Sunday 18 December 2011

RSF ride round Kentmere

Coniston Fells from above Brow Foot

Three Wise Men.........Ermm!
Once again we met in Wilf's Cafe in Staveley, after cakes, coffee and a chat, and a final decision on our route for the day. This was determined by the heavy frost, which meant we should keep to tracks and bridleways as much as possible, the theory being "more grip!" We rode up past Brow Foot and turned right onto the bridleway which led round into Kentmere Park. The track had alot of ice and frozen puddles, I decided to reduce the pressure in my tyres, which may in hindsight have been an error, as within half a mile or so I had a puncture! This meant my colleagues had a good chance to look at the amazing views, plus some Red Deer in the foreground. We continued to Park Beck where we had lunch sat in the sun. Round the corner past Whiteside End we were treated to the eastern arm of the Kentmere Horseshoe which was plastered in snow. Down to Kentmere Hall, a fortified farmstead, managing to avoid the icy patches, then on to the church which always looks a bit plain to me. A short leg down the valley road, then up the bridleway at Longhouses, which was largely unrideable until it levelled out below Green Quarter, this is a lovely quiet area. Well on our way back now we descended past Park House before taking the short bridleway at Elf Howe to the valley floor. Only a few hundred yards from here to Staveley and coffee and tiffin in "The Cakery," highly recommended!

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