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A view of Hawes Water looking across the tarn towards Challan Hall.
A tree at side of the path around Hawes Water.
Snowdrops at side of the bridleway.
Snowdrops at side Cinderbarrow Lane.
Moss on gate at side of Cinderbarrow Lane.
Moss on gate at side of Cinderbarrow Lane.
Primrose in flower on the village green in Borwick.
Winter Aconite in flower on the village green in Borwick.
Trees in field at side of Kellet Lane near Over Kellet
Ride report by Simeon OrmeLets be honest, I did think anyone would turn up for the ride with the bad weather forecast for the day, so it was nice surprise to see Andrew at Halton Station. Like my self he only cycle a short distance from Halton where he lives and after checking that know one else was waiting at the old railway station. We headed down the cycle path towards Lancaster but soon cross back over River Lune via the Bay Gateway bridge, then followed the bridleway along side the Bay Gateway to Green Lane which is delightful public byway which turn on to and headed in the direction of Bolton-le-Sands. We were soon on tarmac again, has we head along Ancliffe Lane, there was flooded section to navigate but that was case of keeping to the middle of the lane and we both kept our feet dry, otherwise its was very quite route to follow, has we headed into the village of Bolton-le-Sands.There was short section on the Main Road through the village before we turn on to the towpath of the Lancaster Canal, which the only hazard on it is dog walkers for some reason but as cyclist’s we do have duty of care there was a bit bell ringing, has we followed the towpath towards Crag Bank.I don’t think the message about the changes to the Highway code, has got through to many motorists yet, what was that thing about stopping to let pedestrians cross the road, well it was not happening on the A6 when we were trying to cross over it.Once we cross over, we headed out of Crag Bank along Crag Bank Lane and was pass by group of five female cyclists. We were soon crossing over the River Keer via the foot / cycle bridge near Hagg Wood before folowing the public byway up to the New Road which is the gateway into the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB are national parks there 46 of them in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). The Arnside and Silverdale AONB is the third smallest of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty but you can find half native wild flower species that grow in England in this area.Anyway we spend next good mile on the New Road before heading to Leighton Moss Cafe at the RSPB Visitor Centre for brew and cake (The cafe does give a discount to cyclists).After some chatting and eating, we left the delights of the cafe for the short ride to the start of path around Hawes Water which in Natural England Gait Barrow Nature Reserve. I should point out that the first part of path around Hawes Water is footpath which you allow only push your bike along before changing into bridleway which you allow to cycle along but its worth the effort as the landscape around the tarn is outstanding, we stop for several minutes for me try my look at taking a photo of the snowdrops at side of path.As the weather going down hill, once we got back on the tarmac near Challan Hall, we headed back towards the RSPB Visitor Centre, then followed Storrs Lane and then Silverdale Road to Yealand Redmayne where I had stop to change a inner tube due slow puncture, due to the weather we said our goodbyes and Andrew headed back to Halton while I spent about 30 minutes changing inner tube and found the cause of the slow puncture was faulty value.Once the puncture was fix, I headed along Eight Acre Lane which soon changes into Nineteen Acre Lane towards the A6. After crossing over A6, I headed through Cinderbarrow which is small hamlet of farm and few houses, then continue my ride by following Cinderbarrow Lane which crosses the West Coast Railway Line, then the M6 motorway and then crosses the Lancaster Canal before joining A6070. I did short section on A6070 before turning off it to follow Whitebeck Lane to Priest Hutton, then Borwick Lane to Borwick where stop to take some photos of the flowers on the village green.Then from Borwick, it was case following Kellet Lane into Over Kellet and the lanes back to Halton.You can click here to download the 25.2 mile route or you can click here to see the photos of sun raising over pond by 8th Fairway on Morecambe Golf Course.