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15th September: A ride to Leighton Moss

Cake photo at the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway where the ride started from.

Looking back up the platform on Carnforth Station.

Heading out of Carnforth towards Hagg Wood.

Reflections, looking back down the road towards Carnforth.

Maiden head fern at the old Rectory in Warton.

A view of the church at Warton.

A view from Occupation Road.

A lunch time view.

The view from the public hide at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve.

Another view from the public hide at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve.

Reflections on the bridleway outside the public hide.

View of the trees in the woods at Hawes Water.

A view of a tree near Hawes Water.

Wet tree bark or is it modern art!

 A view of Hawes Water from the bridleway.

Reflections on the road as we follow the lane across Hale Moss.

The cake photo at Catch-23 Cafe at Borwick Fisheries

A view inside Catch-23 Cafe.

A view of the cross on the village green in Over Kellet.

A tree in field on Kellet Lane.

Ride report by Simeon Orme


The weather report for the day was grim, so I was did expect anybody else to be at the starting point for the ride inside the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Station but I was soon join by Mik who had driven down from Kendal for the ride.


It was not day for doing intend ride due to weather conditions and the weather forecast being right for change, yes did pour down at times and yes day for cycling in low gears but turn out to enjoyable ride, so once we but the world right inside the tearoom, we followed the back lanes out of Carnforth and around to Warton where we stop to look at the Old Rectory one of the unexpected  treasures which you find in birth place of of the medieval ancestors of George Washington the first elected President of the United States of America and the America flag is flown on top of village church on the 4th July.


Once we had look around our bit history for the day, the promise rain started as we headed up the Coach Road which is a bit of climb and then we turn on to Occupation Road the first track of the day where we had to do some pushing up the part of this bridleway, once summit of the track which take us over shoulder of Warton Crag, the highest point in Arnside and Silverdale Area Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rain had started to dance down on to track and made it tricky to ride in places, with me getting two wet feet when crossing a pool of water which had spread across the track and once we got to tarmac again there interest colours on the surface of Crag Road from the wash off of soil from the bridleway.


We then headed down Crag Road and then headed through Crag Foot,  then followed the road across lower part of Leighton Moss, then around pass Myers Farm where the headquarters of the RSPB nature reserve is based, about half mile further on, we followed a bridleway on to Leighton Moss. Stopping for lunch in the dry of the public hide where we spent enjoyable fifty minutes watching the birds while eating our lunch.


After lunch, we headed back up the bridleway and rode back passed Myers Farm, then followed Red Bridge Lane around to Red Bridge where followed the lane down to entry of Gait Barrows Nature Reserve where we push our bikes along the footpath around Hawes Water. There were a lot of interesting colours on the wet bark on some trees at side of the path, Mik commented that Hawes Water reminded him of some of tarns in Ireland. Once we got near Challan Hall the footpath turns into short bridleway. There was interesting  notice at end of the track that English Nature who own the reserve were thinking about putting a permit bridleway around Hawes Water.


From Challen Hall, it was quite a bit of road work as we followed the lanes through the Area Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we pass through Brackenthwaite and across Hale Moss before crossing over the A6, then following the lanes across Burton Moss and around Cinderbarrow, then heading down the canal towpath to Tewitfield, then along Kellet Lane before taking shelter for afternoon brew and cake at Catch-23 Cafe at Borwick Fisheries, where we made to feel very welcome.

After our afternoon brewstop we continue on Kellet Lane heading towards Carnforth, we soon said our goodbye to each other at Pastordale as Mik headed back to Carnforth, I continue on Kellet Lane, heading back home to Halton.


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Click here to see photos of the 22nd September 2013 of the South Lakes Group to Elterwater or click here to check out other photo galleries on the ‘Where’s the Brew Stop?’ Websites.

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