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16th September 2018 ride to Hawes Water (Page four)

16th September 2018 ride to Hawes Water (Page four)
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The lunch time view
The view looking back along path towards my lunch stop
The view from the path, looking towards Hawes Water
The cake photo at the Leighton Moss Café at the RSPB Visitor Centre.
Bee friendly flower at the RSPB Visitor Centre
Bee friendly flower at the RSPB Visitor Centre
Pheasant outside the RSPB Visitor Centre.
Seed head at side of towpath of Lancaster Canal near Carnforth
Looking back along the towpath of Lancaster Canal, which runs under the M6 motorway.
It was one of those bad weather forecast days where weather improve as day when on, so there not much interest in the ride and most folk if they had any sense roll over in bed and when back to sleep when they heard rain beating down on the roof.

Yes I hold my hand up, yes I was late getting up and yes I was a bit late getting to start but at this time of year Sunday is the only time, I get to sleep in and getting up 8.30am is quite late for me, as usually up around 5am on working day.

Yes I know the ride was post to be going to Lupton but it was bad weather forecast day, as there was know one else waiting for me at the start of the ride inside the Clear Water Bistro & Bar, I decide to head around the Arnside and Silverdale area.

So once I finish my coffee and café, I headed along Kellet Lane towards Tewitfield, once I cross over the Lancaster Canal, I turn on to first off-road section of the day and headed up Kirkgate Lane. Stopping a few times along the lane to take photos.

I was soon back on the tarmac again with short section on the A6070 before following the lanes through to Cinderbarrow where it took a few minutes to cross over the A6 due traffic having to wait to get around crash that happen earlier in morning on the A6.

After crossing over the A6, I headed up Nineteen Acre Lane for about mile before following the bridleway down to White Moss where there is prize winning gate at the small holding on the moss. I followed the bridleway across White Moss and then continue on the permitted bridleway across Thrang Moss. Then followed the lanes through the hamlet of Brackenthwaite before crossing over Leighton Beck via Leighton Beck Bridge where there fairly new sign showing border between old County of Westmorland which now part of Cumbria and Lancashire.

There was a little bit climbing to do before turn on Dolly Wood Lane which was third off-road section of the day, it quite delightful track to do and shows off another side of Arnside and Silverdale AONB which you would see if you stay on the tarmac when tour around this Area Outstanding Natural Beauty.

I was soon back on the tarmac again, for a bit of lane work to get me to Challan Hall where the start next off-road section of  the ride was, the route around Hawes Water well worth doing but you must get off bike at end of bridleway from Challan Hall and push your bike around the rest of path around Hawes Water its about 20 minute walk, I stop at bench part way around to have my lunch and look at the view.

After my lunch stop, I was soon back on the tarmac again and following the lane up to Red Bridge, I decided on early afternoon café stop at the Leighton Moss Café at the RSPB Visitor Centre.

After the café stop, I followed the tarmac across Leighton Moss and headed through Crag Foot and then on to Warton where I followed the public byway down to River Keer and cross over it via the foot / cycle bridge near Hagg Wood. Then head along the Shore Road, which followed into Crag Bank.

In Crag Bank, I cross back over the A6 and then headed along the towpath of Lancaster Canal through Carnforth and then on to Kellet Lane Bridge.

Once turn off the towpath at Kellet Lane Bridge, I headed back to Halton.

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Ride report by Simeon Orme
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