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

Part of the ‘Where’s the Brew stop? The off-road cycle touring website’ The site about off-road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, local group events, the South Lakes Group and good photos

13th October 2013: A ride to Dunsop Bridge.

The cake photo at the Apple Tree Store Cafe where the ride started from.

A tree in a field above Wyredale Park.

Looking back on the bridleway towards Grizedale Bridge.

Hawthorn tree at side of the bridleway.

A view of a gate post looking towards Harrisend Fell.

Trees at side of Deplh Lane at the top of the climb Oakenclough

A view of farm building at Lower Core.

Two sheep in a field near Lower Core.

The view over the wall looking down towards South Lancashire from Startifants Lane.

A view of Forest of Bowland stone wall.

A view looking towards Fish House above Chipping.

Looking back on the public byway to Lickhurst Farm.

The view across the ford.

The view heading down to Lickhurst Farm.

The phone box near Higher Greystoneley (at end of the public byway to Lickhurst Farm).

A view of cows in a field in the Hodder Valley.

The lunch time view at Dunsop Bridge.

A duck at Dunsop Bridge.

The cake photo at Puddleducks Cafe in Dunsop Bridge.

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

Autumn colour on the road up to the Trough of Bowland.

A tree on the hillside.

A old road sign at summit of the Trough of Bowland.

Heading down the Marshaw Wyre Valley.

A tree at side of the road.

A view looking across the field out towards Morecambe Bay, in the background above Hysham Power Stations, you can make outline of the Isle of Man in the distance.

A view of one of Crook n’ Lune bridges, its looks going open in  another few weeks.

A view of the River Lune from the Lune Valley Cycle Path, looking to the Crook n’ Lune.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

I was running a few minutes late when I got to start of the ride at the Apple Store Cafe at Wyresdale Park, after riding to start of the ride from Halton, I did expect maybe a member of the RSF waiting for me in the Cafe but I was bit disappointed  there was no other RSF members other than me and several members of Chorley Cycling Club who were on there Sunday Club run who arrive at the cafe just after me. I did have chat with them while I had my coffee and cake.

Yes it is a bit disappointing, that South Lakes Group rides starting at the Apple Tree Store Cafe and other places South of Lancaster are not that well supported when about third of the RSF membership live in driving distant of the start ie a hour in driving time from the start of the ride, you can understand low turnouts North of Lancaster, as it was point out to me on last week’s ride that the South Lakes Group as about ten active members who regular come out on rides North of Lancaster but the area around Lancaster is one of best cycle touring areas in England. Why you may ask, well can you think of any other area in the UK which as two National Parks ( Lakes District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park) and two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Arnside & Silverdale AONB and Forest of Bowland AONB) on the doorstep plus when throw in the beauty of the Lune Valley, you can’t go wrong picking places to start rides from, so if you regular visitor to this website why not make appointment in your diary to come out on South Lakes Group ride in the next six months when the distances are a lot shorter than the Summer rides like the good folk over at Yet Another Cycling Forum  are doing on Saturday the 30th November ride from Clapham if read the discussion ( see link ) about the ride on the forum, they staying at bunk house near Clapham and making a weekend of it. Why may you ask this as come about well this is because I have a policy of posting on several cycling forums including Yet Another Cycling Forum a ride photo with a link to rest of ride photos on the South Lakes Group website and probably if you not RSF member how you found your way to reading this ride report and looking at the ride photos. Yes the power social media important to get the message what the South Lakes Group is about and the reason why there is disqus  comment box on most pages on Where’s the Brewstop websites, so that you add a comment or ask a question about the ride or about the South Lakes Group or about the website.

Any way you may be getting fed up of me moaning about lack of folk on the ride and shall tell where I got to once I finish my brew, I followed the lanes from Wyresdale Park around Nicky Nook to Fell End Farm then the bridledale up to Grizedale Bridge, then followed the road around to Oakenclough where there some climbing as I headed up Delph Lane there some nice views out to coast of West Lancashire from summit of the climb. It then it was bit of easy riding as I followed lanes down into the Brock Valley before starting the climb out of the valley at Higher Brock Mill which use to be home to Tea room some twenty years ago. I then followed the lanes through Lower Core which worth taking few minutes to look at old farm buildings from the roadside before carrying on along Startifants Lane and around to Fish House Lane where I decide it was ideal to spend a few minutes replacing a brake pad on my brake once this was done, I followed the lane down and passed Wolfen Mill before lanes up to High Barn where I had give some route advice to four female horse riders who were a bit lost! Once I finish chatting to horse riders, I turn on to next track of the day, the public byway from High Barn to Lickhurst Farm which a lot of Lancashire Cyclists know as Seven Splashes track, it only as one ford on it and I use the stepping stone to cross the ford, yes there were few good views looking across to Pendle Hill but I was soon back on the tarmac again once I got to Lickhurst Farm, there was a bit freewheelng down to bridge across Greystonely Brook, then photo stop to take a photo of the Red Telephone Box at end of the lane before there was a bit of climbing to do up pass knot End before dropping down to Burholme Bridge in the Hodder Valley, from there a bit of easy road work up the Hodder Valley to Dunsop  Bridge where stop to have a late lunch by the River Dunsop watching the ducks at play.

Once I finish my lunch, I cross over the road to post lunch brew and cake at the Puddleducks Cafe, once I had finish eating and drinking, I follow the bridleway from Dunsop Bridge up the Dunsop Valley before crossing over the River Dunsop via the foot / cycle bridge then following the bridleway out of the Dunsop Valley over to the Trough of Bowland Road which is interesting climb up summit of the pass which I must admit I got off my bike to push my bike up the last part of the climb. From the summit of the Trough of Bowland it was fairly fast ride down the Marshaw Wyre Valley with few photo stops, then follow the lanes through Abbystead and down the Wyre Valley to Lower Green Bank where followed the lanes over into Conder Valley before dropping down into the Conder Valley there was good views across Morecambe Bay where you could see Isle of Man in the distance. Once in the Conder Valley the road up the valley to Quermore, then the lanes down to Caton in the Lune Valley before following the Lune Cycle Path back to Halton.

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