Tuesday 1st January: A ride to Arnside (33.4 miles)
Five of us met at the car park on the race course at Cartmel with Peter Thompson from York travelling the furthest to get to the start, from Cartmel we headed through the lanes to the Tearoom at the South Lakeland Nurseries for our morning café stop.
After our café stop we head up the B5278 to Haverwaite where we followed national cycle route 20 to Greenodd where Peter’s free hub pack up with few cable ties members of the party mange to patch up his hub so he could ride his bike back to Cartmel, after saying our goodbyes to Peter we carry on to Greenodd, from Greenodd we followed various lanes up the Crake Valley via Penny Bridge and Spark Bridge to Nibthwaite Grange, where we followed Bletherbarrow Lane up the fell side, it soon turn into very nice track. After about mile we stop for some lunch beside the track and then after lunch we followed the track to High Ickenthwaite, where we join the tarmac for about 500 yards before following our next track to Oxen Park their quite few flooded sections on this track to cross! At Oxen Park we followed the road down to High Longmire then on through Bouth and Causeway End to cross over A590 then we headed through Haverwaite, at Low Wood we turn off the B5278 and climb up Brow Edge then enjoy the long freewheel back down to Cartmel.
It was not good weather report but we manage to avoid most of rain, its good to see that all four members who were out on the ride rode to the start at Tewitfield. Barrie and James came to start and told us they would not becoming out on the ride due to they had do some shopping and then take James sister to the pictures they hope to be out next week.
After chatting to James and Barrie we headed up the A6070 to the tearoom at Deerslet where met Shelia and Alan Parkinson who join us for coffee.
After putting the world to right we followed the lanes via Cinderbarrow to Holme. In Holme we followed the main village road up to Town Hall Farm where we followed the lanes around to Chapel Hill and then headed through Farleton. After cycling through Farleton we headed up Puddenmire Lane to Newbiggin. In Newbiggin we followed the lanes around to Hutton Roof where we stop to look at the Memorial to Rev Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC (you can read more about him at this link ). After cycling through Hutton Roof we headed up to Johnson House where we followed the ‘B’ road down to Whittington where we stop for some lunch in the bus shelter.
After lunch we headed up the B6254 to Newton where we followed the lanes around Docker Farm where Lancaster CTC Section try to pass us but we decide to stop for brew at the café at Docker Farm.
After our afternoon brew we follow Keer Holme Lane down to Pheasant Field. At this point in the ride if anyone had come to start in car they would have headed back to Tewitfield via Borwick, has all four us had rode to start from Lancaster and Halton. We headed home via Capernwray and the Kellets.
A lot of members wimp out and decide to stay home, it was not cold it may have been the covering of snow on the ground when members look out of the bedroom windows first thing in the morning but I found that the roads well salted on my drive out to the start of the ride at Settle but for short strength between High Bentham and Clapham where I had to be bit more careful driving the van.
The only other member to turn up for the ride was Brian Parkinson, after unloading my bike from the van we headed into Settle to the Settle Down Café for first morning café stop where Brian order a breakfast and myself a toast tea cake, after putting the world to right and having laugh about General Secretary excuses for not coming out! At this point I should mention that Brian lives 800 feet above sea level and he did say that he had to sweep some snow away from garage before he could get his van out that morning, anyway getting back to the ride we headed out of Settle on the B6480 before about mile before turning on to Lodge Road which followed pass Lodge Farm up through Hudsa Plantation on to the Pennine Bridleway, at this point we decide we would follow Pennine Bridleway down to Long Preston and not do the Settle Loop due the weather conditions, so when we got to Long Preston we headed to the café at the village post office for brew before heading back to Settle via Wigglesworth and Rathmell.
After meeting at the British Waterway car park at Tewitfield the six of us headed up the A6070 to the Tearoom at Deerslet for morning coffee stop.
After our café stop we headed back down the A6070 for short distance before following the lanes through Cinderbarrow and on to Holme. In Holme headed through the village, at Town Head Farm we followed the lanes through to Chapel Hill then crossing over the A6070 to followed lanes through Faleton before rejoining the A6070 at Farleton Bridge. At Moss End we turn off the A6070 and followed the lanes through to Woodlands, then cross over the B6385 then headed to Sedgwick via Deepthwaite Bridge, the White Lane and Well Heads Lane. In Sedgwick we followed the main ‘B’ road through to Natland, in Natland we followed the bridleway down to Cracalt House then on to Larkrigg Hall Bridge before stopping for some lunch by the River Kent.
After lunch we crossed over the River Kent via the Suspension Bridge then followed Nannypie Lane pass the Heaves Hotel before following Parkend Lane into Brigsteer. In Brigsteer we followed the Brigsteer Causeway down the Lyth Valley to Sampool Bridge where cross over the A590 then followed the bridleway to High Sampool where we rejoin the tarmac which follow pass Low Levens Farm where we join the A6 for about mile before following the lanes across Milnthorpe Marsh where the Sunday Drivers where out in force to Milnthorpe Bridge. We then follow national cycle route six through Dallam Park before dropping down to Beetham where we stop at the new Tea room at Beetham Post Office.
After our afternoon café stop we continue to follow national cycle route six through Slack Head and Yealand Redmayne to Yealand Conyers where we followed two bridleways down to the A6 before returning Tewitfield via Borwick Lane and Kellet Lane.
