One of the most soggy and dreich shortest days for years saw 7 enthusiastic (or masochistic!) Thursday Riders assemble at Millennium Bridge for a ride of 35 miles to Arnside Heron café and Greenlands Farm Village (changed from Wray in view of the conditions). The leaders unfashionably garbed in old fashioned oil-skin capes attracted the usual banter but they stayed drier underneath than their fellow riders.
Neil, Dave B, Tim, Nick and Mike H set off with the leaders through Ryelands Park to Torrisholme, Hasty Brow, Hest Bank, Bolton le Sands, Crag Bank and Silverdale Village. Miles was also ”enthused” by the weather, and met us at Heron café, where we gazed through the window into the mist. It was remarked that days like this encourage us to appreciate the fantastic landscapes of the area when they are visible.
Only Neil and Tim joined the leaders in seeking a direct route to Greenlands café via Dallam Park, Beetham and Holme. The café staff had done us proud, providing party poppers and Christmas crackers for the remnants of the group. We reluctantly went back out into the unrelenting drizzle to ride the final few miles to our respective homes.