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quiet country lanes

quiet country lanes

This gently undulating ride is surprisingly quiet bearing in mind its location within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. A loop of the Winster valley beneath the wooded slopes of Whitbarrow Scar sets the scene for this ride

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 1 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
OS map Landranger 97, Explorer OL 7
Refreshments Lindale, Bowland Bridge,Strawberry Bank

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Lindale-Strickland Hall-Cartmell Fell-Lindale

Duration: 2-4 hours

Miles: 14

Route Details

1. With your back to Lindale Stores in Lindale turn left downhill then after 50 yards turn first left onto Smithy Hill. Pass beneath the tall A590 bridge.

2. After 2 miles, at a cross roads by four-way sign go straight ahead (signposted Cartmel Fell)

3. At T junction after a further 3 ¼ miles turn right downhill (signposted Kendal)

4. After ¾ of a mile at the next T junction you have a choice. O continue on the main route turn right (signposted Kendal)

Option to extend the ride to Bowness via Winster, turn L (signposted Bowland Bridge, Bowness for the Hare and Hounds pub). Return to this point following signs for Witherslack.

5. At T junction by a triangle of grass turn right (signposted Witherslack)
6. Climb between the houses at Pool Bank then shortly after as the road swings left, bear right downhill (no sign)
7. After almost 2 miles, having passed through two gates, at a fork with 6ft 6ins width limit sign in the hedgerow, bear right on the lower lane.
8. After ¾ of a mile, at a T junction by a triangle of grass ( with Witherslack signposted to the left ) turn right uphill.
9. Climb then descend. At a crossroads (your priority) at the bottom of the hill turn left (signposted Lindale) to rejoin the outward route.
10. After 2 miles, shortly after passing under the A590 bridge, follow the road right on Smithy Hill then turn R at the T junction to return to Lindale Stores.

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