Thirteen riders met at the Boot & Shoe for the CTC Lancaster and South Lakes ride to Beacon Fell Park led by Nigel Cole.
Setting off on a gloriously sunny late summer morning, they crossed the A6 and made for the tranquillity of the Lune Cycle Path at Stodday. Heading South past Condor Green and along Jeremy Lane, then briefly back on the main road to Cockerham. Soon happily returning to the quieter lanes around Forton and on to Garstang cutting across on Dimples Lane to get to Sandholme Bridge where they climbed up the hill to for a welcome coffee stop at Cobble Hey Farm, sitting outside in the sunshine, enjoying the views.
Eight riders then continued on a circular route around Beacon Fell Park. Now in warm sunshine, along Oakenclough lane, past the gliders taking off from Bowland Fells Gliding club and having the pleasure of extensive views towards Bowland, Pendle and Longridge fells. They then turned back West, riding up Rigg lane and around to the visitor centre for the lunch break, enjoyed once again outside, with distant views looking over the Fylde and in the company of many other visitors making the most of the day.
After lunch they completed the circuit around the park and descended to Walmsley Bridge and Claughton, heading back North West, once again along quiet lanes all looking particularly beautiful in the bright sunshine. Following NCN 6 to Scorton for a final refreshment stop and returning to Lancaster up Cleveley Bank and along Miller’s Brow for last vistas of the fells. Then dropping back down to Galgate and through Lancaster University and the cycle track back to Scotforth, ending a most enjoyable and varied ride of 50 miles.
Next weeks ride, 4th October, is to Arnside, led by Dave Hugill and departs from Halton Station at 9:15am