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31st March 2007: A ride along the Old Shap Road and Borrowdale

- Ride report -


Regrouping in Garth Row.

Heading along the ‘Old Shap Road’ towards Bannisdale.

On the climb up from High Bannisdale Bridge on the ‘Old Shap Road’.

On the public byway from Ashstead up to the A6.

On the public byway from Ashstead up to the A6.

Primroses at side of the track.

Looking back down the track from A6.

Heading down into Borrowdale.

Lunch time view.

The lunch time view.

Charlie and view looking back up Borrowdale.

The view looking down Borrowdale toward Low Borrowdale Farm.

Regrouping stop at the bottom of Borrowdale.

The view looking back up Borrowdale.

At the start of the climb up Whin Fell.

The view from the bridleway looking towards Borrowdale.

The view looking down into Borrowdale.

Getting near top of the climb.

Barrie at the top of the climb.

The view from summit of pass looking towards coast.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Yes I was 10 minutes late getting to the start but I was please with my self  for cycling up to Kendal  against head wind and yes I did cycle back home after the ride. Anyway getting back to the ride we followed our usual route through Kendal along the cycle track before heading up the A6 for about mile before stopping at the cafe at Morrison Supermarket for our morning cafe stop.

After cafe stop, we cross over the A6 and followed the lanes up to Garth Row where we rejoin the A6 for about mile before turning on to the first part of the Old Shap Road which we followed through to Bannisdale High Bridge where we join the tarmac for short distance before following the next part of the old road to Wolf  Howe where we cross over the A6 and followed the road down to the hamlet of Ashstead, where we joined our next track which followed up to the A6. After about 500 yards on the A6 we turn on to the Borrowdale track and after about mile on the track we stop for some lunch beside the track.

After lunch continue down the Borrowdale valley before taking the track up to the repeater station on Whinfell, after looking at views at the summit of  the track, we enjoy the fast freewheel down into Mint Valley below! We headed back to Kendal via Patton Bridge and Meal Back.

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