Three other riders joined ride leaders Patience and Len at Beaumont in drizzly conditions for Sunday’s ride to Bowness. The intermittent light rain accompanied the group via the Kelletts, Holme and Heversham to the coffee stop at Levens Hall. Unsurprisingly no further club members turned up there to swell the numbers, and only 4 continued to Bowness. At the bend by the entrance to Levens Hall the riders were brought to a halt by police, marshalling the aftermath of a head-on car crash and forcing all motorised traffic to turn around. Fortunately the riders were permitted to walk past the accident site to get to Foulshaw Moss.
The poor weather prompted a change of route plan and the riders cycled up the Lyth Valley instead of the Winster Valley and called for bowls of soup at the café at Blackwell, rather than having a soggy picnic down at the pier head.
Conditions brightened a little for the return journey via Crook, Underbarrow, Brigsteer and Levens, where the A6 was still closed after the morning’s accident. We were relieved to hear that there had been no serious injuries, thanks to air bags in both vehicles. Clouds returned as we cycled over the Moss and 3 of the group took brief refreshment at Leighton Moss before braving more rain for the final leg home.