The Salter Fell Road was the destination for last Sunday’s ride by the Lancaster and South Lakes Cyclists Touring Club.

Eight cyclists met at the Boot and Shoe with the inviting prospect of a fine day for the 7 miles long high level crossing of the Bowland Fells between Slaidburn and Wray.

Dunsop Bridge tearooms provided a welcome coffee stop, reached via Dolphinholme, Abbeystead, Marshaw Fell Road and the Trough.  After an extended stop at the busy café, just 5 cyclists continued on to the crossing of Salter Fell.  The off-road section was reached via Newton and the Quiet Lane at the foot of Burn Fell and Wood House Lane.  

A recent bonus for walkers and cyclists has been the padlocking of the gates giving access to the Salter Fell road, so that 4-wheel drive vehicles do not intrude on the peace and quiet and churn up the track surface.

A picnic lunch was enjoyed at a shooting hut on Croasdale Fell, after passing the monument to the Lancashire witches, which provided a reminder that the route has been in use for centuries.

The northern section of the Salt Road has been much improved recently by the shooting interests, enabling better progress to be made after crossing the watershed at 412 metres above sea level.  Panoramic views opened up across Morecambe Bay and to Yorkshire’s 3 Peaks as the cyclists traversed high above the Roeburn Valley and regained the tarmac roads before dropping down to Wray for a welcome tea stop before heading home.

With a party of twelve club members away on a cyclingholiday in Majorca it was surprising to find a large group assembled outside Beaumont College on Sunday morning for the club run to Farleton View and Kendal.

Led by the club secretary Mike Hutchinson the riders headed towards the Kellets via Slyne where they turned left and climbed up Bottomdale Road to Kellet Lane at Four Lane Ends. They then rode on to Capernwray, Borwick, Priest Hutton and Burton in Kendal. The rest of the outward journey took in a series of minor roads before riding on to Farleton View Fisheries for coffee.

Here the numbers were further boosted by club members who had ridden there independently. With the promise of tea, coffee and cakes at the house of a club member living in Kendal, Mike led the ride towards Woodhouse, Hincaster, Sedgwick and Natland. Along the latter part of this stretch the road was shared with triathletes, some cycling and others already on their final discipline, running. 

The traffic in Kendal proved a bit of a problem but all arrived safely for lunch. Refreshed by their friend’s hospitality a rather less tortuous traverse of the town was taken. This was led by one of the group more familiar with Kendal’s many side streets. After returning to Natland and Sedgwick they then used the path by the Kent’s salmon leap and the underpass leading to the old A6, en route for Levens Park.  

The remaining journey took on a more familiar tone: across the Moss, on to Dalham Park and Storth and then to Leighton Moss for afternoon tea whilst others returned home, to conclude a ride of about 60 miles on a pleasant autumnal day, enjoyed by all. 

Fifteen riders met at the Boot & Shoe for the CTC Lancaster and South Lakes ride to Beacon Fell Park led by Nigel Cole. 

Setting off on a bright but slightly chilly late summer morning, they crossed the A6 and made for the tranquillity of the Lune Cycle Path at Aldcliffe via the Canal path at Deep Cutting. Heading South past Condor Green and along Jeremy Lane, then briefly back on the main road to Cockerham but soon happily returning to the quieter lanes around Forton and quickly re-crossing the A6 at New Holly heading for Scorton and along the NCN 6 to Sandholme Bridge where they climbed up the hill to for a welcome coffee stop at Cobble Hey. Sitting outside in the sunshine, enjoying the views and being entertained by the activities organised for visitors to the farm centre.

Ten riders then continued on an anticlockwise circular route to Beacon Fell Park. Now in warm sunshine, along Oakenclough lane, past the gliders taking off from Bowland Fells Gliding club and having the pleasure of extensive views towards Bowland, Pendle and Longridge fells. They then turned back West, riding up Rigg lane and around to the visitor centre for the lunch break, enjoyed once again outside, with distant views looking over the Fylde and in the company of many other visitors making the most of the day.

After lunch they descended back to Garstang via Walmsley Bridge and Claughton and then headed out North West once again, along quiet lanes all looking particularly beautiful with trees showing their early autumn colours in the bright sunshine. At Winmarleigh a sharp right turn headed them back East to Scorton for final refreshments before a return 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 54 miles in glorious late summer sunshine.

In sharp contrast with the previous month, September 2014 has opened with a spell of lovely weather.  Sunday 14th followed this trend and 17 cyclists from the Cyclists’ Touring Club met by the entrance to Beaumont College for the club secretary’s ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh.  

The initial section of the chosen route went along the canal towpath until crossing the aqueduct at which point they descended onto the Millennium Path for Halton.

After a brief discussion prior to crossing the river there it was agreed that the ride would split into smaller groups for the ride along the B6264. After leaving Halton village and climbing the groups turned right by the Red Well Inn and made their way to coffee via Arkholme and Whittingham.

The numbers were swelled in the café by members who had ridden directly to Kirkby Lonsdale from starting points to the north of Lancaster.  Suitably refreshed the ride then split into those returning home and the rest who were continuing for a full day’s ride.  Sedbergh was reached by a route taking in a series of minor roads past Underley Hall, Mansergh Hall, Rigmaden and Halbeck – all to the west of the Lune river. This was a hilly route and Sedbergh proved an ideal location for a picnic lunch, or a further café stop.

The ride back was to the east of the river. Initially they rode along the A683 but, after the old railway bridge near Middleton, the leader opted for the narrow lane that runs parallel to the main road. On reaching Barbon the majority stopped for a welcome cuppa before continuing as far as the A65 by the old Station House. On crossing the A65 one group headed immediately south towards Nethertown and The Highwayman and the main road on thesouth side of the river; the rest took the outward route back to the Kellets.

The complete ride was about 60 miles in length and provided the basis for a very enjoyable day’s cycling.  Next Sunday, 21st  September,  the ride will leave from outsideBooths, Scotforth at 9am and is to Cobble Hey and Beacon Fell.

An eager bunch of cyclists gathered at the Boot and Shoe for Frank's ride to Wrea Green, encouraged by the excellent forecast for the day.  Soon they were heading down towards the cyclepath, bound for Conder Green, Glasson and the lanes, emerging just before Cockerham onto the main road. This they followed through the village, turning off towards Great Crimbles and along Moss Edge, then back on the Pilling road and on to their coffee destination at Bells Farm. After a convivial break, two returned homewards leaving the rest to continue southwards to Cartford Bridge.  The sunny skies and light breeze made the journey a delight, unimpeded by the draughty headwinds frequently experienced along this section of the Fylde Coast. Any initial thoughts of a changed lunchtime destination of Great Eccleston were soon amended by early arrival there, so by mutual consent the original plan was reinstated by continuing to Little Singleton and Weeton, crossing the M55 to Great Plumpton and finally arriving at Wrea Green for a relaxing picnic lunch on the Green, basking in the warmth of the pleasantly unexpected September sun.

The return took the riders East to Kirkham, the northwards through Warles, Inskip and eventually to Bilsborrow along the delightful twisty country lanes of the area.  There they crossed the A6 and M6 where the route took them northwards along more twists and turns, a most pleasurable ride under the blue skies, warm sun with a scenic view of the clearly outlined fells to the right, the party eagerly looking forward to their tea stop in Scorton.  There they could relax and review the day at leisure before completing the final section home via Galgate and the University cycleway, to conclude what was unilaterally agreed as a splendid day out with some 62 miles covered.