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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17th November 2013: A ride to Wray Castle

The cake photo at 1872 Cafe and Shop in Lakeside where we stop for our morning brew.

The view of  Lake Windermere from  Lakeside

Stopping to regroup near Graythwaite Hall.

A lunch time view from the shelter near Ferry House.

The view looking across Lake Windermere  toward Station Scar Wood from near Ferry House.

Following the bridleway up to Low Wray.

Peter at end of the bridleway at Low Wray.

The cake photo at the cafe at Wray Castle.

Chatting in the cafe.

More chatting in the cafe.

Getting ready to set off from Wray Castle.

A view of Esthwaite Water from  B5285.

Heading down the bridleway to Cunsey Bridge from Great Ore Gate.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

The promise sunshine which forecast earlier on in the week did not appear but this did not put off South Lakes Group members with eight members at start of the ride at the Chapel House Wood car park, including new member Howard from Ulverston and one of our national club directors Peter Kenner who was last out on South Lakes Group ride about six months ago!


Once everyone bike was out of the car and  we decide which cafe we were going to head for, as its getting to stage where we spoil for choice, as we had three options, so we decide to head for 1872 Cafe and Shop at Lakeside, so we followed the lanes down through Staveley-in-Cartmel, then a short section on the A592 before the cycle path into Newby Bridge where we cross over the River Leven and then there was some more road work as we head to Lakeside for our morning brewstop.


After we put the world to right in the cafe, we headed out of Lakeside on the Hawkshead road which we stay on for next few miles, after passing Graythwaite Hall, we turn off this busy road, then followed the lanes pass Low Cunsey Farm, over Cunsey Beck via Cunsey Bridge and then through High Cunsey before climbing up to B 5285 on the outskirts of Far Sawrey and then it was easy ride down to Shelter at The Ferry House for early lunch stop.


So after lunch, our plans of following bridleway up on to Claife Heights were abandon due to low cloud, so we followed the public byway then the bridleway along the shore of a Lake Windermere up to Low Wray where we followed the driveway down to Wray Castle where we try out the new cafe at the Castle which is open from Friday to Sunday during November and December before closing until to March, then its open daily from March until October.


So after our afternoon brewstop we followed the lanes over to Colthouse, it was pity the clouds was well down and also getting quite damp, on sunny day the views would have been brilliant with the last of Autum colour in the Lakeland woods.


Once we drop down to Colthouse, we follow the B 5285 along the shores of Esthwaite Water before turn off it in Near Sawery to followed the lanes down to Eel House Bridge then there bit of roadwork on the Lakeside to Hawkshead Road before we headed down the bridleway to Cunsey Bridge where we followed the lanes back up to Greythwaite Hall, then followed the road through Lakeside back to Newby Bridge before heading back to cars via Staveley-in-Cartmel.


For wet day in the Lakes there was a lot cyclists about on the lanes around the National Park which turn into enjoyable ride with good company and view good views of the last of this Autumn Colour.


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Click here to see the photos of 23rd November 2013 ride of the South Lakes Group to Kendal Castle or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites


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