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The view looking along the cycle path towards Caton.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeOne of problems having a day job like green keeping it does sometimes get in the way of cycling at weekends, this was one those weekend’s where I had go in on the Sunday morning to rake some bunkers and help with the changing holes before golf competition. So I decide to go out cycling on the Saturday, it usual take me about 35 to 40 minutes to follow my normal route from Halton to Wray, the first part is heading out of Halton along Low Road to the Crook O’Lune where I turn on to cycle path (A major problem on the cycle path is dog walkers not being aware of other users of the path, not keeping their pets under control and don’t realize that main reason that the path is there in the first place is to cycle along and not to walk your dog along, there are plenty footpaths in the Lune Valley where you can walk dog along without coming across a cyclist’s on a bike) which I follow up to and pass Bull Beck Bridge where I turn on to the A683 for next few miles before following the B6480 into Wray. The main reason for starting ride in Wray, is that the A683 and the B6480 are busy roads, motorist’s do use them has gateway from the M6 into the Southern and Western parts of the Yorkshire Dales, it may change with Sustrans looking at extending an off-road route from Bull Beck up the Lune Valley towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as part of Way of the Roses Route but it may take a few years for this to happen but it will encourage more folk use the bike instead of the car to go exploring in this part of the world at weekends.I sooner meet up at Cafe, than try to cycle along busy roads in a group and other reason, I like starting rides from the Bridge House Farm Tearooms there always good selections of cakes to chose from.It was one of those day’s where their just me on the ride, so after enjoying my coffee and cake I followed the tarmac up the Hindburn Valley to Mill Houses. Then headed out of the Hindburn Valley along Russells Lane where stop for few minutes to take close up photo of Primrose flowering at side of the Lane. After about good mile I turn on to the Old Moor Road which you do get some good views of Ingleborough from. After crossing over Long Lane, I headed along Cross Road and then turn on to Mewith Lane which most local cyclist’s use as route into southern part and of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Mewith Lane does have several name changes, which the local council has spend some cash on name lane signs to highlight this but at anytime of delightful lane to follow with views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on one side of the lane and on other side of lane views of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once you cross over the County Bridge from Lancashire into North Yorkshire, its a bit up and down route until you get to Dubgarth Hill where you do have choice of heading down to Clapham Station and following the Way of Roses into Clapham but decide head along Eldroth Road for about good mile before turning on to Fummerber Lane.Once you cross over Waters Bridge where there good view of two becks meeting up which is worth stopping to take a photo of, the name of the lane changes to Orcaber Lane which you up to A65 at Harden Bridge.Once I crossed over the A65, I was in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and then followed Holm Lane into Austwick and like Feizor when tell folk at work where I am going at weekend, I usually get ask the question ‘Where that near’. After making my way through Austwick, I turn on to Pennine Bridleway and stop for some lunch by the Flascoe Bridge.After my lunch break, continue heading along the Pennine Bridleway towards Feizor, it was to soon after my lunch break to stop at Elaine Tearoom which look like it was quite busy and about only reason if in the know , you may want drive car along Kiln Hill Lane from the A65 into Feizor.Feizor, is one those places where only one way in my car and several ways out on a bike. Like a lot of the small villages and hamlets that A65 bypasses on the boundary the National Park, its delightful place to visit and like going back time to how Yorkshire Dales Villages use to be. I stay on the Pennine Bridleway has headed out of Feizor, there was a bit climbing to do, has followed track over to Higher Bark House.I turn off the Pennine Bridleway at Lower Bark House Farm and followed the bridleway from the farm down to the tarmac, then on to Austwick. In Austwick, I followed Way of the Roses route out of the village towards the A65 before turning on to bridleway which runs along side the A65 for short distance before following the B6480 into Clapham.In Clapham, it look like the cafes were having weekend off before the Easter Break, so I followed the Old Road out of Clapham, in the first mile there quite a bit of climbing to do before there nice free wheel into Ingleton where stop for coffee and cake at the Seasons Cake Shop.After my brewstop, I crossed back over the A65 and headed along Tatterthorne Lane before turning on to Dumb Tom’s Lane, there was a bit of head wind, has followed the lanes towards Wennington.From Wennington, it was case of following the B6480 back to Wray and then retracing my morning route to Wray back to Halton.You can click here to see the photos of 17th April ride to Burns Moss Beck Nature Reserve or you can click here to download the 31.9 mile route or you can click here to see what’s new on the website