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Richmond to Hampton Court Thames Ride

Richmond to Hampton Court

Route Information

Stats:  15 miles and 320 feet of ascent (flat)

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Refreshments

You’re in Richmond in London, so there’s lots to choose from, both in the town and along the river.

Character

Quiet ride along the River Thames from Richmond Park, with a little bit of road riding along the way. Great ride for an afternoon or evening.


Route

1. From Richmond Green ride down Old Palace Lane to the Thames and follow the Thames path all the way to Kingston.

2. At Kingston, cross the river by Kingston Bridge and turn into the park on the opposite side. Take the path that follows the river, before exiting it by the Mute Swan Public House.

3. Take the second exit of the roundabout (A308) and follow this as it circumnavigates the walled palace and begins to look almost rural, with trees either side.

4. Returning you to roundabout near Kingston Bridge, now ride and leave at the first exit onto the A310 for a short while and then turn right onto Lower Teddington Road by the pub and follow this quiet road until rejoining the A310(turn right onto this).

5. At traffic lights by shops, bare right and stay on this road. After 100 metres turn right down the one way street (Water Lane) and follow ‘Embankment’ and ‘Riverside’ until you can pickup the path along the river.

6. Follow the river back to Richmond, crossing at bridge and riding back to Richmond Park.




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Kendal Eight

Kendal Eight

Route Information

Stats:  21 miles and 1765 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Spoilt for choice in Kendal

Character

The wedge of land between the Lakes and Dales is an inexplicably quiet backwater. It would merit the phrase “best-kept secret” if that weren’t so obviously oxymoronic. Even when the proposed extensions to the National Parks take place, the area of this ride is likely to remain resolutely overlooked. And long may it remain so.

The majority of the route is down narrow country lanes that you’re likely to have to yourself. The first part of the ride shadows the M6 but you wouldn’t know it’s there as it’s hidden from sight and the sound (at least while the wind is in the western quadrant) isn’t an issue. The only road noise is from the A590 down near Tewitfield.

The start point is described from a motorist’s point-of-view but the route passes Oxenholme station so it would be perfectly possible to approach it by rail.


Route

1. From the layby, set off on the A65 north, towards Kendal for ¼mile, passing under the motorway.

2. Turn right into a narrow lane signed “Friends’ Meeting House, Goose Green“

3. Follow this for around three miles until you meet the B6254 at Old Hutton. Turn Left.

4. Follow the B road past Oxenholme station down towards Kendal.

5. Rejoin the A65 at a set of traffic lights and continue into the town.

6. At the big roundabout, take the third exit into Lound Road. The River Kent is on your left.

7. With the museum on your left, turn right at some lights into Park Side Road.

8. Climb to the A684 and turn right towards Sedbergh. Keep climbing, past a transmission mast.

9. Just after the brow, turn right into a tiny road called Hawkrigg Lane.

10. Drop down this, swinging right (look out for mud on the road) until you reach Beehive Lane.

11. Turn left, and go down to the B6254 again. Turn right. If things look oddly familiar, that’s because they are.

12. This time, you’re looking for a ludicrously well-hidden left turn. It is completely unmarked, doubles back and looks more like a farm track than part of the public highway. But trust me on this. It’s as you’re climbing, just after the sign warning of horse-riders.

13. Follow this lane, skirting the low ridge of The Helm, then dropping to the A65 at the Punch Bowl Inn.

14. With all due care, cross the A65 into the lane opposite.
15. Turn left at the next junction, ignoring the National Cycle Route 6 going right.

16. Head sound on a charming lane. Watch out for a crossroads (No Give Way sign) by a small graveyard. Try not to join them, yes? Go straight over, past Crosscrake Primary School.

17. Go over the small humpback bridge round the terminus of the canal.

18. Keep heading SSE, parallel to the A590. When you reach the B6385, turn left. At the A65, turn right to return to the start.




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Derwent Reservoir

Derwent Reservoirs

Route Information

Stats: 18 miles and  1330 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Superb cafe at Edmundbyers.

Character

A loop of Derwent Reservoir, based on the pro series event ‘Tour of the Reservoir’

Start Point: The historic and scenic village of Blanchland (free car park located behind the White Monk tearoom)


Route

1. Head past the arch and Lord Crewe Arms and up the short hill past the Ruffside Estate, with panoramic views of the Reservoir on the left-hand side. Continue to the village of Edmundbyers.

2. Turn left at the village shop then left again through the gate and along the reservoir dam to the visitor centre then a left turn to re-join the road.

3. Carry on up the bank to Carterwayheads crossroad with the A68, straight over then a left just before the village of Snods Edge for Shotley Field.

4. Keep going until you meet Kiln Pit Hill where you can find St. Andrew’s church and adjacent Hopper Mausoleum.

5. Turn left then cross the A68 again. At the Minsteracres retreat at Barleyhill. turn left and follow the road down to the north shores of the reservoir past the sailing club and nature reserves.

