An informal ride with opportunities for tea and buns, beer and chips, etc. along the way as well as picnics and sea-bathing for the adventurous, participants are those whose dress is dignified and stylish, urbane rather than urban.
Pipe-smokers are particularly welcome!
Provisional Itinerary of the
A Jaunt by Bicycle
In order to make the ride both scenic and relatively exertion-free for the chronically unfit, the immaculately-dressed and the hung-over, it starts in Britain's oldest municipal park, Paxton's picturesque Birkenhead Park, and it follows a level path with little or no motor traffic around the north east coast of the Wirral peninsula, with sea views, beaches, lighthouses and a fort.
Liverpolitans can easily and quickly reach the route by train (9 minutes from Liverpool Central Station) or ferry (15 minutes from Pier Head) and the faint-hearted or prematurely-inebriated can take the train home from several locations without having to complete the full ride. Bicycles are carried free of charge on Merseyrail trains.
The Health & Safety Bit
After here the ride is a case of simply following the promenade to New Brighton and beyond. This is not a race or a distance-covering exercise of interest only to the sort of characters who are morbidly enthusiastic about sweating, so riders can stop as often as they like. Our progress is to be dignified, elegant and convivial.
To give some kind of purpose however, the suggestion is that the first stop is at the capacious beer-garden of The Queen's Royal Hotel on Marine Parade in New Brighton.
After quaffing a refreshing draught we resume the journey along the seafront to a picnic site known as The Gun Battery, unless popular feeling is that we press on further to the picnic area at Leasowe Lighthouse, there to eat our sandwiches, smoke our pipes and tell ripping yarns. The lighthouse will be open from noon until 4pm.
The return journey is to be executed at the same pace and we might permit ourselves to visit that venerable old hostelry on the Magazines Promenade, The Magazine!
Obviously other inns and cafés are available and these are only suggestions. Weather conditions on the day will dictate exactly how we proceed upon - or indeed even cancel - the jaunt. With luck it will be a superb day and interest in sea bathing or just good old British paddling from the beach near the Gun Battery has already been expressed.
From the Pavilion in Birkenhead Park to the Gun Battery is 7.6 miles, and with the return journey Tweed velorutionists can boast of having ridden over fifteen miles, but without perspiration or indignity!
Se the map of the route at: