NWA regional ride: Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head
Saturday 10th April 2010
15-20 miles / 4-5 hours riding.
:: Meeting at Leather's Smithy Inn
for 10:30am start.
[Free parking available on the road outside the pub alongside the reservoir but please don't use the pub car park]
:: Directions: here
Well drained fire roads, rocky descents, and moorland tracks. Some road sections including one big road climb. Nothing particularly technical or steep but plenty of rocks and fast descents.
To recap; the first attempt at this route back in January was severely affected by heavy snow and meant that a last minute route change avoiding the higher hills was necessary. An successful alternative ride still happened which you can read all about here
So as promised I'm organising a re-match as it's too good a route to miss and I'd like to invite everyone and anyone to join in.
The ride will start in Macclesfield Forest and will include the fantastic descent of Charity Lane and the climb up to The Cat and Fiddle Inn, which at an altitude of 1690ft (515m), is the second highest pub in England.
From there we'll cross the moors and descend to the very picturesque Three Shires Head, where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet.
Then it'll be down the great Cumberland Clough, and back up around the forest for a final fast descent to finish for drinks and food in my local pub.
This is a tried and tested all weather route, which enjoys great views and proper old school riding. It'll hopefully be Spring like and it's certainly hilly but well worth it for about 15-20 miles of retro fun.
Three Shires Head - March 2010
Top of Charity Lane - March 2010
The moorland bridleway opposite The Cat and Fiddle Inn - March 2010
I rode this recently with Orange71 and Woody and as you can see from the pictures there is still some of the snow still lingering in places. Hopefully it will all be gone by mid April.
Everyone from all areas is welcome, preferably riding retro of course.
It's also my birthday on the 17th and I can think of nothing better than spending the day riding retro with the good people of Retrobike.
So what say you?!