The local roads, again displayed an icy sheen as we greeted each other on a cold but thankfully dry Sunday morning. So caution was the name of the day and the planned visit to Staveley through the villages of Brigsteer and Crook on the eastern side of the Lyth Valley were temporarily shelved and the riders of the Lune, Leaderless once more, headed in A general Northerly direction still undecided as to our destination but in agreement to stay off the lanes were shaded corners and icy run offs awaited any  unsuspecting soul.

After gathering the tribes elders at BLS we continued up the A6 to Milnthorpe were a most civilized “ bag stop” was taken in the village square and a meeting was convened at which the route to Staveley via Crooklands and Kendal was tabled and duly elected as the group’s destination for the day.


Good progress was made to Crooklands crossing the Lancaster Canal and turning left onto the A65 to Kendal. Then through the town centre and onto Burneside before briefly joining the main A591 and dropping down into Staveley and the welcoming sight of “ Wilfs Cafe”.


As the temperature had now risen sufficiently we decide to reverse the planned outward route. So we departed the cafe crossing the River Gowan and ascended the gentle slopes of Lily fell towards Crook and then the long descent down the other side towards Brigsteer. Then after Levens across the Marshes and Homeward bound through Dallam Park,Storth and the Warton sign heralding the end of the days exertions .


Ian Breslin