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15th July 2015: A tour of the Forest of Bowland.
The view looking back on the climb up Quermore Brow
Looking at the view at Jubilee Tower.
The view from Jubilee Tower looking towards Qyermore and Morecambe Bay in the background.
The view from Jubilee Tower looking towards the Tarnbrook Wyre Valley.
Regrouping at Lee Bridge
A view of a pond at side of the road.
View looking back on the climb up to the Trough of Bowland.
At the lunch stop in Dunsop Bridge.
A view of Slaidburn Youth Hostel.
Looking back on the climb up to Cross of Greet.
Another view looking back on the climb up to the Cross of Greet
A view looking back down into the Hodder Valley.
Looking back at summit of the climb.
The view looking down into North Lancashire from the summit of the climb.
The five of us departed from Denny Beck and headed up the cycle path to Caton. Where we then followed Quermore Road, then Postern Gate Road and then Rigg Lane up to Quermore village, where then headed up Quermore Brow up to Jubilee Tower. We then stop for short break at the Tower to enjoy some best views in North Lancashire and to make the most of the morning sun before the afternoon rain started. We then headed down Rakehouse Brow to Lower Lee where we had short climb out of the Tarnbrook Wyre Valley before dropping down into the Marshaw Wyre Valley to followed the road over the Trough of Bowland where we enjoyed longed freewheel down the Langden Valley to the carpark at Sykes. After short climb up to Mountain Rescue Centre we enjoyed another freewheel down into Dunsop Bridge where we met Steve Gregson ridden up from Blackburn to meet us.We stop for some lunch by the river in Dunsop Bridge.
As the sky was getting darker with the promise rain being blow up from the south of the country, Steve decide he would leave us to head home and the rest of us headed up the Hodder Valley to Slaidburn. I had forgotten how steep the road over the Great Dunnow has I got off by bike to walk up it with James (The Great Dunnow is the hill between Newton and Slaidurn).
In Slaidburn we followed the quiet lane over Merrybent Hill down to the Cross of Great Bridge where we started the last major climb of the day over Lythe Fell. After regrouping at the summit of the pass, we head down through lanes via Lowgill to the Tearoom in Wray where it started to rain.
After tea and cakes we headed back to Halton along the A683, at Bull beck we rejoined the Lune valley cycle path which we followed back to the carpark at Denny Beck, where James and Barrie did a little extra loop on the cycle path so that James could beat his personal best of 45 miles in a day.
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