6. Turn right after the campsite to return to Blanchland.




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Pateley Bridge to How Stean Gorge

Pateley Bridge to How Stean Gorge

Route Information

Stats: 14 miles and  750 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Pateley Bridge has ample facilities and some of the best steak pies in England! How Stean Gorge is a mecca for cyclists in the know and a great halfway halt for tea and cake or a meal.

Character

This is a great little family ride on excellent country lanes with spectacular scenery. Gentle climbs will test the younger members of the family and thrill them with the descents. You can make this route longer by adding the reservoir road from Lofthouse to Scar House.

Start Point: Starting from Pateley Bridge, park in the main car park by the bridge, heading out along the valley towards Lofthouse. Alternatively, if camping near Lofthouse, simply reverse the route.


Route

1. Starting from the car park by the bridge, exit it and turn left then immediately right after the park and by the garage. This road is followed all the way to Lofthouse, passing alongside Gouthwaite Reservoir and through Ramsgill.

2. Halfway along the road that adjoins the reservoir a car park and picnic area is seen to the left. This is a good spot for a stop and snack.

3. Continue to Ramsgill, with a short climb which leads to a descent into the village. Over the small bridge and onto Lofthouse, with a testing climb before reaching Lofthouse.

4. Pass through Lofthouse and continue as the road bends around towards Middlesmoor. At a sharp right hand bend at the base of the steep climb, a road sign indicates ‘Stean’ to the left over a small bridge that crosses the river Nidd.

5. Take this left hand turning and ride to How Stean Gorge, with a steep final climb before the descent to tea and cake.
Now reverse the route back to Pateley Bridge.
Additional Miles

For those youngsters with some more miles in the legs, the route to Scar House Reservoir is a good addition.




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Derwentwater and Borrowdale

Derwentwater & Borrowdale

Route Information

Stats:  10.2 miles and 990 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Keswick has ample refreshment points. In the valley we like the Grange tea rooms and High Lodore Farm on the far side of the lake itself – an excellent halfway halt for carrot cake.

Character

Starting at Keswick, the route climbs as it enters the valley. However, our description will start at Swinside, leaving out some of the initial climbing until the end. The road sweeps along, twisting through the valley below the fells, with superb views of Borrowdale and the lake. The main road back towards Keswick is flat and will allow pace to be made, before leaving Keswick and utilising National Cycle Network route 71, climbing back to Swinside – a short day’s ride in excellent countryside for the family.


Route

1. Parking at Swinside take the quiet lane that climbs towards Grange. It twists and turns uphill before evening out alongside Brandlehow Park to the left, as the views open up and you ride beneath the fells with views over Derwentwater. Continue on below Black Crag, then descending to Grange. Ice Cream stop for the kids.

2. Over the bridge and take the Borrowdale Road left and head towards Keswick. After approximately 1 mile you’ll see the farmhouse tea rooms of High Lodore Farm to the right. Heavy slate tables and benches will provide comfort as you take in the view of Cat Bells over a cream tea or carrot cake.

3. Back onto the road, it’s now a easy ride along the valley into Keswick. At the roundabouts head out towards Portinscale, signed initially towards Whinlatter and Cockermouth. As you leave Keswick on the A5271 keep your eyes out for a minor junction to the left, signed as a dead end, but this is only to traffic. Turn left here. Right on the junction on the right hand side of the main road you’ll see a National Cycle Network route 71 sign pointing you to turn left. The road is only closed ahead to cars, making it cycle specific.

4. Follow this to Portinscale and then enjoy the final twisting climbs on quiet roads back to the car at Swinside. The kids can make as much noise as they like and you can properly relax out in the open spaces of the valley.




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Wold Newton

Wold Newton

Route Information

Stats:  10 miles and 650 feet of ascent

OS Map: Refreshments

Plenty of parking around the village of Wold Newton. The Anvil Arms serves lunchtime food Sat and Sunday and some evening meals. Advisable to check beforehand. Yorkshire Wolds Gallery has a café at Willerby Wold farm open Weds to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Character

A 10 mile route along rolling lanes, starting and finishing at Wold Newton Village. 650 foot of ascent, to give you a taste of the riding in this great area. One for the family.


Route

1. From Wold Newton, take Front Street, which is the road in front of the white corner house opposite the duck pond. The road makes its way up and past the church on the right.

2. Carry on the long ascent, to the crossroads marked with a white signpost and go straight on past the Trig Point 133m on the right. Then start the descent down to Fordon; it’s narrow here, so watch out for oncoming vehicle. The road drops to the small Chapel before the crossroads and to the ‘Give Way’ line.

3. Take a left at the crossroads and through the small hamlet of Fordon, and up another hill to reach a flat section of road which you follow for just over a mile, to reach Willerby Wold Farm (refreshment stop). The bigs hills are over!

4. The road reaches a crossroad with the busy B1249. Go straight on at the crossroads and onto a rough road which drops to Ganton Wold Farm, and take a left at the junction and follow this road to Foxholes, meeting the B1249 once again. Take a right onto the B1249 sign posted to Langtoft and Driffield. Cycle the short distance and turn left onto the Meadows, and follow the road around to the right, and then a left to take the road back along to Wold Newton.
Usually a nice following wind at this point for the last few miles back to the start point.




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