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10th November 2019 ride up the Hindburn Valley (Page four)
The view looking across the River Wenning towards Hornby Castle.
Three trees in field near Straights Head.
The view looking back down into Lune Valley from Aughton Road.
Ride report by Simeon OrmeIt was good weather forecast for the day, so there were no excuses for stay inside, so followed my normal route from Halton to Wray, along the cycle path, then a few miles on the A683 before following the B6480 into Wray for a brew and cake at the Bridge House Farm Tearooms in Wray.For us locals who are lucky enough to live in North Lancashire, we tend to forget that the Forest of Bowland ANB is national park and covers several square miles of the Lune Valley from the Crook n’Lune up to Hornby and about 95 percent of the day ride would be the Forest of Bowland Area of outstanding natural beauty.With the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016 about 80 percent of the Lune Valley is in some sort of national park, the parts of the Lune Valley which are not in national park is the section of the valley from Kirkby Lonsdale down to Hornby and then lower part of the valley from Halton to the coast.Anyway getting back to the ride, once finish my coffee and cake, there was a bit of climbing to do to get out of Wray but I was soon following Cragg Road towards Cragg Hall which is beautiful old hall, once get passed the Hall, the road runs through open fields for next mile with find views of Ingleborough a few miles away in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. After passing through Birks Farm, I was soon heading up Park House Lane, at top of the lane, I stop to look at the views looking across the Lune Valley towards the Lakeland Mountains in the distance background. It not often you can say this in North Lancashire but it was so quite that you could hear pin drop to ground.At top of Park House Lane, I turn on to Helks Brow, which followed for next few miles to the highest point of the ride at 235 metres on White Moss, then was sharp drop down into the Hindburn Valley. after crossing over Millbeck Bridge and then Stairend Bridge. There more climbing to do, has I headed up to hamlet of High Ivah and on to Lowgill where stop for some lunch on bench.After lunch, I followed Lowgill Road down the valley, just after Mill Bridge where Lowgill Road turn into Fairheath Road there interesting hairbin bend on the lane going up to local church which worth stopping to look at, its one of those hairbin bends that should not try drive in car.I continue on Fairheath Road which soon turn into Spen Brow and then followed the lanes down through Mill Houses, then on to Wray.I headed out of Wray on Back Lane, the only bridleway of the day, which took me most way towards Hornby, where stop for coffee and cake at the Hornby Post Office Tearooms.After finished my brew, I headed through Hornby, then cross over the River Lune via the Loyn Bridge before heading up Fleet Lane and then Lea Lane before turn on to Aughton Road which followed through Aughton which is same parish as Halton where I live for most my life. After small sharp climb out of Aughton, I was soon heading along Kirkby Lonsdale back to Halton.You can click here to see the photos of 17th November ride to Arnside or you can check out forthcoming events page. Also checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site and you can also sign up for site’s free weekly newsletter.