Nice ride yesterday skirting the edge of the Peak District. Met @jontea over in Goostrey to part ways with some brakes and had a good chat while riding out towards Sutton. While Jon turned off towards Wincle, I set up through Langley and the bridleway climb out of Macc Forest. Gone are the days I could clear it on a single speed and despite having a gear left there was some pushing after that bastard corner the abandoned stone building. Popped out on the road and made it to the top of Charity Lane without dabbing which I was quite pleased with.
Coming down wasn't too bad, one drop looked a bit meaty and I hopped off the bike (conveniently as a moto was passing, so I think I got away with it anyone was watching). Took the wrong turn back towards the forest and ended up skipping the long grav grav descent, instead hammering it down the sketchy steep road. I am not a natural descender. I was not a fan and neither were my brake pads afterwards.
A bit pissed off I rolled back through Langley, up Coalpit Lane and along the back roads to Kerridge. Arriving at Lidgetts without realising it was closed a local suggested I push through the field, or head out to Rainow.
I opted for the latter, but not fancying the main road up to Blaze Hill, I turned off at the Robin Hood after spotting the "bridleway to Bollington" sign. I don't know if you can get through to Blaze Hill that way but I'm glad I didn't. Turning off down Oakenbank Lane was a lovely bit of bridleway with some prime #grassupthemiddle towards the end. Interesting looking tea room at the end too.
From there followed Shrigley Road, took a quick jaunt on the Middlewood Way, turning off at the Boars Head and followed the road to Norbury Hollow Crossing (which was a lovely leafy descent into, followed by a total shitshow with all the cars trying to cross the tracks), after that it was straight down the Eastern Link tracks, quick jaunt round the Airport tunnels and back up Brooklands drive for a well earned beer.