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Chester Easy Riders is an independent cycling club affiliated to Cycling UK. We cycle every Thursday throughout the year with moderate and brisk day rides of 40 to 80 miles.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

20th June 2013: Overton

The week of 17th to 21st June was overall quite warm and sunny-with the exception of our cycling day, Thursday.  So it was with some trepidation that I planned a route that, in true mountaineers fashion, had a couple of escape routes if all went pear shaped.
Despite the threatening forecast a sizeable group met at The Ice Cream Farm, including Bryan in civvies looking brown and healthy, Dave M, Ray and Andy just out for a short ride. The main group of Dave H, Dave R, Brian Mac, Martin, Liz, George, Paul, Ivan, Clive, Jan and Jim (joined by Jan’s husband Dave) set off in dry but muggy conditions to climb over the Mid Cheshire Ridge. Going via Bolesworth Castle allowed us to miss the slog up to Harthill, but we were soon donning our waterproofs before continuing through Brown Knowl, where Brian Mac left us. We crossed the main A41 at No Mans Heath with the rain recurring from time to time throughout the morning but we soon dried off in between the showers. Cycle route 70 was followed to the south of Malpas and down through Threapwood, and then south to Tallarn Green before heading west to Holly Bush. The group split here to allow the staff at the White Horse time to take the orders, and by the time the last ones arrived the early group was all sorted. The meal was very tasty and economical, and about an hour later we were heading back up the road towards Worthenbury. The threatened rain had ceased to be replaced by quite a mild afternoon for the route back up to Shocklach, Tilston, Tattenhall and back to the ICF for afternoon tea. 
A total of just over 40 miles, or 60 plus for those from Chester.
See route map and/or gpx file download.
JD

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