Home of the Chester Fabulous Ladies cycling club. Meet one Saturday a month for easy cycle ride - usually back by lunch! We will always wait for riders, and usually have a few different levels of ride available.
Photos and views are usually my own, but photos taken by others are sometimes shared with their permission.
The grand plan was to investigate a local fruit farm and maybe involve ourselves with a little harvesting of the fruit......that was the plan!
Onto the Cycleway
12 ladies met at the cafe...obligatory photo....set off down cycleway where we met Jane pedalling frantically towards us! 12 became 13 and we continued.
I took an unusual route through the centre of town, not too busy at 10:30am, but caused some suprised looks from the early shoppers, not used to cyclists whizzing through the streets!
Sheltering under a tree by the Old Dee bridge!
We dropped down to the river, but as we re-grouped it started to rain. So the coats came out, and we crossed the Old Dee Bridge after which we sheltered under a large tree. However, despite my conviction that it would soon blow over, it did not so we had to brave the rain, and headed up through Handbridge, Eccleston until it finally stopped halfway down to the Old Wrexham Road. We were decidedly soggy!
Plan B was to go as far as the Grosvenor Garden Centre, eat cake, and return - but the overwhelming decision was to carry on, dry off while riding and continue to Holt. Despite being soaked, there were still lots of smiles - that is what makes the ladies Fabulous!
When we got to Pulford the roads were dry, then the sun came out - but we were being followed by an even blacker cloud. This was OK until we turned left to Holt, and now, running parallel to this pending downpour it was able to gain on us. We turned into the fruit fields and cycled through the Raspberry fields, and cut through to the garden centre and cafe (new route for me as the gate is usually shut!). No sooner had we locked the bikes, than the rain came down, heavier and wetter than the previous shower!!! There were many knowing nods and smiles - "just in time"!!!!!
A second democratic vote was taken about whether to stop and pick fruit, or just head back, and the motion was carried to head home now.
I have lived in Chester all my life, and cycled here for over 25 years. It goes someway to explaining how I know my way locally without referring to a map all the time, a fact which amazes my ladies. There is a wealth of accessible lanes, tracks and routes within 10 miles of Chester, easily reached in a mornings ride. Not to mention more cafe's than you can shake a bicycle pump at! That is what the fabulous ladies is all about!
Oh, and cake!