John R’s Run 5th October 2019

After trepidation at club night over the weather for John’s run I was pleased to arrive in dry but overcast conditions to find 10 other members assembled for the run. Just before we set off number 12 arrived, having taken a slight detour to get to Brock, from Wigan via Galgate! Nice one Cliff.

Off we went North on the A6 to turn off at the Shell Station to follow the very rural lanes past Claughton Church to May Lane. A few hundred yards and we turned off up some very narrow lanes to arrive at the road to Beacon Fell. Bob was dispatched here to go to the top of the steep approach road to help us safely negotiate the sharp left turn onto the road round the fell.

Safely grouped up at the visitor centre we then headed off the fell down Nicky Nook Lane and on through Brock Bottoms where the wet and leafy road caused me some consternation as to how much grip I would get on the steep hill and sharp turn on the way out, but all was OK and we all arrived at the top safely.

From here John took us up Butt Hill lane to take us to Cobble Hey Farm and Tea Rooms. A lovely little place to rest up and look at the farm, gardens and animals. We had a break in the nice tea rooms and afterwards some of us admired the animals before suiting up and heading off on the next part of the ride.

From here we set off towards Barnacre where we turned to ride up the valley under Nicky Nook. Along this road there are the three fords of Grizedale Brook, Tithe Barn Brook and Park Brook to get to Long Lane. Everyone rode through the fords successfully without a mishap which was good as the fords were running very fast after the rain of the last week. From Long lane we headed back into Scorton and took Station Lane under the railway for a stop at Daisy Clough Nurseries and Tea Room.

The Preston and district Vintage Motor Club were having their Autumn leaves run and had chosen this location for their rest stop as well so the car park had many pre-war cars on display being judged by the officials. After inspecting the cars ourselves we retired inside for refreshments. Here we spotted Alan J, a club member who was with the vintage car club and had arrived in his MG. Coincidences are amazing.

After the break we rode up to the A6 and crossed it to ride through Winmarliegh and through some very flooded areas where cattle had been driven along the roads to get them off the flooded pastures. This had created a morass of mud and poo to decorate our bikes as we rode along these narrow lanes. Eventualy we arrived at Stakepool and drove through Scronkey onto the Lancaster road down towards Cartford Bridge.

Some way down the road John S’s bike just died, so we all pulled over and investigated. It soon became apparent that the plug cap had failed. (Seems these resistor plug caps have a habit of failing like this) but luckily Bob had another one attached to a spare lead and the problem was soon fixed.

John had pre-arranged our crossing at Cartford Bridge and we all crossed the Wyre while he paid the toll! Thanks John. We drove on up through Great Eccleston to Elswick. Here I mistook John I’s intentions at a junction and caught my handlebar on his top box and promptly fell off. Although a blow on the leg was reported by John and a squashed finger on my hand both riders were OK and we continued on to Inskip and Eaves. Here we found the road was too deeply flooded to risk passage so we retraced our route back through Inskip to Pinfold lane and thence to the Garden centre at Myerscough where we sat outside with ice creams, teas and cakes to round off the day.

A very enjoyable ride out with some notable tea stops and some really muddy roads but at least it stayed dry.

Thank you John for organising and leading the run.