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6th May 2006: A ride around the Upper Eden Valley

- Ride report -


Regrouping on the first track of day.

Eileen looking at the view

Heading up the bridleway from Blacksyke

Following the bridleway down to Little Ormside.

Nick heading across the ford at Rutter Mill

David heading up the track

A bit further along the track

Heading across Gaythorne Plain


Heading down to Knott Lane

A bit further down the bridleway

Early Purple Orchids at side of the bridleway.

At the afternoon cafe stop at Lune Spring Garden Centre.

Heading down to Smardale Bridge.

The view looking down Smardale

Following bridleway across Smardale Felll.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Yes arrive on time again with a minute to spare! After some discussion we deicide we would have our morning coffee at Rutter Mill and instead of going into Kirkby Stephen ( I think was something to do with Geoff and David having just had hostel breakfast), Yes you would not believe it the café at Rutter Mill had close down last year, we did not find out about this until later on in morning, so the six of us headed out of Kirkby Stephen along the A685 towards Brough for short distance before turning on to Appleby Road (B6259) and then we followed it through to Warcop, in Warcop we then follow the road down over Warcop Old Bridge, where we join our first track which followed through to Sandford Bridge, we even saw fat red squirrel just head of us on the track. After dropping down to Sandford Bridge we followed the track through Blacksyke Farm, after push up through Tricklebanks Wood (This is only section you may need get off and walk). We soon heading through Little Ormside and on to Great Ormside, we then follow the main road out of Great Ormside up to the Helm Road, where we head toward Appleby for short distance before turning on to Broadmire Road where followed the sign posts to Rutter Mill Force, after dropping down to the ford and crossing over the ford to discover that the café was closed, we headed up the public byway up to Haybanks, we stop for lunch on side of the track.

After lunch, we continue up the track up to Haybanks, then followed the road through to Drybeck village, where followed the signpost for Highfield and Gaythorne Mannor, after about mile the road turn in to a bridleway which followed past Harding’s Wood, at the junction for Gaythorne Mannor (which is worth dropping to look at!), we carry on through Fieldhouse Wood up to B6260 at Bank Moor. We follow the B6260 for short distance towards Orton before heading across Gaythorne Plain on our next track which followed through to Knots Lane in the Lune Valley; views dropping into the Lune Valley of the Howgill Fells were great! Yes you can ride this entire track. We back on the tarmac again and headed through the villages of Raisebeck, Kelleth and we stop for afternoon tea at the Garden Centre in Newbiggin-on-Lune.

After afternoon tea, Geoff decide he would headed back to Kirkby Stephen on the roads, the rest of us cross back over the A685 and followed the lane up to Friar’s Bottom Farm, we then follow the bridleway down to Smardale Bridge and then up and over Smardale Fell before dropping down to Kirkby Stephen via Sandwath Bridge.

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