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19th April 2015 ride to Bannisdale and Grayrigg (Page three)
Looking back towards the Italian Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeThe day had started with few hours of bunker raking at work before I could try out my touring bike on along ride. It one of joys of greenkeeping that you have work a few hours at weekend to prepare the golf course for the day play of golf. Anyway once the bunkers had been rake and greens had been cut, I head north up the A5105 and soon join the A6 which continue north on through Bolton-le-Sand and Carnforth before following the A6070 through Burton-in-Kendal. After about hour of pedaling from leaving work I was enjoying coffee and piece of cake at Farleton View Tearoom which is about half mile from junction 36 of the M6.After my brew stop, I followed lanes through Stainton Bridge End and then on through Crossrake, stopping at the church graveyard to look at daffodils which past there best. Then it was more lane work as headed through Natland before hitting the out skirts of Kendal where I headed along the cycle path through Kendal, I had to push my bike along section of the cycle path due to competitors in a fun run coming the opposite way. I was soon headed out of Kendal on the A6, after about mile turn on to Gillthwaiterigg road, then there was some more lane work as I headed through Oakbank before starting the climb out of the Kent Valley on Garth Row Lane which soon turns into delightful un tar public way which I followed up to Garth Row where I rejoin the A6 for about mile before turning off it for the start of the climb over into Bannisdale. There some good views looking back into the Kent Valley on the push up and over into Bannisdale. After looking at the view up Bannisdale at Dryhowe Bridge, I then had some lunch before retracing my steps out of Bannisdale.After dropping down to Plough Farm, I followed the bridleway over to Bannisdale High Bridge and short section of lane work, I then rejoin the A6 for about mile before following the lane down to Ashstead, then there few miles of quite gated lanes which I followed around to Grayrigg.From Grayrigg, there more lane work as headed through Beck Houses, up to the Old Scotch Road which followed for next several miles into Kirkby Lonsdale where I stop for after brew at ‘The Italian Garden’.It was fast ride back to Halton from Kirkby Lonsdale which I did under a hour, with around 62 miles on the clock it was good outing for my first time out on the new touring bike.You can click here to download the 61.8 mile route or you can click here to see what’s new on the website.