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27th August 2017 ride around the Lowther Valley (Page three)

27th August 2017 ride around the Lowther Valley (Page three)
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Field Scabious in flower at the side of the lane near Great Strickland
Field Scabious in flower at the side of the lane near Great Strickland
Seed heads at the side of lane near Great Strickland
The lunch time view in Great Srickland
Insect on flower at side of the lane.
Guelder Rose berries at side of the lane near Newby Head
Red Clover in flower at side of the lane near Newby Head
A Sleagill view
Trees on the skyline.
Ox-eye Daisy in flower at side of the lane.
Perennial Cornflower in flower at side of the lane
The welcome to Shap sign.
A view of the bike in the back of the car
Ride report by Simeon Orme
It had been  few years seen started ride from Shap, so now owner of car, so I put my touring bike in the back of the car and headed up the M6 to Shap, which journey of about 45 minutes for me.

Once park the car at the free public car by the public toilets in Shap, I was soon on my way out of Shap following the lanes down to Keld, after passing through Keld, I soon turn on to Old Water Board Road (Which is mark on my OS map as permitted bridleway) which followed into Swindale.

At crossroads on Rosgill Moor , I decide to follow the tarmac back down into Lowther Valley and soon cycling through the hamlets of Rawfoot and Bomby before stopping for brew and cake at Brampton Shop and Tearoom.

After the brewstop, I continue to follow the tarmac down the Lowther Valley, passing through Helton and then heading into Askham where stop again for another coffee and cake at the Kitchen Garden Café at Askham Hall, its is one of those café where the cakes are out this world and even if not hungry you soon will be after looking at cakes on display.

After finishing coffee and cake, I was soon back on my bike, after crossing over the River Lowther via Askham Bridge, I was soon climbing out of the Lowther Valley through Lowther Park and then followed the lanes around to Lowther Village, then on to Hackthorpe where join the A6 for short section before following Waterfalls Road and Airygill Lane into Great Strickland where I stop for lunch.

After my lunch stop, I followed the lanes over Great Strickland Moor and around to Newby Head, then on to Sleagill before heading back to Shap.

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