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

28th  September: A ride to Feizor ( The ride photos after the lunch stop)

Looking back over the Flascoe Bridge across Austwick Beck.

The view looking across the fields from the Pennine Bridleway towards Oxenber Wood.

Looking across the fields towards Feizor from Hale Lane.

Looking back down Hale Lane.

A view of the ford in Feizor.

A tree at side of the Pennine Bridleway.

Looking back down the Pennine Bridleway from summit of the climb out of Feizor.

A view of Pen-y-ghent.

A view of a farm building at Lower Bark House.

A door in Wharfe.

Fushsia at side of the bridleway in Wharfe.

The view from Dam House Bridge.

Heading along Thwaite Lane.

Looking back along Thwaite Lane.

The view over the wall from Thwaite Lane.

A view of the church tower at Clapham.

Cake photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham.

Heading under the railway bridge near Whinney Mire Bridge.

A view Nutgill Farmhouse.

A view of tarn near Goodenbergh Farm.

A view of the River Wenning from bridge in Wennington.

A view of St. James the less Church in Tatham

A view of the church tower and sun dial.

The view inside the church.

Another view of the inside of the church.

Another of the inside of the church.

A view one of the houses in Tatham.

Looking across the fields from the Lune Valley Cycle Path near Bull Beck Bridge.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Well where were you? What was excuse for missing out on great day of cycling with the perfect light for taking photos which had me stopping every five minutes to take that prize winning photo. Yes I know some members have to work on Saturday or there other halfs have along lists of jobs for them to do before they allow out on the bike or simply you just be away on holiday or just something better to do but sometimes when there only of us turn up for start of the ride at Bridge House Farm Tearoom in Wray, you start wondering why as I said in last week’s ride if and when work out the answer to that problem, I could be millionaire the likelihood of that happening is about zero. Any way you be glad to here that me and Mik manage to meet up for the start of the ride after missing each other on last weeks ride.

We do need more RSF members to support South Lakes Group rides, I do know the Western Dales and Southern Lakes a lot better than other ride leaders, if you never come out on South Lakes Group ride just make appointment in your diary to come out on ride, you never know you might enjoy it and only way you going stop me moaning about the lack of members on rides in the weekly ride reports is by coming out!

Any way getting back to ride, the only fly in pie that spoil the day was the South Easterly Wind the main reason why did not head for plan destination of Long Preston and instead headed for Feizor. This often happens on South Lakes Group rides, the plan destination can turn into pipe dream due to weather conditions or just that those of us turn up on day just decide to do something different or we just like a look of track and go exploring.

Once me and Mik had put the world to right inside the Tearoom, we headed up the Hindburn valley to Mill Houses and then followed the lanes through the hamlet of Russell and then around pass Hunter’s Barn before crossing over Long Lane to head up Cross Lane on to Mewith Lane which we stay on for next several miles as we followed it up the side of Wenningdale, with fine views of the Yorkshire Dales on one side of the lane or other side of the lane fine views of the Forest of Bowland.

After few miles and several photo stops we climb over Dugarth Hill and then heading along Eldroth Lane, then after mile we were heading along Fummerber Lane which crosses over the top end of Wenningdale, once you cross over Waters Bridge Fummerber Lane turns into Orcaber Lane where we got held up for few minutes waiting for farmer to move cattle down the lane. We soon on our way heading up to top of the lane where we cross over the A65 and  then follow a delightful lane into Austwick, we then made our way through the village before turning on the Pennine Bridleway where we stop for lunch by the Flascoe Bridge.

After lunch, we followed the Pennine Bridleway into Feizor which is delightful large hamlet which as three interesting three bridleways leading into it and one tarmac lane. There is interesting cobble ford which we cross over with little water in it as we headed through Feizor, we did not stop at  Elaine’s Tearoom but continue on Pennine Bridleway, there was a bit of climbing to do as we followed the bridleway over to Higher Bark House but it was worth it for the fine views of Pen-y-ghent at top of the climb. From the top of the climb we followed the track pass Higher Bark House before turning off the Pennine Bridleway at Lower Bark House and following bridleway down to the tarmac which we stay on about half mile before following the bridleway through Wharfe which roughly describe as village what other Yorkshire Dales village were like fifty and sixty years ago.

After following the bridleway through Wharfe we return to the tarmac again at Mill Bridge for short section on road before following Thwaite Lane over to Clapham where we stop at the Reading Room Cafe for a brew and cake.

After our brew stop we followed the Old Road out of Clapham and then followed lanes through Cold Cotes down to Whinney Mire where we cross over the A65. We then followed the lanes pass Nutgill Farm and then along Dumb Tom’s Lane which we stay on next few miles before coming out on B6480 near Wennington, we stay on B6480 until we got to Tatham where we when look at St James the less Church in Tatham, its worth visiting and spending a few minutes looking around inside the church.

After looking around the church we returned to B6480 which we followed into Wray were said our goodbyes.

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Click here to see photos of the 5th October 2013 ride of the South Lakes Group to Grizedale or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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