Today Jeanette joined Richard and Paul in meeting me at Seamons Moss Bridge for another 60 km+ bike ride to Phoenix Park and back.
It was a brighter day than last Monday. We all enjoyed the ride past countless herons, swans and moorhens, even more mallards, and a few grey wagtails and other small birds. Thankfully no Canada Geese on this section of canal.
We took the same route as last week to Norton, slightly faster as I could remember the way after just a week. A different route into Phoenix Park saw us passing the landmark of the Urban Cafe, where Paul and Jeanette suffered a jammed chain problem and got a bit misplaced before we all headed down the road and back to the Bridgewater Canal towpath.
Less than five minutes later we arrived at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, for a long refreshment break.
The reception area seems to contain part of the old priory building. As previously mentioned, a proper visit should be made at some point.
We found a slight improvement to last week’s route back to the Trans Pennine Trail, but once on the trail we managed to leave it for a while by crossing the Ship Canal by the wrong bridge.
After that it was a simple ride back under the canopy of trees along the disused railway line that often features on these pages.
Today my ride took me 62.7 km, with 175 metres ascent, taking 3 hours 42 mins plus stops totalling an hour and 22 minutes. The others took a slightly different route to and from the Seamons Bridge rendezvous. Here’s my route.