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25th January 2014: A ride to Great Stone of Fourstones
The cake photo at the Bridge House Tearooms in Wray where the ride started from.
I manage to leave my camera and end up taking these ride photos on my new mobile phone, the above photo is of inside of the Tearoom.
A old barn near Above Beck.
A tree at side of the lane, as we headed towards Botton.
A rock at side of the lane going across White Moss.
Norman at start of the climb up to Lowgill Church.
A view of one of the church windows.
A view of church gate.
Another view of the gate.
A lunch time view.
After our lunch stop, the weather when downhill, so after visiting the Great Stone of Fourstones we retreated back to Bridge House Farm Tearoom in Wray for our afternoon brew.
Out side the Tearoom, getting ready to set off home.
A view of the River Lune, from near Bull Beck Bridge.
A view of the Lune Valley cycle path near Bull Beck Bridge.
I made detour into Lancaster, to buy new chain and cassette due to chain slipping on the ride.
A view of the Lune Aqueduct which carries the Lancaster Canal across the River Lune.
It was pretty grim weather forecast for the weekend, with Saturday being the better day, so I no fix ideals where we going to go on ride, it was fast ride from Halton up the Lune Valley aided by a tail wind to start of the ride at the Bridge House Farm Tearooms in Wray where I was join by Jeremy and Norman.
After enjoying coffee and cakes in the Tearoom, we decided to have wander around the lanes of the Hindburn Valley and then have ride over to Great Stone of Fourstones above High Bentham, then see how day pan out regarding the weather.
The omens for me on the first climb out of Wray were not great due to chain slipping and ended up walking up the first climb which later sort out after the ride with detour into Lancaster to buy a new chain and cassette.
So after climbing out of Wray, we followed lanes through Botton, then climb up and over White Moss before dropping back down into the Hindburn Valley. We then cross over the River Hindburn via Stairend Bridge, after climb up to High Ivah, we followed the tarmac down the Hindburn valley through Lowgill to Mill Bridge where did a interesting climb up to Lowgill Church which stop at to have a look around and then sat in Church porch to have our sandwiches.
After our lunch stop, we climb up Knott Hill, then turn on to Rantreefold Road, where stop to take shelter from passing shower and put on water proofs, we continue up Rantreefold Road which turns into Aikengill Road, the weather had start to go downhill as we turn on to Slaidburn Road which followed across Loftshaw Moss pass the Great Stone of Fourstones where we had brief stop to look across at the Great Stone and we decide that the weather was not going to improve, the best policy was to head back to Wray for afternoon brew at the Bridge House Farm Tearoom, all going to say about ride back via Mewith Lane it was not pleasant.
Once we finished our afternoon brew, the weather had improve, it was not bad ride home.
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