This was a pleasant weekend ride to the lake at Brereton Heath. On an overcast day with a weak autumn sun never quite breaking through we set off down Roughwood Lane and headed for Malkin’s Bank, for no good reson except to ride along lanes we hadn’t ridden much before. With hindsight this choice of route gave a nice sort of bulging symmetry to the route as seen on the map.
There’s an awful lot going on in this picture. I like the way the stolid immobility of the church contrasts with the usefulness of the vehicles, like a metaphor for the way the C of E has been left behind. And I wonder what that man is saying on the phone.
Getting to Brereton Heath Country Park we were rewarded by nice views and a tea van, and even some proper bike racks!
The lake is an old quarry. It’s very pretty, and all it needs is for an enlightened council to remove the No Swimming signs and put in a nice wooden diving platform. On a trip to Sweden a few years ago every small town seemed to have a lake, and the local authority did not see it as their duty to keep everyone out the water. Instead they put in some swimming facilities!
On the way back we went through Brereton Heath village, looking very lovely in the autumn light:
This ride is about 18 miles, pretty flat, and nearly all on quiet roads and lanes.