The Memorial Run May 4th 2019
11 riders joined up for the run from Barton Grange Garden Centre at Bilsborrow on a Sunny morning with a chilly breeze blowing. Tony took the charity collection and we set off south
on the A6 to the Roe Buck pub and took Bilsborrow Lane to Inglewhite. From here we carried on towards Longridge. At the edge of Longridge we turned left at the Alston Pub and carried on through Littletown and made a right turn to follow the road alongside Longridge fell to Walker Fold and Chaigley. This is a lovely route with the bulk of Longridge fell on the right and Parlick Pike on the left down tree lined roads through small hamlets. We crossed the river Hodder at Withgill and after a left and right turn continued past Bashall Barn towards Waddington. This road is spectacular as you can see right across the Ribble Vally past Clitheroe to Pendle Hill and on such a clear day it was a beautiful sight.
From here we took the B5478 to Newton In Bowland where we turned right to the Riverbank Tearooms at Slaidburn.
After a 30 minute break for refreshments Dave gathered us together to outline why the run is called the Memorial Run. The names of many who had passed this way, but are no longer with us, were mentioned and their bikes, now in the hands of other members, are still making the trip in memory of them.
We turned right out of the car park and then right in the village onto The Skaithe. This heads over Lythe fell where we were able to see Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside ahead to our right. At Mewith we turned left to Wray where we pulled in to the park at Wray Bridge House Farm. This May Day weekend sees the annual scarecrow festival take place in Wray and so the park was full of activities for the children and parents with a hog roast and many food and drinks stalls.
After an hour break we set off again through the scarecrow lined main street towards Hornby. At the Lancaster Hornby road A683 we turned left to Caton and then took the Quernmore turn, at this point Peter left the group to continue on to Morecambe. At the five lane ends at Bay Horse we took the Chipping road and at the Dolphinholme cross roads Colin left us.
On then to Oakenclough and right to go down past the Kenlis Arms to Claughton on Brock. Left here to the A6 Lancaster Garstang road down to Bilsborrow and right at Guys Thatched Hamlet to the Myerscough cafe for teas, cakes and Chat before heading homewards.
Thanks to Dave for guiding us all on a lovely ride out. and thanks to all for supporting the run.