Ride to Bowland Knotts via Goat Gap, Sunday 8th July 2018

Leaving Halton Station on yet another glorious summers day we headed out through Wray, Wennington, and the Benthams to get up on to Newby Moor and enjoy the panorama of fells all around us. Coffee Stop was at the Goat Gap Café and set us up for stage two to Tosside. Straight back over the A65 we followed the usual southerly route to Giggleswick via Clapham Station and Eldroth but turned sharp right before reaching the A65 to take the small lanes to Wham and around Giggleswick Common through gates and farms up and down across moors and through forested valleys we finally made it to Tosside for Lunch.

The clouds were building and the bouts of shade together with a cooling Westerly breeze were a welcome help on the climbs! After sandwiches at the bedecked Village Hall and refreshments in the excellent Old Vicarage Café we set off once again for the serious climb up over Bowland Knotts.

Taking the right turn into the Gisburn Forest park we had a pleasant descent and cruise along the shore of the somewhat depleted Stocks Reservoir before the long climb out. The views from the top and the exhilarating downhill back to Keasden and Mewith Lane made it all worthwhile.
Rolling home along the familiar Mewith lane there was time for a final refreshment stop at Bridge Farm Wray before returning home, having ridden around 65miles climbed 4,800ft and got as high as 1,390ft at the summit.


Ride to Feizor via Ingleton, Thursday 5th July, 2018

Ride to Feizor via Ingleton

Thursday 5 July

Generally the opening of the Duke’s walkabout play production in Williamson Park signals the start of the monsoon season, but not this year.  That is why 15 cyclists were able to meet at the Crook of Lune in bright sunshine and with the promise of a fine day for a ride to Ingleton and Feizor.  The leader, having eschewed a direct route in favour of a few climbs, took the party via Caton Green, Agnes Ings Lane and Russells before joining Long Lane and dropping down to Low Bentham.  There a further climb awaited, heading towards Burton in Lonsdale before turning off for Ingleton where Inglesport Café proved as accommodating as always.

The whole party opted to continue onwards along the undulating Old Road to Clapham and thence across the A65 to Clapham Station.  Taking the first left brought us to Eldroth Road and eventually to a crossroads where we turned left for Lawkland  Just after Lawkland a small lane took us down to the A65 and a nervous decent to a sharp left hand bend where the lane to Feizor goes off to the right. Safely negotiated lunch was in sight.

Surprisingly, Elaine’s Café was not very busy but that meant we could sit under shade outdoors and with quick service.  Feizor must be one of the most pleasant lunch stops and with the addition of convivial conversation it was hard to get the motivation to leave.  However, leave we did to face a rather longer trip down the A65 before turning off along Orcaber Lane to join the familiar route to Lancaster along Mewith Lane.  Wray provided a final stopping point before returning home.  Distance travelled 56 miles with 3000 feet of accent.  Altogether a fine day in beautiful countryside with lovely weather and great company - what more could you want?

Dave Butterfield

Ride to Casterton via Beetham, Sunday 1st July 2018

Dant’s inferno part two didn’t seem quite so hot but still it was hot at the start and then it got hotter. From Beaumont we rode up out of Halton on the Kirkby road just to get properly warm. The descents, like Sunny Bank, were fast and cool but with the extra thrill of melting tarmac; it looked like a slick on the road in some places, in others the little bubbles popped under our wheels. We did a short country lane detour to miss Borwick and enjoyed views across the fields before dropping into Priest Hutton. A bit of ‘A’ road to get to Cinderbarrow Lane but at least the ‘mucky farm’ was dry and the bikes didn’t get spattered as they usually do. Then around to ride beside the railway up to Holme, along the main road for half a mile until the left turn to Beetham.

