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CAMRA Lunesdale


The planned hike from Arkholme to Hornby had to be cancelled, after a week or so of rain, the River Lune would have been in flood and the path along the river an impassable swamp, and with heavy rain forecast all day, an alternative was undertaken. Bus to Heysham, starting at the Duke of Rothesay, a Dragon Slayer was sampled, not to exciting, bus back to the Strawberry Gardens, Twickenham ‘Grandstand’, again not great. The rain had stopped by now, so we started the hike, along Knowlys Road, looked at ‘Turner’s view’, down to the shore and walked back to Morecambe, blown along by a strong gale. A short shower forced the party into Davy Jones Locker, the beer was getting slightly better with a York ‘All Seeing Rye’. Next to the Ranch House, live music and a packed pub and better beer, Northallerton ‘Yorkshire Gold’, Burscough ‘Mug Billy’, were among the beers sampled. News that the Ranch House will close in January, with Rob moving to the Imperial. Bus along the promenade to the Morecambe Hotel, full of diners, and Cross Bay ‘Sunshine’. Bus along to Hest Bank, walking up to the pub and a Moorhouse’s ‘Blond Witch’. Another bus to the Royal at Bolton-le-Sands, another pub full of diners and drinkers with a good choice of beers. I had a York ‘Mostly Ghostly’, ‘rich, red & hot’, a strong chilli beer, and surprisingly good! Then back to Lancaster.