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Sunday, 4 September 2016

1st September 2016: Hale (mod)

It was a very good turnout at Ness Gardens for Macca’s annual Mersey Meander, but where were the fast lads?  I’ve heard that riding the Wirral from Ness isn’t always the most popular day, but 1 or 2 of today’s riders could easily have coped with the fast group’s pace. .

A relatively lucky 13 ( Bryan, Dave H, Garnett, George, new John B, Jim, Mike G, Petar, Steve T, Tandem Pipes, Trevor et moi) set off to circumnavigate the Mersey Estuary – Bryan suffered one puncture, not bad considering we cycling a total of 800 odd miles on the day.  A good pace along The Greenway had us meeting the Mickle Traffford crew spot on 1130.  Onwards past Manley Mere, upwards past Alvanley Hill took us to Frodsham where Garnett’s greenhouse construction called him home. We were then guided safely through the usual impassable Runcorn jungle by Dave H.  As the tandem was slower negotiating the street furniture, I split the group at The Bridge to allow the faster riders to order their lunch sooner at “The Childe of Hale” (L24 4AX, 0151 425 2954).  The meal was average; would be interested to see if it makes Egon Steve’s list. 

The usual return route saw us pass through Speke and Garston to join the Mersey at Grassington.  Once on The Esplanade, the way is idiot-proof all the way to Pier Head.  At Dingle, as some were understandably anxious about my plans to foist 12 bikes on Merseyrail Underground in the rush-hour, 3 or 4 of us sped ahead to catch an earlier train under the river.  Mike and I were enjoying afternoon tea at Hamilton Square and were eventually only joined by Bryan for the simple 12 mile ride back to Ness.  Phone calls made elicited that some stayed at Pier Head to catch a later ferry, some trained all the way through to Chester and Liz caught a bus home (had they had a domestic??).  A sunny 60+ miles of urban and country riding was covered at 12.5 mph average.  Special thanks must go to Steve T for sticking to his back-marker duties, as 13 riders are a handful to count when leading. 



  1. Great ride from start to finish. As to the comments on the Childe of Hale pub, my small plate Hunters Chicken with chips was excellent and just the right size for a lunch stop on a long ride. I thought they did well to serve all ten of us so promptly. I would vote for inclusion. Bryan

  2. First ride with CER - and I loved it loads!!! Friendly, welcoming, a brisk pace (for a bunch of old men & a tandemised lady!!!) and great bonhomie. Never once felt out of place and the easy nature of the group helped me to feel instantly at home. Can't wait to ride some more with fellow enthusiasts who cherish cycling without the need to beat the clock, singe your lungs and set your eyeballs spinning! Just great fun bumbling along the byroads and back roads, enjoying life and relishing the best outdoor exercise you can get! Thought my blue cheese burger was just the job too.

    Jon B, Newbie

  3. This "fast" boy was having my eyes checked out at the Countess, and then in the dentist's chair in the afternoon; - see you perhaps on Sept 22nd asa just off to la Belle France.

  4. Thanks very much Macca. Thoroughly enjoyable. George, Dave Pipe, Tanny and me had coffee and cake at the Big Red Bus on the side of the river, awaiting the ferry. I must admit, I couldn't resist the line, "What's a nice girl like you doing working in a big red bus?" Ferry to Seacombe was nostalgic treat. 70 mins. back to Ness via Higher Tranmere, Storeton and Thornton Hough was a breeze.