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12th May 2007: A ride over Salter Fell and the Trough of  Bowland.

- Ride report -


The view from Roeburndale Road

The crack frame.

Crossing over the River Roeburn.

Heading up the Salter Fell Road

The view looking down the Roeburndale.

The view looking down Whitendale

Barrie and Charlie

The view looking down Croasdale.

Another view looking down Croasdale

The view looking back up Croasdale from near end of the Salter Fell Road.

The cake photo at Puddleducks Cafe in Dunsop Bridge.

Inside Puddleducks Cafe.

Outside the cafe.

At the summit of Trough of Bowland.

At the summit of Trough of Bowland.

Charlie at the summit of the Trough of Bowland.

Ride report by Barrie Usherwood

Six of us met at Halton to begin the ride.

Proceeded to Caton along the old railway line then up to Littledale past the south edge of the windfarm.

A cracked frame disappointed Simon, who departed back to Halton at this point.

The rest of us turned south to follow the very minor road  past Haylot farm then back north to Lower Salter. Then back south- east to approach High Salter where the road surface ends and the Salter Fell ride begins. Note the sign "Slaidburn 18km ".

Once on the track its a classic ride over moors with a population density approaching that of the moon (we saw two people on the whole stretch).

A chain was snapped (I'll say no more).

Lunch was eaten looking at the Wolfhole Crag to Wards Stone moorland at about the highest point on the ride, watershed between Lune and Ribble.

After lunch carried on along the track (now exactly following the old Roman Road), past the quarries at Croasdale Fell, Simeon nurses a puncture around here, fast rocky descent.

When the track ends, tarmac begins to take us to Newton via House Lane then Back Lane.

Along the road to Dunsop Bridge for cakes at Puddleducks.

Climb up the Trough road (quiet I thought, but maybe because it was getting late at this point ?) then descend to Marshaw then Abbeystead before heading via Quernemore to avoid the slog up to Jubilee Tower.

Straight back to Caton (with a slight tail wind and a slow puncture adding to the urgency), then track back to Halton.

Incredible ride with just the right mix of sun, haze, track and road miles.

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