|Mandatory start photo
October, and we have had several weeks of sunshine, little rain and no wind. So the trees have been very slowly and gracefully turning to the reds and oranges of autumn. I like to try and capture the essence of the season by picking a route that will show it off - for example, I know where the bluebell banks are in the spring, and the rape fields in late May. Autumn, and our best place to head is Delamere, so we set off up the Greenway and out towards Manley.
With a short climb you are on Manley Common, and you can catch some of the foothills of Delamere, little lanes on the outskirts. In fact, I think I found a lane I have not been along before, then a lane I consider a secret lane, as it has a 'dead end' sign but is not and has a hidden valley. It comes out just below Ashton.
Then we could trace across to the A51, and using a short piece of footpath brings us nicely to the cafe.
It is wonderful when it is still nice enough to sit outside (and useful when there are over 30 of you!). Service was very good and they coped well with us (we are very patient, most people are chatting so don't notice even if there is a delay). I had popped in earlier in the week to pre-warn, and the smell of bacon had been so lovely, that was what I was heading for all morning!
|Chatting is not restricted
to when we are sat down...
|...and not restricted to only our group of ladies!
The nice thing about a cafe nearer to home is that people can head straight back when they are ready - this means we can have smaller groups heading back to the cafe. I led a little group off first, again along the footpath to the first right which takes us towards Barrow.
Another short stretch of footpath by the lights at Stamford Bridge, to turn right again into Guilden Sutton, and then we can pick up the greenway.