The Guvnors’ Assembly Holly Run Part II

by Adam on 8, January, 2012


The riders from the Assembly are now home, most of the bikes have been cleaned so what was the day like?

The weather gods were well and truly smiling us as we gathered at Wilmslow train station for the beginning of our little jaunt into Cheshire. Unfortunately Mr Martin’s day turned out to be a none starter (literally) and was unable to make the day.

After a few miles on the roads out-of-town we were soon onto the lanes and byways of Cheshire ably guided by Mr Wooster, regaling us his stories of “Back in the Day”. Our first planned stop of the day was after about ten miles when we reached the town of Knutsford and a little surprise for the riders.

Hidden down a small cobbled ally is the Courtyard Coffee House, apart from the absolutely delicious home-made scones and cakes, accompanied by excellent quality tea and coffee it also home to Ordinary bicycle museum with the exhibits hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls. The victuals would be reason enough to visit but being surrounded by cycling curiosities made the visit a rare treat indeed.

Fed and watered we set off on the second leg of the journey, again more impossibly picturesque lanes and cottages, watched over by Jodrell Bank. Is we got closer it becomes apparent just how massive this marvel of science and engineering is, a working tribute to the ingenuity of our boffins. Time for our second stop at the Swettenham Arms.

Originally a nunnery it now serves some of the best food and drink in the area. The difficult decision with regards to the choice of food and drink being made we sat around the log file with tales told about Guvnor land-speed records and just how good the beer is.

Lunch completed we set off for the third and final leg back to Wilmslow. Not far out of Swettenham was a ford, I had cycled ahead to get a few photographs when The Assembly tackled the rapids, what I didn’t expect were the chortles, laughs and the occasional scream as the riders went through. It seems another Guvnor quality is to turn grown men into giggling youths.

All too soon and thirty miles all in we were back in Wilmslow, riders with a journey ahead of them bid farewell, others took the opportunity for one last pint.

Thank you to Mr Wooster for organising the route, thank you to my fellow riders for providing good company and cheer, last but in no way least chapeau to Mr Nobby.

Photographs kindly ordered and edited by Mr Martin

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fossil January 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Fantastic story telling Mr Adam,
It was indeed a grand day out , and a great set of images



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