Bank Holidays are not noted for good weather but this weekend has proved an exception. Club members met near the Boot & Shoe, Scotforth for Sunday’s ride into the Fylde. There were fewer riders than on the previous Sunday but this probably reflected other commitments over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Led by Mike Hutchinson the group took the shortest route to Garstang via Conder Green and Cockerham before heading towards Lydiate Lane and Bilsborough. It was a lovely warm morning but the easterly wind was the cause of some concern. From Bilsborough this wind was behind the riders and, after crossing the A6, Myerscough and Light Ash Farm were reached in some style.
At coffee the numbers were increased although several opted to return homewards for lunch. The prospect of battling into that easterly was uppermost in our minds.
It was agreed amongst those remaining to shorten the scheduled ride and opt for main Cockerham Road in favour of Crimbles Lane – far less traffic. After reaching lunch at Roots in Catforth, a favourite amongst the cycling fraternity the route back took the riders past the villages of Wharles and Roseacre with their many placards opposing fracking – the proposed site being close by. The Wyre was crossed at Cartford Toll Bridge after which they headed northwards towards Pilling. Into the strong easterly at Pilling, Mike chose to deviate from Cockerham and it was agreed that a brew at Café de Lune, Conder Green was welcome. By the end of the ride they had covered just over 50 miles on a very pleasant spring day.
Next week’s ride will start from Beaumont College at 09:15 and will be going to Ingleton for coffee and Feizor for a picnic lunch. It will be led by Nigel Cole.