Seventeen riders assembled at Kellet Crossroads for a 52 mile ride to Bowland Bridge in perfect Summer Solstice weather, with the bonus of a strengthening tail wind to assist the return.
The outward leg traced a sinuous line through the Kellets, Borwick and Priest Hutton. A road closure at Whasset necessitated use of the A6 from Holme Moss, through Milnthorpe, to the coffee stop at Levens Hall. This gained time for an extended social gathering in the garden of the Hall, before continuing across Sampool to Gilpin Bridge and along the old A590 at the foot of Whitbarrow to Witherslack.
The ride then headed up the Winster Valley on the gated road past Strickland Hill, and to Bowland Bridge where some enjoyed the offerings of the village pub whilst others admired the view up the valley whilst eating their sandwiches.
The return was via Crossthwaite and Brigsteer Park woodland to Levens Village. The well-worn route was chosen to the west of the A6, crossing Heversham Marsh, along the estuary by Sandside, then through Storth to Leighton Moss RSPB for another tea stop before dispersing to various abodes.
Patience & Len.