January 10th A trip around the Howgill Fells. After meeting Fred, Pat and Don at the free car park in Sedbergh, our first stop of the day was to visit the Post Horn for morning coffee which is about 500 yards from the car park. We then headed out of Sedbergh and followed the A683 up through the Rawthey valley for several miles before turning off on to white road which we follow, passing Low & High Sprintgill Farms. At Murthwaite Rigg, we turn on to bridleway which we follow up Adamthwaitedale to the summit of the dale, where we join the tarmac and enjoy fast freewheel down to Ravenstonedale where we stop for lunch in the church porch. After looking around the church, we carry on through Coldbeck and then join the A685, before shortly turning off to go through Newbiggin-on-Lune. We cross over the A685 and follow Low Lane through Kelleth and then cross back over the A685 at Gaisgill. Then followed the quieter lane into Tebay where we again join the A685, which we follow to the junction of the Fairmile Road at Low Borrowbridge where we had to cape up. We then follow the Fairmile Road and Howgill lane back to Sedbergh to the cars. February 14th Skeggles Water Revisited. After meeting Fred, Pat, Don and Cliff at the Kendal Leisure Centre, we headed through the back lanes of Kendal to Morrison’s on the A6 for morning coffee. Then we follow the same route as we did on the November’s ride, up into Longsleddale. At Wadshowe Bridge we turn off the tarmac on to our first track, which we followed up to Hollin Root House. After opening and closing three sets of gates, we then follow the track up the steep valley side and at top we reward with fines of the Longsleddale valley and of the Lakeland fells all around us. After passing through another gate we on open moor land and we then continue along the track for about mile before we were reward with our first view of Skeggles Water in the distance. We continue on bit further before stopping for lunch beside the track and reward again by fine views all around us. After lunch we continue along the track passing Staveley Head Fell before dropping down into the Kentmere Valley via another bridleway meeting the tarmac at Long Houses. We continue down the valley for another appointment at Wilf’s in Staveley. After that we followed the lanes back to Kendal. March 5th to 7th Youth Hostel Weekend at Hawes. We were again made most welcome by the hostel managers Linda and Chris, with nine members staying on the Friday night and with 12 members click here to read more. May 8th Tiberthwaite Area. I met Pat and Fred at the Moor Top car park (GR 343965), we headed down through Roger Ground into Hawkhead for morning coffee. Afterwards we continue out of Hawkhead on the B5285, after about mile we turn on to main Hawkhead to Coniston Road (GR 350988), then on to Skinner How Lane and then climb up to Knipe Fold. At GR 342994, we followed the lanes up to Tarn Hows before dropping down to the B5285, at Boon Crag Farm (GR 317983) we follow the bridleway over into Yewdale, where we join the A593 for half mile; at GR 312996 we follow the lane up to Tilberthwaite, just before crossing over Yewdale Beck, we stop look at one of newly done up sheep pens which have some sort of work of art design into them. We then continue along the road to High Tilberthwaite Farm, we then follow the bridleway down into Little Langdale. We stop for lunch by the foot bridge which crosses over the River Brathay (GR 315029). After lunch we follow the white road up to Fell Foot Bridge, with good views of Wetherham ridge and Wrynose Pass. At Fell Foot Bridge we rejoin the tarmac and follow the road back down the Dale for about a mile before turn off at GR 314035 on to another white lane and headed over into Great Langdale. After about another mile we turn off onto bridleway (GR 321041) which follow over into Sawrey’s Wood and through the slate quarry, then short distance along the bank of Great Langdale Beck before rejoining the tarmac just outside Chapel Stile. We then follow the B5343 down to Skelwith Bridge where we stop for afternoon tea at Chester’s Coffee shop. Afterwards we follow the lanes back to cars at Moor Top via Skelwith Fold, The Drunken Duck Pub, Outgate and Hawkhead. Map Used OS Explorer OL7 June 12th Borrowdale and Bretherdale Area. After morning coffee at the Posthorn in Sedbergh, we make our way along Howgill Lane and the Fairmile Road to Low Borrowbridge. Then after crossing the A685 and then follow the bridleway up into Borrowdale, after passing High Borrowdale Farm House, we soon stop for lunch. After lunch we continue on up the