Sunday, July 30 – Northeast Cheshire

The weather this weekend has been very wet, and it was only 12 noon that it brightened up, and I got the chance to make myself scarce from home. Needless to say I did do, and was soon at Lymm. A mile further on, at Thelwall, I turned left by the canal, and reached Grappenhall, from where I joined the Knutsford–Warrington road. Uphill for a few miles, and getting tired of the main road, I turned off at a fingerpost pointing to Arley Mere. I followed this bylane for miles, but I never saw Arley Mere. I was considerably surprised when I found myself on the main road not far from where I had left it! Reaching Mere corner, I scorched along the road to Knutsford. Beyond here, on the main road to Holmes Chapel I turned right towards the Peovers.

Along those wonderful roads I wandered, for how far I knew not, neither did I care. At length I reached the Congleton road at Brereton Green. From Congleton, I crossed the river Dane, and gaining the Alderley road, I drifted lazily along. On this beautiful road are two neat looking and quaint half-wooden churches. At Siddington, I caught a glimpse of Redes Mere through the trees. Reaching Wilmslow, I called for a pal, and after a cup of tea, we started back. We did the journey home in under two hours, via Handforth, Cheadle, Didsbury, Stretford and Barton, arriving back at 10pm.

87 miles, 10 hours