Eight of us set off from Lyme Valley and did a loop via Keele Bank, Whitmore Heath, Baldwin’s Gate and Chapel Chorlton to a Stableford and that route had a couple of nice climbs to warm us up.
Poor Chris Howard was struggling off the back and we stopped and examined his bike. He needs to change his mechanic who had apparently done something to the bike the night before and the rear brake was in a permanently applied state. Chris said he felt liberated once we had made some adjustments and released the brake.
We continued on through Swynnerton, Great Bridgeford, Marston and Sandon before another great climb up Hilderstone Road.
Our Cafe, Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, was perfectly located at the top of that climb.
Oak Tree Farm provides training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities, in a rural environment.
The Project provides opportunity, support and encouragement for people to learn new skills and to improve their existing ones, paving the way into sheltered employment for those people for whom this is appropriate, whilst giving purposeful occupation to others.
Oak Tree Farm is situated on a 15 acre smallholding.
The Cafe is very inexpensive and has good food and lovely staff and atmosphere.
If you have never been, it’s worth planning a ride that calls there.
Anyway, we set off from there and returned via Stone, Barlaston and Trentham.
I am biased, because I was leading, but I thought it was a really good ride. Just over 40 miles car park to car park.