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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22nd June 2014: A ride to Great Langdale, photos taken by Simeon Orme

The cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

The view looking back over the wall, at the top of the climb from Ings.

On the ferry across Lake Windermere.

Heading along the bridleway to Low Wray

Heading along the cycle path from Low Wray to Clappergate.

Joe and Howard a bit further along the cycle path in Pull Woods.

Orange Hawkweed at side of the cycle path.

The view from Bog Lane looking up the Brathey Valley towards Great Langdale.

A lunch time view.

A view of Elter Water.

Following the bridleway through Hag Wood.

The view looking over the wall.

Common Spotted Orchid at side of the bridleway

A view of the Great Langdale Beck.

Looking back on the public byway from Eller to Dungeon Ghyll

The cake photo at afternoon brew stop at the Brambles Cafe at Chapel Stile.

A view of Loughrigg Tarn.

Following the bridleway over shoulder of Loughrigg Fell.

Common Spotted Orchid at side of the bridleway

Heading down the bridleway toward Brow Head Farm.

The view from Jenkin Crag

The view of Lake Windermere from High Skelghyll.

Howard taking a photo of the view.

Heading along Longmire Road.

The view looking from Longmire Road towards Lake Windermere,

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

I join at the start of the ride, by Howard and Joe who had come over from Ulverston, it was Joe first time out with the South Lakes Group, he was telling me later on in the day he only found out about the RSF (Rough-Stuff Fellowship) from Howard and had been cycling for many years now it was first time he come across the national club which is problem that I come across quite often, as 99% of the cycling population do not know about the RSF, yes our national club maybe 60 years old next year, I do have my doubts that the national website is main source of new members, it may be main gate way for joining the club, after they have been point in that direction.

If reading this ride report you may come across post on cycling forum like the CTC forum which as long standing thread on it about South Lakes Group photo ride reports or found out about this website from friend or from someone handing you Rough-Stuff Journal to read or follow a link from the Cyclist’s Cafe Guide website or could followed a link from  flicker or Twitter or from a search engine or from weekly e-newsletter Where’s the Cafe? The point here, I trying to make, is there may ways you could have found out about the South Lakes Group website but main problem if the RSF is going to be about in another ten years time or another sixty years times we need more folk to join and go out with local groups and volunteer to do things at local and national level of the club.

So if you have enjoyed looking at South Lakes Group ride photos, we do need you to join our national club, it only cost £12 per year to join, you do get copy of bimonthly club mag ‘The Rough-Stuff Journal’ plus you can go out with any RSF local group, if do not live near a local group, you could always start a local group up like I did with South Lakes Group twenty years ago.

I am going to  bore you by republishing the Inaugural ride report of South Lakes Group in this ride report, the ride report first publish in July-August 1994 issue of the Rough-Stuff Journal, it may surprise some newer members that the South Lakes Group started life as a section of the Lancashire Group.

8th May 1994 Inaugural Ride of South Lakes Group

Five members joined me for the inaugural ride of the South Lakes Section. At 9.30 am the six of us cycled out of the Crook of Lune car park bearing, then right again for steady climb through Halton Park as the weather was being kind to us we were treated to views of the lower part of the Lune Valley.

After the first climb of the day we continued on through the village of Aughton and the hamlet of Eskrigge, then had a freewheel down to Loyn Bridge where we crossed the River Lune and turned left on A683 to the village of Melling. Here we turned right on the road signposted ‘Wennington’ and after crossing the railway, turned left for the first rough-stuff of the day, a track which follows the ridge between the Wenning and Greta Valley before dropping into the Greta Valley. We carried on to Ingleton for coffee at the Fountain Cafe.

After Ingleton we went on the back road to Clapham, passed the church and turned left on to Thwaite Lane, a track running from Clapham to Austwick. After walking up through the tunnels we had to stop briefly to let about ten motorcycles pass. Bearing right at the cross-roads towards Crummack Dale, the tar soon ran out again after passing the lane to Sawerthwaithe Farm; at next junction we turned right again and dropped down to the pack-horse bridge for lunch in the sunshine.

