A hardy group of five, consisting of Dave P, Dave H, Mike G, Bryan and Jim, assembled at Rose Farm, despite the strong winds and forecast of heavy rain. With no respite promised from the SW wind all day, a route was planned to mitigate the worst effects by heading south towards the Bhurtpore Inn at Aston for a fairly stiff morning, but followed by a wind assisted return-maybe!
The route out took us through Rhuddall Heath, and Bunbury, and to the east of the A49 to Brindley. Heading towards Nantwich we then went south through Ravensmoor, Sound and Wrenbury Heath. The direct route to Aston took us past Woodcotthill Farm, a lane that has in the past proved somewhat muddy. We were fortunate that the track had dried out a fair bit in the last few weeks, and after a short walk, we were back in the saddle and speeding over the last 500 yards to lunch. As usual, the curries were tasty and some of us enjoyed the local brews. Dave P, not wanting to waste any remaining Poppadoms, cleared the plate, and we set off north-eastwards for the return. The rain started soon after leaving Aston, but as expected it was mainly behind us. Skirting Chorley Bank and Larden Green, we soon picked up our outward route back to Bunbury, and a brief stop at Tilly’s.
Mike and Dave P went their separate ways from here and the three of us headed back to Tarporley in steadily increasing rain.
Back at Rose Farm we loaded up the cars, fortunately in a brief dry spell and set off for home.
35 miles, or about 60 from Chester.