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Day Thirteen: Wonderful Forest of Bowland

Updated: Aug 13, 2018

Lancaster to Bury. 52.58 miles. Total: 562.31 miles

The last day before our rest day was always going to be a tough one, with the OS route app estimating that we had over 1,600m of climbing ahead of us. The morning was a truly wonderful ride over the Forest of Bowland. We headed out of Lancaster and were soon climbing through increasingly wild landscapes. A quick stop for coffee in Abbeystead preceded a long but stunning climb to the pass through the Trough of Bowland. The landscape was a mix between Dartmoor and Northern Scotland, with bubbling streams, steep valleys and abundant vegetation. Of course the joy of a climb is that there is always a descent on the other side and we sped down towards Whitewell for a well-deserved lunch. Whilst the scenery was amazing, Izzy wasn't too impressed with both of our stopping points having no phone service for her to do her usual 5 minute social media catch-up! We had just under 30 miles remaining after lunch and set off in high spirits. About 15 minutes later all three of us were still in those high spirits but soaked to the skin: a heavy rain storm catching us somewhat unawares. Sometimes you can be so wet that it doesn't matter anymore and we continued on, giggling about the amount of water in our shoes. We met Mum and Dad in Whalley and had a quick change of clothes before heading on towards Accrington and meeting another rainstorm that soaked the second set of clothes! Uncle Nick had to catch a train at 5pm so left us an hour beforehand to go to Rochdale station. It was very sad to have him leave; he has been a wonderful, supportive and amusing member of the team for the last 5 days, cycling over 200 miles in total. Izzy and I continued on, before finally descending into Bury. Tomorrow is supposed to be a 'rest' day but given that Izzy has a detailed plan for a shopping trip to Manchester, I'm not sure how restful it really will be!

The team approaching the Trough of Bowland

The challenge ahead (hill and weather!)

Izzy nearing the top of the Trough of Bowland

And descending the other side...

Wonderful Uncle Nick

Izzy and Nick descending the Trough of Bowland

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