Sunday 22nd March 2015
by Lawrence Bland
On a lovely bright sunny day, four hikers left Lancaster at 12.15pm on the 81B bus to Tatham. First port of call was the Bridge , where we had a nice friendly welcome, with the pub being full of diners, York Beta Max and Tetley Bitter was sampled. Then Martin took us on a very circuitous route to Wray, up Park Lane, past Park Gill Wood, Parkside, Old Bottom Farm and Meal Bank Farm, then a steep descent to Meal Bank Bridge over the River Hindburn, and onto Wray. Another good welcome at the George & Dragon, Copper Dragon Golden Delicious and Beacon were sampled. Suitable refreshed we continued along Back Lane, past Peasber Barn, crossed the old railway tracks and climbed over the Bear’s Head to Hornby. The Castle was quiet when we entered, but trade soon built up, Bowland Oak and Black Sheep were available. The last port of call was the Royal Oak, another busy pub, Thwaites Wainwright and original were tried. Then we returned on the 17.40 bus to Lancaster.