Welcome milder temperatures and a reduced threat of rain saw eight riders set off from Beaumont on Sunday. heading for Arnside and Kendal.
Taking the direct coastal route via Crag Bank and Leighton Moss they followed the Row, around Silverdale ascending the Knot to descend into Arnside for a welcome and convivial coffee break at the Heron Café ahead of schedule. As usual, meeting up with others arriving by diverse routes.
After Coffee, on to Levens , through Brigsteer Park, enjoying the elevated views over the Lythe Valley, they turned right at Brigsteer and commenced the challenging climb up onto Helsington Barrows, to be rewarded with extensive views South over Morecambe Bay and East to the Howgills. Quite warmed up by this effort, they then descended into Kendal, for a lunch stop at Booths where they were joined by Ray, Linda and Miles.
Leaving along the River Walk they headed South, finding the headwind strangely unnoticed on the outward journey! On past Natland and along the lanes through Viver to Ackenthwaite
Finally returning via Holme, Home Mills, Burton In Lonsdale (avoiding the “Mucky Farm”),Tewitfield, the Kellets and down to Lancaster after a very rewarding 50mile ride.