'Where's the Brew Stop? The off-road cycle touring website'.About off- road cycle touring routes, cyclist’s cafes, off-road cycle touring, local group events and good photos.For cyclists who love off-road leisure cycling in Northern England
Female Mallards Ducks on the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield
Some sort of St. John-wort flowering at side of towpath of Lancaster Canal near Capernwray
Two female Mallard Ducks at side of Lancaster Canal at Capernwray.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeI did know what I was doing work wise for the weekend until day before this was due to Morecambe Golf Club where I have work has a greenkeeper for past 31 years, was hosting English under 16 year and under 14 year girl golf Championship for England Golf the following week. So after who was doing what over the weekend, I was quite surprise to have the Saturday off and it was day go and celebrate my birthday which was day before and it was my second day of being 57 years old.The first part of route was fairly easy to plan, has my sister Fran had text me the day before, to call in at Crag Bank where she lives at around 11am.I was running a bit late getting there so I must apologize for lack photos of first few miles of the ride which was along the bridleway which runs along side the Bay Gateway before turning on to Green Lane which is delightful public byway which followed up to Bottomdale Road which cross over to follow Ancliffe Lane into Bolton-le-Sand where I turn on to towpath of Lancaster Canal which around to Crag Bank. After crossing over A6, I call in see my Sister and her Husband, catching up on family affair in their lovely garden over coffee and cake.After hour and half of chatting it was time to leave and go exploring the Silverdale Area.I headed out of Crag Bank on Crag Bank Lane, I was soon crossing over the River Keer via the foot / cycle bridge near Hagg Wood, then heading up the public byway towards Warton where I turn on to the New Road which followed through Crag Foot and across Leighton Moss.One problem on this road, motorists do not know how pass a cyclist safety and tend hover around until pluck up courage to try pass you and depending on size of the vehicle and who’s driving it may be wise to pull over and let them pass, has patience is rare thing with motorists with regards to other road users but its getting better with more folk starting to cycle a lot more over the last eighteen months but once get across Leighton Moss the landscape tend to calm everyone down, has everyone heads to various places around the area.Once I got pass Slackwood Farm, I heading up Slackwood Lane and only made it up part way up this climb, before get off my bike to use my lowest gear my two feet to push the bike up the climb, then I was soon back on the bike head along Hollins Lane which a bit of up and down lane before stopping at the Wolfhouse Kitchen for coffee and cake.After my brew stop, I headed towards Silverdale Village along Lindeth Road, before turning on to Stankelt Road which followed towards Silverdale Green where headed down Bottoms Lane, I stop near end of this lane to take a photo looking across the fields towards the Row and got talking to couple who were using their to feet to explore the area and swap a few ideals on places to visit.I was soon back on bike again following the lanes around to Hawes Water, this was my third visit of the year and think its well worth taking a break from cycling to push your bike along the footpath around this tarn before getting back on your bike to cycle along the bridleway towards Challan Hall, I did stop some lunch part way around its great place to visit to enjoy the landscape of the area.After spending some time on the photography, I back cycling along the tarmac, you never know what going to see in fields around this area and stop to take a few photos of donkeys in a field before continue along Brackenwaite Road before following the permissive bridleway across Thrang Moss and then the bridleway across White Moss where I was lucky to see Fallow Deer in the wood at side of bridleway.There was some more lane work, has followed Nineteen Acre towards the A6. Once I got to the A6 there was a family group, a daughter on a horse and rest of the family on mountain bikes trying to cross the A6 which quite brave as horses and bike are not really good combination on family day out but this family seen to making it work.Once I cross over the A6, I headed along Cinderbarrow lane and after about a mile turn on to towpath of the Lancaster Canal, with few stops to take photos and eat up stop near Borwick before leaving the towpath in Capernwray, then following the lanes back to Halton.Yes enjoy the day out myself, I do think we need to explore the local area more often on two wheels or on two feet, its something us humans are going get use to doing at weekends.You can click here to see the ride photos of 1st August ride to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via the Pennine Bridleway or you can click here to download the 26.95 mile route or you can checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site.