After the success of last year’s cycling holiday to Bridgnorth, we thought we’d give it another go. This time we were to use the in-laws'(big thanks to them for babysitting!) place as a base, and head off up the Lancashire coast to the historic city of Lancaster.
I managed to persuade Anna to leave the straighteners behind, but the Pompino was still well loaded down with both panniers full to bursting. I was just glad that the route was pretty well flat, as I’m not sure I’d have made it up anything too steep.
|One very heavily laden Singlespeed!|
From Goosnargh we headed out on the quiet lanes through Inglewhite and on to Garstang. It’s just outside of Garstang that you pass under the M6 and the west coast mainline, before crossing over Lancaster Canal, all in the space of about 200 metres. This always strikes me as a wonderful illustration of the way that transportation has evolved over the years.
We were quickly through Garstang, and making away across the top north east corner of the Fylde Plain towards Cockerham. From here we turned north and headed up the coast road towards Lancaster. The plan had been to follow this road all the way to Lancaster, but at Condor Green we saw the signs for the Lume Estuary Millenium Cycle Path, and we took the opportunity to get off the road, and onto this traffic free path.
It was on this path that I had to remind Anna of the rules of ‘The Catch’, and especially the fact that small children are not considered fair game! In no time at all we were in Lancaster and it was time to re-fuel. Route details are at the bottom of this blog for those interested.
Bikes locked up, Pizza and beer won the popular vote. Bella Italia please take note however, £6.10 for a 660ml of Moretti is taking the piss a little. Beer and Food consumed, it was time to find our Hotel.
After checking in and getting out of the Lycra, we enjoyed the lack of kids and installed ourselves in the excellent Water Witch, enjoying a Pint or two of the Blonde Witch ale.
The rest of the evening involved more beer, more food, and a bottle of Fizz. It was Valentine’s Day after all…..
What could be better?