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17th February 2008 ride over Garbon Pass

17th February 2008 ride over Garbon Pass
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Ride report by Barrie Usherwood
A good number of us met at the new Kendal venue of Ashes Lane (named Scream Point - it may be due to the proximity of the A591 where anything less would be drowned out by the relentless traffic).

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 ! - see Simeons photo's).

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-forward.

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 - we are very fortunate in the South Lakes Group.

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