South Lakes Group

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For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in the South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales

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1st February 2014: A ride to Cark

The cake photo at Harry’s Cafe Bar at Yew Tree Barn in Low Newton where the ride started from.

A fern at the side of the public byway between Barrow Bank and the A590.

Heading down the public byway to A590.

A tree at side of the road.

Heading along bridleway from Canny Hill to Backbarrow.

A view of the tarn.

Looking back down the bridleway towards Canny Hill.

The view from the summit of the pass.

Crossing a ford as we followed the bridleway down to Backbarrow.

Scarecrow at High Brow Edge.

Tree at side of the road.

Looking back up the lane as we head towards Cartmel.

A lunch time view.

Following the bridleway across Cartmel Race Course.

Following  the bridleway through Lane Park.

The cake photo at Tearoom at the back of Southern Lakeland Nurseries and Garden Centre.

Inside the tearoom.

A interesting shelter near Middle Birkby.

The view looking towards Broughton Lodge.

Ride report by Simeon Orme


It was one of those days where the omens for the day were not that great for the weather, so I was expecting anyone to be at Harry’s Cafe  Bar at Yew Tree Barn in Low Newton but it was nice surprise to see two bikes  park outside the door into Yew Tree Barn and then after walking  through the Barn to get to Harry’s Cafe Bar, I found Jeremy and John already eating and chatting.


Once we but the world to right, discuss why the night ride over Salter Fell did not happen this was mainly due to bad weather and did point out to John that night ride would be better in the Summer months.


We got on our bikes and headed out of Low Newton and followed the old A 590 road through High Newton and then heading along cycle path at side of the A590 down to Barrow Bank, from there we headed along another part of the old road which mark on the map as a public byway before crossing over the A590 and the road up to Canny Hill, where we then got on to first track of the day, the bridleway from Canny Hill over to Low Brow Edge, there were some good views all way along this track, the ground was quite wet on few sections of the track. Once we got to summit of the pass, you could see the clouds in the near distance bearing the next’s lot of rain which was not as bad as it was forecasted which consist of one heavy shower around lunch time. Anyway getting back to ride, we got back on the tarmac just above Low Brow Edge, so we had to do some climbing, as we followed the road up to High Gate. From High Gate, we followed the lanes through Beckside and to outskirts of Cartmel where we stop for lunch in shelter of the gate house into the cemetery, while strong wind blew rain clouds towards mountains of the eastern lakes.


After lunch we headed into Cartmel and then followed the bridleway across Cartmel Race Course and through Lane Park where its turns into public byway which we  followed down to Cuckoo Bridge on the outskirts of Cark, we then headed through Cark for afternoon brew at the Tearoom at the back of Southern Lakeland Nurseries and Garden Centre.


After brew stop, we headed back through Cark before following some back lanes around to Cartmel, then there some more lane work as we headed up the valley to High Newton and then headed back along the Old A 590 road back to Low Newton just after 2pm.


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