50 mile Ride Report for 8th July: to Clitheroe, Whalley and Roughlee

Unusually there was sunshine for a foray into Lancashire. Around twenty left Skipton in two groups with shouts of encouragement to the picketing train guards. It all went swimmingly with the 30 milers joining us until the end of Brogden Lane. Then to Rimmington – however yours truly misread her directions and lead one group on the wrong road. After a little consternation we ploughed on (after waiting for fast moving farm machinery to pass safely) only to be met by the other group not far from the turn to Chatburn. Through Clitheroe to Whalley where we carpet bombed three cafes being too large a group to fit in one or two, fortunately beans were available in two of the three (albeit in ramekin dishes).

The road back crossed the busy Burnley road before we branched off – not to Sabden as the front runners thought but to Roughlee via the old roman road (so lumpy and steep to start) at the top of the hill we waited for the lost speedy group – then a superb piece of road with views left over the moors and right over Barrowford and beyond, before dropping to Roughlee. Next to Blacko enduring a road freshly chipped – some floated up this, some had to walk as the gravel was deep, others (me) ground up as standing on the pedals just resulted in spinning out.

We took the high road past reservoirs to Barnoldswick – a puncture here split the group with a few helping with the repair and the rest of the group heading back towards Skipton before meeting up in Bean Loved. A cracking day with good company.

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