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24th March 2013: A ride to Sadgill in Longsleddale

Cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley where the ride start from.

John’s new bike.

Heading up the bridleway towards Hundhowe.

Heading down the bridleway to Mirefoot.

Heading along the bridleway towards Braban House.

Outdoor Stairs at Braban House.

Following the bridleway across the fields towards Beetham Bank.

Lichen on a well near Beetham Bank.

Regrouping on the tarmac near Beetham Bank.

Regrouping at the junction of Garnett Bridge with Potter Fell Road.

At Garnett Bridge.

Another view of Garnett Bridge.

Peter bike on Garnett Bridge.

A  lunch time view.

Heading up Longsleddale.

On a warmer day ideal place to stop for lunch and look at the view.

The view from the bridge at Sadgill looking up Longsleddale.

John and Ian heading up the public byway out of Longsleddale.

Looking back down into Longsleddale.

Ian at summit of pass out of Longsleddale.

Heading down the track to Stile End.

One of the snowdrifts across the track.

Looking back up to gate on to fell at Stile End.

Looking back up the track.

Snowdrifts a bit further down the track.

The view looking up the Kentmere Valley.

Heading down the road to Green Quarter

Another view looking back up the Kentmere Valley from High Lane.

A view looking across the fields to Kentmere Tarn.

John’s Mobile cafe.

The cake photo at Farleton View Tearoom where we when after ride brew after getting fed up of queuing at Wilf’s Cafe for to long.

Ride Report by Ian Wood


The start/meeting point was at Wilfs Café in Staveley, quiet at this time of the morning. The forecast was for a very cold, breezy day with the chance of a few sunny spells, so I wasn’t sure who’d turn up. As I arrived, John first turned up, then Peter and Simeon. John told us he had bought another bike! A steel framed single speed cyclocross bike and his Orange was on E bay. John plans to convert this to a lower gear but a fixie, as it has a flip flop hub.


After a brew and some partaking in the cake, we headed out into the cold; I decided to take a lower level route than originally planned due to the wind chill factor. We headed out towards Kentmere before turning right over Barley Bridge following the road to Hundhowe. We then took the short bridleway to Mirefoot, then a right and left on the bridleway to Braben House and Beetham Bank. The road was then followed to Garnett Bridge and continued up Longsleddale. We had our lunch stop just outside the church and public conveniences in the valley. Peter and Simeon sitting at a picnic table while John and I chose a bench sheltered by a Landrover, the driver was a farmer who we chatted to while we ate.


After chilling off we got a move on down the valley to Sadgill where we crossed the bridge and started the ride/push up the track to Stile End and the Kentmere valley. The views opened out and the sun began to shine. Further up where previously it was very eroded and washed out, the track was in process of being repaired and re-routed slightly. As we ascended, snow drifts where encountered, making it difficult to push/cycle at times. Pictures were taken and before we knew it the high point had been achieved, assisted by the easterly wind.


Due to the temperature, none of us hung around for long before we descended to Stile End. More drifts where met, particularly on the walled lane near the barns at Stile End.

The road was followed through Green Quarter heading towards Staveley. At Ullthwaite bridge John and myself crossed the beck while Peter and Simeon headed down the road, the lure of cake being too great for them to resist!


John and I followed the bridleway to Browfoot then the lane to Scroggs Bridge before briefly doubling back on ourselves to follow the bridleway through Scroggs Farm and back to Wilfs café.

Due to the queue at Wilfs, John brewed up in the back of his Landrover for him and me on his newly fitted stove. We met Simeon and Peter leaving Wilfs who had given up trying to get served and headed off in there transport to Farleton view tearooms. The pull of tea and cake still being great!


At this point John realised he hadn’t seen his vehicle keys all day, and realised he must have lost them, luckily there was a spare key at home and John’s wife came to the rescue.


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Click here to see photos of the 30th March ride of the South Lakes Group over Salter Fell to Slaidburn or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.


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