Saturday 6th October 2018
Phil Morgan, Super Mario, Sue Taylor and Justin rolled of the cobbles at 8:30 and headed straight for the cannel and headed for Lancaster down the tow path. After last night’s rain the tow path offered mixed conditions and losing concentration was not an option .
At Lancaster we picked up Adam Hindle as we continued down the tow path for Carnforth. Although the tow path turns to a more solid base with outstanding scenery you still had to be on your toes due to dog walkers, fishermen, cyclists and even a few horses.
25 miles of tow path and we escape for a short section of road before hitting the first bridle path, think it would be fair to say that Mr & Mrs farmer don’t see many mtb on the track. The only bit of carrying for the day soon had us up over the hump for a fantastic downhill section. The pattern then continued with short road sections linking bridle paths around Hutton roof before we headed towards Holme then onwards to Arnside.
The pub stop at Arnside was high risk, the posse looking agitated at the nonstandard stop, Pedro and Mario just wanted a pint of the award winning Guinness. Turned out the pub stop was cheaper than the café and better craic with the landlord.
Arnside Knott bridle paths next, short section of road before we attacked Warton crags, back to Carnforth and the tow path back to Lancaster. The route then followed the more tradition old railway coastal track back to Glasson dock, A quick livener in the Stork Inn before heading back via West bank farm and round the coastal bridle paths around Cockerham. Final sprint down Gulf Lane to Farm Yard Ales après-mtbing, street food and a couple of bands.
So in total 80 mile of which maybe 10 miles was on road, 3ooo ft climbing with average speeds around 12mph. there were not may fresh legs at the finish line