This was forecast to be a dry, moderate day of 6 to 7 C for January, resulting in 8 souls leaving Cleopatra’s, ably led again by Steve H . If anyone else has a Garmin then please step forward as Steve H seems to be leading a lot as well as publishing this. Dave H, Keith, Mike G, Petar, the tandem-duo and myself followed Steve down over the old Dee Bridge into England. We thought that we’d take a flattened figure 8 route down to Malpas but when you look at the Garmin route, it looks like the UK on its side. We passed through Tilston, then east and around Bickerton Hill, on to Cholmondeley, where we met the local hunt. Skirting Chorley (not of cake fame) we turned back west to arrive at The Wheatsheaf at No Mans Heath, only to find no food was on as a wake took precedence.
The publican sympathised and pointed us towards Malpas, where there are 3 pubs but none serve lunchtime food. In this current climate of bigotry and xenophobia, one should remember how French the “English” language really is: Malpas is derived from the Norman “Mal” for poor and “pas” for road.
Unusually then for the “Mods”, a hostelry was not available so Dave P gave us details of The Old School Tea Rooms, 8 Church Street SY14 8NU. Open 7 days a week, it was built in the 16C as a Grammar School. Talk over lunch ranged from the following day’s inauguration of DT through to when the next Rugby World Cup will be; answer = Japan in Sept-Oct 2019. Lunch ranged from British ham, egg and chips to mozzarella pancake with chilli jam washed down with marzipan rooibos tea.
|Photos by Macca|
After lunch we took a “longer-short” L-shaped route through Threapwood , then North through Crewe, minus the Alexandra. Passing through Farndon, we decided to try the new Lewis Coffee shop for afternoon tea on The High Street, CH3 6PU tel: 01829 270 441. Worth knowing about if ever Cleo’s is closed. Thanks Steve for a pleasant 33 miles at a leisurely 13.1 mph