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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10th March 2013: A ride to Cowan Bridge

The ride started at the Bridge House Farms Tearooms in Wray but only few miles into ride after climbing out of the Hindburn Valley, Peter rear cable broke.

Bike Surgeon at work.

At start of the bridleway at Cantsfield.

Heading along the bridleway into Tunstall.

Looking back across fields, as we followed the bridleway from Tunstall to Nether Burrow.

Reflections at end of the bridleway on the A683 near Nether Burrow.

Moss on a wall.

Heading along Woodman Lane toward Cowan Bridge.

The new tearoom at Cowan Bridge.

The view out of the Cowan Bridge Tearoom window.

Peter and myself decide to leave the sandwiches to later and eat something warm inside the tearoom.

A nice touch which came with the bill, the Cowan Bridge Tearoom as seating for 21 inside, maybe good place to start a few South Lakes Group rides from as there is car parking at the village hall for donations for £1 or over.

A tree in field on the road between Leck and lreby

A view of the Greta Valley from Bentham Moor Road.

Heading along the bridleway from Bentham Golf Club to Windy Hill.

Heading back along Long Lane to Wray from Low Bentham.

Cake photo at end of ride brew at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom in Wray.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

As its my usual practice for rides starting from Wray, I rode to the start of the ride at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom where I found Peter, Gwen and Ken waiting for me, after brew, a chat and course the piece of cake which I forgot to take a photo of which apologize for as I know a lot of you out there like the cake photos.

Anyway once we put the world to right, we headed out of the tearoom and followed the tarmac up the Hindburn Valley up to Mill Houses, then we followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russells, just passing through the hamlet Peter rear gear cable snap and for next half hour we watch Peter the bike surgeon at work he did have borrow a few tools from me.

Once the bike surgeon had finish we were back on the road again following the lanes pass Jackson’s Pasture down to Wennington where we did short section on the B6480 before escaping back on to the lanes again which we followed across to Wrayton where I think only saw one street light in this small village, after passing through there small section on the A683 before turning off at Greta Bridge to follow the A687 up to Cantsfield where we turn on to our first track of the day, a bridleway with interesting bridge half way along which we followed from Cantsfield across to Tunstall. In Tunstall we cross over the tarmac on to our next track another bridleway which we followed over to Nether Burrow, then we were back on the A 683 for small section before heading along Woodman Lane up to Cowan Bridge where we stop at Cowan Bridge Tea Room which post to be a pre lunch brew but turn into lunch stop this due to that it was cold and start to snow outside.

After warming up inside the Tearoom, we decided to abandon the plan ride up to Three Men of Gragareth because it was just to cold, so we followed the lanes pass Leck Church over to Ireby. After passing through Ireby we cross over the A65 and followed the lanes down to Burton in Lonsdale. After crossing the River Greta via the bridge in Burton in Lonsdale, we climb out of the Greta Valley following Bentham Moor Road up to Fourlands Hill where we turn on to Bentham Road which we followed into High Bentham.

In High Bentham we followed the bridleway across Bentham Golf Course over to Windy Hill, at end of bridleway we decide it was time to head back to Wray this was due to another snow shower, so we followed the lanes back down to B6480 which we follow through High and Low Bentham before off it to follow Eskewbeck Lane and then Long Lane back over Mill House and then the road down the Hindburn Valley back to starting point for the ride at Bridge House Farm Tearooms which was pack due to Mother Day but we manage to get a table for post ride brew.

After our brew stop we said our goodbyes to Gwen and Ken. Peter join me for ride back down the Lune Valley to Halton where I said my goodbyes to Peter.

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Click here to see the photos of the 17th March ride of the South Lakes Group to Borrowdale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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