Monday, 13 January 2014

The weekend ride pics

Stephen hasnt done much cycling over the last few months, which was very apparent on saturday when he was worn out after just a couple of little hills.
We climbed the rugged moor edges - feeling like you were in the middle of nowhere...
Until we turned round at the top of one climb to see the beautiful mill town spread out around the whole valley (Queen St Mill is where they filmed scenes from The King's Speech - I still havent seen the film & I've still never visited the mill!)
So we climbed some more!

We had made it to the lunch stop at the top of the moors, only to discover it was closed! So we freewheeled down towards the rows of terraced houses and headed for the canal to find a different food stop. We ended up at Parkview Cafe in Barrowford and were treated to a really lovely lunch - all delicious home made fare; Stephen had the biggest solo meat & potato pie that I've seen, I had a very spicy soup that warmed my frozen toes & fingers through after just one sip & we both had a massive cherry scone a piece. A bargain too! I'll be visiting again soon.  We then popped in to see my aunty for a lovely catch up. By the time we were ready for the return, Stephen had ceased up somewhat, so we plumped for an easy canal return leg & were treated to some dramatic skies.

A mere 21 miles with 2300ft of climbing. Stephen now shocked into how lazy he's become over the last few months. If we are planning on a tour to Cardiff from Chester, he has some work to do!


  1. Hi, I found your blog via Trio's. I see you're planning to cycle Chester to Cardiff and was wondering if you have a route in mind and would you be publishing it?. The reason why I ask is that it's something that I am considering running next year for our cycle club, Spokes CTC. Thanks Dave

    1. Hi Dave. We are quite simply following Routes 5 & 8. I am planning on doing some gpx files of it to take with me to follow in need be, so I will get in touch with them. Are you ok for off-roading because on the forest track options, that's the way we will be going. I'll certainly be putting reports on here too afterwards, but that wont be for a couple of months time. Lovely to hear from you.