We were a little depleted (from 11 to 7 riders) as well as repleted (with scones) as we left the coffee stop and took the rough lane through to Wasset and then on the B road to Ackenthwaite. Patience showed an early streak of impatience by setting off for Crooklands while I diddled with the Garmin. But the route the Garmin knew went north for a bit – so that’s what we did. And eventually we got to Crooklands and the swoosh down under the railway, past Farleton View, then up over the motorway. A few hundred metres on the A6070 before we turned onto the little roads again to wind our way up to the bottom edge of Farleton Fell. Both gates were open on Puddlethwaite Lane and we enjoyed the views back across the valley towards the Middleton fells. A bit of up and down to get towards Hutton Roof and then a glorious down towards Kirkby Lonsdale. Now most people had sarnies and found a bench overlooking a running track with no runners but Neil and I went to the Casterton Golf club to get a real nosh. When the sarnie eaters had rejoined us we went up the hill to the roman road and down along it to the A65. A few hundred yards on its cobbley surface and then we turned east at Cowan Bridge to join a delightful lane through Leck and Ireby with Gragareth rising on our left and views across the plain and our route home on our right. We whizzed down from Burton and turned right to take the quiet zig-zag up the hill to Ravens Close Brow. There was talk of diverting to Bentham and Len wanted to do another hill. But ice-creams at the Bridge Café in Wray won out. And then we set off for home, Patience towing us down the A683 at a cracking pace (we kept up, just, but only by staying close behind) until we got onto the multi-use path and were mixing it with dogs and children. A haze and a breeze had kept the heat a little lower than on recent days – can this glorious weather continue?

Ride to Staveley via Levens, Thursday 29th June 2018

It was very warm at a quarter past nine and it was going to get hotter. But the clear blue sky and bright sunshine is such a pleasure for bike riding that in three groups we set off on the first hill of the day, up over Foundry Lane. As we swooshed down Ancliffe Lane three sheep, dozing in the shade under the bushes were spooked. Some of us got by quickly but others had to ride at a sheep’s pace behind them. A consensus, initiated by the Secretary, took us along the A6 instead of the canal… but the third group got seriously delayed with an HGV learner. Across Shore Lane and then up through Warton and past Hyning Monastry (Ken whispered that they were Cistercians…) the leader began to remember about the hills on his planned route. The first two groups stopped a couple of times on the Yealands hoping to keep contact with the third… we thought they must have taken a less bumpy route (they hadn’t). After a couple of good descents (Slack Head and Dalham Park) we went across the marsh and enjoyed the expansive view of South Lakeland across the estuary and the fragrance of the meadow sweet (late summer has come early this year and most of the wayside flowers have gone – but cranesbill and meadowsweet are still a break in the rich greens). From coffee at Levens there was another bump to get to Sizergh and over to Sedgewick before heading north to Natland. Yet another uphill over the Helm (at least we didn’t do the east side…) and on to Paddy Lane, a pretty, if bumpy, ride with great views across Kendal to the west. The bumps added up to a glorious descent down to the A685 along the dappled lane.

The road down to Garnet Bridge was ‘closed’ because of works on the bridge in Burneside. Unfortunately the second group (we’d lost quite a few at Levens) took this seriously and went up to Garth Fell and along the Potter Fell road – quite a detour! It was the leader’s bad; we should have waited at the junction… Sorry John, Phil and Mike. Anyway, everyone got to Staveley and some of us had a long lunch break before setting off for Crook, Underbarrow and Brigsteer. The full heat of the day was building to an inferno but tree shade and a good pace kept us from boiling over. Nonetheless on the approach to Levens, there was revolt! The leader, having dawdled to make sure no one went off the back, wasn’t there to turn the ride up the hill and over to Sizergh. The main group had got to the end of Brigsteer Rad and were reluctant to return… just Neil and Ken came back to take the gentler climb with the leader over to Sedgewick once again, to pick up a familiar route southwards. The heat was telling and the energy was flagging so the remaining three cooled with iced drinks in the shade of Greenlands. Where were the others? What happened to the refuseniks of Dant’s inferno? (Thanks Ken…)

Tim Dant

Ride to Sizergh via Leighton Moss, Sunday 24th June 2018

Ride Report - Sunday 24 June – Sizergh

It was a glorious sunny summer’s day. The group set off from Beaumont and went briefly along theA6 to Bolton le Sands to get to the quieter lanes to Nether Kellet, down to Carnforth and round the shore to RSPB Leighton Moss for a coffee stop.
Here others joined, some for a chat some to carry on the ride. After a relaxed pause we carried on North avoiding major inclines via Hazelslack to Storth across the moss to Levens Hall and along the “old” stretch of A6 to nip under the A590 along the river Kent then up to Sizergh Castle for Lunch outside on the picnic tables.
A fairly direct return was taken – Hincaster, Ackenthwaite, round by Cinderbarrow to Tewitfield, allowing for a final stop for teas and ice creams on the terrace at the Clearwater Café overlooking the sparkling fishing lake.
Finally heading back up to the Kellets and homewards, there was an extra treat for the few who ventured back over to Morcambe to see the end of The “Catch the Wind” kite festival giving Morecambe the bustling happy air of a real seaside town in summer.
This was a “moderate paced” ride of forty miles designed to allow the riders to enjoy the company and the scenery and not be “left behind”. The intention is to hold similar rides in future. So look out for these if it suits your style of riding.


