20th April 2008 ride to Jenkin Crag and Claife Heights
Heading up Ashes Lanes.
The cake photo one.
The cake photo two.
Heading along Moorhowe Road.
On the bridleway between the A592 and Town End
Crossing over Trout Beck
A sign of spring coming.
A view from Robin Lane
Another view from Robin Lane.
Heading towards Jenkins Crag
A view of Windermere.
The lunch time view
Sitting on the shore at Waterhead.
Looking back towards Ambleside from the start of the bridleway at High Wray.
Heading along the track to Claife Heights
The view from Claife Heights
Wise Een Tarn
Heading down to Far Sawrey
On the ferry across Windermere
Its costs a £1 for cyclists to cross Windermere via the ferry.
The afternoon coffee stop.
Heading towards Borwick Fold.
Small Tarns near Borwick Fold.
Ride report by Barrie Usherwood
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 - only for those in wellingtons !), we climbed out to Town End.
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 Waterhead.
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-way / cycleway ?) to Clappersgate. Left down the B5286 turning left again at Angle Wood leading to High Wray. Onto a bridleway heading through the forests with wonderful sweeping tracks past Wise Een Tarn then Moss Eccles Tarn. >From here the bridleway emerges at Far Sawrey where we join the B5285 to freewheel to the Ferry Jetty. A short wait for the ferry gave an opportunity for a quick ice cream. The ferry crossing took only a few minutes but saved a few hours had it not been taken!
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-trace our morning route past the caravan park and on towards our cars near the A591.
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.
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