Thursday, September 6 – Northwich

A friend wanted me to accompany him to Knutsford today, so at 9.30am we started.  At Atherton my rear mudguard broke so I dumped it.  We soon reached Warburton Bridge via Leigh and Glazebury and, as usual, we joined the Budworth road.  A typical Cheshire lane led us through High Legh, and as we reached Great Budworth my friend expressed surprise and pleasure from the quaint peacefulness of the pretty little place.  Soon we were in Northwich where he had a friend who made us a good dinner.  At 2pm we started again to Lostock Gralam from where we took a series of well known bylanes via Lach Dennis to Peover Church, Lower Peover and Knutsford.

Here we paid a visit to a rose garden, and for the next half hour I was wandering amongst a delightful variety of beautiful roses of all distinctions and hues.  After my friend had placed an order, we took the high road to Mere and the Chester road to Altrincham.  The Manchester road was, as usual, crowded, and we were not sorry when we left it at Stretford for Barton.  Some gruesome roads were now covered, and paying a call at Roe Green we reached home at 6pm.

65 miles, 8.5 hours