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21st September 2014: A ride to Underbarrow

Shadow at Halton Station.

The view looking back along the towpath across the Lune Aqueduct

Reflections on the Lancaster Canal

The view looking across marsh beside the River Keer.

The cake photo at the cafe at Leighton Moss RSPB Visitor Centre.

A flower in the new wildlife garden at Leighton Moss RSPB Visitor Centre.

Early Autumn colour.

Farm building at Hazelslack Tower Farm

Cow in a field.

The view of River Bela from Milnthorpe Bridge

Ladybirds on fencepost at side of Marsh Road.

Tractor in a field at side of Marsh Road.

A view of Low Levens Farm.

Wild flower on the bridleway from High Sampool

The view looking up the main drain towards Causeway End.

Meadowsweet at side of Brigsteer Causeway.

Leaves on the Brigsteer Causeway.

A tree on the skyline.

The church at Underbarrow.

Heading up Chapel Lane towards Bell Hill.

Looking back across the fields towards Underbarrow.

Lunch time view.

Heading along the bridleway towards Gamblesmire Lane.

At start of Gamblesmire Lane.

The view looking towards the Kent Valley from Gamblesmire Lane.

Seed heads at side of Gamblesmire Lane.

Lime Kiln

Looking back at summit of the Gamblesmire Lane.

A view of Kendal.

Another Kendal view.

On bank of the River Kent in Kendal.

Crossing the packet horse bridge in Stainton.

The cake photo at Farleton View Tearoom.

Goats in field near Farleton View Tearoom.

Common Mallow at side road.

Sneezewort at side of the road

Door in farm building in Farleton.

Crops growing in field.

Reflections on the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield.

Swan feeding on the Lancaster Canal near Tewitfield.

Swan feeding on the Lancaster Canal near Tewitfield.

Ride report by Simeon Orme


Cycle touring is about exploring the lanes and tracks around your area and further field, for me to start the Sunday ride from the front door than back of my van is about rediscovering some of the local lanes that I miss while driving a bit further field, around the Lancaster area we have one of best cycling touring areas in England, with two Area of outstanding natural beauty on the doorstep and within good hour riding time we have two National Parks to explore.


So these Where’s the Brewstop? Cycle touring group rides are about exploring the local lanes, taking time to stop and look at the view. As said in ride report for first these rides its mainly going to me, my bike and my camera on these rides until the word gets around that I am leading these rides from Halton Station which is only few minutes away from junction 34 of the M6 and there free car parking.


So it was not surprising that I was by myself again, so I followed the Lune Valley cycle path towards Lancaster down to Lune Aqueduct where after short climb up new cycle path, I headed north along the towpath of the Lancaster Canal through the villages of Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands before turning off the towpath at Crag Bank and then crossing over the A6, to followed the lanes through Crag Bank and down to banks of the River Keer where cross over it using cycle/foot bridge near Hagg Wood before following the tarmac toward Silverdale, after few miles of road bashing, I stop at the cafe at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Leighton Moss for first brew stop of the day.


Once I finish my coffee and cake, I check out the new wildlife garden at the back visitor centre before getting back on my bike again, I continue heading north following the lanes through this Area of outstanding natural Beauty, with the leaves on the tree starting to change to display there Autumn Colour, it was interesting few miles as soon heading through Hazelslack, then after a bit of climbing, I headed through Storth and Sandside before joining the B,5282 for about mile. I soon turn off it after crossing the River Bela via Milnthorpe Bridge before following Marsh Road across Milnthorpe Marsh. After few quite miles on lanes, I join the A6 and followed it around  Levens Hall and after good mile I left it to follow the lane up to High Sampool, then the bridleway to Sampool Bridge. After crossing over the A 590, I followed the Brigsteer Causeway up the Lyth Valley to Brigsteer. From Brigsteer, continue on quite lanes up the valley to Under Barrow. In Under Barrow I turn off the tarmac by the Church and headed up Chapel Lane and soon stop beside the bridleway for lunch with good view.


After lunch, followed the bridleway over the shoulder of Bell Hill and coming out near Cold Harbour Farm and then there was short section of tarmac before I headed along Gamblesmire Lane which is delightful public way with some good views of the Kent Valley.


I was soon back on the tarmac again and heading through Kendal. After using some of cycle paths to get through Kendal which interesting town to visit, I then followed the lanes through Natland, Crosscrake and Stainton, then had refueling stop at Farleton View Tea Room.


Then after my brew stop it was fairly easy ride home through the lanes back to Halton.


You can click here to see photos of the 28th September ride to Sadgill in Longsleddale or you can click here to download the gps route files of the ride or you can check out forthcoming events on the Diary of cycle club Events. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also signup for site’s free weekly newsletter.


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