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11 September, 2005

Cycling: Lancaster-Knott End-Lancaster

For a change, I turned away from the hills for this weekend's bike ride and visited North Lancashire's coastal plain, the Fylde.

Apart from one crossing in the middle of the night last year, I've only been there once before, with Andy. I retraced part of that route today: straight down the A6 to Forton, then across the width of the Fylde, passing Winmarleigh and Pilling, to the eastern side of the Wyre estuary at Stalmine, then a couple of miles north to Knott End-On-Sea and back along the coast road. In total, that was 36.9 miles (59.4km) in 3½ hours (2¾ moving). If it matters, my top speed was 27mph (downhill, in Lancaster; once on the flat I couldn't exceed 24.4mph) and my average was 14.3mph (over 17mph on the A6, but less on narrow lanes with photo stops).

See those photographs for a few more details about the local attractions. Unfortunately, when I stopped in Knott End for a drink, I found that the camera batteries were dead. I made a point of remembering photogenic sights for a future ride and, well, there weren't any. It was pleasant to ride on straight, flat roads, but somehow I find the Bowland Fells, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District rather more picturesque.

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