January presents a number of reasons limiting the number of club members participating in Lancaster CTCs weekly club runs. Some were away skiing, some enjoying the delights of a rough stuff meet near Hawkshead and the weather conditions experienced earlier in the week had been far from encouraging for the cycling fraternity. Nevertheless there was a fair turnout outside Beaumont College at 9am on Sunday 21st January for Ray Mosss ride to Kirkby Lonsdale and Tarnhouse Tarn.
The chosen route to Kirkby Lonsdale avoided main roads as much as possible. After crossing the canal bridge on the road to Halton the riders turned towards the Kellet Mast and Nether Kellet. After climbing through the village they turned towards Addington and Swarthdale before joining the B6254 near the Redwell Fisheries. With a strong following wind they made good progress towards Arkholme, Newton and Whittington arriving at the Square in Kirkby Lonsdale just after 10.30. Here they were joined by club members from Low Bentham and Newby.
With brighter conditions the leader decided on a lanes route taking in both Wyndhammere and Tarnhouse Tarn not to be confused with the two similarly sounding venues in Lakeland. The roads were almost traffic free and the views across the Lune Valley towards the Howgills were clear in the winter sunshine. They stopped for lunch near Tarnhouse Tarn and then, with plenty of time in hand, they headed towards Hutton Roof via Thompson Fold and Badger Gate. As the riders climbed towards Hutton Roof Church they had to battle against a heavy shower of hailstones. On regrouping at Johnson House it was agreed that, after Burton-in-Kendal a stop at Deerslet for hot drinks would be most welcome. After leaving the café and riding on to Tewitfield they then went their separate ways back home.
This ride had proved that even in January it is possible to have a really exhilarating and enjoyable club run. For most of the route there had been very little traffic and, given a couple of layers of extra clothing, the colder conditions had not been especially onerous.
Fred and Pat Lloyd will be leading next weeks club run which will start once more outside Beaumont College at 9am. This will be to Ingleton for coffee, returning to Halton for a hot pot lunch.