Andy Solloway writes:
Good turn out for the ride this morning under less than summery skies. A baker’s dozen met up in Horton in Ribblesdale and headed off over the gravelly, redressed road to Ribblehead. Up to Newby Head well before the fast motorcycles and then turned off for the lovely descent down to Cowgill and along the back road to Dent.
Not having clocked up enough miles to justify lunch we then took an extra loop towards Sedbergh and back to stop at a different cafe than planned, which turned out to have a rather unique approach to customer service.
I guess 13 hungry cyclists arriving took them off guard. We overheard another diner who had been left waiting by our arrival, who had to abandon the food they had cooked for him being told “Don’t come back!”.
After a slightly oddly served lunch (baked beans in bowls anyone?), we headed out to the real climb of the ride, the tough ascent of Deepdale.
Two gates to negotiate, plus the road having a liberal covering of cow poo, resulted in one of us spinning a wheel and taking a tumble! Rudimentary first aid given, we prepared ourselves for the cracking rollercoaster of a descent down Kingsdale, a great four mile blast to Thornton in Lonsdale and on to Ingleton.
I’d kind of forgotten the plotted route after that, but a combination of Garmin and an old school map guided us a meandering route to Clapham, Austwick and on to Helwith Bridge and back to Horton. Great ride, stunning scenery even under the clouds, very social, yet challenging