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.
I know the title sounds ominous, but always remember that what goes up must come down!!
Gathering of the Girlies
With autumn here and trees a-changing, I thought it would be nice to head for the woods, and a new cafe for the group in Hawarden. 14 ladies gathered at the cafe in Kingsley, but with new faces and old friends we were a little delayed in leaving. We negotiated Hoole and Boughton, dropping to the river and crossing the Old Dee Bridge. A little drier than the last time we came across (see Aug blog post)!
We then took a turn to Nowhere (a fact I think missed most ladies - next time I will stop for a photo!) The track along the river here is still a little muddy and undeveloped - but council plans are to improve this, so I look forward to re-visiting Nowhere another time!
Climbing The Warren
Leaving Chester down Lache Lane, we were harangued by a series of hay (?) tractors until we picked up Welna at Gorstella. Bretton, Broughton and up the Warren, to much dismay! but we re-gathered at the gate and continued over the top, to then descend a super if not very potted road to the main road. Unfortunately we had a final up, but not until a descent through Tinkersdale.
Negotiating the gate in Hawarden woods
Riding through Hawarden woods
The cafe (Gallery Tea Rooms) was fortunately larger than I remembered and were also very accommodating, and welcomed us all in! less cakes today and more bacon butties and teacakes were consumed before the all downhill (completely brilliant!) return to the river and Chester.
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!