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

Part of the ‘Where’s the Brew stop? The off-road cycle touring website’ The site about off-road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, local group events, the South Lakes Group and good photos


17th March 2013: A ride to Borrowdale.

Snow on a wall above the Red Well on ride up to start of the Kirkby Lonsdale.

A tree in a field near Whittington.

Looking across the Lune Valley.

Trees above Whittington.

The cafe photo at the Cariad Coffee House.

A view of Killington Reservoir from the Old Scotch Road.

Members of the Lune Racing Road Club who caught me and Norman up and we spend several miles ride with them from Grayrigg up to Ashstead.

The view look back down the public way from Ashstead up to A6.

The view heading down Borrowdale.

The view looking back up Borrowdale towards the A6.

A view of Norman on the bridge across Borrow Beck.

The view looking up Borrowdale from High Borrowdale.

Back on tarmac at end of the bridleway.

A lunch time view at Salterwath Bridge.

The view looking back up Fairmile Road.

Looking back up the bridleway from Ingmire Hall to Hebblethwaites.

Heading up the bridleway from Middleton Bridge to Jordan Lane.

A view of disuse Lune Valley Railway, a small section is a permitted bridleway.

A view of the new cafe in Barbon which was closed. It look like its open from 8am to 5.30pm.

The note in the cafe window.

The cake photo at the cafe at Casterton Golf Course.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

It was bit of surprise to see snow on the ground at Halton when open my bedroom curtains in the morning as we do not get snow so near the coast but the snow caught one motorist out by the snow at the junction of Kirkby Lonsdale Road and Aughton Road where his car ended up through a wall with police car guarding it, as I  rode up the Lune Valley to start ride in Kirkby Lonsdale, there was plenty opportunities to stop to take photos of the snow.

For change, I was first to start of the ride in the Market Square and was soon join by Norman who also rode to the start of the ride, after locking the bikes up we headed into the Cariad Coffee House for a brew.

There were know other takers for the ride, so after we finish our brew, we headed out of Kirkby Lonsdale following the B 6254 up to Old Town where we turn on to the Old Scotch Road which we followed for next few miles before following the road down to Lambrigg Head and on the climb up to Grayrigg Head where we were caught up by members of Lune Racing Road Club out on there club ride from Lancaster. We spend next few miles riding with them as we headed through Grayrigg and followed the lanes up the Mint Valley to the hamlet of Ashstead where we said our goodbyes to members of Lune Racing Road Club who were heading to Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley for Lunch.

From Ashstead we followed the public byway up to the A6, which we did short section on before following the bridleway down Borrowdale where the weather conditions were a bit grim at times but the views were great as always in this valley, it look like know one was living at the farm house at Low Borrowdale but there look to have been a lot of work done to farm and the bridleway over the Winter months.

We were soon back on the tarmac, as we headed down into the Lune Valley, after pasing through Low Borrowbridge, we stop for lunch on the banks of the River Lune by Salterwath Bridge.

It was quick lunch due to it being cold, we soon back on the tarmac heading down the Lune Valley on the Fairmile Road and then along Howgate Lane before following Slacks Lane down to the A 684 which did a short section on it up to Ingmire Hall where we followed the bridleway over to Hebblethwaites on the A 683 which we followed down to Middleton Bridge where we followed the bridleway up to Jordan Lane, with short detour on permitted bridleway up to Jordan Lane, for more information about this permitted bridleway check out this post on the Members and Site Blog.

After the last track of the day, we headed down the Lune Valley along the A 683 for about mile to Middleton Hall Bridge where we followed lanes through to Barbon where we going to stop at the new cafe but it was closed  so we continue on the lanes as we followed back on A 683, after passing through Casterton we stop for a brew at the cafe at Casterton Golf Course.

After our brewstop we continue down the A 683 and crossing over River Lune at Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale. Then after crossing over the A 65, we then followed the B 6254 down the Lune Valley at Newton we said our goodbyes, as we headed for home in separate directions.

You can click here to download  GPS route files of the route. To find out where we going next checkout forthcoming events page and don’t forget to post comment on our forum. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter. You may find more photos taken on this ride by other members posted up on the South Lakes Flickr Group.


Click here to see photos of the 21st March ride of the South Lakes Group to Grizedale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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