The main A6/ A590 to Grange is often frequented by Lune cyclists during the winter months and with temperatures not expected to rise above zero all day the well gritted A roads were to be the only sanctuary for the dozen or so riders departing Dalton Square on a bitterly cold Sunday morning.A steady tempo was maintained through to B le Sands and Carnforth were they were joined by 3 more hardy souls struggling to warm their limbs against the North Easterly breeze. Chris and Neil decided they needed to generate a bit more heat and parted company at Longlands. The main body of riders herded together and progressed Northwards were the Lakeland fells came into view showing a surprising lack of snow. A glance to the right, however, revealed the Howgills in full winter coat.

 

As Grange approached the usual quickening of pace took place but on this the coldest of days didn’t appear to be contested with the usual gusto. it was at Grange that warmth and nourishment were taken. The main body of the group decided that to retrace its outward journey was the wise option and they bid myself and Howard farewell as we headed off taking in the small villages of the Grange peninsula turning onto the B5278 at Flookborough , through the beautiful woodland by Holker hall to rejoin the A590  at Haverthwaite. Heading towards Newby Bridge our activities were made to look positively sane when we spotted a group of white water Canoeists making their way down the river Leven. The climb to the top of Lindale hill fended off the cold and a brisk tempo was kept for the return home via Levens and the A6. Arriving back in Lancaster with 70 very wintery miles in the legs and the thought that the real winter months are still to come. I have a feeling that the A6 will be a well ploughed furrow before the spring arrives IanB