NWA regional ride: Macclesfield Forest, Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head
Sunday 31st January 2010
15-20 miles / 3-4 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.
As promised I'm organising a little regional ride out in my backyard and I'd like to invite everyone and anyone to join in.
My neck of the woods includes a forest no less, that's 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 by the fire in my local pub.
This is a tried and tested all weather route, which enjoys great views and proper old school riding. It'll most likely be cold and it's certainly hilly but well worth it for about 15-20 miles of retro fun.
I'll get some pictures up soon.
Everyone from all areas is welcome, preferably riding retro of course.
So what say you!
Rick Draper + 2
stevet1 + 2
stewlewis + 1
Stally (may be spotted in the forest)