Day three of the good weather last weekend, Bank Holiday Monday saw me go for the first big ride of the summer – and it’s a journey I’ve done bits of before, but this time the other way around; starting by getting a train to Macclesfield, I traversed the Dane Valley, crossed The Roaches, hopped up to Morridge and came home via the Weaver Hills.
At the Weaver Hills, I undertook an odd little personal springtime ritual – I went to see a patch of red cowslips near Calton that I try to get to see every year, for no other reason than I love them, it’s one of the few places I know them to regularly grow.
The route was Macclesfield – Macclesfield Forest – Bottom of the Oven – Wildboarclough – Wincle – Bearda – Swythamley – Roach Road – Hulme End – Morridge – Waterhouses – Calton – Ellastone – Uttoxeter – Buttermilk Hill – Marchington Cliff – Scropton – Tutbury – Anslow – Barton – Alrewas – Hanch – CHorley and home. All in, 107 miles.
It was blazingly hot, but the riding was good, although the views were misty and hazy. But it was a brilliant day.
Hopefully, the first of many this year. I waited so long for this.
For more of this sort of thing, my 365daysofbiking journal is still running…