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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30th November 2013: A ride to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Members of Yet Another Cycling Forum (which was join ride with them) chatting in the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham.

The cake photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham.

At the top of the climb up Thwaite Lane out of Clapham.

Looking back down Long Lane.

A view of John’s bike with its new Brook’s Saddle and handle bar grips.

Looking back at the top of Long Lane down Clapdale.

Looking back down the bridleway towards Clapham.

Heading along the bridleway towards Crummack Dale.

The view from near Sulber Gate looking across Thieves Moss towards Crummack Dale.

John looking at the view across Thieves Moss.

The view across Thieves Moss.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway towards Ribbleesdale.

Looking back up the Pennine Bridleway after we cross the ford near Borrins.

A lunch time view.

A view of the River Ribble from the Pennine Bridleway bridge across the River Ribble.

Another view of the River Ribble with Whernside in the background from the Pennine Bridleway near Dale Mire Barn.

Heading into Horton-in-Ribbledale.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway towards Feizor.

The cake photo at Elaine’s Tearoom in Feizor where we stop for our afternoon brewstop.

Heading out of Feizor on the Pennine Bridleway towards Austwick.

Crossing over Austwick Beck via the Flascoe Bridge.

I stop a number times when I was driving home after the ride to take photos of the sun setting, this photo was taken near Lowther Hill above High Bentham looking across Wenningdale towards the hills of the Forest of Bowland.

The view of the sun setting in Wennington

A view of the sun setting outside Wray.

A view of the sun setting over the Lune Valley.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme


This ride came about due the power of social media and can class as a success as Marcus join the ranks of our national club the Rough-Stuff Fellowship, this joint ride with the Yet Another Cycling Forum came about from me posting ride photos on several cycling forums including Yet Another Cycling Forum. So its a bit humbling and surprising that so many folk had travel some distance from all the corners of UK to come out on South Lakes Group ride, I know some of the party were not use to hills of the Yorkshire Dales but me and John met up with the party from Yet Another Cycling Forum who were staying at the bunkhouses at Dales Bridge (see link for more information) at the Reading Room Cafe, it was interesting to names to faces.


After we finished chatting in the cafe, five of the party from the forum join us on the ride and we join later on in the ride by Jane another forum member in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. So we headed out of Clapham up Thwaite Lane and then up Long Lane which is around about 2 miles of climbing which can be quite hard for those who are not use to hills but the views looking down Clapdale were rewarding but once the party got to summit of the climb out of Clapham they taken back by fine views looking down into Crummack Dale which olny improve as we followed the bridleway around to Sulber Gate where we stop look at one of natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales, the view across Thieves Moss looking down into Crummack Dale, the light across the moss was outstanding, after quite few minutes taking photos we carry on along the bridleway through Ingleborough National Nature Reserve before dropping down into Ribblesdale where we cross over the B6479 and then followed the new part of the Pennine Bridleway down to the Pennine Bridleway Bridge where we stop for some lunch by the bridge.


After lunch we use the bridge to cross over River Ribble, then followed Pennine Bridleway around to Dale Mire Barn then up to lane on the other side of Ribblesdale where we followed the lane down the dale through New Houses and into Horton-in-Ribblesdale where we join the B6479 which we followed next few miles down to Helwith Bridge where we spent several minutes regrouping before following the road over Swarth Moor for about mile before following the Pennine Bridleway over to Feizer where we stop at Elaine’s Tearoom for Afternoon Brew Stop.


After we warm up in the Tearoom, we head out of Feizer along Hale Lane which is part of the Pennine Bridleway  which we stay on as we followed the bridleway down to the Flascoe Bridge which we use to cross over Austwick Beck and then followed it into Austwick, we then headed through Austwick, on the other side of the village, we said our goodbyes to the folk from Yet Another Cycling Forum, then we followed the lane down to the A65, then the bridleway along side the A65 to B6480 which followed back into Clapham where I said my goodbyes John.


The sunset was outstanding, I stop a few times on way home to take few photos of it, a fitting end to day.


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Click here to see the photos of the 7th December 2013 ride of the South Lakes Group to Sadgill or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites


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