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6th February 2010: A ride around the Upper Ribblesdale

The first bit of sunshine of the day looking up Crummack Dale from Wood Lane with Wharfe in the background..

Steve taking a photo of the view.

Another view looking up Crummack Dale

The tearoom at Feizor.

The cake photo at Elaine’s Tearoom in Fezior

Following the Pennine Bridleway from Feizor over to Higher Bark House.

Still on the Pennine Bridleway heading down to Lower Bark House.

Heading the track towards Lower Bark House.

View looking up Ribbledale, we following the road from Horton-in-Ribbledale and heading towards New Houses.

A view looking down Ribblesdale towards New Houses.

A view looking across the valley towards ‘The Tarn’.

A view looking down the valley from Old Ing.

Stream disappearing into Calf  Hole, the water emerges from Brow Gill Cave about 1/2 mile downstream..  

Looking down into Ling Gill Nature Reserve.

The waterfall at the top of Ling Gill.

We stop for lunch near Ling Gill Bridge.

Cam Beck.

The view looking down into Ling Gill.

Heading up the track towards Cam End.

A view looking back down the track with Pen-y-ghent in the background.

At Cam End looking across the valley towards Ingleborough.

Another view from Cam End looking across to Ingleborough.

Heading down the track from Cam End to B6255 which we headed down to RibbleHead stopping for brew at Four Peak Tea Van before following the B6479 down Ribbledale to Selside.

Another view of the cloud in the valley below!

At the start of track from Selside over to Long Lane.

Cross roads

A view of Thieves Moss from Sulber Gate.

Another view from Sulber Gate.

Another view from Sulber Gate.

Looking down into Crummack Dale.

Peter heading up the track.

Another view looking down into Crummack Dale.

A view looking up the towards Long Scar.

Looking back toward Ribbledale.

Steve and Peter looking at the view.

The cloud at the top of Clapdale.

The last of the sunshine before dropping down into Clapdale.

Another view of the cloud at the top Clapdale.

Heading through the tunnels down into Clapham, we had end of ride brew at the tearoom in Clapham.

Ride report by Steve Gregson  

The industrial fringes of the Ribble valley were covered in a cold, dank mist which had not lifted by the Clapham start of the ride .

True to the weather forecast it was to be a day of blue skies, spectacular lines of low mist and best of all, some warmth in the sun after weeks of freezing conditions. So warm in fact that a leisurely picnic lunch was enjoyed, extremities bared, on the banks of Cam Beck at Ling Gill Bridge.

Certainly the blue skies enhanced the views of the 3 Peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with snow drifts, some vertical others horizontal, still in place and being frozen, could be walked on and even ridden over.  Whispy lines of mist soon had the cameras out . The limestone outcrops of Crummack Dale and Thwaite Scars caused us to pause awhile to absorb this phenomena, so full of detailed interest.

The day`s route was Clapham, Austwick, bridleways via Feiizor and its popular cafe then across to Helwith Bridge. From Horton-in-Ribblesdale the rising dead-end lane headed north and then it was over the moorland to Cam Fell before turning west and down to Ribblehead`s mobile snack bar, unusually quiet. There remained a swoop down to Selside before the final magnificent bridleway crossing of Sulber Nick , down Long Lane and through the tunnels to Clapham and a welcome cuppa and cake.

Definitely a day to remember for the sunny views and excellent bridleways.

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