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Friday, 24 February 2012

23rd February 2012: Erbistock (mod)

With a glorious day in prospect it shouldn’t have been surprising that ten of us met up at the Expresso Café in Gwersyllt.  A good turnout, I would say, for Gwersyllt where almost every ride goes uphill.  After the usual chat we split into two groups with Brian Mac, Dave H, Dave & Liz P and I opting for the moderate 30 mile ride to Erbistock.  Get the hills in early was the plan, so off we set winding ever higher towards Southsea and Coedpoeth before descending down to Nant Mill.  Eschewing the ford we took the pedestrian bridge across the stream and then climbed up to the Bersham road for a lovely winding descent down into Bersham.  With the hills out of the way the rest of the morning was spent on the back lanes in true CER style: the Sontley’s, Gyfelia, Crabtree Green and on towards Erbistock.  Even the remains of earlier hedge trimming couldn’t spoil such a marvellous day and the most wonderful cycling weather.  It was 12 noon with 2 miles left to Erbistock when Dave punctured but with skilled help the thorn was removed and we were back on the road within 15 minutes heading for lunch.

It’s a few years since we were last at The Boat in Erbistock.  With temperatures of 17˚C this was a day for being outside and there is no finer setting than the banks of the Dee with a pint of ale and good food perfectly cooked.

Photograph by Bryan Wade

All to soon it was time to leave heading for Overton Bridge and on to Bangor on Dee where we joined the A525 to Cross Lanes.  Skirting the Wrexham Industrial Estate we were soon on the outskirts of Wrexham where Brian Mac left us for Rossett while the rest of us made for the Pandy footbridge and a coffee back at the Expresso.
A wonderful day with 30 miles done.
See route map and/or gpx file download.

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