Day Out on the Bikes to Glasson Dock

When we woke up this morning we had no plans. Dave was hungover, I was tired from the late night.  We opened up the curtains to a beautiful blue sky! Action stations away, we had to enjoy this sunshine, it was only 7.30, the possibilities were endless!

Having had a successful cycle on Friday we decided it was time to venture onto the train with the bikes so we could cycle the old railway from Lancaster to Glasson Dock. A 12 mile ride.

We seamlessly packed up our stuff, made lunch, ate breakfast and got the Robot ready!  9.25 and a train to catch at 10.09! Loads of time!

Here we are having a selfie outside the cooperative waiting for Daddy Dave to buy us some crisps and biscuits!  We arrived at the train station, twenty minutes to spare. Plenty of time to get the Robot off the bike and into a sling ready to board the train.  Have you ever seen Brief Ecounters? Then you’ll know where we live because of this picture: It was the first time I have tried my pannier bags out on the front wheels. With the addition of a Robot seat, a Bellelli Child Bike Seat, I can’t have a back pannier as well.  It’s surprisingly easy to ride. The extra weight on the front makes me a little more sluggish but I managed 11 miles an hour on the flat comfortably.  Here is my set up:Lots of pictures at the train station due to our train being 20 minutes late! Rah!  We managed to pick up an old man. This always happens, old people live (was meant to be love, live works well too) to talk to us! It’s always random, I think it’s down to the laden bikes and now the baby too! Our train arriving finally: Arriving in Lancaster we weren’t quite prepared for how cold it was! We stopped within five minutes to put coats on and add another furry layer to the Robot.  The ride to Glasson Dock follows the River Lune Estuary. It’s really flat and such an easy ride. Just what we needed for our second longer distance ride with the Robot.  They had high benches which Dave had to try out. We later found out these were for bird watchers to rest their binoculars on! At Glasson Dock we had our first picnic with the Robot! You can see he was clearly impressed.  We had just woken him up to lift him off the bike, poor chap!  He was perplexed by the grass, he’s not had the opportunity to explore this yet, oh it’s going to be a fun summer!Glasson Dock itself is a bit run down now, it needs some love.  There are a few cafés and what looks like a closed pub. There is ample parking and lots of footpaths to follow, you could spend a few hours here happily. You’ve got to love a tug boat: Feeling optimistic we decided to go find a ruin that was close by, foiled by mud though we decided to head back to Lancaster. It was such a beautiful day and the ride was easy and far to quick. We had an hour to kill before our train so we went to the juice bar in town for smoothies! This is where I found out Dave still felt hungover! Poor self inflicted man!

The whole ride was 14.5 miles, the Robot again was brilliant on the bike. We have high hopes for even more exciting trips out in the future!

Thanks for reading! Do you have adventures like this? I’d love to hear of them, especially with kids in tow. Do let me know?

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  1. We’ve just got ‘tag alongs’ for our kids, (slightly older), so we can do more trips like this. Looks fab, I didn’t even realise you could put panniers on the front, that is really clever. I love that that is your little man’s first experience of picnics and grass, roll on the summer! Thanks for linking up with us. #bigpinklink
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    1. isntitpretty

      Thank you! I must admit I don’t know what a ‘tag aong’ is? It’s amazing how much you can load a bike up! I’ve rigged up a bag to hook onto the back of his seat too! It’s always a pleasure to link up :o)

  2. I love this post, it takes me back to when ours were small and we would cycle miles with them on board too. We had follow on bikes and chariots and a trailer to carry them all (6 kids in 6 years to explain). Now as older kids they all enjoy cycling. I hope Robot will grow up to enjoy it too. Looks like a lovely destination you choose and cycling alongside water there is always something to see. I’d love you to join me for Country Kids, it’s a linky up for outdoor fun just like this. Popping over today from #MarvMondays

    1. isntitpretty

      Wow, that’s a lot of kids! We don’t like the idea of trailers on the roads as they are so close to the ground and so many cars! I’d love to join you for country kids, when is it?

  3. brilliant post with such stunning photos! If robot loves it to so much you’ll be able to do heaps more as a family – then progress on to tag alongs and then, as my family did with my sister and me as children. cycling holidays all around the UK – great active holidays – couldn’t recommend enough! #bigpinklink

    1. isntitpretty

      That’s great! We’re in the midst of gearing up for a night away with the bikes already! This ride has really boosted our confidence! Not sure that Dave is keen on me stopping lots for photos, but if they are this good then I have too!! X

  4. What a great adventure! We have a bike trailer that girls can go in but I guess I’m going to need to get a seat in the back of my bike now for Ernie. We’ve not done lots of cycling though because I’m scared of taking the kids on the road in the trailer and we don’t have a bike rack that fits our current car. You’ve inspired me to sort this situation out though because bike rides are fun! #ABrandNewDay
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    1. isntitpretty

      Oh brilliant! I know what you mean about trailers and roads. Just plain scary as they are so low down on the road. Hopefully you’ve got somewhere off road nearby to go to!

    1. isntitpretty

      Walking is great and I walk a lot but we like to cover distance, hence the bikes! Rivers are a great walk as there is normally always something to see wildlife wise!!

    1. isntitpretty

      Ha ha! 1. I hadn’t realised how much he’d drunk and 2. He doesn’t like to complain! I didn’t even mention in the post that he let me have a bath when we got home and he cooked a roast while looking after R!! Yay!

  5. Ooòh what a beautiful post about a beautiful family day out. I think it’s fantastic that you go out on these cycling trips. Sounds like Robot is a joy to take out on them too. I would love to do this, sadly it’s been years since I last rode a bike *blushes*. Xx #pointshoot

    1. isntitpretty

      You never forget how to ride a bike, but your muscles do!! I’m waiting for the bubble to pop with Robot, one day he’ll kick off and it’ll take us by surprise!!

  6. I used to love cycling with the boys front and back when they were younger. Cycling with kids is great and my two loved it too, they used to squeal for me to go faster. I’ve never seen the bags on the front. We managed to squeeze ours under the seat they sit slightly back but it’s ok. On Sunday we cycled around the flower fields, we didn’t realise how far we’d gone until we got home as it was so beautiful but hubby said it was over 20km. Not bad when the big lad was cycling his own bike too. The harbour looked really lovely. I hope you get more more fun trips. TY for linking up with #FamilyFun
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  7. It is great that you can go so far with the Robot on the bike! I think we will try with J this summer, but he just loves to walk so I am not sure that he will comply with sitting still for more than a couple of minutes!! Sounds like a great day out as a family though! J was also complexed by grass when he was a smilier age, but he doesn’t blink an eyelid at it now… unless it is wet.

    1. isntitpretty

      It hadn’t occurred to me that grass would interest him!! I’m waiting for the bubble to burst and he will want off on foot alone and not be content in the buggy/bike/sling! We shall see, watch this space!!

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  9. When I see a bright sunny sky in the mornings I often have a similar response – how can we make the most out of this day! It looks and sounds like you squeezed the best out of it, what a lovely bike ride. So impressed that you managed such a long ride with a little one with you, but im sure the great bike set up helped 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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  14. Hey pretty
    Great Article!!!
    it takes me back to when ours were small and we would cycle miles with them on board too. We had follow on bikes and chariots and a trailer to carry them all (6 kids in 6 years to explain). Now as older kids they all enjoy cycling.

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