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17th October 2010: A ride to Claife Heights.

Cake photo at Wilf’s Cafe in Staveley.

A view of the tarn near Borwick Fold.

Peter and John freewheeling down to B5284

Heading  across Windermere on the ferry.

Looking back across the Lake to Ferry Nab.

Looking back down bridleway as John climbs up the track..

Ferns at the side of the track.

Heading down the bridleway towards Far Sawery

A lunch time view.

Peter cycling across the ford.

A view of Moss Eccles Tarn

Stopping to look at the view.

Peter on the bridleway as we head down to High Wray.

Following the bridleway along the shore of Windermere

Sometimes its worth  looking up at the trees at the side of the track.

Cake photo at Lewis’s Coffee Shop in Bowness-on-Windermere.

A reminder of  last year’s floods.

The sign outside the coffee shop.

Regrouping after the climb up High Lickbarrow.

A view of the tarn on the public byway to Cleabarrow.

Its not often you see a badger, its shame it look like got run over!

Ride report by Peter Kenner

The ride along Ashes Lane wakes up the legs and opens up a Lake District vista to savour. Along with new man John, from Cleveleys, we rode to Wilfs at Staveley for a brew where we were joined by John2. This was followed by the pull up to Borwick Fold and the descent to the Windermere ferry near Bowness. Passing a long line of waiting cars is always a pleasure though Simeon was almost taken out` by a Sunday driver not checking properly.

Across the ferry and a short way up the West bank we turned up the stony path above Harrow Slack where lunch was taken on the fell with panoramic views of Coniston Old Man and the Langdale Peaks.

Dropping through Far Sawrey we took the trail past Moss Eccles and Wise Een Tarns. There are peaceful, wide open views before the forest encloses you again. Following a long descent, by trail to High Wray and road to Low Wray, we turned off by Wray Castle to take the shore trail back to the ferry.

An afternoon brew, at Bowness, was followed by a hard road climb to High Lickbarrow and trail to Clewbarrow. Then it was back, via Borwick Fold, to Ashes Lane.

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