A good number of us met at the new Kendal venue of Ashes Lane (named Scream Point -
Two members of the Lancashire Group joined us.
We set off NW up Ashes Lane which after passing the caravan park became a green lane giving wide views over the South Lakes Fells.
On reaching the Crook Rd we turned north to Staveley at which the obvious cafe is Wilfs.
After tea and buns we proceeded along the cycle track adjacent the A591 nearly to Ings (a wonderful surface to ride down).
Just before Ings, we turned North onto a minor road leading to Hugill Fell. After the steep section of tarred road the walled bridleway begins. It's obviously been very cold of late as much very slippery packed glass like ice is encountered.
The visibility is excellent and the temperature is beginning to pick up, a seemingly wonderous spring day !
This really is a fantastic track ridable rough stuff in all its glory giving a clear view down the Kentmere valley and across to Yoke / Ill Bell.
The descent down to Kentmere Hall is trickey again due to the ice in places.
We regroup by the Hall and head down to Kentmere Village turning sharp left by the Church. Following the tarmac untill the farm with the Garburn Track finger sign (ironically this had a lost glove dangling from it ! -
The going gets rough and rocky from here, ridable in places but not for much gain, so we trudge up to the lunch point on the ground alongside the track boulders beneath Crabtree Brow.
After lunch we tackle the pass itself, steep and rocky but straight-
From here on the descent exites some members being a glorious and challenging ride down using Dubbs Road to the tarmac at Moor Howe.
We follow the sweeping descents down to Ings and again use the roadside track to Staveley where a further round of tea and buns awaits.
I understand (James and I had departed by now), that some intrepid members who hadn't had enough went for a further spin !
The weather was fantastic today and it is THE classic ride -
James, Simeon and myself set off from Halton towards Lancaster down the Lune Valley Cycleway. Rather a cold and windy day today so we decided not to go to Chipping but to head for the coast ! We followed through to Glasson Dock on the coastal cycleway, arriving just as two boats started to traverse the locks. It takes about quarter of an hour to rearrange the road bridge, enter the locks, close the gates, empty the lock, open the low gate, sail out, close th......... you get the drift but we were in no hurry, so stood and watched rather than take the tricky cut across the lower lock gate. Buns and tea in the cafe then off to Crook Farm using the bridleway. Turned south (no option the sea is in the way). This section was very hard to ride as the wind was blowing in, strong off the Irish Sea ( I know it was the sea because it tasted salty as it blew over us !). As we passed Plover Scar Lighthouse the road becomes a footpath past Cockesand Abbey so we walked our bikes through this section, less than a kilometer and a welcome break from being buffeted.
The road below the embankment to the east of Bank End Fm was totally submerged requiring us to use the convinient track ontop of the embankment itself then turning right towards Pattys Farm we came across
the distressing sight of several drowned sheep presumably caught out by the rapid influx of high water.
Following the embankment round we crossed the periphery of Cockerham Marsh on the bridleway, stopping briefly for lunch then continuing towards the A588 by the dyke containg the River Cocker.
We crossed the main road to the minor lane leading first to Great Crimbles (note for a festive ride ?), then onto the end of the tarmac at Hardhead Farm. The continuing bridleway past Laithwaite and then leading
on to the Garstang -
Turned north through the lanes to Bay Horse then followed the Quernmore 'route 90' to Caton (am I the only person that knows this as 'Happy Valley').
>From Caton back down the trail to Halton. Good ride on a cold day with the rain holding off.
It was bit disappointing to see that I was the only person at the start, so after getting my bike out of the van, I followed the bridleway to the head of Wet Sleddale Reservoir then push my bike along the permitted footpath up to Sleddale Hall where it join up with a permitted bridleway which I follow up to main bridleway which I followed over to Mosedale. I did manage ride a few parts of the track but had to walk most of it due to wet conditions but the views of the Lakeland Mountains made up for this! After dropping down to Mosedale and then crossing over Mosedale Beck via the bridge, I continue down Mosedale then following the track down to Swindale Head where I stop for some lunch beside the track.
At Swindale Head Farm I rejoin the tarmac and then headed down the valley, then followed the old water board road back to Wet Sleddale which is now permitted bridleway.
After meeting at the Denny Beck car park the five of us including Geoff a new member headed up the Lune Valley cycle track towards Caton, just before Bull Beck Bridge we cross over the A683 and follow the lanes through Brookhouse and Caton Green before joining the A683 which we follow for about mile through Claughton before following a nice white road through Farleton before rejoin the A683 for short distance. We soon turn on to the B6480 and then after about mile we follow our usual route into Wray via Back Lane which is nice bridleway, we headed through Wray Village to the Tearoom at Bridge House Farm where Nick order his second breakfast claiming he till hungry and had no food at home, as he and Eileen had just back on Saturday evening from week skiing in Norway.
After putting the world to right, we headed up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses, and then followed various lanes through to Low Bentham, we then headed through Low Bentham following the road towards Burton in Lonsdale at Four Lanes Ends we then followed Dumb Tom’s Lane and other lanes to Nutstile Farm where we turn on to our next track which was bit wet in places which we followed to Enter Farm, we all thankful that some locals stop clay pigeon shooting in field beside the track while we pass! We then headed into Ingleton where we stop for picnic lunch beside the River Doe.
