4th February 2012: A ride to Horton-
Food photo at the Reading Cafe at Old Manor House in Clapham
Another view of the Reading Room Cafe at Clapham.
Heading up Thwaite Lane out of Clapham.
Ian at the top of Long Lane.
Ian and Chris heading along the bridleway towards Sulber Gate.
The view from Sulber Gate looking towards Thieves Moss.
Another view from Sulber Gate looking along the fence line towards Thieves Moss.
Regrouping at the ford near Borrins on the Pennine Bridleway.
Setting off down the track.
Crossing over the River Ribble via the Pennine Bridleway Bridge.
Back on tarmac as we head down to Horton-
Lunch time view looking out of Window at the Pen-
The food photo at the Pen-
Heading down the B 6479 from Horton-
Back at Clapham.
The view out of front window of Simeon’s van.
After chatting in the Reading Room Cafe and chatting a bit more due to Chris being a bit late, we all had extra layers on due to the cold weather as climb out of Clapham along Thwaite Lane, then soon join Long Lane which is part of the Pennine Bridleway. We were about half way along Long Lane when the forecast snow arrived it was just a few snow flakes at first so we carry on up the track, as we got higher up you had to be careful of ice under the snow, it was quite fast climb up to highest point of the ride at 386 metres, I think this due to the cold weather and was only three of us on the ride. At Sulber Gate we had to stop a few minutes for Chris to do minor repairs to his back carrier due to some nut and bolts falling out!
After Chris had sort this out, it was interesting ride down into Ribblesdale but
we made it down to the B 6479 which cross over to continue along the unsign part
of the Pennine Bridleway which gather from Ian is still officially not open due legal
issues with Railtrack ie use this new hardcore surface bridleway at your own risk
until the Pennine Bridleway sign posts. Anyway we had no problems and were soon crossing
over River Ribble using the new bridge, then it was climb up the tarmac on the other
side of the Ribble Valley. For careful ride down to Horton-
After lunch we headed down the B6479 against head wind with snow flying at you to Helwith Bridge, at Helwith Bridge we decide not push our luck on any more tracks, so we followed the lanes down Austwick, then short section on the A65 before following the B6480 into Clapham where Chris left us to ride home to High Bentham.
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