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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25th May 2013: A ride to Barbon

The cake photo at the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station where the ride started from.

A view of the foot / cycle bridge over the River Keer.

Bollard in Warton.

Wood Carving of two monkeys in Warton.

Bluebells at side of the bridleway near Yealand Conyers.

Spring leaf colour.

Young Ash leaves on the permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss.

A view looking back along the bridleway across White Moss and Thrang Moss.

Crab Apple in flower.

Cowslips in flower on  the public byway into Hale

Wild Garlic on the public byway into Hale.

A view of  Pye’s Bridge.

A view from Pye’s Bridge Lane.

Looking back down Old Lane as I head towards Holme.

A view from the bridleway over Holmepark Fell.

Eary Purple Orchid on Holmepark Fell.

More Early Purple Orchids on Holmepark Fell.

Another view of Early Purple Orchid on Holmepark Fell.

A view of Dandelions on the bridleway to Newbiggin Lane.

Sundial at Badger Gate

A view of the Mill Pond at Lupton Mill.

Young leaf growth on the bridleway up from Lupton.

Primroses at side of the bridleway.

Lunch time view.

Looking back on the bridleway over Scout Hill.

A bit further along the bridleway near Cragmire Plantation.

Pony at side of the bridleway.

Looking back at end of the bridleway.

A view looking back up lane.

A view looking down into the Lune Valley on the bridleway from the Old Scotch Road to Rigmaden.

Bluebells in Park Wood.

A stable door on  estate building.

Marsh Marigolds on the Low Lane.

A view of small wood from High Road as I head to Barbon.

The cake photo at the new cafe at Barbon Stores.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Bank Holidays rides can be bit of hit and miss affairs to weather anyone other than the ride leader turns up at the start which was case for this ride which did really bother me as did in the past but club cycling is about the enjoying of cycling with others so it can be disappointing for a ride leader when know one else turns up for the ride which is understandable on Bank holiday weekends when quite a lot of you head off for a weekend away in distance parts of the UK.

As you gather from the above, I was by myself for the ride, so after coffee and cake in the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station, I headed out of Carnforth, crossing over the River Keer near Hagg Wood via the foot/ cycle bridge and then followed the public byway into Warton, then there was bit of road work through Warton before following the permitted bridleway from Warton Cricket Club and then another bridleway into the outskirts of Yealand Conyers where there was a bit more road work to do as I headed through Yealand Redmayne before following the bridleway which turns into permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss and White Moss which is delightful track to do, I was soon back on tarmac again for about mile before following the public byway into Hale. In Hale I cross over A6 and headed along Pye’s Bridge Lane, then short section of the B6384 before following the Old Lane into Holme. From Holme there was short section on the A6070 before following bridleway over Holme Park Fell where there was a lot of Early Purple Orchids in full bloom, there always some good views of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Mountains as stop for few minutes to look at the view before continuing climb up the track where I rejoin the tarmac at the 192 metric mark on the map where I lost a bit of height as I headed down into the Lupton Valley but I was soon back off-road following a bridleway across the fields full of Dandelions to Newbiggin Lane where it was back on tarmac again as I followed the lanes pass Badger Gate which as lovely Sun dial on the front of house above the front door. As I followed the lanes into the Lupton which are normally very quite was busy with traffic going the other way to Hutton Roof for the county fair and fell race, I did stop to chat with couple out walking the dog who happen to be cyclists and did know about the RSF so hand them a copy of the journal to read out of my saddle bag.

In Lupton across over the A65, then followed the bridleway up to wards Lupton High Farm, I soon stop have chat with local who did know about the South Lakes Group from the photo postings on the Singletrack Forum so another Journal was handed to read, after quite bit of climbing I stop for some lunch near Lupton High Farm.

After my lunch stop, I head through Lupton High Farm and followed the bridleway over Scout Hill, there always good views of the Lakeland Mountains from this bridleway.

At end of the track, there was more road work on quite lanes as I head down to Tarnhouse Tarn then along Green Lane before short section on the B6254 before heading along the bridleway to the Old Scotch Road where there was a bit more road work before taking the bridleway over Talebrigg Hill and passing Kitmere Tarn where the Rhododendrons were not showing any signs of coming in flower. Then continue down the bridleway through Park Wood which was fill with Bluebells in full flower before hitting the tarmac again and following it through Rigmaden Farm down into the Lune Valley where I cross over the River Lune via Rigmaden Bridge then it was on to last track of the day the delightful Low Lane which I followed through to Abba Farm. From Abba Farm there was section on A683 before High Road into Barbon for afternoon and cake at the Barbon Stores Café.

After my brew stop, I followed the quite lanes down the Lune Valley rejoining the A683 near Casterton and followed this road down to Devils Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale where I cross back over the River Lune to followed the B6254 and then the Kirkby Lonsdale Road down the Lune Valley back home to Halton.

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