Ride to Bowland Bridge via Levens Hall, Thursday 21st June 2018

Seventeen riders assembled at Kellet Crossroads for a 52 mile ride to Bowland Bridge in perfect Summer Solstice  weather, with the bonus of a strengthening tail wind to assist the return.

The outward leg traced a sinuous line through the Kellets, Borwick and Priest Hutton. A road closure at Whasset necessitated use of the A6 from Holme Moss, through Milnthorpe, to the coffee stop at Levens Hall. This gained time for an extended social gathering in the garden of the Hall, before continuing  across Sampool to Gilpin Bridge and along the old A590 at the foot of Whitbarrow to Witherslack.

The ride then headed up the Winster Valley on the gated road past Strickland Hill, and to Bowland Bridge where some enjoyed the offerings of the village pub whilst others  admired the view up the valley whilst eating their sandwiches.

The return was via Crossthwaite and Brigsteer Park woodland to Levens Village. The well-worn route was chosen to the west of the A6, crossing Heversham Marsh,  along the estuary by Sandside, then through Storth to Leighton Moss RSPB  for another tea stop before dispersing to various abodes.

Patience & Len.

Ride to Salter Fell via Dunsop Bridge, Sunday 17th June 2018

Ride leaders Patience and Len met four others at Boot & Shoe for  an off-road  experience, the traverse of the ‘Salt Road’ from Slaidburn to Wray.

An uneventful ride to Dolphinholme, Abbeystead and The Trough brought us to Dunsop Bridge Village Hall for a very good value morning coffee. Continuing towards Slaidburn, three off-roaders peeled off just before Newton, whilst the rest chose the tarmac alternative.

Patience, Nigel and Len headed into the Bowland foothills, Len on his narrow wheeled Mercian and the others on larger tyred steeds. A picnic lunch was enjoyed at the shooting hut  with its fine view south towards Pendle Hill. Once over the watershed the track improved, and for the first time in many years we survived the trip without punctures. The bright orange blobs on the horizon turned out to be a large group of D of E youngsters, as they courteously moved aside to let us pass.

Afternoon tea was savoured at Wray, before riding home down the valley. Off road rides such as this offer an added dimension to cycle touring but regrettably are not very popular these days,


Ride to ... Garstang (and Catforth), Thursday 14th June 2018

This could be a case of being Hectored.

Standing around at Boot and Shoe like Billy's no mates wondering if anyone was daft enough to turn out, then all of a sudden Dave Butterfield then Keith turned up and in spite of my attempts at trying for a cancellation we set off for Garstang via the Fleece at Dolphinholme and then J. C. Farms. 

We amazed the ladies at Garstang who didn't expect us in the windy condition but as normal welcomed us with open arms( not literally).

Eventually Matt turned up then Ian.

During the conversation Matt and Ian decided they wanted a full days ride so they went on to Roots whilst me Keith and Dave returned home.

Reasonable ride in view of the conditions...

Jim Gardner

Ride to Dent via Casterton, Sunday 10th June 2018

A perfect late spring outing beckoned as 10 members of the CTC gathered at Beaumont College for a 55 mile ride to Dentdale.  With so many members absent at the annual Club holiday in Northumberland the leaders were anticipating a low turnout, but numbers were swelled by riders we hadn’t seen for a while on Sundays. The leaders had promised a steady pace, so we gained a little time by taking the A6 to Carnforth . Even at 9.30am the heat of the sun could be felt on our bare legs and arms.  A slightly unusual route to Kirkby Lonsdale took us via Borwick and the scenic Keer valley to Newton.  Coffee was enjoyed sitting in the sun outside the golf club house at Casterton. 

Then the time came to negotiate the balcony byways on the fellside above Barbon village, and to tackle the long gradual ascent to the top of Barbondale, where we re-grouped to drink in one of the Dales’ finest views up to Denthead.

A quick and precipitous descent found us in Gawthrop and an amble up the valley brought us to Dent village and lunch.

Re-tracing our wheel tracks we climbed back to Gawthrop and continued along lower Dentdale, resplendent in its luscious spring finery.   A brief climb on a gated lane took us onto Holme Fell , followed by a regrouping at the main road junction. The tortuous and narrow back road at the foot of Middleton Fell brought us to the Church Mouse café in Barbon for another sundrenched break, seeking shade under the parasols.

