Saturday, 2 August 1924 Dones Green CTC Lead

It is my lead on the clubrun this afternoon, but owing to the Lancashire Road Club ’12 hour’ event tomorrow, I anticipated a poor turnout.  At 2.50pm eight of us left Four Lane Ends and took the usual Squires Brow route.  In Atherton, a field-day procession stayed us, but a way was at last made for us, and soon we reached the lanes for Butts Bridge.  Just beyond Glazebury, one member showed us a short cut which brought us on to the Culcheth – Cadishead road near Glazebrook.  Then we soon reached Warburton Bridge.  The uphill road via Heatley and Broom Edge, then we came on the Great Budworth road.  This rural delight passed, then Comberbach – where some complained of the pace and hunger, and we eased off a little to Little Leigh.  A swoop down to the river Weaver, a climb out of the valley on the far side, and at length Mrs Wade’s was reached.

After a wash and a walk round the garden, tea was ready, and we did it full justice!  At 7.15 we restarted, gaining the Tarporley – Warrington road at Acton Bridge.  We decided not to bother with Dones Green – it was only a few yards left of Bartington, and contains nothing of interest or beauty.  We made a good pace via Lower Whitley to Stretton, then Stockton Heath.  A ship travelling up the Manchester Ship Canal delayed us, but we had plenty of time, and made our way home via Padgate, Culcheth, Glazebury and the lanes to Atherton, arriving home at 9.40.  The turnout, though low for summer, was better than expected, but a great fault lay in the distance of the teaplace, necessitating a hard run.  It is perhaps a good job I did get a small turnout!                                   65 miles