The 25 riders who left Lancaster’s Dalton Square on the Lune ‘B’ Run were in for a treat. The early November weather was excellent and the planned ride towards the Howgill Fells took the cyclists to a quiet but spectacular part of the North West.
The wedge of land that rises between the lower Kent Valley and the Upper Lune offers views towards the Southern Lakes and the Howgills. On this particular Autumn morning, the air sharpened by an early frost, sparkled and highlighted the russet hills.
The way North, from Lancaster, via Burton and Farleton was followed at a brisk pace and soon the riders were turning towards Gatebeck and Holmescales. Above Old Hutton the party crossed the M6 and turned towards the Bendrigg Outdoor Pursuit Centre. Skirting Killington Lake they continued to cross the A684, the Kendal Sedbergh road. They were traversing the ’Old Scotch Road’ part of a drove road, where for centuries cattle had been driven down to the English markets from their Scottish breading grounds. The old way led by Moorcock Hall down to Beck Foot.
The riders were led under the old railway viaduct to cross the youthful Lune by way of a packhorse bridge before climbing steeply to join the Fairmile Road. This ex Roman Road skirts the Howgill Fells before plunging down to Sedbergh. The planned stop was thwarted when the cyclists were greeted by full cafes and they decided to continue to Kirkby Lonsdale. After a long overdue break the group returned to Lancaster via Arkholme and Halton. Although just short of 60 miles the route had maintained the interest of the party with the weather being a welcome bonus.