With the regular leader, ‘sunbathing’ in Lapland, I led a small group of three hikers, a fourth member joined for the second half. Bus to Galgate, we sampled the York Guzzler in the New Inn, nice coal fire, although it was a beautiful dry sunny day, there was a biting cold north wind. The Plough was full of diners, the party sampled the Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharp’s Doom Bar. Over the canal bridge, then it was all level and down hill, quite unique, but that even brought complaints from some of the party. The Mill at Conder Green offered Bowland Hen Herrier and Timothy Taylor Best Bitter, the beer hadn’t been scoring to highly so far, it improved slightly with the Stork, Lancaster Black and Black Sheep. On to Glasson Dock, the Dalton Arms had Thwaite’s Original and Wainwright, the Victoria had York Guzzler and Evarard Beacon. As this was also the last day of our Dark & Winter Ales Week, we returned to Lancaster, the beer improved, first stop was the Tap House, Hardknott Continuum and Hawkshead Windermere Pale. Last stop was the Bobbin, a most improving pub with great beer scoring, a nice range of beers and ciders were available, I tried the Raw Park Peak stout and 1648 Winter Warrior.