valley, as we near the A6 we cross over Borrow Beck and made away up the Breasthigh Road before dropping down into Breatherdale. At GR 576049 we follow the road up to Bretherdale Head, then cross over Breatherdale Beck and then followed the public byway to GR 588050. Then cross over the road and follow the bridleway through High Whinhowe and Low Whinhowe Farms and continue down to Greenholme where we stop for afternoon tea at the local agriculture show. We then continue back to Sedbergh via Pikestone Lane, Roundthwaite, Fairmile Road and Howgill Lane. Maps used OS Outdoor Leisure 19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley & Explorer 17 The English Lakes (South-Eastern Area) July 23rd to 25th Simeon’s Forty Birthday Camp. Having not managed to get in at the campsite on the Friday, due to being the first weekend of the school holidays... click here to read more. August 14th High Street. The High Street route was describe in great detail in the September-October issue of the Journal by Pat Mathews. So I will leave you look at that article for a description of the route. Myself and Cliff met Pat & Fred and Don at the Cow Bridge carpark near Breather Water. We then headed to Hartsop to the start of track, we were soon pass by group of mountain bikers on the way up to Hayeswater, as day was get warmer we stop for coffee just before footbridge across Hayeswater Gill at the mouth of Hayeswater. We greeted with view of some the male mountain bikers who pass us earlier on the track swiming naked in Hayeswater. We continue up the track to the Knott and then stop for lunch near the summit of High Raise it had taken us above 2 hours to get here from Cow Bridge but not often that you can sit on High Street in shorts and tee shirts and have lunch and have fine views of the lakes everywhere you look. After lunch we continue along High Street towards Pooley Bridge and stopping again for coffee break just after Loadpot Hill before continue on to Pooley Bridge where we stop for well earned afternoon tea. Then headed back to the cars on A592. We left the carpark at Cow Bridge around 7pm. I did suffer from sun burn for few days afterward. August 27th to 30th: Bank Holiday Camp at Farleton View Fishery. As this was the only camp advertised in the magazine it was a shame that it was so poorly attended. Saturday the select few took the track from Sealford and made a note that in future it was for winter use only as the nettles were particularly virulent. After elevenes at Kirkby Lonsdale we climbed the track past Kitmere and then by Wyndhammere to the farm of Barkin House where a large bull straddled the path, fortunately he found his ladies more to his taste than us. Sunday morning had gale force winds and rain but once it cleared we enjoyed a walk. After short ride on the Monday it was back home.
September 24th to 26th: Dent Weekend at Kirkby Stephen Youth Hostel. Myself, Cliff and Steve, headed out of Kirkby Stephen along Appleby Road to Warcop. At GR 748155, we follow the lane through to Warcop Old Bridge ..... Click here to read more. October 9th Twisleton Scar and Sulber Nick Area. As this was the Autumn Meet weekend, we set off from Stackstead Farm and follow the lanes up to Ingleton, then cross over the A65. We then make our way through Ingleton village and soon join Oddie’s Lane which we follow up to the turn off for Twisleton Hall. After passing through Twisleton Hall Farm we were soon on our first track which follow through to Ellerbeck and then on to Ribblehead where we stop for lunch at the pub. After lunch we follow the B6429 down Ribbledale and just after Selside the party split up with non committee members taking the track over to Sulber Nick, then Long Lane to Clapham and then via back road to Ingleton and Stackstead Farm. The committee members follow the B6429 through Horton in Ribbledale and then to Helwith Bridge. Where we follow the lanes through to Austwick with short detour around Wharfe before taking Thwaite Lane over to Clapham. After crossing back over the A65, we continue along the B6480 before turning on to Nutgill Lane and followed the lanes back to Stackstead Farm. October 16th: Furness Fells. After I pick up Cliff at Warton, we met Don and new member Brian (who join the Fellowship the week before) at the car park on the racecourse at Cartmel. After uploading the bikes out of the cars we headed out through Cartmel village.... Click here to read more. November 13th: Staveley Area. After meeting at the Kendal Leisure Centre the six of us head out along the Kendal Cycle path towards the A6. Which we followed out of