Sunday, July 22 – Delamere

This morning I should meet my Manchester friend at 9.45am, so at 9 I started out for Barton Bridge, the meeting place, arriving just on time.  He was there, so we made an immediate start via Flixton.  After losing our way we came to Partington and Warburton, and so on to Lymm.  Grappenhall was passed, and taking a winding bylane we ran through Appleton and Stretton to Preston-on-the-Hill.  Sutton Weaver provided us with lunch.  Taking the main road, we came to Frodsham, striking uphill towards Northwich.  The day was very clear, and from the top we had fine views of Frodsham, Chester, the Mersey and the Flint-Denbigh moors.  Photographs were taken, and in pottering mood we came to Mouldsworth.

Then followed a lovely run through Delamere Forest to Hatchmere and Norley, then the bylanes to Crowton and Acton Bridge for tea at 5pm.  There are some lovely grounds adjoining, and over an hour was spent amongst the flowers.  At 7.15 we kicked off, and joined more bylanes to Little Leigh and Northwich.  The main road was too crowded for us, so we turned along another bylane through Lach Dennis, Peover, Lower Peover and Knutsford, then Ashley, Hale, Altrincham, and the weary road to Stretford, where we parted.  After a glorious day I got home at 11pm.

90 miles, 14 hours


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