A splendid day awheel drew to to a close as we chose the main high level route down the west side of the Lune Valley and back home through the Kellets.

Ride to Feizor via Ingleton, Sunday 3rd June 2018

The sunshine brought twelve cyclists to Beaumont for Nigel’s ride to Feizor. With a convivial start heading to Halton and then gently along the cycle track enjoying the weather and the company. A few left at Wray, but the main group headed on to a coffee stop at Ingleton via quiet lanes from Milhouses to Low Bentham and up to Four Lane Ends.

After coffee, joined by Ian, seven continued to Clapham and Austwick , Neil departing en route not wishing to take the bridlepath over to Feizor. The remaining six successfully negotiated the rougher surface and paused for a picnic lunch at the top, where Ruth popped up to say hello. After a break in glorious sunshine with stunning views of the limestone scenery around us we descended to have an ice cream at Elaine’s Café. 

Unfortunately on this stage Frank took a fall and grazed his elbow, but fortunately the first aider at Elaine’s provided an excellent service and patched up the damage so we were all able to take the return route back to Lancaster.

Getting over the busy A65 as soon as we could we cycled on past Lawkland Hall to double back through Eldroth and connecting with the familiar Mewith Lane at Keasden . Rolling home and taking a final stop at Wray, for a coffee in the tearooms, on the deck by the river, and meeting up once again with Ruth. 

About 55 miles in all and a nice day out in the sunshine that truly showed off our local countryside at its best


Ride to Wrea Green via Light Ash Farm, Sunday 27th May, 2018

Bank Holidays are not noted for good weather but this weekend has proved an exception. Club members met near the Boot & Shoe, Scotforth for Sunday’s ride into the Fylde.  There were fewer riders than on the previous Sunday but this probably reflected other commitments over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Led by Mike Hutchinson the group took the shortest route to Garstang via Conder Green and Cockerham before heading towards Lydiate Lane and Bilsborough. It was a lovely warm morning but the easterly wind was the cause of some concern. From Bilsborough this wind was behind the riders and, after crossing the A6, Myerscough and Light Ash Farm were reached in some style.

At coffee the numbers were increased although several opted to return homewards for lunch. The prospect of battling into that easterly was uppermost in our minds.

It was agreed amongst those remaining to shorten the scheduled ride and opt for main Cockerham Road in favour of Crimbles Lane – far less traffic. After reaching lunch at Roots in Catforth, a favourite amongst the cycling fraternity the route back took the riders past the villages of Wharles and Roseacre with their many placards opposing fracking – the proposed site being close by. The Wyre was crossed at Cartford Toll Bridge after which they headed northwards towards Pilling. Into the strong easterly at Pilling, Mike chose to deviate from Cockerham and it was agreed that a brew at Café de Lune, Conder Green was welcome. By the end of the ride they had covered just over 50 miles on a very pleasant spring day.

Next week’s  ride will start from Beaumont College at 09:15 and will be going to Ingleton for coffee and Feizor for a picnic lunch. It will be led by Nigel Cole.

Mike Hutchinson

Ride to Casterton via Bay View, Thursday 24th May 2018

In wonderful May sunshine, 8 riders left Millenium bridge for Neil’s more ambitious ride to Casterton Golf Club with a coffee stop at Bay View Garden Centre in Bolton-Le-Sands. Heading through Halton and the Kellets, we made our way to Borwick and Priest Hutton. Crossing carefully the two major A roads we rode through the Yealands and Warton and took the wooden bridge crossing towards Crag Bank and onto Bolton-Le-Sands. Arriving at Bay View, after 19.5 miles of stunning Spring scenery we settled down to take our much deserved refreshments. We met up with the riders who had taken the ‘gentle ride’ and also others who had arrived independently.

After a pleasant, relaxing half hour or so, and supplementing our numbers by an extra rider we rode through Bolton-Le-Sands village and back through the Kellets, through Capernwray and took the Docker turn. We took the minor road along Keer Holme and then the turn to Keer Side past Wash Dub Wood and onto the main Burton to Kirkby Lonsdale road. As the spring sunshine was now unrelenting the party were in need of more refreshment, so it was decided to take the quickest route to Casterton Golf Club through Kirkby Lonsdale and over Devil’s Bridge.

