15th January 2012: A ride to Levens
At Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station.
Alistair mending a puncture outside the Refreshment Room.
Regrouping on the bridleway near Yealand Conyers
Looking back down the track at Yealand Conyers.
Heading down the bridleway towards Thrang Moss.
On the permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss.
Chatting at end of Dolly Wood Lane.
Regrouping at Storth.
The lunch time view.
The view looking towards Sizergh Castle.
The view point above Brigsteer by Helsington Church looking down into the Lyth Valley.
Looking at the view.
Following the briddleway towards Briggs House Farm.
Crossing over the A591
Heading along the bridleway from Natland to Wilson Place.
Ordering food at Low Sizergh Barn Tea Room.
Cake photo one at Low Sizergh Barn Tea Room.
Cake photo two at Low Sizergh Barn Tea Room.
Regrouping at Cinderbarrow.
Reflections on the Lancaster Canal.
It was good turnout of ten members at the start of the ride, inside the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station where spent some eating, drinking and chatting in front warm fire before starting the ride.
Once we made out of the cafe, Alistair found that one of his tyres had a cafe puncture, this happen two or three times each year on South Lakes Group rides where a member leaves his bike lock up out side the cafe to find half a hour later after coming out of the cafe, that one of your tyres is flat, the last time this happen on a ride was to General Secretary bike.
Once Alistair had fix his puncture, we headed out of Carnforth crossing the River Keer at Hag Wood to follow a quite lane into Warton. From Warton we followed the road down towards the A6 before taking the permitted bridleway from Warton Cricket pass Hyning Home Farm into Yealand Conyers. After passing through Yealand Redmayne we followed the bridleway down to White Moss and then permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss where deer spotted in a field at side of the track.
After this track there bit more road work to Leighton Beck Bridge where we headed a short distance towards Slack Head before following our next track, Dolly Wood Road through to Hazelslack Tower Farm. From there we headed up to Four Lanes End in Storth, in field on our way up Four Lanes End another small herd of deer. From Storth we headed through Sandside and then across Milnthorpe Marsh before joining the A6 for about mile as we headed around Levens Hall. We soon left the A6 to the motorists as we followed the tarmac through Leven Village and then followed the road toward Brigsteer, as we near Brigsteer Park we join our next track the bridleway up to Helsington Church stopping part way along the bridleway for lunch.
After lunch we continue up the bridleway to Helsington Church where we stop to look at the view for a few minutes before following the bridleway over to Briggs House Farm where we rejoin the tarmac again and headed down to A591 we took a few minutes to cross over for some of us.
After crossing over the A591 we followed the lane down to Hawes Bridge where we cross over the River Kent and then headed into Natland. From Natland we followed the bridleway down to Wilson Place where we cross back over the River Kent and headed up to Low Sizergh Barn Tea Room for our afternoon cafe stop.
After our afternoon brew and cafe we followed the lanes through Hincaster, Woodhouse, Ackenthwaite, Holme and to Cinderbarrow where Alistair left us to head back to Holme.
We continue on the lanes before following the canal towpath down to Tewitfield where rejoin the tarmac and headed along Kellet Lane where we soon said our goodbyes to Chris who was riding back to High Bentham. At Pastordale, I said my goodbyes to rest of party as had ride back to Halton. The rest of the group followed the lanes back to Carnforth.
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