John W and I rode out today from Chester via Christleton and Waverton en route to Utkinton. Due to an incident on the M56, the lanes were busy with diverting cars and vans joining us!! Arriving at Rose Farm were several riders, so a good turnout of the moderate group expected. Tea and tea cake consumed only the two of us to ride today as Clive and Ray on holiday.
Leaving the café, we head down the hill and round Jims's corner taking care as this junction has serious potholes to navigate safely. Our route is out to Cotebrook and Little Budworth and out to Whitegate. We pass our distinguished club secretary Dave along with Steve getting bikes ready to catch up with the moderate group. I assume they were caught up with the M56 disruption.
Our destination today is the Vine pub at Dunham Massey, At Winnington passing over the overbridge over the river Weaver, the road is blocked to vehicles so we can enjoy a gentle pump-up Soot Hill without the revving of engines waiting behind. At the top of the hill, we ride on Hough Lane taking us out to Antrobus and Appleton Thorn. The downhill descent to Grappenhall is slowed as this road is blocked due to re-tarmacking the surface but we were allowed through passing over the grass verge. Into Grappenhall and riding the cobbles, we arrive at the very decorated town of Lymm. The jubilee flags looking splendid in the sunshine. There are still Koi fish in the Dam to look at making this town very picturesque and worth a visit. However, we pass through after a photo call and continue to our lunch destination the Vine.
The pub has only just re-opened after lockdown and there were not many empty seats indoors. Several cyclists were enjoying the sun in the garden, but John and I select a little snug behind the bar to enjoy our lunch. Our departure from lunch takes us through Bowden and its moon surface roads and manic car drivers to Ashley and past Tatton Park. The route is relatively flat and with the light wind and sunshine the ride has only been spoilt by road surface.
We pass through Davenham and head along London Rd to Winsford. We pass through Winsford and take the route back to Tarporley via Darnall and Eaton.
If riders wanted a circular ride to and from Rose farm at the crossroad in Tarporley taking the right turn and heading through the town will take you back but we continue along Birch Heath Rd to Brassey Green Huxley and back to Chester.
I can recommend this route for a reasonable ride through our Cheshire countryside lanes but in places a full suspension bike would be a benefit but consider these are not the only cankers on our roads everywhere.
A round trip of 64 miles to and from Rose Farm but John and I cycled out so clocked up 84 and 92 miles respectively.
Thanks to John for another good ride and company.