This is my first attempt of writing up a CER ride and I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing but then that summed up the day as far as route planning was concerned!
There was a good turnout at the Ice Cream Farm despite the damp, overcast day. The moderate group, by far the larger group, headed off to Audlem. That left myself, Jim and John to make up the brisk group. We had no particular route in mind but nonetheless we went off in the direction of Nantwich, turning right out of the cafe gates towards Tarporley, to the rear of Beeston Castle, past the Shady Oak pub (on a section of lovely smooth tarmac) and up Birch Heath Lane into Tarporley village. Here we continued on towards Eaton where we turned off, by the old blacksmiths, in the direction of Wettenhall. So far so good. No rain and the sky now seemed to be getting a little brighter.
On reaching Cholmondeston, we had a short stop for a chat regarding our route and then headed towards the Rees Heath College, ignoring the way to Church Minshull. At Rees Heath College we had a further stop for a route discussion before heading off in the direction of Nantwich where we followed the road towards Acton. However, before we reached Acton, Jim picked up a puncture, by the canal basin on the A51, which required input from all three of us. Finally we reached Acton continuing through Burland where we turned off into Burland Hall Lane, passing through Spurstow and then reaching Bunbury. Here we stopped for our lunch at Tilly’s.
Once replenished with food and drink we decided our return route would be Tattenhall, via Peckforton/Beeston, and into Chester before going our separate ways. This we managed without any further incident.
Despite our lack of route planning, it was an enjoyable 100km ride mainly on quiet Cheshire lanes which provided nice the views across Cheshire thanks to the brightening skies. A good day out.