After lunch we followed various lanes to Burton in Lonsdale via Thornton in Lonsdale, Far Westhouse, Westhouse and Lower Westhouse. After heading through Burton in Lonsdale village, then crossing over the River Greta we then climb up Spittle Banks before following Back Lane through Old Wennington, then we followed a interesting public byway which was flooded in places which add to enjoyment of the ride, through to Melling where we joined the A683 again which followed towards Hornby, then we headed along the ‘B’ road towards Gressingham, we then followed Fleets Lane pass Fleets Farm then followed Lea Lane through Eskrigge before dropping down to Aughton Road, there some great views along this road of the Lune Valley. We were soon passing through Aughton, we then headed back to Denny Beck via Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Park Road and the Lune Valley Cycle Track.
Nine of us headed out of High Bentham on Bentham Road heading towards Ingleton, has we got start of the first track just before Bentham Golf Club another cyclist caught us (who was member of the Another Cycling Forum one forums I post on) asking who was Simeon has he wanted to put name to the face, has was on road bike we had brief chat with him before following the bridleway from Bentham Golf Club to Windy Hill Lane. We soon back on tarmac again and followed the lanes into Ingleton where we stop at the Inglesports cafe for our morning cafe stop.
After everyone eaten up we headed out of Ingleton on Oddie’s Lane up to Twisleton Hall where we followed the public byway over to Kingsdale, then heade up Kingsdale to Yordas Cave where we stop for some lunch beside start of the track up to the Turbary Road.
After lunch we when to look around the first part of Yordas Cave (The next time the group does this ride we have remember bring some better torches), you can get quite long way in to the waterfall at end of the cave, after we all had good look round the cave we headed back to our bikes which we left outside the cave.
It was bit climb up the first part of the track up on to Turbary Road but it was worth it for all the views along the road especially at the highest point on the road at 408metres where treated to find views of the Lune Valley and the Lakes put we soon drop down to the Tow Scar Road which is Public Byway where Mr Kenner left us to head home. The rest of us followed the Tow Scar Road down to Far Westhouse, then followed the lanes back to Ingleton for another stop Inglesports Cafe.
After the world to right we headed back to the cars at High Bentham via Bentham Road.
Has only myself and Brian Parkinson was on the ride, so the ride started from Halton we headed out of Halton on Arrow Lane, then we followed Scargill Road and Long Dale Lane to Over Kellet. At Over Kellet we followed Kellet Lane down to Tewitfield where stop to wait to see anyone else would join us for the ride before heading up the A6070 to the Tearoom at Deerslet.
After our cafe stop we rejoin the A6070 and followed it to Burton-
After meeting at the Denny Beck car park the ten of us headed up the Lune Valley cycle track towards Caton, at Caton we cross over the A683, then followed the ‘B’ road through Caton and up to Brookhouse where we turn on to Littledale Road and then Roeburndale Road (this was quite hard climb in about 2 miles of riding we climb up 300 metres above sea level and we stop few times for everyone to catch up). We turn off Roeburndale Road just before Winder Farm and followed the public road across to Haylot Farm and down into the Roeburndale Valley. Then we climb out of Roeburndale Valley following the road through Middle Salter and High Salter. At High Salter Farm the tarmac runs out and this start of the Salter Fell Track (its mark on map has the Hornby Road) at this point four motor bikers pass us and they were last people we saw until we got to the end of the track.
Has there was no morning cafe stop on the ride we soon stop for a brew and something to eat beside the track then continue on for few more miles before stopping for some lunch at the boundary gate between the Duke Westminster Estate and United Utilities Estate.
After lunch we continue along the track down into Croasdale and rejoining the tarmac just below Low Fell. Then we followed House Lane and then Back Lane to Newton. Then we followed the ‘B’ road to Dunsop Bridge where we stop at the village hall for tea and cakes
After our tea and cakes stop we followed the road over the Trough of Bowland and then headed down the Marshaw Wyre Valley. We then continue along Long Lane and then Strait Lane into Abbeystead. We then followed the ‘B’ road down the Wyredale Valley to Green Bank where we had eat up! Then we followed the lanes over into the Quermore Valley and headed to cars at Deny Beck via Quermore, Caton and the Lune Valley Cycle Track.
Six of us met at Ashes Lane and proceeded to meet a further two at Wilfs Cafe. >From Staveley we headed West through to Ings and then North up the Moorhowe Road onto the main Troutbeck road. A short way up towards Troutbeck we turned off through a gate and descended steeply on the bridleway to the beck. Across the footbridge (or attempting to navigate the slippery ford -
Crossing the minor road we took the rocky track up to join Robbins Lane (now a better surface). Briefly stopped at Jenkins Crag to enjoy the view down Windermere Lake then continued the descent to Ambleside at
Used the A591 for a short stretch South taking a minor road on the right to bring us out by the Park next to the Roman Fort on the lakeside. Stopped here for lunch surrounded by ducks and terns with a view over to
our destination on the far side of the lake. After lunch headed North to Rothay Manor where we joined the A593 (dual use foot-
We take the Lythe Valley Road and turn onto a track before Winster. We use the B5284, sort of heading back towards the ferry but only for a mile or so, then turn off NE on the minor road towards Borwick Fold.
