South Lakes Group

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23rd November 2013: A ride to Kendal Castle

The cake photo at Catch-23 Cafe at Borwick Fisheries where the ride started from.

A view of the Lancaster Canal at the Locks at Tewitfield.

A view looking across the fields towards Farleton Knott.

The dry stone walling school near Lane Farm.

Ivy on a wall in Stainton.

A view of the ford in Stainton.

On the bridleway over the shoulder of the Helm.

A view of the Hall at Kendal Castle.

A view from the wall of Kendal Castle looking down into Kendal.

A view of the outside of Kendal Castle.

Another view of the Castle.

A lunch time view.

Trees by Larkrigg Hall Bridge on the bridleway between Natland and Wilson Place.

A view of more trees at side of the bridleway.

A view of the bridleway as we head towards Wilson Place.

The cake photo at the cafe at Sizergh Castle.

View from the driveway looking back up to Sizergh Castle.

A view of farm building in Ackenthwaite.

A view from the towpath of Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield of a tree on the skyline.

A view of the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield.

Heading along the towpath of the Lancaster Canal towards Kellet Lane Bridge.

Heading up Kellet Lane towards Over Kellet.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme


I know a ride to Kendal Castle, is not everyone perfect ride or everyone cup of tea but cycle rides at this time of year is about going out enjoying day and not doing major expeditions into the hills, Winter rides are about making most of the shorter day, exploring the lanes closer to home and going to places which you would cycle pass in the summer months on the way some where else.


As you gather it was a disappointing turn out of just me and Jeremy, for new starting venue at Catch-23 Cafe and Restaurant at Borwick Fisheries, which can describe as high class cyclists cafe with good coffee and nice range of cakes in the coffee shop, we both rode to start of the ride, with me get there a few minutes before Jeremy as he had longer ride from Sandside where you can describe my ride to start as mostly being downhill once I made the short climb out of the Lune Valley it was quite fast ride to the start of the ride.


Once we enjoy the nice coffee and cake in the cafe, we followed Kellet Lane into Tewitfield and cross over the A6070, then headed along the bridleway from Greenlands Farm to the Lancaster Canal where came across a few sheep making escape bid from Greenlands Farm along the Canal towpath, once the sheep saw us set off at gallop in the wrong direction from the farm along the canal towpath which we were following up to Saltermire Bridge, thankfully sheep when different direction from us once we hit the tarmac again and followed the lane around to Cinderbarrow.


From Cinderbarrow, we followed the network of lanes over Hilderstone Moss and Burton Moss into Holme, then from Holme it was more quite lanes as we headed through Farleton, then Wath Sutton before crossing over the B6385, then more work on quite lanes as we headed through Stainton Bridge End, then heading into Stainton where stop to take a photo of the ford before using the packhorse bridge to get to the other side of the beck. From Stainton it was more quite lanes as headed through Crosscrake and around to Barrow Green where we cross over A65, after a bit of climbing up the lane pass Helm Mount Farm we follow the bridleway over the Helm, then more tarmac work as we followed the B6254 into Kendal, with very short section on the A65 before heading the cycle path towards Kendal Castle, after a bit pushing of bikes up the hill to Castle, we had a look around Castle before having our lunch.


After lunch, we make our way down the Castle hill and then followed the cycle path out of Kendal, then the lanes into Natland. From the Natland we followed the bridleway down to Wilson Place, then headed to Sizergh Castle for afternoon brew at the cafe, which we should use more often, we were slow up getting there with puncture in my back tyre.


After our brew stop, we getting to stage that we were going to be running out of day, in my case it was true, as the last few miles of the ride home, I had to turn on the lights. So we headed through Sizergh, then short section on A590 before heading along the A6 for few miles before turning off it to head through Leasgill into Heversham where I said my goodbyes to Jeremy who head off for home in Sandside.


From Heversham, I follow the lanes up to Woodhouse, then around to Ackenthwaite before following the B6384 to Holme. From Holme, I followed the lanes through Hilderstone to Cinderbarrow, then headed along the towpath alongside the Lancaster Canal through Tewitfield and Borwick to Kellet Lane Bridge where I started the climb to get back into the Lune Valley. At top of climb above Halton you could see the lights on Blackpool Tower which good thirty miles away.


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