Sunday was the SCCC Peover Heath Ride.We met at Davenport Green. It was a rather chilly but sunny day which saw 20 riders start the ride. Andy P was leading the ride and I was the back leader for the day. We had received a text from one of the club to say that they wouldn’t be able to make the ride as it wasn’t going to be raining (all the rides in 2016 had been wet thus far). I think he had converted his bike into a peddle powered boat and so it wouldn’t work in the dry!
We worked our way past Bramhall Park and then made our way out to Stanley Green. It was there that we realised why Glynis was struggling so much – she needed air in both the front and back tyres. After a short stop to pump them up, she found cycling much easier! Always best to check your bike before you leave home!
The route took us out through Lacey Green, via the Carrs and then via Morley Green.
As we got to Knutsford, Glynis and Sandra decided to make their way home – it was their first ride of 2016 and they were not sure that they could make the whole ride. We took a brief break in the park whilst a few people used the nearby public conveniences.
We then headed off towards Plumley
Along the way we passed the Grasslands Nursery where we had originally hoped to stop for lunch but their web site said that the cafe was closed until March – it looked very open as we went past but we had already booked elsewhere.
We eventually reached the Park Gate Inn at Over Peover which is where we were having lunch. The food was very good there and a reasonable price. Despite it being Valentines Day, they had let us book in for lunch.
Bruce stayed for lunch but then went back home to watch the rugby. The rest of us we set off through Marthall and then on to Alderley Edge. Despite the clouds getting quite dark for a time, the rain held off.
From Alderley Edge we headed towards Woodford, before making our way to Bramhall and then back to Davenport Green.
The route can be seen below:
Overall it had been a great day to be out cycling – a little chilly at the beginning and the end but much warmer in the middle. More importantly, it had been dry and sunny all day!