Before Waingap we turn Left, climb and then descend back to Ashes Farm and re-
The weather had been cold out of the sun and the wind strong but the woods seemed to give good shelter over the more exposed sections of the ride.
After meeting at the Rigg Wood carpark on the east Coniston Water the nine of us followed the road up the east shore of the lake pass Brantwood, then we followed the B5285 into Coniston Village where we stop morning coffee and cake.
We then followed the road up through Dixon Ground to the start of the Walna Scar Road and after waiting for everyone to catch up as it was steep climb out of Coniston village. We then headed up to the summit of Walna Scar Road where we stop for lunch and treated to find views of the Dunnerdale valley, the western lakes at their best. We could also see the Isle of Man as well.
After lunch we headed down the Walna Scar Road and then followed bridleway through Walna Scar Quarries, then down the Lickle Valley to Stephenson Ground where we join the tarmac for short distance before following the bridleway from Water Yeat Bridge to Hummer Lane. We then headed in to Torver where we stop at one of the local pubs.
After our refreshment stop, we followed the bridleway from Torver to Mill Bridge and then over Torver Low Common, stopping eat up by the side of the reservoir before continuing along the track to Tottle Bank where we rejoin the tarmac again. We then headed down nice lane to the A5084 which followed for short distance to Water Yeat where we followed the lanes back through High Nibthwaite to the cars at Rigg Wood carpark.
After meeting at the carpark on the A5091 near Parkgate Farm, Dockray the six of us (including new member Gerry from Millom) headed along the A5091 into Dockray where we followed the road up to High Row where we join the Old Coach Road which followed through to St. John’s in the Vale. There find views alway along the road and in places if you not on mountain bike you may have to walk few yards especially when you dropping down to St. John’s in the Vale where we stop for few minutes to watch van driving up the road I hope it was his own vehicle and not company van!
After hitting the tarmac we followed the B5332 up to the Tea garden at Low Bridge End Farm which has sign on the track up to Farm saying that cyclists and walkers are welcome (I think this another place that our chairman will visiting when he get his vista stamped to the North England again!). We were made most welcome and home make cakes are highly recommended, the tea garden is open from Easter to the 1st November. At this point on behalf of the other members on the ride I like to thank Gerry for buying the tea and cakes.
After we all well fed, we head back up the B5332 to Sosgill Bridge where followed the bridleway up St John’s Vale Church where stop have some lunch and look around the church.
After lunch, we followed the lanes down to Wanthwaite where we had to wait for Nick to check his front wheel has the rim was waring thin in places, we then followed lanes past Burns Farm before crossing over the A66 and following national cycle route 71 through Threlkeld. After about mile on route 71 we cross back over A66 to follow the lanes through Guardshouse and up the Glenderamackin valley. At Wallthwaite we had stop to repair puncture in Eileen front wheel. After puncture was repaired by Nick we continue up the road to Troutbeck where we join the A5091 which followed back to the cars at Dockray.
For change the Met Office had got the weather forcast right, I was surprise to find Steve and Anne waiting for me at carpark in Kirkby Stephen has I was few minutes late myself and we soon join by Ed, a good turnout for a York Cycle Show weekend. After we got the bikes out of the vans in Ed case a Range Rover. We headed in to Kirkby Stephen to have our morning cafe stop at the Pink GeraniumCafe where we also found some members of Garstang Cycling Club doing the same thing, after they finish their brew they were heading up to Tan Hill (The highest pub in England) on their club ride.
Has said at the start of this report the Met Office had got weather right with rain and gale force winds promise for the rest of the day. I decide the best policy to stay in the Eden Valley. So we out of Kirkby Stephen on the A685 and then after about half mile we join the B6259 (The Appleby Road) which we followed to Warcop where followed the road over Warcop Old Bridge before following the bridleway over to Sandford Bridge. From Sandford following bridleway through Blacksyke (on climb out Blacksyke Steve and I heard shout from Anne ‘To come quickly’ has Ed misjudge the track had end up bit further down banking from where he should had been anyway he had pick him self up and was back on the track when we got there) to Little Ormside and then Great Ormside. In Great Ormside we followed the road round to Ormside Mill where their interest ford which worth looking at! From Ormside Mill we then followed the bridleway to the Helm Road then followed the road towards Soulby for about mile before following the bridleway towards Breaks Hall but stop to shelter in barn for lunch.
After lunch, as the weather was not improving and we getting the start of the promise gale force winds, we retrace our steps back to the Helm Road which we followed to Soulby and the lanes back to Kirkby Stephen.
We were bit late starting off due to me finding a puncture in back tyre so after I change the tube over with some help from Geoff it was 10.30am, so after looking at the map and the Met Office forcast for the day was not promising so we decide to head for Greystoke where I remember there was cafe. So the five of us headed up the A5091 through Dockray to Thornywaite where we followed the lanes to A66 (we also kept seeing signs for the Greystoke Cycle Cafe on the roadside). We crossed over the A66 and followed the B5288 through Motherby to Greystoke where we follow signs through Greystoke village to the Greystoke Cycle Cafe.
It just started to rain has we left the cafe (I think the cafe is on Peter list of new cafes to take our Chairman to!) so we headed back into Greystoke village before following national cycle route 71(The coast to coast) over Greystoke Moor and then followed the lanes down into the Caldew Valley where we followed gated road through the hamlet of Low Mill to the village of Mosedale.
