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Thursday, 6 August 2020

6th August 2020 : Whatcroft (brisk)

So after 20 weeks of no club rides at all, three rides are offered – just like buses!

The Johns (W and M) decide to support me on a ride to Whatcroft – “where, you ask!” but Dave M knew where it was. We head out for the long fast ride through Helsby and Frodsham to Preston Brook and the short sharp hill up to Preston-on-the- Hill. Here, we start the eastward trek to Antrobus and Over Tabley. To get over the M6 and under the M56 link road, we use the Reverse Tan manoeuvre to achieve our entry into the outskirts of Knutsford. 

Here, we turn south on a run down tiny lanes to Lach Dennis. What we notice is that there are a lot of cars on the road these days – so much better over the past twenty weeks when we had the lanes to ourselves and just fellow cyclists. Crossing the A530 and on the way to Davenham, we arrive at Riverside Organics farm shop and cafe. This is near to the hamlet of Whatcroft. They had extensive Covid modifications in place and a lot of covered outside seating. We order up and the food takes only a short time to come as we were hungry after 34 miles.

We catch up on what has happened in our lives over the past 20 weeks, but now realise we need to get back. So out and through Davenham towards Hartford Bridge, the road takes us to the outskirts of Sandiway. To get to Cuddington we have to run down the hillside then back up it a bit further along. The route now takes us along my favourite Gallowsclough Lane. We can't find the burial tumulus indicated on the OS map as its under a field of maize – maybe in the winter I will find it. Out and through Norley, it is now a blast through Delamere Forest and back to Mickle Trafford.

So after 55 miles around, it's good to be out in an official Brisk Group today – other group members are either on holiday (Ivan), enjoying a dental treatment (Ray), recuperating at home (Ken), or in the Lakes (Nick). 


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