Saturday 2nd December 2017
We popped out on the Guild Wheel where Phil desperately crammed in some malt loaf. The guild wheel would have been too easy so we negotiated some urbanisation of Ribbleton to find the disused grimsargh to preston railway line. A nervous dash past the vast cemetery on Pope lane brought us out at the top of the death slide down to brockholes floating visitor centre where we cafe-ed. Everyone kindly avoided the elephant in the room that there were NO BEANS ON TOAST.
The return leg took us on the GW to the Capitol shopping center where we went south of the Ribble and up the beautiful tree-lined tramway to return back to the GW, and then we cut through the Preston docks to the end of the canal. We navigated through Haslam Park (where rick has been known to wash his bike in the duck pond) and along Cottam Lane (dirt track) to Ingol. Luckily my planned scenic route cutting south of the ingol golf course across Sharoe brook to Walker Lane was devoid of ‘no cycling’ signs so I think we got away with it.
We returned to the trusty GW to Broughton, did some more squishy stuff between Langley lane and Barton lane, and returned to The Stang via a very grassy canal and Myerscough.
Much enjoyed planning and riding this route with enthusiastic riders willing to try something new. Special mention to Dave Brook who did this on a ROAD BIKE!!!