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.