22nd  January 2011: A ride to Cowan Bridge

The cake photo at the Hornby Post Office Tearoom.

Brian and Ian on the climb out of  Melling

The view across the fields of Wenningdale.

Heading along the public byway from Melling towards Old Wennington.

A view across the fields looking towards the River Lune from near Greta Bridge on the A683.

On the bridleway from Cantsfield to Tunstall.

On the bridleway from Tunstall to Nether Burrow.

Looking back at end of the bridleway at Nether Burrow.

A tree in a field as we follow Woodman Lane from Nether Burrow to Cowan Bridge.

The Bronte Family were pupils in Cowan Bridge.

A view of Leck Village.

The pack lunch photo at Ireby.

Reflections on the road to Burton-in-Lonsdale.

The cake photo at 37 Main Street Cafe Bar in High Bentham.

Coffee at 37 Main Street Cafe Bar.

Ian’s lunch at 37 Main Street Cafe Bar at High Bentham.

A view looking across the fields down into Wenningdale from Long as we head for Mill Houses.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After chatting in Hornby Post Office Tearoom, the three of us headed up the A683 to Melling, then from Melling we followed the public byway to Hill Top and then we followed the lanes through Bull Bank down to Wrayton where we rejoin the A683 for short distance to Greta Bridge. At Greta Bridge we turn on to the A687 which we followed to Cantsfield. In Cantsfield we headed along the bridleway to Tunstall there is nice pack horse bridge half way along this track. From Tunstall we followed the bridleway to Nether Burrow and then from Nether Burrow we headed up Woodman Lane to Cowan Bridge where we made detour along the A65 to look at the old school where Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Emily Bronte were pupils at in 1824 to 1825.

From Cowan Bridge, we followed the lanes into Leck Village where Ian pointed out where he use to live. After our tour around Leck Village we followed the lanes to Ireby where we stop for some lunch.

After lunch we followed the road down to Jogging Bridge, where we cross over the A65 and then headed along lanes down to Burton-in-Lonsdale. We headed out of Burton-in-Lonsdale on the Bentham Moor Road, the steep climb out of the Greta Valley warm us up, we soon join Bentham Road which we followed into High Bentham for afternoon cafe stop at 37 Main Street Cafe Bar.

After our brew stop, we headed down the B 6480 into Low Bentham, then followed Eskew Lane and Long Lane over to the Hindburn Valley, after riding through Mill Houses and down the Hindburn Valley to Wray where we rejoin the B6480. We headed down the B6480 into the Lune Valley where we join the A683. As all three had rode to the start of the ride, there was no need for us return to Hornby so continue to follow the A683 down the Lune Valley to Bull Beck, then the cycle path back to Lancaster/Halton and part way down the A683 we said our goodbyes to Brian in Claughton where he park his Camper Van.

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