The 24th March is our first run of the year and starts for a change in the car park at Sainsbury’s in Bamber Bridge; meeting at 9.30 for a prompt off at 10.
For those wanting an input of caffeine the Sainsbury’s café opens at 9:30.
We have changed to this venue as the traffic lights from Burger King do not allow many cars to get onto the A6.
We start the days travel through to Gregson Lane, then Samlesbury Bottoms, Samlesbury and the A59 turning left to Ribchester on the B6245 and then to Longridge. From here it gets interesting with Inglewhite, Claughton, Bay Horse and Quernmore disappearing in the rear view mirrors. After Caton our coffee stop is at the Bridge Farm Café at Wray. The first half of the run, to the break at the Bridge Farm Café, is typical MX5 roads.
After the break the roads are more open going from Wray to Kirby Lonsdale, Sedburgh, Hawes and Horton in Ribblesdale.
Our next stop is for lunch at The Knights Table at Little Stainforth. For those that went on the Valentine run in February and our Trawden run last year, The Knights Table is better than Niño’s your lunch stop on both runs.
There is a Sunday lunch menu with 3 starters and 4 main courses to choose from and a pud for those staying the course. In addition, there is a typical pub menu – the food quality is just great and they don’t stint on the portion sizes.
This place gets fully booked, with all tables in the restaurant reserved on Sundays, so a large group like ours must choose before we travel and give them a weeks notice. Their function room, which is separate from the main restaurant, can take 30 easily and 36 to 40 at a push . . . so it’ll be first come.
Enjoy your lunch at The Knights Table and, more importantly, the drive . . . let’s hope that the weather is kind to use!
Jo & Allan