Trough of Bowland
Four of us met in Slaidburn for our annual road ride on a fine September morning. We had thought there might be a couple more but when they hadn’t appeared by 1020 we decided that we had drunk enough tea and we should set off.
Up the hill and round the hairpin, why do we always leave Slaidburn this way? Whichever way there are hills. We turned off to the right onto a wonderfully signed ‘Quiet Lane’ This one is a pleasant narrow road undulating and eventually reaching Cow Ark. Then to Chipping and a cafe, the last one for much of the day. Suitably refreshed and with supplies for later we were off again, skirting around the Bowland Fells on lovely lanes, at least one of which was another ‘Quiet Lane’ We had good views over the Lancashire Plain, Blackpool Tower was spotted at one point and then later the sea in Morecambe Bay, to say nothing of the rolling hills of Bowland. Frank stopped to talk to a bird, feathered variety, which appeared to have a broken leg and was moved off the road. We found some big stones to sit on to eat our sandwiches before the major ascent of the day. We continued to climb, mostly gradually with the exception of one double chevron climb, short but steep, but Mick Ely wasn’t with us to benefit! The road then takes one through a lovely area of open mature mixed woodland before emerging onto the purple heather clad moorland and eventually the summit of the Trough of Bowland where an old boundary stone marks the Yorkshire/Lancashire divide before the counties were changed.
A welcome descent to Dunsop Bridge where Mark left us to ride home. Frank, Nev and I continued to the cars and cafe at Slaidburn. I was tiring now, not surprising as we had ridden more than 35 miles with over 1200m of ascent.
The Bowland Fells are an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and it is well deserved - the scenery was lovely today especially with the heather in full flower. Thanks for your company, Frank and Mark, it was an excellent day out
- Heading up the hill! Heading up the hill!
- Trough Summit Trough Summit
- At the summit At the summit
- Boundary stone Boundary stone