|The first climb of the day out of Orton, here looking back towards the Shap Fells|
|Quick check of the map, straight onfor us into Great Asby Nature Reserve.|
|Descending the twisting singletrack through the reserve, greasy with muddy tyres on the limestone.|
|From Great Asby we rode by Breaks Hall and Bleatarn.|
|Before dropping down to cross the River Eden on the edge of Warcop.|
|We had our butties here at the convenient picnic bench, Warcop was very sleepy, hardly anyone about!|
|Leaving Warcop we rode the bridleway through Blacksyke (very muddy) and on to Little Ormside.|
Then along the lane above to Ormside Mill.
|Where there's a ford! Luckily the water was low!|
|Are we lost?...Only joking Ian!|
|Another ford, this one at Rutter Force. Handy for washing the mud off our tyres!|
|Looking East fro above Gaythorne Hall to the North Pennines.|
|The bridleway across Gaythorne Plain is never easy, not steep, not really muddy, just awkward.|
But eventually after gaining some height, the limestone outcrops and the views open out. here we look North.