Sunday 18 September 2011

RSF ride from Tebay

Climbing up Orton Scar
This was my first ride with the Rough Stuff Fellowship (RSF). For those who aren't aware the RSF pre-dates modern mountain biking by more than 20 years. The big difference is that it's no shame to walk and indeed being out in the countryside is the important bit. There were three of us today, our ride took us from the tearoom in Tebay along the old road to Gaisgill, where we crossed the "new"road. Heading roughly north we reached the first bridleway which took us past a stone circle, and climbed up over Orton Scar and down to the ancient pile of Gaythorne Hall. Back up over Westgill Head and down towards Crosby Ravensworth, stopping en-route for lunch. We looked in the churchyard at Crosby Ravensworth to fin and photograph the gravestone of the lost cyclist. Our bridleway led us up to Oddendale farm where we turned left and crossed the moor to bring us to the edge of Orton. Coffee and cake were taken at the chocolate shop before minor roads and a short bridleway brought us back to Tebay. I throughly enjoyed my day and looked forward to the next outing.

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