Thursday, 2 May 2013

Wednesday Night Ride With Cycle Birmingham

Almost every Wednesday evening I meet up for a social ride with Cycle Birmingham, which is part of Push Bikes.
Wednesday 1st May was no exception.
Our ride pulled in a group of 15 regular riders.   We set of from the Mac as usual at 7.15 and road a a leisurely pace through through the city and along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.  Our 1st stop was at the fabulous Aston Hall, A Grade 1 listed,  Jacobean styled mansion built between 1618 & 1635.    It has been almost 10 years since I lasted visited Aston Hall, and due to the time of the day we visited we were able to access the mansion, However, were were able to take a lovely ride around the beautiful grounds and gardens.  This was a great treat on a warm evening.

Following our visit to Aston we took a short ride down the road, through an inner city housing estate,  to another of Birmingham's great building  "The Barton Arms."   This is where our ride ended and the party started :)  

For those of you who don't know The Barton Arms is a huge Pub situated in Newtown area of Aston.   The Pub was built in 1901 and is a grade II listed building, lavishly decorated with Minton-Hollins tiles, beautiful stained glass,  and Snob Screens/Beer Lens.  
I was lucky enough to get a quick but informative tour of the pub by our Ride Leader Simon.

After our city ride we were all pretty hungry and thirsty, and we we quick to tuck in to the fine Ales form the pub and the fabulous Thai food that is served there. I went for a a hearty basket of Thai Spiced chips with Sweet Chilly Sauce others opted for the full Thai menu meals,  which I have to say looked and smelt gorgeous.

Later in the evening we had a surprise Birthday Celebration for one of our riders 


For the remainder of the evening well sat and talked, discussing next weeks, Super Hero themed  ride, to The Black Eagle Hockley.  Anyone is welcome to join us on this ride.  Details can be found here:

At the end of the we left in convoy on a ride along the A34 in to the city centre to catch trains or ride home in pairs or small groups to ensure that everyone got home safe and sound. 

No comments:

Post a Comment