Ride to Beacon Fell via Applestore Cafe, Sunday 25th November 2018

A throng of 8 riders met at the Boot & Shoe on a cold Sunday morning to boldly set off for Applestore Café and Beacon Fell

Soon to split into the “High Roaders and the Low Roaders – the ride ascended out of Lancaster towards Caton but on reaching Quernmore Road returned along the less travelled Little Fell Road and Long Lane to arrive at Proctor Moss Road. The low sun shone down on us, when not directly in our eyes, the lanes thankfully dry and free from mud and thorns and excellent views were enjoyed from our elevated path over the fells and the Fylde coast. The “High Roaders” continuing on and down through Lower Dolphinholme, whilst the “Low Roaders” hurried to the warmth of the Café on more direct routes.

All met up for a convivial coffee stop by the welcome log fire at the Applestore Café. 
The four High Roaders then continued back up onto Higher Lane (of course!) to follow a southerly and direct route to the Lunch Stop at Beacon Fell via Inglewhite and Carwags.
A small amount of precipitation on the Beacon Fell summit suggested waterproofs but once lower down all dried up again. We descended to Walmsley Bridge and Claughton, heading back North West. Diverting through Garstang via Dimples Lane then dropped back to Scorton and returned 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 48 miles.

Nigel Cole