In Mosedale we followed the road up the valley passed Swinside and Roundhouse to where the tarmac runs out at the bridge crossing over Grainsgill Beck, we continue on up the valley following the bridleway stopping to fix Geoff bike after his saddle departed company with the rest of his bike! We then continue on bit further along the track before stopping for some lunch beside the track.
After lunch we carry on up the track to Skiddaw House before following bridleway down to the Guide Stone which James missed has he was way head of the rest group, so his dad Barrie when after him! After regrouping we followed the track down pass the Blencathra Centre and then the road down to Threlkeld.
After crossing over A66 again, we then followed the B5322 to Wanthwaite Bridge where join the Old Coach Road which followed back to High Row, just has we were dropping down to High Row the heavens open and we were treated to another soaking after drying out over past few hours! From High Row we followed the road down to Dockray then the A5091 and making back to cars for 7.00pm. It was one of best days out cycling for the South Lakes Group so far this year, we had seen the Lakes at their best and also at their worst.
The four of us headed out of Shap on the A6 before following the lanes down to Keld, after crossing the River Lowther, we then followed the Old Water Board Road over into Mardale where we followed the ‘B’ road down to Bampton where we found that the local tearoom had not opened. So we had morning coffee at the Mardale Inn and made most welcome, its also worth going to the Gent toilets to look at the wallpaper which are photos of women fishing in bikinis and waders.
After our morning brew, we headed out of Bampton following the ‘B’ road down Mardale before following the lanes through the hamlets of High and Low Hulockhowe and Rough Hill. Then just after Rough Hill Tarn we turn on to the bridleway which followed up to summit of Loadpot Hill, there was good views of the East Lakes alway to the summit, in places it was quite hard to find the track but we made it to the summit. Has it was to windy on the summit to stop for some lunch, we headed down the High Street track towards Pooley Bridge before following the bridleway over Tarn Moor towards Mardale where we stop for some lunch.
After our late lunch stop we continue along the bridleway down into Mardale where we followed the ‘B’ road back up the valley through Bampton (where the tearoom had close for the day) and Bampton Grange back to the cars at Shap.
With early morning phone call from Mr K to say his bike was still ill from last week ride and with other members of the group on Holiday or had better things to do! So I set off down the Lune Valley Cycle Track heading for Glasson Dock for rare ride around the Fylde coast. The Fylde coast as rare beauty of its own, has a cyclist you hate it or love it but when riding around the coast you may suffer from condition what my mother calls ‘Fylde Bum’ due to the lack of any hills in the area.
Anyway getting back to ride, you may be wondering why I stop take photo of the big banner in Halton its part protect about flooding which may cause if another bridge is build next M6 motorway bridge, a lot of local people are worry at time high rain fall the River Lune may back up at this point if anything get jam under this new bridge which being build has Northern bypass to Heysham.
After taking photo of the big banner I headed down the Lune Cycleway to Glasson then followed the lanes over to Upper Thurnham where I join the A588 which I followed through the village of Cockerham and then after crossing over River Cocker I then followed the road over Cockerham Moss passing through the hamlets of Great Crimbles and Moss Edge before rejoining the A588 for short distance before followiong the road pass Lane Ends Amenity Area into Pilling. In Pilling after passing the Golden Ball Pub, I then followed the road to Fuke Hall then the bridleway pass Cocker’s Dyke Houses into Pilling Lane where I join the B5377 which I followed for about mile through Preesail. In Preesail I followed the road to Park Cott then the bridleway to Heads then the lanes through Staynall with some interesting views of the River Wyre to Hambleton. After crossing over the A588, I stop for some lunch in the local park.
After lunch I followed the lanes through Whin Lane End and Out Rawcliffe to Little Eccleston before taking the road over Pilling Moss to Stake Pool. In Stake Pool I followed the lanes over Winmarleigh Moss passing through the village of Winmarleigh where I joined the B5272 which I followed to Cockerham. In Cockerham I then followed the A588 up to Conder Green then the Lune Cycle track back to Halton.
I had phone call at 9.00am from Peter a member who lives in York to say he was on his way to the start and would I wait for him if he was late so I said I would wait and see him at the start at the National Parks car park in Hawes. So when I got to the start there was no other members waiting for me and from seeing photos of North Peak and South Pennines Group ride on the Sunday I four of the members thought that Hawes was bit to far to come for day ride with the price fuel but it nice to see that growing number of members who live in Lancashire are going out on ride with all three local groups in the North West of England.
Anyway getting back to the ride Peter arrived about ten minutes late which is not bad after driving from York, after getting his bike out of the car, we headed out of Hawes on Brunt Acres Road but we soon stop to take shelter under some trees due to heavens opening! We were soon on our away again and as we cross over the River Ure via the Hayland Bridge we noticed some wading across the river which is site you don’t often see!
We soon following the route of the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway heading towards Askrigg, has we enter the outskirts of Askrigg we had to take shelter under another tree for few minutes before heading into Askrigg. In Askrigg we stop at the tearooms for our morning cafe stop.
After drying out in the tearoom, we headed out of Askrigg on the route of the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway heading towards Muker in Swaledale but after about half mile of climbing we turn right to followed the road towards Grinton and then another half mile of climbing before we turn on to track which would followed to Castle Bolton. The first part of the track quite easy to followed down to Woodhall where we then followed the Oxclose Road towards Castle Bolton which passes through a old lead mine workings, about a mile further along the track we stop for some lunch on the banks of uname stream which cross via a ford.
