Brian Mac’s promise of a ‘fairly flat’ ride to Denbigh was greeted with some scepticism by the moderate group of Andy, Dave H, George (back in the fold after an extended Xmas and New Year), Mike G, Jim and new recruit Tom.
A shorter ride to The Eagle and Child at Gwaenysgor was agreed upon and we set off to follow the usual route through Ewloe, Northop and Halkyn. The cold anti-cyclonic gloom stayed with us right across the top of the ridge and only a few minutes of sunlight graced the rest of the journey down through Brynford, Gorsedd, Whitford and Llanasa.
The warmth of the Eagle and Child was very welcome as we perused the menu, and after a very pleasant meal set off for the return.
The usual route through Babell was discarded in favour of a less hilly alternative to the north of the A55 through Trelawnyd, past Llyn Helyg, through Lloc and back to Gorsedd and Brynford. We then headed south up to Windmill, Halkyn and Rhosesmoor to drop back down to Northop and retrace our route out. We arrived back at Hawarden just after the café had closed and had to set off home without the customary cake and coffee.
An undulating 43 mile ride, or 63 for those from Chester. Not much in the way of sun to speak of, but at least we didn’t overheat.