This weekend, not making things but riding through woodland

We had a a bike trip for some members of Dales Jam, the community band I play in, from Gargrave in Yorkshire to Arnside in Cumbia. We rode through the Trough of Bowland, which is a particularly beautiful part of England, very unpopulous and unspoilt:

Here’s Dave with enough time in the King of the Mountains points competition to spare to do a bit of sheep wrangling on Hare Appletree Fell, seen from High Moor Jubilee Tower (Jubilee Tower was built by Hare Appletree resident James Harrison, a rich Liverpool shipbuilder, in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee).

It was very much a social ride (NOT a race!  That’s what I mostly used to do)  So there was plenty of time for this:

Chat, and this:

Studying walls, while waiting for the peloton to regroup after hills, and more especially this:

Jacob’s join supper at the Youth Hostel in Arnside where we stayed overnight.

Also 4 cafe stops over the two days and 100 miles with lots of cakes, including a Chorley cake for me at Crook o Lune with butter and cheese in the Lancashire traditional way and a side order of Eccles cake.

Along the way there was lots to see and enjoy including:

This is a revisited art installation of 1971 by Simon English , quite a find, by accident.  I’d heard Simon on the radio a little while ago talking about this project.

Also found this outside a church installed in 2001:

And this 1739 sign posts (didn’t see any wild boar though.

Thanks for organising the ride Jon and Kate, and for the company, Dave, Sam, Tom and Helen and for the lifts Jane.  A thoroughly enjoyable weekend’s excercise.

NB all my photos are rubbish phone photos in this post.