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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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Saturday, 27 August 2016

25th August 2016: Grinshilll (brisk)

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.

The 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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