28th July 2013
SLH Chair, Sarah McClelland reports on the recent Family Bike Ride:
Wow! What an amazing day we had for the Pond Dipping Bike ride last Sunday. It was great to see so many cyclists of all ages from Granny and Grandpa down to 5 year olds, all taking part and all have lots of fun. We received a warm welcome at our meeting point, The Yeti’s Retreat on Didsbury Rd and we were able to top up our water bottles with juice and much needed ice-cubes. As there were so many cyclists we split into two groups with team A(wesome) heading out first. Leaving a ten minute gap to let team A get under-way team B(rilliant) started out. The route took us along Green Pastures to see the new tram stop at East Didsbury and our guide Ian was able to produce photos of the site from hundreds of years ago when it was formerly a train line.Then it was off to the Pond.
We had a fantastic guide for the pond dipping in the form of Matt Holker. After a quick introduction to pond dipping and sweeping we were off. We found all sorts of insects and bugs from a Smooth Newt and Great Diving Beetles through to Mayfly larve and Green-veined White Butterfly. Everyone learnt such a lot and it was fantastic to see the kids and adults all completely engrossed in the pond dipping and sweeping the grassland around the pond. If that wasn’t enough we also had a Nature Quiz to find lots of things from bird’s feathers through to three different types of grasses.
With the pond dipping completed it was time to complete our bike ride and off along the Mersey we set. The weather was just perfect for cycling and it was glorious to cycle along the Mersey before heading back to The Yeti’s Retreat for delicious nibbles and much needed drinks.
The whole day was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who took part and had fun from start to finish and a big, big thanks to The Yeti’s retreat for their marvellous welcome and Matt for his immense knowledge and expertise.”