After lunch we continue along the track to Castle Bolton, where we drop down the ‘B’ road which followed back up the Wensleydale valley through the village of Carperby before following the road down to Aysgarth Falls, after stopping to look at the falls from the road, we climb up to A684 which stay on short distance before following the road towards Thoralby and then into Aysgarth Village which has new tearoom which just open in the last year or so which we did not stop at! After passing through Aysgarth village we followed the lanes through Thornton Rust down to Worton where we rejoin the A684 again which we followed into Bainbridge where we stop at the Corn Mill Tearoom.
After our afternoon cafe stop we followed the A684 back towards Hawes.
I had accepted to lead the ride due to our usual leader being predisposed earning a living. After working like a Trojan (or cutting corners) he managed to be with us anyway for the start of the ride
Even from the outset, dissent was in the air, as some members were concerned about the amount of rainfall they had witnessed on the way up to the meeting point at Tewitfield. However, with a stern finger I pointed at the map and assured them that I would be flexible on the route and guided by the weather (born leader I are).
We took the back roads up to Holme and then up to Farleton crossing the A6070 into the village. Re-
I was hungry at this point and the rain looked like it was blowing in again, so a short dither as to where we could find some shelter ended in us cycling south to the old quarry adjacent to the nature reserve at Tarneybank. It did rain during lunch but the shelter from the rocks kept us out of it.
Back to look at the map, remember we are making it up as we go along at this point, I pointed out a route I knew which would give us some rough stuff but not see us getting too wet. Headed south then north at the t junction to find the start of the Bridleway to Crosslands Farm on the right. Considering the amount of rain over the last few days the going wasn't too bad so I just about got away with that one !
We headed south now on the B6254 and turned right past Warth Hill and on down to Nook. The lane on the descent into Nook where it meets the A65 was very awash, a quite respectable stream forging down and not respecting the tarmac surface which was washing away in large chunks. The main A65 was a good 5 inches deep in water and even though we had a choice (left resulting in a tricky right hand turn in 50 yards) or to turn right and brave the waves being created by the oncoming traffic, we turned into the pool and then off the main road south to head to the east side of Farleton Fell.
Heading south we turned towards Clawthorpe and climbed the gradient to the gap between Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof. Rapidly descending down to Clawthorpe and joined the A6070 for the return leg through Burton to the Tewitfield starting point.
Just about 30 miles of a ride and we managed to remain fairly dry, so quite content with that.
map = OS landranger 97
It was one of the those days where we saw the lakes at their best and at their worst and yes it rain at times, anyway with the price of fuel still high put slowly come down from the highs of early summer putting some members off driving so far into the lakes for start of ride, we down to three members at the start of the ride these being myself, Barrie and James which is not bad for late August when so many members are away on holiday.
Any way after sorting our self’s out we headed up the road on east side of Coinston Water to the head of the lake and then followed the B5285 into Coniston where we stop for our morning cafe stop.
After our morning cafe stop we followed the A593 out of Coinston heading towards Torver but at Bowmanstead we turn off the ‘A’ road to follow the bridleway up to Walna Scar Road, yes you ride bits of the track but quite a lot of its pushing the bike up the track up to boundary wall between farmland and moorland. We then followed the track acrossed the moor towards the Walna Scar Road, there small tarn beside the track which stop to take a photo of before continue along the track, I must admit I did Nick by jumping off my bike after trying follow James through small beck. Anyway we manage to find the Walna Scar Road which we followed up to bridge which crosses the beck flowing down from the Cove where we stop for some lunch.
After lunch we followed the bridleway down to Scar Head it was bit wet under foot we stop to look at the flooded quarry on the way down. At Scar Head we followed the road down to the A593 which we followed into Torver where we followed the road through Torver Village before crossing over the A593 and then we followed the road over Low Torver Moor to the Hamlet of Haveriggholme. At Haveriggholme we join our next which took us over The Knott. At the summit of the pass we join our next track where we totally lost where the track was and then spend the next hour bashing our way throught the bracken and getting our feet wet fording two streams but we did find the track, then continue on following the track over Woodland Fell, at the summit of this track we stop for a eat up before following the track and then the road down to Blawith where we join the A5084 which followed up to Water Yeat. At Water Yeat we then followed the lanes through High Nibthwaite back to cars at Rigg Wood.
After meeting Brian and Geoff at the Yorkshire Dales National Parks car park in Clapham, the three of us headed out of Clapham up through the tunnels before following bit of national cycle route 68 but after the big climb out of Clapham we soon turn on to Long Lane which we followed over Long Scar, stopping to look at Sulber Nick at the head of Crummack Dale which is one of natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales. We then continue down the bridleway into Ribbledale where we join the B6479 which followed towards Horton-
After our morning cafe stop, we continue down the B6479 in to Horton-
After lunch we followed the bridleway down to the Foxup Road we then continue on the road (which is a track) to Low Bergh where we followed the bridleway around to Hesleden Bergh where we join the tarmac. We then followed the road over Cow Hill into Silverdale, at Dale Head we followed the Long Lane Track over the shoulder of Pen-
There was only Peter Kenner waiting for me at the Denny Beck car park, so we follow the Group’s normal route up the Lune Valley to Wray which is along the cycle track to Bull Beck then up the the A683 before heading up the B6480 then following Back Lane into Wray. Has it was a Saturday we decide to continue on to High Bentham for our morning cafe stop and not stop at the Bridge Tearooms in Wray. So we headed up the Hindburn valley to Millhouses before following the lanes through the hamlet of Russells, then following Eskew Lane down into Low Bentham where we rejoin the B6480 which we followed up into High Bentham where we stop at the Nose Bag Coffee Shop which does not open on Sundays.
