“Last of the Summer Time”, Manchester Tweed Ride, Saturday October 29th 2011

Greetings Chaps and Chapesses,

This Saturday sees the second of our Tweed Rides taking to the streets of Manchester, for our final outing of the year on the final day of British Summer Time.  “A minimum exertion bicycle ride for people with a bit of style” (Tweed optional – it’s more about the attitude than the attire!)

We’re going to meet at the Whitworth Art Gallery for a 2pm departure. The gentle ride will take us around some of Manchester’s finer locations, with several opportunities for refreshment stops en-route.

The Wheelers’ Brunch group will be meeting at The Whitworth’s Gallery Café from 12 noon for snacks and chats – I recommend arriving early to sample the award winning food and meet some friendly, like-minded people.

The ride will end in central Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, which gives us the opportunity to sample some of the Society of Independent Brewers’ wares at their Great Northern Beer Festival. As well as the liquid refreshments on offer, there will be musical entertainment from the tweed-tastic Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band. There is a small entry charge for this event at the Ramada/Mercure hotel, but I’m sure it will be good value at £2/£3.

There’s a map below. Please get in touch if you can suggest a more interesting route from the Universities to Castlefield. I’d like to include the Hulme Arch but it can get awkward negotiating with motor traffic at the bottom of Deansgate.

See you on Saturday…

Click for zoomable online map...

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