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1st September 2007 ride to Greenfield and to Langstrothdale

1st September 2007 ride around Greenfields and Langstrothdale
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Ride report by Barrie Usherwood
Meeting at the riverside (Honesty) car park at Horton we made for the cafe by the railway at Middle Barn north of the village. The cafe looked closed and the proprietress confirmed this from an upstairs window. Back to Horton and headed up the Pennine Way to Birkwith Moor. At this point we observe the intestines of a broken freewheel on our leaders machine and bid him fairwell as he freewheels (no, that can't be right!), back to Horton. The rest of us, anticipating lunch carry on, shortly joining the track then minor road taking us past Greenfield. Lunch stop on some limestone outcrops by the Beck sees heavy drizzle forming. (At this point I take photo of my lunch with the leaders loaned camera).

Heading down to Beckermonds and then south down Langstrothdale valley my organisational abilities fail to inform the front men that we should turn off over Horse Head Moor !

Regrouping at Hubberholme a collective decision is made to use the track over Firth Fell. The lower section is steep and rocky, the upper section is steeper and boggier and the top section is so boggy angels or pixies have neatly placed large slab pavements for about a kilometer over the top. Now a very steep but rough descent to Litton makes up for the time

struggling up. After quarter mile north on the tarmac road we turn left across the bridge over the dry River Skirfare (presumably it has disappeared down a pot, certainly not evaporated today). Using the wonderful track over Cow Close we join the Silverdale Road for a descent to Dale Head. here we use the track past Churn Milk Hole and Long Lane down to Helwith Bridge. Now with a tailwind we make rapid progress back to Horton.

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