We sat outside under blue skies overlooking the last green and enjoyed our second stop of the day whilst absorbing even more sunshine.

Eight riders set off on the next leg of the ride along the old Roman Road through Overtown, Leck and Ireby, as the ninth rider set off for home via the ‘quickest route’ for a previous appointment.

Through Burton in Lonsdale, Low Bentham, and onto Wray over the hills the ‘back way’ where we made our third refreshment stop of the day, and the leader consumed his second scone of the day! Well, I was convinced I’d earned it!

Again we met up with the gentle ride group, and after taking our fill we all left in smaller groups for home.

A fantastic ride in unbroken, hot sunshine and a light breeze was enjoyed by all, 60 miles and 4300ft of ascent. How lucky are we to live in such wonderful cycling countryside?

Neil Westwell 24 May 2018

Ride to Settle via High Bentham, Thursday 17th May 2018

10 riders set out from Crook o’ Lune on a sunny bright morning with a cold north-easterly breeze, cooling the knees of the brave shorts-wearers.

The group continued through Wray, Wennington, Low Bentham, overtaking Matt’s recumbent trike. Arriving at Cafe Culture in High Bentham in two waves, we settled in for coffee and scones, where Matt joined us and, later, Ian.

With the party now consisting of 9 riders, others returning, the hard work of the day started, with the climb out of High Bentham, across the Lune-Ribble watershed, passing through Clapham to Austwick. Attacking the next climb past Wharf and over the ridge on the right bank of the Ribble we enjoyed an exhilarating descent past Knight Stainforth then through Giggleswick and across the Ribble into Settle for lunch – pub and cafe.

After assembling in front of the town hall we started our ride back, passing the station and crossing the mighty A65 to join the route through Eldroth, joining Mewith Lane for a roller coaster race to Wray, now blown along by our north-easterly wind and interrupted only by Dave’s rear wheel puncture (It’s always the back wheel!).

Tea and cakes in the garden, by the Hindburn at Bridge House Farm finished off the day in nice style and we all arrived back in good time after our 60 mile ride.

Mike Codd, rides co-ordinator and the day’s ride leader.

The Boot and Shoe to Calder Vale - Sunday May 20th

Sunday 20th May dawned bright, warm and sunny for the planned ‘bluebell ride’ and around a dozen riders turned out to see the spectacle of the flowers in the woods surrounding Calder Vale. It was really pleasing that some riders not seen for quite some time felt able to join us - Ray and Linda coming down from Carnforth and Audrey testing out her new electric bike amongst them. She was the envy of many of us when we tackled the steep climbs that were to come. 

The ride set off, first along the canal and then the cycle path to Glasson Dock, before taking Jeremy Lane to Cockerham and then to the new, for us anyway, cafe, Bridge 64. The staff were over-run with customers so our coffee stop was rather longer than the leader had planned. However we met up with some other club riders who joined us at the cafe so convivial chat was the order of the day.

Suitably refreshed we continued on, crossing the A6 and into Garstang, before following Route 6 via Sandholme Mill, all the way to Inglewhite. Given the time spent at morning coffee it was agreed that lunch should be eaten in Inglewhite, rather than Chipping, apart from two riders who forged on to the original lunch spot, and another who returned back to Lancaster. 

The group then headed roughly north, avoiding the one way system of Beacon Fell and then rejoined the more traditional route from Chipping at Higher Brock Mill. Audrey’s bike came into it’s own on the steep ascents at Higher Brock Mill and Jack Anderton Bridge. Regrouping at this point the last climb before the bluebells, High Moor, was tackled  before turning off at Rough Moor to Calder Vale School and a first viewing of the magnificent bluebells on the steep and winding footpath down to the village and the welcome afternoon tea provided by the Calder Vale WI and St John’s Church. Here yet more club members greeted us, one sporting a new knee! Everyone agreed that this had been a very enjoyable, social ride where meeting friends was as important as the riding itself. 

However it had not necessarily been an easy route as Harris End Fell had yet to be climbed before making our way back to Lancaster via Street, Five Lanes End and Galgate. Everyone agreed that those club members who chose to garden or attend to housework had missed a rare treat!! 


Ride to Mallerstang, via Ais Gill Cottages, Sunday 13th May 2018

Eleven riders turned out on Sunday for our annual ride to Mallerstang. Starting from Devils Bridge, the main road was taken, with some opting for the Barbon route but all made the coffee stop at Farfield Mill OK. 

