Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The White Horse at Overton

A group of 6 left the Little Roodee car park heading toward Hildegard's via Saighton and Aldford.  The weather was fine and sunny but with a fresh breeze that made gillets and long sleeves welcome.  We came across a cycle race going around the Saighton circuit.  Thankfully in the opposite direction.  There were two peletons complete with accompanying cars before and behind each group.  They passed us twice - yes, they were going that fast !  

Five more riders joined us at Hildegards where we had the pleasure of sitting outside and resorting to covering our heads with any shade we could muster.  

The breeze picked up on the second leg down to Overton on Dee and we were all glad to get to the White Horse on the main street.  A couple of the group were delayed further by a slow puncture just before Overton.

[pic D.Browne]

It was worth it - an excellent carvery roast dinner .... and great real ale.  Definitely recommended if you are down near Overton. We had the wind behind our backs for the return ride to Holt and the group easily made a steady 16-17 mph back up to Bangor on Dee.   We resisted the temptation for a further pint at Bangor and wheeled our bikes across the old stone bridge.  Everything looked idyllic in the afternoon sun.  We then cut through the narrow back lanes that run alongside the river Dee accessed via the aptly named Sun Lane.

I guess this is the full gang....!

Afternoon tea was taken at Bellis garden centre and again we found ourselves looking for the shade as some of the group indulged in substantial ice cream sundae's that made us all jealous.  We made it back to Chester for 5.15.  An excellent day all in all.  Thanks for everyone for their participation and good company.

Gill (on facebook) says "What a beautiful day it was yesterday. Ian took us through the quietest pretty lanes between Holt and Overton with the best ever carvery lunch in The White Horse. Thanks to Ian for a really great day out."

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