After putting the world to right in the Coffee Shop, we headed out of High Bentham on Bentham Road towards Ingleton before following Dumb Tom’s Lane and then Nuthill Lane before rejoining the B6480 which followed over Newby Moor into Clapham. We then followed Thwaite Lane out of Clapham into Crummack Dale where we followed Crummack Lane over Norber Brow before following the bridleway towards Wharle, after crossing over Auswick Beck we stop for some lunch beside the track.
After lunch we continue down the track to Wharle where we join the tarmac for short distance before following the bridleway over to Feizor where we stop at another new tearoom which open most weekends.
After our afternoon cafe stop we followed the Pennine Bridleway out of Feizor towards Austwick, then Wood Lane into Austwick. We then followed lanes out of Austwick down to Harden Bridge where we crossed over the A65 before heading along Orcber lane and Fummerber Lane. We soon join the Eldroth Road which followed up to Dubgarth Hill then headed through the hamlet of Keasden following Mewith Lane back to Wray. At Wray we headed down the Lune Valley on the B6480 then the A683 to Bull Beck where we followed the cycle track back to Denny Beck at Halton.
A good turnout of six considering the foul weather in the week and forecast for today. We met at Ashes Lane, just off the Kendal -
Probably spent too long at Wilf's cafe but at this stage it was still touch and go whether we would attempt Nan Bield today. However, cake makes the weather outlook better and we set off up Kentmere and joined the bridleway to lead us to the pass near Hallow Bank. The bridleway at this first stretch is quite sodden but as I know what is ahead make no attempt to avoid the water.
The last gate we have to open before open moorland is just the other side of a rapidly moving stream. A footbridge is provided but the access to it requires entry into the stream today, additionally it has very
high sides and is only plank-
Through the gate and the climb starts, gradually at first but then gets rocky and tricky. The weather hasn't been too bad so far but reaching the top of the high ridge above Kentmere reservoir, which has so far sheltered us, the wind picks up.
Its a warm wind but quite brisk and blustery and with the clouds getting lower a decision is made to delay lunch until the shelter at the top of the pass.
The track gets narrower and just as we reach the zig-
everyone sense that walkers think cyclist are thoroughly incompetent and inexperienced ?).
However, respecting their judgement, (after all they themselves had just come over the top), and sensing the wind picking up we quickly eat lunch and abandon the route to the top.
Its a rough,long winding track back down and in the wind the best bet is to walk just about all the way back to the thin bridge.
>From then on its a matter of retracing our route down to Kentmere. Our leader has noticed his front rim splitting and elects to proceed very slowly and walk the descents back to Staveley.
Having crossed Nan Bield many times before (and knowing the route dosn't get any easier after the summit), I don't feel any disappointment at 'being defeated' today, it's just the sensible thing to do. The pass has been there for thousands of years and may well be kinder to us next time.
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The tight Lancashire man who’s webmaster of this site decide he would put new chain on his bike and forgetting that he need to put a new cassette on his bike as well, so suffer from mechanical problems all the way around the route ie he had get off and walk up a lot of the hills. Anyway I can report that the bike looks like new after visit to Mr K to be fixed and after tight Lancashire man weeded Mr K back garden for him this looks one hundred percent better!
Any way getting back to the ride the four of us followed the Lune Valley cycle track up to Bull Beck Bridge, then the A683 up to Claughton before taking the back road into Farleton before rejoining the A683 for short distance before turning on to the B6480 which followed for about mile. We turn on to Back Lane (which is bridleway) which followed to Meal Bank Bridge where we rejoined the B6480 again which we followed alway to High Bentham where stop at the Nose Bag Coffee Shop for our morning cafe stop.
After our morning cafe we followed the Bentham Road to Ingleton, then Oddie’s Lane out of Ingleton before following the road up to Twisleton Hall where we join our second track of the day which followed towards Kingsdale stopping for some lunch beside the track.
After lunch we followed the track into Kingsdale, then after short climb out of the Kingsdale valley we followed Westgate Lane down to Higher Westhouse then crossed over the A65 before following the lanes through Lower Westhouse to Burton in Lonsdale. After heading through Burton in Lonsdale and climbing out of the Greta Valley tight Lancashire man notice he had puncture in his back wheel which was quickly fixed. About mile further on sign for coffee morning in the afternoon at the caravan and camping site at Goodenbergh Farm so we just had to stop!
After coffee stop, we headed back to Denny Beck along B6480 then the A683 and the Lune Valley Cycle Track.
For change it was raining in the South of England instead of the north of the country, so with good weather forcast from the Met Office we had good turnout of seven members for our ride around the Rawthey Valley. So first order of business was to head for our first cafe stop, so we headed down the A684 towards Sedbergh for about mile before following road down to the Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre ( Its look like good place to look around on a wet day) where we stop at the Weavers Cafe which is bit over price for cyclists but there some nice views of the River Clough outside the tearoom.