Taking the Garsdale road in glorious sunshine, the normal peace enjoyed on this route was occasionally shattered by fast moving groups of motorcycles and sports cars, but all safely arrived at Garsdale Head. Here Frank and Ruth took the Coal Road route for Dentdale, whilst we proceeded up to the Cumbria/Yorkshire border at Ais Gill cottages. A very pleasant picnic lunch was enjoyed by the waterfall on the upper Eden river.

Passing by the highest point on the Settle to Carlisle, with magnificent views of Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Edge, we took the narrow road over Birkett Common at Pendragon Castle. The cool air and sunshine made for splendid views of Cross Fell and the northern Pennines as we descended to join the A683 to Sedbergh. By taking the narrow high road past Cold Keld and Fell End, some of the main road was avoided and then it was a case of swooping down to Sedbergh for a welcome warm brew.

Opting for the main Middleton road, we headed for Kirkby Lonsdale, taking the narrow road to Barbon to finish off.  My computer read 52 Miles and 3018 ft of ascent - a splendid day and thanks everyone for turning out!     

Dave Hugill

After the coffee break at Farfield Mill a couple in the group rode on up Garsdale, but left at the Garsdale Station turning. It was the perfect day to be anywhere actually, but sudden inspiration had brought The Coal Road to mind. A perfect day for a feet assisted ascent to the summit at 1750', as in the photos. From here you can see forever and fresh good air is limitless. Dent Station way up there, is a perfect lunch spot, before the brake gripping descent to glorious Dentdale, all spread out below.

Ruth Tanner

Ride to Roots Café, Catforth via Garstang Arts, Thursday 10th May 2018

Eight riders waited patiently at Boot & Shoe for Patience and Len to turn up to lead a largely level-ish  50 or 60 mile ride (depending on where you live) onto the Fylde. A chilly prologue lasted well into the morning, and a lively westerly at times impeded progress but pushed us home later on.

The familiar route through Galgate and Hollins Lane brought us into Garstang from the west.  Matt and Mary and John L. awaited us at Garstang Arts, and we chatted at length around a long table in the back room.  Matt joined the group in regaining the saddles and continuing south past the Kenlis Arms, Sandholme, and across the A6 at The Roebuck.  A more or less direct approach was taken to the lunch stop at Roots Café, where we again sat contentedly around a long table and consumed cyclist’s fare.

The return began with a headwind, and took in the sights of Wharles and Roseacre and we applauded the gardens festooned with anti- fracking sentiments.  A local amateur photographer captured us as we cruised past, no doubt collecting evidence that cyclists of a certain age are regular users of the roads on weekdays.

Heading north, Elswick and Great Eccleston were visited, and the ever-grateful peloton accepted the largesse of the leader with alacrity, as he paid the Toll at Cartford Bridge.  A side wind kept us alert over Pilling Moss, and from Scronky became more helpful as it pushed us north- eastwards across Cockerham Moss. Despite detouring around Crimbles Lane and Jeremy Lane, we still had time in hand for another stop, at Café de Lune, before rolling along the Lune Cycleway to Lancaster Quay and home, the leaders clocking just over 60 miles.

Len Howard

Ride to Feizor via Goat Gap, Sunday May 6th

The clear blue skies promised an excellent day when six club members gathered on the Millenium Bridge on Sunday morning. This was unusual for a Bank Holiday weekend but nevertheless everyone appeared optimistic with shorts and short sleeves in abundance.


The only slight mishap on the way past Claughton was a dropped chain by the leader which was quickly rectified. It was with relief that the group left the road to Hornby which was choked with holiday traffic and headed for Wray which displayed bunting and many straw stuffed characters. A detour after High Bentham led up Windy Hill and along obscure lanes with views of Ingleborough to the A65 and Goat Gap Cafe which had a tempting selection of scones and cakes. 

The ride leader had foolishly thought that everyone would enjoy braving the high speed motorbikes and exhaust fumes on the road to Ribblehead but a mutiny by the entire contingent quickly put paid to this idea and a quiet lane was followed to Clapham Station then to Eldroth and Low Paley Green before heading to Austwick.

Ken sensibly decided to give the next part of the Tour De Yorkshire a miss and head to Feizor by road while everyone else found themselves on an unreconnoitred bridleway which the headstrong leader had chosen. The combination of steepness and roughness of this resulted in Neil snapping his chain but with the necessary tools this was soon fixed. After passing some balloon tyred mountain bikers and some getting off and pushing in places, a pleasant grassy downhill section gave way to houses and Elaines cafe in the hamlet of Feizor. An outside table allowed the sunshine to be enjoyed to the full before setting off on the return leg.

