25th February 2012: A ride to Chipping

Food photo at Cafe d’Lune where the ride start from.

On the first climb on the road over into the Marshaw Wyre Valley.

Looking back down road towards Yates Farm.

At top the climb up Cam Brow.

Morning sunlight in the woods as we head up the Marshaw Wyre Valley.

Another view of the Marshaw Wyre Valley, a bit further up the valley.

Pre lunch brew stop at the snack bar near Sykes Farm in the Langden Valley

A view of Langden Brook.

Looking back down into the Langden Valley on the bridleway over Mellor Knoll.

Water Trough at side of the bridleway.

Storm damage, with view looking down into Hodder Valley.

Lunch time view.

Looking back down the bridleway, as we headed up the bridleway towards Whitemore.

Following the track through the woods over Whitemore

The ford on the bridleway between Higher Greystoneley and Lower Greystoneley.

At Brabin’s Tea Garden in Chipping.

At top Harrisend Fell where the ride broke up as we all headed for home in different directions.

Ride Report by Simeon Orme

After meeting up at Cafe d’Lune in Conder Green and after our usual chatting and eating, as all four of us had rode to the start of the ride with honours going to Gwen and Ken for longest ride to start, having rode to the start from Garstang. Also it was nice to see Fred and Pat Lloyd at the start of the ride to see us off.

Anyway after we finish chatting, we headed out of Conder Green, following the lanes across to Galgate via Sellerley Farm. In Galgate we cross over the A6, then followed the road up to five lanes end, then continue on crossing over the River Wyre at Street Bridge and then after heading through the hamlet of Street, we head up the Wyre Valley on the fell road over to Marshaw, the road can be describe as one long climb up, then down hill section, then short sharp climb at Cam Brow before dropping down into the Marshaw Wyre Valley, it also help that we had tail wind and view along this road are scenic. Once we drop down into Marshaw Wyre Valley there plenty of late morning sunlight which had three photographers in the party stopping to take photos all way up the road to the Trough of Bowland which was highest point of the ride.

After heading through the Trough of Bowland, it fast ride down Losterdale for pre lunch brew at the snack bar near Sykes Farm, where we sat on the banks of the Langden Brook chatting and drinking.

After brew stop, we followed the road down the Langden Valley, past the mountain rescue centre before turning first bridleway of the day, the first section of the bridleway is okay up Hareden Farm but once you got off the tarmac surface became a bit of mud fest in several places along the track and I end up with two wet feet after stepping in wrong place crossing a boggy section, the good part of the climb over Mellor Knoll is stopping and looking at the views otherwise I would leave doing this bridleway to summer months of the year when the ground as dry out.

Any way we stop at side track with good views of the Hodder Valley for lunch before taking on the next section of the track over Whitemore where parts of the wood are being harvested for their wood, after making it through the woods we back on tarmac again, and heading towards Chipping, we took off-road short cut to Chipping, the bridleway from Higher Greystoneley to Leagram Mill. Ian was the only person in the party to ride through the ford between Higher Greystoneley and Lower Greystoneley. From Leagram Mill ride down to Chipping where we try out Brabin’s Tea Garden which will improve as they building a new tea room.

After pumping up my back tyre, due to slow puncture at the afternoon brew stop, we headed out Chipping following the lanes over to Higher Brock Mill, then down to Delph Lane which we followed over to Oakenclough. From Oakenclough we followed the road up on to Harrisend Fell where the ride broke up as we headed home in different directions.  

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