The Roebuck Inn is steeped in history when it comes to cycling in Cheshire. As you will see below……with the story about the Cheshire Roads Cycling Club.
As part of our commitment to cycling for fun and fitness around Mobberley and beyond we built a bike park at our Bulls Head pub opposite with the entrepreneurial help of Rick and Paul of Caddis.
Our first cycle park was built at the Bulls Head back in 2012 and was erected in honour of the 2012 Olympic Cycling team, some of whom are regulars at the Bulls Head.
Our sister pub the Church Inn’s cycle park has been built to the rear of the pub right next to the gated entrance to the Wisteria Beer Garden it is dedicated to the amazing 2016 British Olympic Cycling Team who surpassed the incredible effort of the 2012 team.
Cycling is a great pastime and there is no better place than Cheshire to get out and feel the breeze.
Why don’t you have a go at the ‘Cheshire Cat 6’….the cycle ride around our 6 northern pubs. The only rules are that we need a photo of you at every pub and you must finish in Mobberley please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you are planning on attempting the ride.
Paul returns to conquer the Cheshire Cat Six.
Paul and his cycling partner arrived in sunshine at the Roebuck Inn having completed the ‘Cheshire Cat Six’. The Cheshire Cat Six is a journey around the six pubs owned by us here at Cheshire Cat Pubs and Inns. Paul had already partnered Clare to achieve the Cheshire Cat Quad a few years ago when we had four pubs but with the addition of the Fitzherbert Arms and the Roebuck Inn, Paul was ready to conquer the new challenge! As you will see Paul started his journey from our Fitzherbert Pub on Lord Stafford’s estate in Swynnerton, Staffordshire. He headed then to another Lord’s estate and our Cholmondeley Arms pub before weaving his way, supported by his co-pilot Steve, to our Three Greyhounds Inn pub in Allostock. They then headed for Mobberley..the easy part! Up the hill to the Church Inn before circling down to the Bulls Head and the Roebuck Inn bot in Mill Lane. 76 miles was recorded and then Tim own owner made sure they we fed and watered and given their bottles of fizz to celebrate their achievement.
Then it was back on the saddle for the return trip to Swynnerton! Well done lads a great effort. Who else wants to take up the Cheshire Cat Challenge??
The best of 2017 were the Wimbledon’s and the Dynamic Duos. Both got sunshine miraculously!! Here’s to 2018. Please always cycle carefully or in the case of the Dynamic duos get a bus!!
Mobberley is famous for the ‘Mobberley 8’ circuit from Easter to late summer…and sometimes in the winter too, adventurous people either work, ride on horseback but more frequently ride their bikes around the pubs of Mobberley (and a little further afield).
The Bulls Head is a popular stop off where generally the Mobberley 8’ers have a couple drinks…because the Roebuck Inn opposite is now a bistro…. And munch on our famous burger to give energy for the day ahead!
Each year we look out for great groups of Mobberley 8’ers who dress up and make an effort to have a great time while staying safe and behaving well. In past years the 101 Dalmatians and the Horse riders have caught the eye and been chosen by us as the best M8’ers of the year.
2016 is no different and when the Rock Idols…see pic….’rocked’ up at the Bully they were declared favourites to win this year’s Mobberley 8’ers of the year title. A lot of effort obviously went in to creating, Bowie, Kiss and Cougar to name but three…
So well done the Rock Idols!!! Can anyone beat them…..?
Regular customer Clare and cycling buddy Paul are the first customers to complete what is now called the Cheshire Cat Quad. They cycled between our four Cheshire Pubs and the total distance they cycled on Friday was 62.2 miles at an average speed of 17.1mph. The duration of the ride was just under 5 hours with a 30 minute refuel break of bananas, toast and tea at our Cholmondeley Arms pub near Malpas and a 20 minute puncture stop on the A49 at Bartington!!!
They were somewhat hampered from the start on the navigation front as they could not set the route on Paul’s new Garmin so had to wing it on memory!! This meant Clare and Paul probably did not go the most direct route!
They left our Three Greyhounds Inn in Allostock near Holmes Chapel at 8.30am heading towards the A556 through Northwich and Hartford(!) before hitting the A51 and then picking up the A49 at Oakmere. They then took a quiet route through Eaton village before climbing the Wrenbury road and arriving 29 miles later at our Cholmondeley Arms pub.
The return journey was repeated until they once again arrived at Oakmere but then they continued on the A49 past Weaverham up to Bartington and the puncture repair stop. Once on familiar turf they went on quieter roads through Comberbach , Great Budworth and on to Knutsford. The final leg was turning left onto the B5085 to our Church Inn pub in Mobberley for a quick photo before a downhill finish to The Bulls Head for 1.30pm to meet their family and have a much needed lunch and relax in the sunny beer garden.
On arrival at the Bulls Head Clare told us…..
“Paul and I both felt elated and relieved to have completed the ‘Cheshire Cat Quad’ especially as our navigation failed due to our inability to programme it correctly rather than technological failure! We had a brilliant cycle with favourable weather conditions and warm hospitality shown at all of Tim and Mary’s pubs. We will be by no means the fastest but at least we are the first to complete what will be a great cycle ride for many”
“Thank you for setting up a most enjoyable challenge”
Previously loyal customer and very keen cyclist Jonathon was the first of our cycling customers to complete the ‘Cheshire Cat Pub to Pub to Pub (Trio) Challenge’ last winter 2013 when we had just three pubs in Cheshire.
If you are a keen cyclist and want to be listed as a ‘Cheshire Cat Quad Cycling Challenge beater’ then let us know by emailing us at email@example.com We can then help you plan your trip and ensure your photo is taken with your trusty bike at each pub. You will get your photo in our ‘hall of fame’ and we will welcome you at the final pub with a drink on the house!!