Kendal pass Mintsfeet before stopping at Morrison’s for morning coffee. After morning coffee we carry on short distance up the A6 before turning off on to Gilthwaiterigg Road and followed the lanes through to Burnside. Where we follow road through the village towards Bowston before turning on to Ratherheath Lane and climb up to the A591. We followed the A591 for short distance before turning on to Ashes Lane which turns into white road after the camp site and we were rewarded with fine views has we followed the lane up to Crook Road. At GR 468971 we crossed over Crook Road and followed the next lane pass New Hall Farm where we joined part of the Dales Way, which followed to GR 442964 where our bridleway left the Dales Way and we continue on to Borwick Fold Farm to join the tarmac. We followed the road past the hamlet of Yews before stopping for lunch at GR 433978. You would not of guess we were only about a mile away from Windermere as we were reward with fine views of the Lakeland Mountains and only seen about two cars in the last hour. After lunch we continue to follow the lane past Blackmoss and then cross back over the A591 on to white road which we followed to Heaning and joined the tarmac at GR 433993 and continue along this road through Mislet before turn right towards Ings. Then turn off this road and took the bridleway up to High House which is small hamlet. We then followed the tracks through to the start of Browfoot Lane and then enjoy freewheel down to Staveley and afternoon tea at Wilf’s. Has Brian and Rob had not be around that well known cycle superstore that is across the yard from Wilf’s, we had tour of the shop before heading back along the lanes on the East side of the Kent Valley back to Kendal and the cars. December 11th Kirkby Lonsdale Area After meeting at the Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale the eight of us head out of Kirkby Lonsdale and followed the B6254 to Kearwick. We then followed the lanes through to Rigmaden Park, where we spotted one of local deer about 15 to 20 feet away from roadside. At GR 611854 we followed road through Rigmaden Farm and enjoy a free wheel down to Rigmaden Bridge and then soon join the A683 which follows parts of old Roman Road which runs up the valley. We soon stop for me to look at the map and the rest of the party to look at one of the best preserve Roman Milestones in England. At GR 624860 we turn off A683 to follow the lanes up to Middleton Hall Bridge where we rejoin the A683 for short while before turning on to Jordan Lane and follow the lane around into Dentdale. We then followed the lanes up to Gawthrope and then headed into Dent Village on the main road. Has it had been raining all day we stop for lunch in the reading room which cover shelter by the toilets next to National Park’s car park. After everyone had eaten their sandwiches we headed to the nearest cafe where Steve Griffith our new PRO treated members to round of coffee or tea, has he was celebrating his birthday. After lunch, Steve left us at Dent and had a great ride up Dentdale, managed to get a free cup of tea from the Climbing group at the hostel before he when over to Fleet Moss via Cam End. He reports that he could not see anything due to mist and on set of darkness. He arrived at the youth hostel in Kettlewell about p.m. On the Sunday he did Coverdale and over Horse Head to Niddersdale. Then down to Pateley Bridge and Otley then catching the train in Leeds. The rest of the party head back down the valley to Gawthrope, then turn on to Barbondale Road for the steep climb out of the valley. Then we enjoy one of best freewheel in the dales down into Barbondale. We then followed the lanes through Bellgate and Fell Garth to join the A683 just before Casterton which followed back to Kirkby Lonsdale. Maps Used OS Explorer OL2 & OL19. December 26th Boxing Day Walk A joint party of Rough-Stuff Fellowship and Lancaster CTC Section members set off from Warton Parish Car Park under the leadership of Cliff Brown, we were soon heading up various paths towards the summit of Warton Crag but before we got to summit we stop to look at the old Bronze Age Fort. With brief photo stop at the summit, also to look at view of Morecambe Bay and distance Lakeland Fells looking their best on this sunny white Christmas Boxing Day Morning. We soon on our way through Strickland Wood to visit the three Brothers, we then took the path above Leighton Hall and followed it to Yealand Conyers and Yealand Manor. Then paths through Hyning Scout Wood and back to Warton.
South Lakes Group on Claife Heights, photo by Derek Fouraces