Monday, March 17 – Cuerden Hall

The weather at present is far too fine to stay indoors, and what better way is there to utilise it than by cycling?  I started at 2pm for Horwich, carrying on to the ‘Millstone’, where I joined the Anglezarke road.  Beyond Heath Charnock the road gets vile, necessitating slow progress.  The lakes looked very pretty as I made my way along the banks of the lower reservoir.  I climbed along a rough road, past some large quarries, until at length I reached the summit, 800 feet ‘up’.  From here I got a wonderful view of the Rivington lakes and the open country beyond, reaching to the silvery sea, and the broad Ribble estuary from Preston.

Before me spread the bleak moorlands, terminating in the sharp ridge of Winter Hill, and the unmistakeable ‘pike’.  Downhill I swooped, to the far shores of Anglezarke, then along pleasant lanes to White Coppice and Heapey.  A well wooded lane brought me to Clayton Green, and crossing the Chorley road, I ran through Rip Row to the edge of Cuerden Hall estate.  Beyond the great gates I traversed some pretty bylanes that led me to Wigan road, then Bamber Bridge, and tea at Walton-le-Dale.  After tea I took a byway to Lostock Hall, then Wigan road again to Euxton lane, which brought me to Chorley.  Again I took the lanes to Heath Charnock, dropped down to Horwich, and the main road to Lostock.  My free wheel kept missing here, and I had some little trouble with it the rest of the way home.                                                                                          65 miles

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