David M had a moderate route planned, of which the main feature was "out against the brisk east wind and get blown home".
Dave Heath was the first to volunteer for a shorter day, followed in rapid succession by Mike, Trevor, George and Liz. We set out over Cotebrook, and then followed a series of lanes past Calvely school, through Church Minshul and then to Hopley House farm Cafe. On arrival at the cafe we were greeted by an ominous silence and large banner that proclaimed that the cafe had been shut (due to red tape) since February 4th.
Nothing daunted, we then set off to Warmingham where Mike remembered there to be an excellent pub: The Bears Paw. Pub is excellent, beautifully refurbished, friendly staff and served us an excellent meal. Definitely one for future visits!
Return was via Middlewich, Bostock and "the bridges" to Whitegate. Stiff hill out of Whitegate led to more excellent lanes (including Shays Lane) and then the Shire Horse Cafe (now known as Ray's Rest following his bonk out on a previous ride) for a cuppa. There are two secret roads on the return from this cafe. We opted to climb up the A49 to secret road 2 past the small lake and deep ravine before returning to Rose farm via Cotebrook. A round trip of approx 40 miles in the cold but dry May weather.