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2021 Photo Galleries
5th September 2021 ride to Loughrigg Terrace (Page three)
The view looking across the River Brathay across the field towards High Colwith
The view looking back at end of cycle path in Skelwith Bridge.
The view from Skelwith Fold looking towards Great Langdale.
A tree in field near The Causeway Farm.
A stop for eat up near The Common.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeThe more eagle eye of may notice that I am using a different bike from last week’s ride, the main reason for this its a lot lower gear than my gravel bike and more suitable for cycling in the Lake District National Park where there can be a lot sharp steep climbs.It was a bit of surprise that I had too take both wheels out to fit in the back of the car but its was not great problem and I was surprise how much I enjoy using on the ride.Its about 30 minute drive for me, up M6 and then along the A591 to get Ashes Lane, the first part of the lane may have been old part of the A591 but now it a big loop off the A591 between Kendal and Staveley where you can park for free all day. Yes there a bit sting in the tail for those of you who like road bikes and narrow tyres, to get any where from A591 side of Ashes Lane, its good ideal to ride the full length of Ashes Lane which turn into public byway after its passes the campsite and then back into tarmac lane at Ashes which is small hamlet which is not problem for me, has I am card carrying member of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship which is oldest off-road cycling club in the world. Also put some new Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres on both wheels of the bike.I all ways think that ride along Ashes Lane makes good start to any ride in this part of the Lake District National Park, once get pass the campsite and on to the public byway, you start get the views of the Kentmere Valley and the lakeland mountains, once get pass Ashes there short climb up to Crook Road. Then for me it was fairly easy ride down into Staveley and usually on these rides I would head for delights of Wilf’s Cafe in Station Yard but not on this ride, I decide to get my coffee and cake fix else where. So followed Windermere Road out of Staveley and then head along the cycle path which along side the A591 towards Ings.Once I was in Ings, I spotted the sign for the Lakeland Farm Visitor Centre which had the magic word for cyclist’s that it had a ‘Cafe’. There was a bit of climb up to the visitor centre but well worth it, in the current climate, the cafe had outdoor seating area which I like to use when getting my cake fix on ride.After my cafe stop, there was a bit climbing to do along Mislet Brow and then Moorhowe Road before dropping down into the Trout Beck Valley along Fusethwaite Lane. After crossing over the A592, I decide to follow the bridleway across the valley to Town End, for me its short cut which push bike along the track most of the way and stop a few times to take some photos.One in Town End, I cross over the lane and followed another bridleway up to Holbeck Lane which I decide to follow down to A591. I just do not get it why folk want to drive to Ambleside in their motor cars but the traffic was bumper to bumper, so I end up cycling along the pavement to get Waterhead a bit quicker.Once in Waterhead, I turn on to the A5075 which followed around to the Rothay Bridge.After crossing over Rothay Bridge, I followed the lane along side River Rothay for next few mile towards Pelter Bridge. Its nice lane to ride along but I recommend that you have good bell on your bike, has I had use my several times for folk who left their brains in the car and don’t think there going to be other users using the lane like cyclists.Once got near Pelter Bridge, I turn on public byway which is also a cycle path, there was also a bit climbing to do get track along the shore of Rydal Water where stop for some lunch.After my lunch break, it was fairly easy ride along the bridleway which is also cycle path to Grasmere. Again you do need a bell on your bike because a lot of folk just don’t realize they are on public right way that cyclists are allow to use. I soon left the cycle path, to follow the bridleway up to Loughrigg Terrace, the view from bridleway along the Terrace looking down into Grasmere may be top ten of views in the National Park.For me it was case of pushing the bike along the bridleway and looking at the view.I decide once got to end of the bridleway, that I would follow the tarmac down into Great Langdale and coming out on the main road in Chapel Stile which is ‘B’ road which I followed down to Elterwater where I turn on to bridleway which runs alongside the Great Langdale Beck for first section of the bridleway which is also a cycle path and yes you do need a cycle bell because that folk that are walking along the path do not think of other users. The second part of the bridleway take you along the shore of Elter Water, you don’t see any real views of the lake until near the end which could be in top hundred of views in the national park. The next section of the bridleway runs along side River Brathay there some good views looking back towards the Langdales, you soon leave the crowds behind when cross over the bridge at Skelwith Force and follow the cycle path down to Skelwith Bridge.In Skelwith Bridge, I followed the lane up to Skelwith Fold where there good view looking back up the valley towards the Langdales.From Skelwith Fold, I follow the Bog Lane down the Brathey Valley to Clappersgate where decide it was late to head for Wray Castle for a brew. So I followed the A593 into Ambleside and the A591 out of Ambleside to Troutbeck Bridge which is not recommend on Sunday afternoon and at one point I pull into lay-by for five minute to let traffic pass me.In Troutbeck Bridge, I push my bike up very steep lane from A591 up to A592 and escape the maddest of the Windermere Valley to follow the lane through the Crosses and up near The Common where I stop at bench to have eat up.After finishing what was left of my pack lunch, I followed the lanes back to Ings, then the cycle path along side the A591 to Staveley, then the Crook Road and Ashes Lane back to the car.You can click here to see photos of 12th September ride to Sedbergh or you can click here to download the 32.41 mile route or you can checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site.