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13th January 2013: A ride around the Arnside and Silverdale

The food photo at the Refreshment Room on the Carnforth Railway Station where the ride started from.

Getting ready to set off!

Reflections on Lancaster Canal.

Reflections on the Lancaster Canal.

Reflections on the Lancaster Canal at Capernway.

Crossing over River Keer.

Heading along the white lane towards Borwick.

A view of Lancaster Canal from Kirkgate Lane.

Heading along Kirkgate Lane.

Heading along the bridleway from Hilderstone Farm to the A6.

Reflection at side of the track.

At this point, three of the party decide not to get wet feet and headed back along the bridleway to Hilderstone Farm and take drier route on the tarmac over Burton Moss to the A6.

Regrouping on the A6.

Heading along the public byway towards Hale.

Moss on a wall.

Looking back down the public byway towards Hale Moss.

A view of Fell End Kiln.

Heading down the bridleway to Hale Moss.

Heading along Dolly Wood Lane.

A view from Dolly Wood Lane.

A view of Hazelslack Tower Farm.

A view of the shore at Arnside.

The view looking across to the Kent Viaduct.

Lunch time view.

Heading along the bridleway across Arnside Knott.

A bit further along the bridleway.

A bit further down the bridleway heading towards Arnside Tower.

Cake photo one at the Cafe at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Leigthon Moss.

Cake photo two at the Cafe at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Leigthon Moss.

Cake photo three at the Cafe at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Leigthon Moss.

Heading along the Old Coach Road towards Warton.

Ride Report by Ian Wood

The ride began at Carnforth ‘Brief Encounter’ tearooms on the train station platform. After five of us had drunk, eaten and chatted we set off through Carnforth to turn right down North Road. After passing under the railway and over the motorway we turned right, following this road briefly before joining the canal at Kellet Lane Bridge. We followed this towards Capenwray while discussing the legality of cycling on canal towpaths, which has recently changed We left the towpath at Keer Bridge and followed the lane to Borwick. We then followed the road before dropping down Kirkgate Lane towards Priest Hutton.

Tarmac roads where followed before turning left at Hilderstone Farm. Here the fun began! The bridleway had recently been churned up by motorcyclists on top of all the recent rain created a quagmire! The sensible ones retreated, but as John had carried on I felt obliged as the ride leader to follow. The ice/water/mud was up to the wheel axles! After more pushing and cycling the A6 was gained where we met up with the others.

A short circuit around Fell End Farm at Hale was ridden before more road led us to the Green Lane at Leighton Beck, (Dolly Wood Lane) the proceeded to Arnside prom via Hazelslack Pele Tower which was built in 1375. At Arnside lunch was eaten, just as it began to snow/sleet. We then followed Red Hills road to the track over Arnside Knott and to the tearooms at Leighton Moss visitor centre. Various drinks and cakes where consumed and ones toes and fingers regained their feeling once more.

More roads where followed over the level crossing at Silverdale before turning off right towards Warton. We then climbed up the slippery occupation road, a bridleway over Warton Crag, before a steep descent to the Coach Rd in Warton. Some of the group chose to walk this section rather than ride this. At this point the group lost one as he headed off home. The road was followed into Warton village before we all went our separate ways. We agreed that a good time had been had by all.


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