At 9am we were to meet at the Queen’s pictures for a run together, three of us including my Manchester friend, Tom Idle. They were to time but I only rolled up at 9.20, so together, after a bit of chinwag we rolled off, bound for the Trough of Bowland. Taking a new route (to avoid the club meeting place), we barged into the leader, but managed to find an excuse for not going on the run. Off the beaten track my Bolton friend’s coaster went wrong. Half an hour later we emerged onto Belmont Road, and with the wind behind we made moderate progress to Abbey Village and Hoghton. Now it was too late for the Trough, so taking a zig zag course we reached Brockholes for lunch. When we started again all our energy had left us. Reaching Walton le Dale we came to Bamber Bridge but taking the Wigan road we forsook it for the haunted tunnel. It was exceedingly dirty and I came in for more chinwag. Just beyond we sat on a stone wall for half an hour. Getting steam up at last, we regained the Wigan road and by various ways reached Chorley. Taking the lane route we came to the Yew Tree for tea, we spent one and a half hours here and then climbed up a steep track to Rivington Bungalow, returning home via Bob’s Smithy (a pub) at 8.45pm.
Distance 50 miles, Time 12.5 hours