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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5th October 2013: A ride to Grizedale

A view from the Causeway up the Rusland Valley.

A view from the Causeway looking towards Ireland Moss

Old farm tractor at the Old Hall Farm in Bouth.

The cake photo at Chicken Shed Tearoom at Old Hall Farm in Bouth.

At the start of the public byway from the Old Hall Farm to Colton.

Ian waiting to take a photo of the ride leader.

Trees on the skyline at side of the track.

The church tower at Colton.

Part way along the public way from Oxen Park to High Ickenthwaite

A bit further along the track.

A tree in a field at side of the track.

At end of the track at High Ickenthwaite.

Geese in a field at High Ickenthwaite.

Farm building in High Ickenthwaite.

Looking back up Corker Lane.

On the bridleway from Force Forge to Low Bowerstead.

Looking back down the bridleway.

Ed and Ian on climb up from Satterthwaite in to Grizedale Forest.

A tree at side of the track.

Ash tree at the Grizedale Centre.

A close up of the Ash Leaves.

A lunch time view.

Ian’s Lunch.

Trees at side forest cycle track as we make our way to High Cross.

Other cyclists on the forest cycle tracks.

A view of tarn in the forest.

A seat with a view.

Ian heading along Scar House Lane.

Looking back along the lane with Hawkhead Hill in the background.

The view looking across Esthwaite Water.

Another view looking across Esthwaite Water.

High class cyclist’s tearoom.

The table number.

The cake photo at Sawrey House Tea Room.


The view.

A view of Out Dubs Tarn.

A view looking back up the bridleway from Cunsey Bridge

A view of Cunsey Beck from Cunsey Bridge.

A view from the bridge at Newby Bridge looking towards the Swan Hotel.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

It was quite a good turn out of members considering that it was Autumn Meet Weekend of our National Club, who having a weekend of cycling base at Sherwood Forest Youth Hostel in Nottinghamshire some photos may surface on the RSF website in near future but for scenery and  views you can’t beat the South Lakes especially in Autumn when the leaves are about to change which we were about a week to early to see the full benefit of the Autumn Colour.


Any way I was join on this ride by Ed and Ian, we decide that we were going to tryout The Chicken Shed Tea Room at the Old Hall Farm in Bouth. So we followed the lanes through Staveley-in-Cartmel down to A 592 which did a short section before following cycle path into Newby Bridge which United Utilities was busy digging up, we then cross over River Leven via the bridge in Newby Bridge and then we did a bit of climbing as we followed the lanes up to Hill Top via Water Side House before dropping down into the Rusland Valley where we followed the Causeway across the valley where both myself and Ian stop to take photos of the flooded fields, there was a bit more climbing to do as we followed the lanes into Bouth and around to the Old Hall Farm where we stop for our brew of the day at the Chicken Shed Tea Room.

After our brewstop, there few yards of tarmac before we following our first track of the day a public byway over to Colton, there was bit of pushing of bikes up the track but after that you ride most of the track, there was some good views of the Lakeland Fells once we were out of the woods but we were soon dropping down to Colton. From Colton there was bit of road work as we headed up to Oxen Park where we followed our next track another public byway over to High Ickenthwaite again there were few sections on this track that could be tricky but otherwise it was easy track to ride along with some good views.

At High Ickenthwaite there were a lot of geese in the fields, the reason for another photo stop, after the photos were taken we followed Corker Lane down to Force Forge and then from Force Forge we followed the bridleway up to Low Bowkerstead where we back on the tarmac again. We had mile or two of road work as we followed the lane up to Satterthwaite where we followed the bridleway from the village into Grizedale Forest, once we were in the Forest, we then followed the forest cycle tracks around to Grizedale Centre for lunch.

After lunch, we return to forest cycle tracks as we followed them over to High Cross where we to the tarmac again as we followed the lanes down to Bettyfold where we hoping to have a brew at the tearoom but it was closed for the day, so after looking at the map we followed the lanes through Knipe Fold and then around Waterson Ground before following Scar House Lane into Colthouse, then lanes through to Town End, then on to the B 5285 which we followed along the shores of Esthwaite to Near Sawrey where we stop at Sawrey House Tea Room which can be describe as high class cyclist’s tea room with good views.

After our afternoon tea stop, we followed the lanes down the valley to Eel House Bridge and then on to Great Ore Gate where we followed the bridleway down to Cunsey Bridge, from there we followed the lanes back to Newby Bridge and then headed back to cars via Staveley-in-Cartmel to Chapel House Wood.

There some photos of the ride taken by Ian Wood on the forum at this link.

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Click here to see photos of 13th October 2013 ride of  the South Lakes Group to Dunsop Bridge or  click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites

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