 The A65 had to be briefly braved again, then Keasden and Mewith Lane were reached via Clapham. Remarkably all six of those who set off in the morning were still present on arrival at the last brew stop of the day at Bridge House Cafe which thronged with Scarecrow revellers consuming large amounts of ice cream, beer and barbequed meats. 

When Mike and Nick, the last of the bunch not to have peeled off arrived back in Lancaster, the heat of the day had still not subsided.

Bowland Forest Populaire - Audax Event

We had 53 entrants but only 50 started.

Riders came from various places - the extremes being two riders from the A5 Rangers CC [Northants]; an A & E doctor from Keswick; riders from Pilling and Leeds/Harrogate.  We were very well represented with no less than 11 of our regular riders plus a similar number of CUK/CTC members from Lancaster and South Lakes.

Until Chipping everything went well and, similarly, until Dunsop Bridge. 

Only 6 riders [+ me] got thrugh the crash site before the road closure.  After that a further 24 managed to get through via some off road riding  but after that the police were instructed to let nobody through, including cyclists.

Several riders opted for the Trough of Bowland but 8 riders attempted to re-route via Whitewell and Cow Ark.  For some, with local knowledge, the extra 12kms was hard but do-able.  However, three without a map had long conversations with me over the phone when they got well and truly lost.  The two from Northants finally made it after finding  Wiggleworth at about 4pm - but they didn't get back until after 7pm.

All safely gathered in - but a bit of a nighmare scenario.

I kept the check at Wray open until 6.30pm - only the duo from A5 Rngers didn't make it.
We had quite a long chat on the phone and they were quite enthusiastic about the event and want to come back next year.
[There is a family connection in Scortron - and apparently they were returning there for a fine lamb roast].

Well done everyone and thanks for the good turnout and for Anne, Pauline, Dave and Ray for their help.

Mike Hutchinson

Ride to Arnside via Clearwater, Thursday 26th April, 2018

As agreed with Ian Roberts I only did to Clearwater he took them on to Arnside, so here is the report for the first bit!!!!

About 15 set off from Kellett Cross Roads heading down towards Halton with muttering of where is he taking us!! Going through Halton heading towards Woodies and the cycle track at Caton we headed east then on to the main road to go through Hornby with a nice tail wind (dam those beans).

Turning left to go over Loyne bridge then we headed up hill through Gressingham to hit the Arkholme road. We turned left to get the the Sunny Bank road so we had a nice descent to Capernwray Church were we turned left heading towards the Kellets but turned right before reaching them to drop down over the canal and railway to get to Clearwater.

Inspite of me notifying them we were coming evidently the message hadn't got through, however, after a quick word it was sorted out and we were well served. Ian Roberts took over at Clearwater and took the group to Arnside.

Jim Gardner

Ride to Cartmel via Beetham, Sunday 22nd April 2018

Six CTC riders set off from Beaumont College into an increasingly soggy morning, heading for coffee at Beetham Garden Centre, and lunch at Cartmel.  As usual, there were a number of other CTC bods who had beaten us to Beetham, and we stayed in the café until the rain subsided.

Four riders (Adrian, Brian, Len and Neil) continued on with the promise of fairer conditions awheel, and made good progress through Heversham, Witherslack, and (eschewing the Tow Top route!) turned right at the foot of the big climb and with the wind at our backs headed up the west side of the Winster Valley. This gave us a slightly easier but still demanding climb onto Newton Fell, via Thorphinsty , and at the top we imagined what the view would have been but for the atmospheric mist clothing the Bay area. A welcome drop into High Newton was succeeded by further downhill work to Cartmel, where a convivial lunch was partaken in the Mallard Café.

By this time, the day was improving as forecast, leading to the shedding of layers as we headed down valley to Cark. Then it was around the coast to Grange, where the pace thankfully slackened in consideration of the promenaders and their dogs.

The homeward leg was at first with the wind to Levens, then at an imposed sedate pace to Sandside, Storth, and Leighton Moss, where Adrian and Len benefitted from the forbearance of the volunteers  in the café by staying till 5.00 pm!

A slightly longer and lumpier Sunday ride, at 63 miles, but a good preparation for next week’s Audax event.