After our cafe stop we push our bikes down the footpath to Garsdale Bridge before following the road to the A683 which we followed up to Beckside, where we turn off the main road followed the road up to Bluecaster Side and then followed the public byway towards Rawthey Bridge before following the bridleway up to Uldale. We stop for some lunch after crossing the bridge over the River Rawthey.
After lunch we followed the lanes back down to Rawthey Bridge and then followed the A683 down to Cross Key hotel where we cross over the River Rawthey via the foot bridge, we then followed the bridleway and public byway down to Thursgill. Then lanes through Ellerthwaite and Buckbank back down to the A683 which followed down to Straight Bridge, then the lanes through Dowbiggin before following the public byway to Garsdale Foot, then the lanes back to the car park at Tom Croft Hill.
This is great little route which can see some best parts of the Yorkshire Dales at their best.
It was bright sunshine when left Halton to drive up to Cartmel but this turn into fog has drove across the Lyth Valley, when I got to the carpark at Cartmel Peter was waiting for me and Ian soon turn up has he decide to park else where in Cartmel. Ian has just the RSF so this was his first ride out with the Group. So we headed off to the cafe at Cark, following the bridleway through Lane Park Woods where we stop to put on thicker gloves as it was getting cold with the fog stopping the sunshine getting through, we then join the public byway which followed through Low Bank Side before dropping down to Cark where we stop for a welcome brew and warm up in the cafe.
After our cafe stop we headed up the B5278 which can be a bit boring but with flog it made every thing look different, anyway we soon at Low Wood where we followed the cycle route/track to Greenodd.
I stop to take a photo of Ian and Peter ridding across the footbridge over the River Leven at Greenodd, so has caught them up in Greenodd my freehub went and its one few things on bike which you can’t repair on the roadside. So Peter took executive decision that he would ride back to Cartmel and get his car and come and pick me up at Low Wood. Ian said he would keep me company and walk back with me to Low Wood along the cycle track which we just come along, on the way there we pass a line of huntmen waiting for pleasents to flush out by the beaters.
I was surprise to see Peter turn up in his car at the bridge at Low Wood has we just only sat down to wait for him to pick me up, after putting my bike in the back Peter car and apologizing to Ian about the ride and saying that they are not always like this with somebody bike fallen to pieces, anyway Ian said he would try get out on South Lakes Group ride to Sunderland at the end of December.
We pass Ian in the car half way up the killer climb from Low Wood to High Brow Edge (we later saw him cycling through Cartmel Village back to his car) and Peter explain he came back this way on his way back to Cartmel, one benefits of this route back to Cartmel, is the great freewheel down to Cartmel village. Anyway after getting back to the carpark and putting my bike in my van and Peter bike back in his car, we decide to go walk around the village and have another brew in a cafe before heading off home.
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Peter caught me up on the way to the start at Tewitfield, when we got there Charlie waiting for us. After chatting for a few minutes and waiting see anyone else would turn up we headed up the A 6070 to the tearooms at Deerslet this is due to the fact that our General Secretary favourite tearoom has close for the winter months. On way to Deerslet I stop take photo of the Sheep Dog trials taking place at Greenlands Farm, its as few months seen the South Lakes Group had visited the tearoom at Deerslet so it was surprise to see that the indoor sitting area had been expanded.
So after putting the world right, we followed our usual route through the lanes to Holme where we rejoined the A6070 and headed towards Burton-
We then headed through Hutton Roof village, at Johnston House we followed the ‘B’ road towards Burton-
After lunch we followed Keer Holme Lane down to Pheasant Field where Peter left us to headed back to Lancaster, myself and Charlie followed the road through Borwick, at Manor Farm on Kellet Lane I said my goodbyes to Charlie and followed the lanes back to Halton, Charlie then followed Kellet Lane back to Tewitfield where his camper van was parked.
After meeting at Ashes Lanes, the eight of us followed our usual route along Ashes Lane and then followed Crook Road down to Staveley, then headed to Wilf’s cafe for morning coffee but we were surprise to find it closed, so we followed national cycle route 6 out of Staveley and followed it up to Ings where we found that cafe was open.
After morning coffee stop we split in two groups, the B group made up of Pat & Fred Lloyd and Don Dalton cross back over the A591 to followed the bridleway up on to Hugill Fell and then they followed the road down to Browfoot before following the road up the Kentmere valley to Long Houses, where they followed the track over to Park House before the lanes back to the cars at Ashes Lane. The Five of us in the A group followed the road out of Ings and the bridleway to Whasdike and the lanes pass Blackmoss down to the A591, which we crossed over and followed the public byway into Heaning which was wet in places. We then headed through the hamlet of Mislet before following the bridleway up to High House, we then continue along the track, passing over Mickle Moss before dropping down to Kentmere Hall, all the way along this track we were treated to find views of the lakes at their best. In Kentmere Village we stop for some lunch by the church.
After lunch we followed the road down the valley down the valley to Long Houses where we followed the bridleway over to Park House where we followed the lanes down into Staveley where we stop for afternoon brew in one of the local pubs before heading back to cars at Ashes Lane.