Friday, 31 October 2014

Yanwath & the River Eamont

Thursday's stroll from Yanwath, Nr Penrith. Beside a River Eamont in flood after the recent heavy rain. Anyway just a few pictures snatched from under the leaden did stay dry tho!

Yanwath parkland

Beside a raging River Eamont

Always the best way!

River Eamont again.

Yanwath Hall

Eamont Bridge

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Short Stroll Round Hawkshead Hill

Today's weather was dominated by the strong wind...which periodically blew in showers of rain with little warning. I found myself with a free day at short notice, so decided to do a bit of recon for the Rough Stuff Fellowship ride I'm leading from Skelwith Bridge next Sunday. I know most of the bridleways in the area very well, but I was unsure of one small off I went to reacquaint myself!

I'd parked at Knipe Fold and walked up the road towards Tarn Hows before following the paths through the woods above Sawrey Gound.

The Beeches in particular were in full Autumn colour.

Fungi beside the path as I entered Grizedale Forest from High Cross.

Forest roads and paths led me to the start of the bridleway I wanted to check on. It offers an excellent descent to Hawkshead...I'm looking forward to riding it next weekend!
I then made my way back to Knipe Fold via Hawkshead Hill through the showers!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

RSF ride from Ingleton...A Battle Against the Wind

Today's forecast for the Dales was really grim. In fact I turned over and had an extra hour in bed! But looking out it didn't seem to bad so I cracked on and got myself over to Ingleton for the start of the ride.

Our initial climb was on tarmac after riding through Thornton-in-Lonsdale and Far Westhouse. We had a bit of wind behind us! It was very warm tho. Here we arrive at the first offroad Tow Scar Rd.

After a blustery ascent on to the Turbary Road, things got rather easier. Here we're at Rowton Pot, just below the "road". Cavers were abseiling down into the depths.

After a convoluted descent to the Kingsdale road we went and had a look at Yordas cave. Well worth a visit if your passing (good headtorch required). After lunch we rode back down Kingsdale, having a look at "Valley Entrance" and "Keld Beck Head". Proper windy down here a foretaste of what was to come!

Here we've just completed the steep ascent onto Scales Moor, the ride across the moor is excellent, although the limestone today was treacherous!
Shortly after this the rain arrived, driven in on the vicious wind. We dropped down to Chapel-le-Dale and fought our way back towards Ingleton into the gale. As we dropped down Oddies Lane into the village the sun even tried to make an appearance!
Glad I made the effort, a grand day battling the storm in great company.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Short Ramble on the Ribble Way

Still needing to keep our walks as close to level as possible we walked a short section of the Ribble Way from Settle with a return from Langcliffe on quiet lanes back to Settle.

On the Ribble Way as the mist was being burnt off.

Approaching Stackhouse, the Autumn colours starting to develop nicely.

Suprisingly accurate forecasting station!

The Ribble Way descends gently to the river below Stackhouse

Our route back started along the footpath beside the old Langcliffe mill dam, before crossing both the railway and road to walk back along the minor road to Castleberg and Settle

Its always quiet along here...and there are several benches for resting/basking in the amazingly warm Autumn sun!