Sunday, 23 June 2013

RSF ride to Littondale

Only three of us on the ride today, probably due to the weather forecast! We had a great ride over to Littondale though, in spite of the heavy showers and very strong headwind on the return leg.
It was actually dry as we unloaded the bikes from our cars, this was only temporary!

Back on the Pennine Way, having ridden on the road from Clapham over to Helwith Bridge. we then road the long ascent up Long Lane, before a short downhill to Dale Head.

A short stretch of tarmac and we took to the byway across the flanks of Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell.

Its a lovely old track, which contours the fell before descending into Littondale, its been a good year for Buttercups

The River Skirfare was in flood, this portion of the river is often bone dry, but not today

Our route back was over Arncliffe Cote another old track.  big old "gatestoops". There is a good reason why Ian has his trousers round his knees.....

Approaching Streetgate.
Our route back from here led round Malham Tarn then a little tarmac, before dropping into Silverdale and climbing back out to cross over to Long Lane via Moor Head Lane. From here we rode back on the road to Clapham.

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