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17th January 2010: A ride to Longsleddale

Heading along Ashes Lane.

Waiting for everyone to catch up on Ashes Lane.

Cake photo one at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

Cake photo two.

Nick enjoying second breakfast.

The view looking up the Kentmere Valley.

A view looking down the Kentmere Valley

Looking down into Kentmere Village from High Lane.

Heading up High Lane towards Stile End.

The view looking up the Kentmere Valley from High Lane.

Heading up track to Stile End.

Looking back down the track into the Kentmere Valley with the Barn at Stile End in the background.

Following the public way towards Longsleddale.

Looking back down the track towards the Kentmere Valley.

It’s hard work pushing the bikes through the snow!

We lift the bikes over one of gates as there was to much snow behind the gate to open it! The bikes are standing up my them self in the snow.

At summit of the pass.

It was bit tricky in few places due to the ice across the track, has we followed track down into Longsleddale.

Nick rode this section of the track.

Heading down into Longsleddale towards Sadgill.

The end of the track at Sadgill.

A view looking up Longsleddale.

We had late lunch stop seating out side Community hall or in porch of the church

Heading down Longsleddale towards Garnett Bridge

Heading through Garnett Bridge.

Back at the car park at Ashes Lane.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Six members met at the Ashes Lane car park, we soon heading along Ashes Lane it was tricky riding in places along the lane due to the ice across the track so it took bit longer to get to Wilf’s at Staveley for our morning brew.

After our morning cafe stop we followed the lanes up the Kentmere Valley to Kentmere Village before following Lowfield Lane through Green Quarter and then High Lane up to Stile End where we turn on to the public byway. The first part of the track was fairly easy to walk along due to farm traffic going up feed the animals after we cross over on to the open moorland it got bit more difficult to push our bikes through the snow, near the summit of the pass we had lift all the bikes over a gate due the large amount of snow behind the gate. It was bit tricky in places as we followed the track down into Longsleddale due to ice across the track and Nick at one point had to jump off his bike due to losing control on the ice put we all finally made it safely down to the end of the track at Sadgill. We then followed the tarmac down the Longsleddale stopping for some lunch, seating out side Community hall or in porch of the church.

After lunch we followed the tarmac down to Garnett Bridge, then the Garnett Bridge Road down to Burnside before following the lanes up to the A591 which cross over before heading back to the cars parked at Ashes Lane. It had been enjoyable ride for our first proper off-road ride year!

Click here to see photos taken by Peter Kenner of 17th January ride of South Lakes Group to Longsleddale or you can download the gps route files of the ride at this link. You can check out other forthcoming cycling events on the Diary of cycle club Events. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter.

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