26th March 2017 ride up the Lyth Valley and along Gamblesmire Lane ( Page three)
A lime kiln near Gamblesmire Lane
Heading down Gamblesmire Lane towards Kendal
A Kendal view
Cafe closed on Sunday during Winter.
Wild Daffodils in the church yard at Crosscrake.
Coltsfoot at side of the lane.
Trees at side of the Lancaster Canal near Farleton
Greater Stitchwort at side of Scargill Road near Halton
There were know pigs flying over RSPB Visitor Centre when I got there which was a pity but one of these days I may be in for shock and have few folk waiting for me in the cafe. Anyway the coffee and cake were up to usual standards in the Leighton Moss Cafe.
Once I got my cake fix which miss out on the week before due the poor weather last Sunday, I decide to give ride a miss and stay in warm living room at home, maybe sign that I am getting some wisdom, in my middle age years but my argument is that one of the joys of working outside during the week, is that you get pay to get a soaking and sometimes its nice to have the choice weather, you wish to go out or not when the rain is beating down on the roof of your home.
Anyway getting back to ride, it as been good year for the Lesser Celandine, as the roadsides were full of yellow blooms, as followed my route through the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passing through Waterslack, Hazelslack, Storth and then Sandside before short section on B 5282 which took me over the River Bela via Milnthorpe Bridge. I was then soon heading along Marsh Road across Milnthorpe Marsh to the A6, which I did short section around Levens Hall before foolowing the lane across Levens Moss to High Sampool, then I followed the tarmac bridleway around to Sampool Bridge where I had to cross over A 590 before following the Brigsteer Causeway up the Lyth Valley to Brigsteer. From Brigsteer I continue to follow the lanes up the Lyth Valley, stopping just outside Brigsteer for some lunch at bench next to Low Plantation.
The plan after lunch was to follow the lanes up to Underbarrow but the route up Garth Row Lane look more interesting so I headed up the lane, as you can see from the photos there was plenty of flowers in full bloom at both sides of the lane, after a bit of climbing, I soon turn on to Underbarrow Road which I followed down to Lightbeck, then I followed a lane across Knot Hill to start of Gamblesmire Lane.
Considering that I was in the Lake District National Park and about six miles aways from Lake Windermere, I had not seen that many folk about on my ride up the Lyth Valley.
Gamblesmire Lane is fairly easy track to do, there one flooded section which I had to cross but the views of Southern lakeland mountains made up for this, but once I climb up summit of the Lane, it was nice easy ride down into Kendal.
My plan afternoon cafe stop at Natland Mill Beck Farm Ice Cream Parlour was closed due Winter opening hours so followed the lanes through Natland before stopping to take a photo of Wild daffodils in the church yard at Crosscrake before headed to Farleton View Tearoom for coffee and cake.
After my second cake fix of the day, I followed my usual route back to Halton, it was nice see Joan and Brian Cornish out on their bikes, just passed Holme Mills where stop to have quick chat with them. It had been a interesting ride with plenty to see.
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