The relatively small group that gathered at Manley Mere suggested that the summer holidays have started. Keith, John and Dave M had only joined us for the start, so a smaller group of Bryan, Dave P, Steve T and myself were out for a ride. No one had planned one, so after some confusion from myself as to whether the wind was in the SW or the SE (it was the latter), we decided to head into it outbound and have it behind us on the return. So we travelled in that direction through Kelsall, Utkinton, Cotebrook and Wettenhall, before pausing outside Nantwich to decide exactly where our destination should lie. Balancing The Swan at Wybunbury against the Bhurtpore Arms at Aston, we chose Aston, largely based on possible return routes.
Photograph by Steve Haywood
As usual, the Bhurtpore did not disappoint; and well-refreshed and after some adjustment to Steve T’s brakes, we headed off again. Although only an hour away, the temptation of cakes at Tilly’s led us north through Brindley and into Bunbury. From there, we travelled to Beeston Castle, past the Shady Oak to Huxley, where Bryan struck off back towards Chester. The three remaining continued through Burton and Oscroft to leave me at Kelsall and then return to Manley.
A day of fine warm weather, good company and decent food with about 54 miles travelled: those not riding today were missing out.