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

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2nd March 2013: A ride to Little Langdale

The cafe photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

At top of the climb from Ings over to Borwick Fold.

Waiting for ferry.

Following the bridleway along the shore of Lake Windermere to Low Wray.

At the start of the bridleway from Low Wray to Outgate.

Looking back down the bridleway towards the ford.

Holly growing out of old tree trunk at end of bridleway at Outgate.

A lunch time view at Tarn Hows.

Heading down the bridleway to Yewdale.

A view of Shepherd’s Bridge in Yewdale.

A view of flooded Quarry at Hodge Close.

The ford at Little Langdale.

A view of Little Langdale.

Look back at end of the public byway over to Little Langdale in Elterwater.

A view of Elterwater.

Heading down national cycle route 37 from Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge

A view of the River Brathey.

The end of cycle path in Skelwith Bridge.

The cake photo at Cafe Treff in Ambleside.

Moss on a wall above Ambleside.

Heading up the bridleway through Skelghyll Wood to High Skelghyll.

Looking back down the bridleway towards High Skelghyll.

Heading down Robin Lane to Troutbeck.

Fixing a puncture in Staveley.

Back at cars at Ashes Lane.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

There was John, Chris and myself at the start of the ride with no other takers we follow the Group usual route along Ashes Lane and then down Crook Road for brew at Wilf’s Cafe at Staveley which about 15 minutes to do and then we spend another 15 to 20 minutes in a queue waiting to get serve which starting to become a problem which the management of Wilf’s Cafe needs to sort out soon, to be fair it is victim of its own success because they got  price right ie it cheap but with price of fuel to travel to lakes getting higher and higher each year that 15 to 20 minutes spent in queue at front of Wilf’s waiting to be serve could be spent cycling.

Anyway once we got serve and sat down, had our tea, coffee and our cakes. It was nice see large party female cyclists going into Wilf’s Cafe as we were leaving, we were soon on our way, following the cycle path along side the A 591 up to Ings where we cross over the A 591 to follow the gated lane over to Borwick Fold and then followed lane around through Outrun Nook down to the B 5284 which follow down to the ferry at Ferry Nab on Lake Windermere where we spend several minutes waiting for the ferry to make its way back across Lake Windermere. If never use ferry to cross Lake Windermere it cost a pound to take your self and your bike across Lake Windermere on the ferry.

Once we got off the ferry at the other side of the lake at The Ferry House, there was short section of tarmac before we were heading along the bridleway which follows the shoreline along Lake Windermere up to Low Wray, the surface of track as be resurface over Winter months which improves cycling along this track by 100 percent.

Once we got to end of the track at Low Wray there another short section of tarmac before following the bridleway from Low Wray up to Outgate. At Outgate we followed the lane up to the Drunken Duck and then road through Knipe Fold, then we started the climb up Hawkhead Hill, at top of the climb, there was more climbing to as we follow the road over to Tarn Hows where we stop for lunch.

After lunch we continue on the tarmac for about half mile before following the bridleway down into Yewdale, there was short section of road work on the A 593 before heading along new permitted bridleway from Glen Mary Bridge to Shepherd’s Bridge. From Shepherd’s Bridge we followed the road up to Hodge Close and the public byway down to Stang End where we followed the public byway into Little Langdale. From Little Langdale there another short section of tarmac before we were folllowing the public byway from Dale End over to Elterwater Hall where we were back on tarmac again as we headed into Elterwater. In Elterwater we turn on to national cycle route 37 which was busy with a lot of folk out walking, this off-road section of cycle route 37 was new to me, as we follow it down the valley to Skelwith Bridge, at the head of the lake where it turn back into a River fine viewing point to look back up Elter Water with the Little and Great Langdale valleys in the background. In Skelwith Bridge we continue to follow national cycle route 37 down the Brathay Valley, there was a bit of climbing to do as we climb up to Skelwith Fold but after that it plan sailing as follow the cycle route into Ambleside where we stop at Cafe Treff for afternoon brew and cake.

After our brewstop in Ambleside we soon escape the crowds by following the bridleway up through Skelghyll Wood  up to High Skelgyll and then the bridleway over to Troutbeck where did another small track through Troutbeck village which brought out on the A 592 at this point we were starting run out of daylight so we decide to stay on the tarmac as we followed the A 592 down the Troutbeck Valley for about mile before following Moorhowe Road over to Ings. From Ings we headed down cycle path along side the A591 back to Staveley where we nearly lost John due to puncture as both myself and Chris had back track to find him again. Once the puncture was fix, we headed through Staveley, then along Crook Road and then along Ashes Lane to the cars park at the end of the lane.

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