around Holme Fell then down into Dentdale. We stay on this lane as we headed up the dale which is all ways a delight to ride what ever the season. After short climb up to Gawthrop, we were soon dropping down to Dent for afternoon brew at the Stone Close Cottage Tearoom.

After our brewstop, we headed out of Dent up the bridleway along side Flinter Gill which is case of just pushing your bike up the track and stopping to look at the views. After a lot of pushing we made it up to Green Lane which near the highest point of the ride.

We then followed Green Lane over South Lord’s Land down to Keldishaw where we join the Barbondale Road and we then headed down Barbondale. Ian left us partway down the dale to do the bridleway over to Bullpot Farm. Myself and Simon continue down Barbondale before lanes down to Casterton, then the A683 back to Kirkby Lonsdale where we said our goodbyes.


You can see more photos of the ride taken by Ian on the forum at this link.

There more photos taken by Simeon of his ride home from Kirkby Lonsdale on the members and site blog at this link.

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