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23rd October 2013: A ride to Longsleddale
The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley where the ride started from.
A fern in a tree on the road to Kentmere.
Autumn Colour at side of the road.
Heading up the Kentmere Valley.
The view from Green Quarter looking towards Kentmere.
The view over the wall from High Lane.
A tree at start of the public byway over to Sadgill.
Heading up the track.
Heading down into Longsleddale.
A sheep at side of the track.
Heading down the track to Sadgill.
A farm building at Sadgill.
A view of the River Sprint from the bridge at Sadgill.
Reflections on the road as we headed down Longsleddale.
A lunch time view.
Following the road down to Garnett Bridge.
Reflections on flooded field looking back up Longsleddale.
Heading up the Kent Valley.
Ivy on a wall at side of the lane.
Stopping to look at the view.
A view of the River Kent from the bridge at Staveley.
Ride report by Simeon Orme
I met up with Geoff and Mic inside Wilf’s Cafe at Staveley, it had not given brilliant weather forecast for the day’s ride, so we decided to go with the old stand by of doing Stile End to Sadgill pass and then seeing what the weather was going to do when we got over Longsleddale.
Once we finish chatting in Wilf’s Cafe, we headed out of Staveley following the road up the Kentmere Valley, it was morning of rainbows and showers as we headed up the valley, after a few miles of easy climbing, we turn off the main valley road and headed up Lowfield Lane through Green Quarter, then along High Lane to start of the track at Stile End.
After the work done on the track earlier on in year, it was quite easy ride most of track up to summit of the pass but you still need nerves of steel to ride down steep part of the track down into Longsleddale which all three of us walk. After steep section of the track it fairly easy ride down to Sadgill where we rejoin the tarmac.
After mile or so, we stop for some lunch by church.
After lunch, the weather had not improve so we decide to head back to Staveley. So we followed the tarmac down the dale to Garnett Bridge, then followed the Garrnet Bridge Road down to the outskirts of Burnside before following lanes back up the Kent Valley back to Staveley.
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