Got up thinking no one is going to turn out they will all be suffering post Christmas over eating, but I have to go because we have a guest rider from Oxford meeting us.
Arrived at the start in plenty of time and amazingly riders turned up (dam I can't just go back home).
Off we went over the bridge and up Foundary Lane to meet our guest, Timothy, at Kellett cross roads. Into Nether Kellett then down the steep descent into Carnforth.
We went over the wooden bridge and skirted Warton Crag to get to RSPB.
After a leisurely coffee we left the site turned right out of the car park and then took the first left after negotiating some serious hills. Taking a right turn I suddenly realised Christmas eating and too much wine doesn't help on the uphill roads so off and walk a bit.
Trying to get to Slack Head we hit a snag with workmen trying to remove an unstable tree so we retreated and used the A6 for a short spell arriving at Cafe17 at 11.45.
With calories inside us we went through Ackenthwaite, into Holme then on the Burton road.
We split up at Tewitfield whilst me and Dave Hugill went on with Timothy into Warton.
Timothy did say it was the best CTC ride he had been on (Dave said he must have been on some lousy ones then!!!)
After a bit of a tootle via Halton station I arrived home at 15.00 with 42 miles in the legs.