With a party of twelve club members away on a cyclingholiday in Majorca it was surprising to find a large group assembled outside Beaumont College on Sunday morning for the club run to Farleton View and Kendal.
Led by the club secretary Mike Hutchinson the riders headed towards the Kellets via Slyne where they turned left and climbed up Bottomdale Road to Kellet Lane at Four Lane Ends. They then rode on to Capernwray, Borwick, Priest Hutton and Burton in Kendal. The rest of the outward journey took in a series of minor roads before riding on to Farleton View Fisheries for coffee.
Here the numbers were further boosted by club members who had ridden there independently. With the promise of tea, coffee and cakes at the house of a club member living in Kendal, Mike led the ride towards Woodhouse, Hincaster, Sedgwick and Natland. Along the latter part of this stretch the road was shared with triathletes, some cycling and others already on their final discipline, running.
The traffic in Kendal proved a bit of a problem but all arrived safely for lunch. Refreshed by their friend’s hospitality a rather less tortuous traverse of the town was taken. This was led by one of the group more familiar with Kendal’s many side streets. After returning to Natland and Sedgwick they then used the path by the Kent’s salmon leap and the underpass leading to the old A6, en route for Levens Park.
The remaining journey took on a more familiar tone: across the Moss, on to Dalham Park and Storth and then to Leighton Moss for afternoon tea whilst others returned home, to conclude a ride of about 60 miles on a pleasant autumnal day, enjoyed by all.