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Ride report by Simeon OrmeIt was first time that I had been on bike in six months, there are many excuses for this but main one was that did not want any more content to website while changing the website to domain name which is a lot harder that its sounds and takes a lot time to do but by September its was time to get the dust off the bike again and head out on to lanes and tracks of South Lakeland.I lucky that live in area of England that as four national park on the doorstep, the smallest of these is the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Beauty which most folk miss as they heading up the M6 to the Lake Distict National Park or the Yorkshire Dales National but Arnside and Silverdale AONB was the destination for today’s ride. The ride was advertise at short notice on the RSF website and this website but there were no other takers than just myself when got to starting point for ride in side the Refreshment Room on Carnforth Railway Station. After enjoying cup tea and cake in the tearoom, I headed out on 17 mile tour of one of England smallest national parks. I was soon crossing over the River Keer via the foot and cycle bridge near Hagg Wood and then heading up the public byway into Warton. I then headed through Warton and followed the tarmac down to the A6 which stay on for few minutes before heading up the A6070 towards Tewitfield. In Tewitfield, I turn on to towpath of the Lancaster Canal and followed the towpath up the locks before joining delightful bridleway (Which last time did with the RSF’s Lancashire Group a few years ago) which followed toward the A6.After crossing back over the A6, I headed through the villages of Yealand Conyers and Yealand Redmayne, then followed Nineteen Acre Lane out of Yealand Redmayne, I was soon turning on to next track of the day, the bridleway and then permitted bridleway(Which is not marked on the Ordnance Survey Map) across White Moss and Thrang Moss, if you get the timing right on this track you may see some deer which did not happen on this ride but I was rewarded with seeing the wild flowers still in flower and the berries on the trees.I was soon back on the tarmac again, after heading through the small hamlet of Brackenthwaite and small climb over the shoulder over Gait Barrows, I turn off the tarmac near Challan Hall to follow the bridleway and then footpath around Hawes Water, I was beaten to only bench on this route around Hawes Water by pair of Walkers which is nice place have lunch and spend few minutes looking at this small gem in this national park. Any way I continue on my journey and was soon following the small lane up to Red Bridge and then followed the lanes into Silverdale where stop for some lunch.After my lunch stop, I then headed through Silverdale and soon stop for coffee and cake break at the Wolfhouse Kitchen. I was soon back on the bike again and following the lanes around to Slackwood Farm, then following the tarmac across Leighton Moss and through the hamlet of Crag Foot, then following the road towards Warton. Then after good mile, I headed back down the public byway and cross back over River Keer via the foot / cycle bridge near Hagg Wood. Where you if following the route on tracklogs on other mapping software you would head back into Carnforth but I had no car to collect, has I cycle to start of the ride. So I followed the lane towards Crag Bank, then headed along the towpath into Bolton-le-Sands and then following the lanes back to Halton.Once got home to Halton, I manage to do around 25 miles.You can click here to see photos of 30th September ride up Longsleddale and down the Kentmere Valley or you can click here to download 16.8 mile route 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.