After lunch Gorden showed us how to ride through the ford beside the bridge - but three- quarters of the way through he had to put his feet down, much to the delight of the spectators on the bridge. Going on down the Dale through the hamlet of Wharfe, on hitting the tar again we turn left  for half-a-mile then right on the bridleway through Feizor. Crossing the A65, we stopped for afternoon tea at the Falconry Centre at Crow Nest. After tea we went through the villages of Lawkland and Lawkland Green, then right at the cross-roads to head back towards Lancaster through the villages of Eldroth, Keasden, Mill Dam and Mill Houses. At Wray we stopped  for an ‘eat up’ before returning to our starting point via B6480 and A683.

I would like to Fred and Pat Lloyd, Brian and Joan Cornish and Gorden Druce for supporting our first ride.

I hope you enjoy the above trip down memory lane, I hope to be about when the Group celebrates it’s forty birthday in another twenty years time.

Next year the South Lakes Group will be 21 year old, I think we should do some special to celebrate this!

Any way getting back to present day, the three of us headed along Ashes Lanes and along Crook Road to Staveley for a brew at Wilf Cafe.

After our brew stop, we head out of Staveley following the cycle path along side the A591 to Ings where cross over the A591 to followed the gated road up Borwick Fold, its a bit out of Ings but it worth it for view looking back towards the Kentmere Valley. From Borwick Fold we continue on the gated road passing through Outrun Nook before heading down to B5284 which we followed down to Ferry Nab on Lake Windermere. We did have to wait long for the ferry to cross Lake Windermere, there a lot cyclists using it to cross the lake. Once we at the other side of the lake, we turn on to second track of the day, the bridleway up to Low Wray again it was nice to see cyclists using it. From Low Wray we got on to cycle path which we followed over to Clappersgate where we turn on to Bog Lane and followed it up the Brathay Valley to Skelwith Fold before heading down to Skelwith Bridge where we got on to next off-road section of the day, the cycle path up to Elterwater, again a lot folk about enjoying the warm weather. We stop for lunch at side of cycle path with good view looking up Elter Water.

After lunch we continue up the cycle path up to Elterwater, where we headed through the village pass the Youth Hostel before following the public byway passed Elterwater Hall up to Baysbrown where the public byway turns into a bridleway which we followed through Hag Wood and around to Oak Howe, there be some money spend on surface on bridleway we make a lot easier to ride along, the fields at both sides of the bridleway were cover in Common Spotted Orchids and Bog Asphodel. From Oak Howe we continue on the bridleway crossing over Great Langdale Beck and then following section bridleway which links up with public byway which we followed a bit further up Great Langdale to Rosset where we got back on the tarmac again and followed the B5343 down Great Langdale to Chapel Stile where we stop for afternoon brew at Bramble Cafe.

After our brew stop, there was a bit more road work to do as we head down Great Langdale before following the lanes up to Loughrigg Tarn where we follow the bridleway around tarn and then following our next track over the shoulder of Loughrigg Fell and down into the Rothay Valley again there very section of road work before had to get off and push our bikes through Rothay Park. Once we walk through the park with our bikes, we then headed through Ambleside, after we made it through Sunday traffic in Ambleside, we had very steep climb to get out of village up to start of our next track through Skelghyll Wood, we stop part way along the track to look at the view from Jenkin Crag and then continue along the bridleway through High Skelghyll and then along Robin Lane down into Troutbeck Village. After we made our way through Troutbeck Village there was short section on the A592  before we followed the bridleway through Limefitt Park and up to Garburn Road which we did very short section on before turn on to Longmire Road which followed to end where we turn on to Moorhowe Lane which we followed back over to Ings, then followed the cycle path back down the A591 into Staveley where back along Crook Road and then Ashes Lane getting back to the cars for 6pm.

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