John’s Run 13th April
A bright but Chilly Morning greeted the 13 riders who turned up at Charnock Richard to sample the first run out of the season. At 10:15 we set off towards Leyland but soon turned off and headed through the small lanes towards Much Hoole where, from the A59, we turned back through Bretherton and arrived at the Twin Lakes VELO cafe at Croston. What a surprise it was to find such a tranquil spot with a view of the fishing lakes and a lovely cafe to to sit outside of and enjoy the sun and the view.
After 30 minutes or so we set off again through the pretty village of Croston and took a right to pass near Eccleston and Mawdsley and finally up a narrow steep lane to the viewpoint on top of Harrock Hill. A lovely clear view was available across the plain over towards Preston.
From here we passed through Appley Bridge, Standish and on towards Adlington. A slight hiccup was encountered here as the back 4 or so riders fell behind at some temporary lights and the last man didn’t wait when we turned off for Adlington so they made a slight diversion before they all arrived at where we had stopped on the A6 junction. A lesson for all here. Make sure the bike behind sees you turn off before continuing!
Carrying on north up the A6 through Adlington we turned Right towards Anderton and then took the Bolton road alongside the reservoirs where we turned left up to Rivington Lower Barn for lunch. Here the car park was absolutely packed but we had the outside eating area to ourselves as everyone else was presumably in the cafe out of the cold wind.
After lunch we set off north and crossed the reservoir turning right to Limbrick, after descending into Limbrick it was a right turn to view the nearby reservoirs heading for the main Belmont road.
It was a left turn at the Yew Tree and then a right fork climbing up from the reservoir then a left when we met the Belmont road to climb out of Rivington heading over the tops for Belmont village, arriving at the village it was a left turn to head for Abbey Village on the A675.
Traveling through the village we headed for Riley Green then Bringle, two more left turns via some single-track roads headed us towards Whittle Le Woods and a drink stop at the Top Lock for a well-deserved Pint.
After our drink stop we went our separate ways to head for home after the 65 miles of local roads and views.
Thanks to all the riders who came on the local ride.