Today was the VCB Tre Castelli - 3 Castles - ride around the Cheshire countryside. The idea is a simple one, visit 3 castles in Cheshire - Chester castle, Beeston castle and Mow Cop - take a pic of your scoot and get a sticker at the end. Chester is in the NW corner of Cheshire, and Mow Cop in the SE corner. About 100 miles as a round trip.
Chester castle: The 12th-century Agricola Tower was the first stone gateway to Chester Castle, which had been founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 in the south-west part of the city..
Beeston castle: Beeston Castle is a former Royal castle in Beeston, Cheshire, England (grid reference SJ537593), perched on a rocky sandstone crag 350 feet (107 m) above the Cheshire Plain. It was built in the 1220s by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, (1170–1232), on his return from the Crusades. In 1237, Henry III took over the ownership of Beeston, and it was kept in good repair until the 16th century, when it was considered to be of no further military use, although it was pressed into service again in 1643, during the English Civil War. The castle was slighted (partly demolished) in 1646, in accordance with Cromwell's destruction order, to prevent its further use as a stronghold.
These pics are taken at the entrance gate, the castle itself is perched atop the hill behind.
Mow Cop: Mow Cop Castle is a folly at Mow Cop in the civil parish of Odd Rode, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. The ridge, upon which the castle sits, forms the boundary between the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire, the dioceses of Chester and Lichfield and the ecclesiastical provinces of Canterbury and York.
The view across the Cheshire plain from Mow Cop. The start point in Chester is the other side of that ridge in the distance.
And finally, the sticker that is the reward. A great excuse for a great day out.