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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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Thursday, 24 May 2018

24th May 2018: Coton (mod)

Another fine day attracted a good turnout for both brisk and mod groups; Dave and Liz P were also out, but doing their own route (see below for more info). The mods were Keith, Dave H, David M, Andy B, George and myself, and our destination was the Dog and Bull at Coton (or as Google calls it the “Bull and Dog”).

Our route out involved a big swing eastwards, passing by Tilston, Cholmondley and Marbury, weaving along a variety of quiet little lanes.  We approached Whitchurch from the east on a “closed road”, squeezing past concrete blocks and wire fencing to enter the town.  Then straight through to Alkington and Hollinwood, to arrive at the pub just before 1pm, with 26 miles completed.

The Dog and Bull is a favourite and we were supplied with good substantial food and drink. We discussed audax and end to end rides.  We then debated why CER is not a full member of Chester and North Wales CTC, despite general approval of the new C&NW CTC shirt, which yours truly happened to be modelling.

Photo by Steve H

The return route was through Whixall and Whitewell, then avoiding Sarn Bank to enter Worthenbury and the usually competitively fast return through Shocklach.  David M broke away somewhere along the way to head direct for home.  The remaining five ended the ride at Lewis’ in Farndon enjoying coffee and cakes, where we discovered that the old Dee Bridge connecting Holt and Farndon was going to be closed to vehicles from mid-July for about 14 weeks, and closed to bikes and pedestrians also for part of the time – take note for future rides!  

Our total distance was 47 miles: a great moderate day out, with little wind, warm sunny spells, good food and good company.

(Note from Dave P: He and Liz rode out to the Plassey: a gentle ride of 24 miles.  They will be doing similar rides for the next few meets while they build up their fitness, and anyone who wishes to join them is welcome.)



  1. With regards to the lunch time discussion of full or partial membership of Chester & North Wales CTC, let's be clear that Chester Easy Riders is, and always has been, a completely independent cycling club run by its members for its members. CER is not, and never has been a part of the CTC either nationally nor locally and thus CER is not a part of Chester & North Wales CTC. As a club we have affiliated to CTC nationally for ride leader and officer insurance cover only. As an independent club we make our own rules and policies and are not bound by the rules and bureaucracy of CTC.

    1. I think it’s fair to say that the discussion supported retaining our current status.

  2. Thanks Steve for a route that was really enjoyable, and led at a pace that was ideal.

  3. Thank you Bryan W for clearing up a common misconception about CER and cUK. Last Friday I was able to go on my first ride since my knee op in New Year.......8 miles from bike shop. I hope to build up my miles and speed and join you all sometime