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Two views of Rosebay Willowherb at side of Shacklabank Lane.
Three fell ponies on the skyline
A view of Fox’s Pulpit where George Fox preach to thousand folk for three hour on 13th June 1652 which lead to starting of ‘The Religious Society of Friends’ known as Quakers, its worth looking at this link on the Quakers website about their faith and playing the YouTube Video and think a lot of cyclists get same feeling on the Sunday club run.
The lunch time view.
The view from near Hilltop Heights looking towards the Howgill Fells (Click the photo to view a larger image of the photo)
Rowan shoots on top of hedge at side of B6257
I was very lucky finding my mobile phone again after it fell out of back pocket.
Meadow Crane’s-bill at side of the lane.
Yarrow flowering at side of the lane.
A close up of Rosebay Willowherb flowering at side of the lane.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeYou may say only fool or madman would think starting a ride on one of the warmest Sunday’s of the year from Devil’s Bridge near Kirkby Lonsdale but unfortunately for me, on a warm day its magnet for anyone who can’t read a map and want to cool off in River Lune. I was using some common sense and decide to put the bike in the back of van and drive that ten miles plus up the River Lune to Devils Bridge and did manage find a parking space, in my defense Kirkby Lonsdale on normal day is usual still quite at 10am but when temperature start to rise common sense seem go out of window for large percent of the English population who would normally not be seen dead in the countryside and don’t know how to dress for it and never heard of the countyside code or the highway code ie parking on double yellow lines which saw later on in the afternoon when came back to pick my car. I don’t why Devil’s Bridge and the Crook O’ Lune lower down the Lune Valley are magnet for these folk but unfortunately when traveling oversea for the summer holiday as gone out of the window, its these places when the baby boomers when they were kids were taken to my their parents and now they are taking their children and grand children to them and leave a mess of litter for locals clean up afterwards. Lucky for those of us who can read map once you get away from these honeypots its amazing how quickly you find real countryside with not many folk in it!In my case, after get the bike out of back of the car it was about two minutes ride from the car park and then getting off the bike to push it up the hill to the start of Chapel House Lane, if you thinking about coming on ride with me you need to text me or e-mail me to let me know you are coming on the ride other wise I am not going to hang around waiting at start of ride for ten minutes in the hope that someone going to turn up and nobody had text me or email on this ride so I was quite happy to leave noise of folk trying to enjoy them self’s at Devil’s Bridge to follow Chapel House Lane into Higher Casterton then on into Casterton where I stop to take first photos of the of the Holy Trinity Church which close links with Sedbergh School. Then short section on the A683 which you can’t get away from riding along on some point of ride in the lower part of the Lune Valley then I was soon back on the lanes and heading for Barbon for coffee and cake at the Churchmouse at Barbon.Churchmouse at Barbon is part tearoom, part village shop and part cheese shop, the tearoom part of the business had mostly move outside shop with tables and seating on terrace which was fill at that of day with cyclist’s mostly from lower part of the Lune Valley moaning about route up valley on the B 6254 or the A683 which may fix in the next few years as Sustrans got funding to extend the Lune Valley Greenway from Caton up to Kirkby Lonsdale then on to Ingleton and Clapham with aim making western part of Way of Roses into traffic free greenway. They are currently doing feasibility work on the project and like most things its going to be few years before things happen on the ground but when it happen it will open up the area to more cycle tourism which may be good thing for the area.Anyway after finishing my coffee and cake, I headed out of Barbon on the High Road which followed towards Middleton for next good mile before back tracking a short distance along the A683 before following the lane down to Rigmaden Bridge where I cross over the River Lune and then followed the lane up through Rigmaden before getting off the bike to push up the climb to High Rigg Brown.The next stage of the ride was a bit up and down, has I followed the lane up the Lune Valley towards Killington New Bridge, the main problem with this lane its not build for modern day motor traffic with very few passing places, so be prepare to stop and let them pass you otherwise they end up following for next mile trying to pass you. You may get the last laugh, has I did, has I got nearer Killington New Bridge, I was wondering why a tractor was park in lay-by, I soon found out that another tractor was coming the other way, the small car and the Amazon Van that just pass me few minutes earlier had to reverse next half mile back up lane before they can find somewhere for the tractor to pass them. Let just say some folk are good at reversing a motor car and others panic or just plain crap at doing it.Has turn on to the B6256, I notice that there was a lot of cars park along the road near Killington New Bridge which seem popular place to go cool off in the River Lune.I stay on the B6256 until got to old Black Horse Pub where cross over the A684 and then headed up Shacklabank Lane unless you super low gears on your bike or super fit you end up getting off the bike and pushing it up this steep climb, on the plus size there was few views look at when you pass a gate into a field.Has I almost got to top of the climb, I got that sinking feeling that something was missing from one of back pockets on cycling shirt, it was my mobile phone that drop out when I was going for call of nature, I work out in my head where the phone could have drop out and must say I was lucky to find it again a few hours later but main point was that did not panic but I did have some dark thoughts what would happen if I did not find it but we tend to carry quite important inform about our life in these gadgets.I thought it was bad ideal to turn around, head back down lane due to the steep climb that I push my bike up so I continue follow the lane up to Fox’s Pulpit where George Fox spoke to about thousand for over three hour on 13th June in 1652 which lead to starting up of Religious Society of Friends which came be known as the Quakers, I think best description that describe the Quakers is that don’t ponder what’s going to happen after you died and try to fix the problems of the day like climate change and maybe its something we should all try to how the world would be better place.After paying my respects, I stop for a bit of lunch before following the lane over to the Old Scotch Road which followed down to Lowgill where I turn on to the B6257 which I followed through Firbank and Waterside where I turn on to the A684 which I followed up to Old Black Horse Pub where turn back on to the B6256 and retrace my morning route back down the Lune Valley to near Rigmaden where I found my mobile phone and on future rides its going live in zip pocket in my camera bag.After pass through Rigmaden Park, I did stop a few times to take a few photos of the wild flowers at side of the lane, has follow it back down the Lune Valley to Kearstwick where turn on to B6254 which I followed into Kirkby Lonsdale, then headed down to Devil’s Bridge to pick up my car.You can click here to see the photos of 24th July ride to Hawes Water or you can click here to download the 29.03 mile route or you can checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site.