Riding out to the Ice Cream Farm (ICF) I joined up with our leader along Red Lane and we continued together to our venue. There were already a few riders having tea and coffee. I had looked at a ride to Winterley Pool and a new pub stop for lunch with a 52 mile round trip. After consideration of the alternative route (see mod ride below) I decided I would continue with my ride.
Christleton Dave and Wirral Paul joined me and we set off heading from the ICF towards Bunbury with dark skies looming but a tail wind giving us a good pace. Passing St Boniface Church and the war memorial, which was decorated with poppies and wreaths, the sun was now providing a welcome warmth.
We crossed the A51 and turned left onto Hilbre Bank Lane then a left onto Alpraham Green.
With the wind assistance the three of us were enjoying a really good pace and were soon passing through Minshall Vernon village crossing over the pretty bridge over the Shropshire canal.
Turning right at the end of Cross Lane we were heading towards Crewe and Leighton Hospital. Then skirting Crewe via Bradfield Road and Remer St. we got back into the country lanes of Maw Green.
The trio arrived at Winterley in blue skies to enjoy a view of the lake and feeding swans and geese. It was only 12:05 and I was not sure if the Foresters Arms was open yet!!
The question was asked shall we continue or have an early lunch, fortunately the verdict was lunch and the pub was open for business. They offered a OAP 2 Course dinner for £6.00 and a very good selection of north and south ales so good choice. Mine host was very pleasant and our lunch arrived and before long we were ready to start our return trip.
Dave set off at a pre lunch pace leaving Paul and I getting on our bikes. When he arrived at Wheelock and we were not behind him he sped back to us waiting to turn left near the pub into Elton Lane. We were now into a head wind that slowed the pace somewhat but after a spotted dick pudding I was glad of the slower pace.
We carried on passing all the flashes around Elworth and Warmingham along Forge Mill Lane and Chapel Lane where we were flagged down by a damsel on her bike looking for company back towards Crewe. As soon as we advised we were headed for Chester she got back on the saddle bidding us farewell.
We then had a short ride along the A530 or Middlewich Road and one I was keen to get off.
Turning right along Brookhouse Lane we headed towards Minshall Vernon where we turned right heading towards Darnhall and the hill.
Continuing on and heading for Wettenhall we took Hickhurst Lane and on route to Tarporley.
At Tarporley we decided to continue on to the ICF instead of stopping for afternoon tea here and took the usual route back to Brassey where Dave continued on to Christleton and Paul and I to the Ice Cream Farm.
Arrived at 15:00 and with no other bikes evident we said farewell and I carried on back to Chester.
I covered 67 miles and the route covered by the group a very enjoyable 52 miles in reasonable autumn weather.