The moderate group consisting of myself, Dave H, Dave & Liz P on the tandem, Liz D, Andy, Mike M, and Trevor set off for The Old Jack at Calverhall (about 50 miles return) taking the familiar route through Tattenhall, Clutton, Tilston, Threapwood and Tallarn Green before crossing the A525 at Three Fingers. Navigation round the west of Whitchurch necessitated lots of map stops but we soon found the signs for Tilstock and then Ightfield to Calverhall. A steady 27 miles but our hearts sank when we saw the sign outside the pub "closed 'til Good Friday for re-furbishment". Our only choice was to retreat into Whitchurch to the happy landlady, and she wouldn't serve us the last time we went there as we were late, or was it going to be the butty van on the industrial estate?
No, saved again as the landlady of The Old Jack came out and offered to feed us as the dining room was not affected - relief all round!!
The food was good, though it did take a little longer than we had hoped, understandably when seeing the state of the bar area. However, suitably refreshed and with the sun peering feebly at Dave H's exposed knees we set off for the shorter return leg. 23 miles via Wirswall, Cholmondley and Harthill got us back to the Ice Cream Farm just in time for a take-away cup of tea as all the cake had gone back into the store.
A surprisingly accurate 50.1 miles or nearly 70 for those from Chester.