After a few weeks of cycling in Devon and Cornwall, it was back to Cleopatra's at Holt for today's ride. Always trying to look for new lanes to ride, I had a route to Grinshill and the 'Inn' which I had contacted prior to ensure they would be open. The regular Brisk riders Tom, John W and Ken were already at the café and were ready to ride.
We set off back down the hill from Holt and
over the Dee and up the bank through Farndon heading for Shocklach. The weather
forecast for today had changed often since Monday but this morning it was being
kind with warm and dry conditions although cloudy. We head along the
B5069 to the junction for Sarn and Tallarn Green. Bypassing Whitchurch via
Fenn's Bank and Whixall, we pass through Wem and a past hostelry 'The Tilly Raven'. We
had ridden a good pace to this point and at 11:45 with 10 miles
before lunch we were forced to put on our pac mac's. Passing Clive and Yorton, we arrive at Grinshill and the Inn. The Inn is a rather posh pub/restaurant boasting Michelin
chef and a shower in the gents!!.
The meal prices reflected the status of the place but, as it was raining, not
much was made of the price. We were the only diners but our hosts were very
welcoming. After consuming our gourmet meal, we set off with the bonus that the
rain had stopped and roads already drying. Expecting to make a left turn, our
lane was a blocked track!! - quick recalculation and onward we continue. We join
the A49 at Acton Reynald for a short main road ride to Preston Brockhurst.
remaining route takes us along pleasant lanes and villages up to Prees and
Tilstock before arriving on the outskirt of Whitchurch. We ride through the town to Grindley Brook taking the Malpas road. It was now the normal route through Malpas to Tilston and the left onto Wetrains
Lane for Farndon, arriving back at Cleopatra's for 15:15. We had ridden 58 miles
and enjoyed some new lanes for our efforts. After coffee and cake, Ken bade
farewell and Tom, John and I set off for Chester.
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