Knowing Clive was away I had looked at a previous ride from Hawarden to Dyserth and the waterfalls and offered this ride to the group. The moderate group decided to have a quiet ride out to Holt so the brisk group consisting of Tom, Darren (who has not ridden over 45 miles and not sure what Brisk meant), Mike, Ray and I set off through the warming up streets heading for Northop. My Garmin or the user is hopeless at the start of rides (see the last Chirk ride) and we end up at the end of Pinfold lane with only the A55 as a route to Pentre Halkyn. With Mike in the lead we set off at a brisk trip in the metre wide strip of tarmac along the A55 to join the route into Northop and cycling along the route towards our regular and expected A55 experience. Dave H advised us to be careful on this road and I had only expected to be on it once!!
We left the tarmac and headed up Pen Lan lane towards Pentre Halkyn and up onto the tops with lovely views of the estuary and the Wirral.
Passing through Brynford we passed police and assume they were speed checking, fortunately they did not pull us over but probably near the road max speed.
Passing through Pantasph and the beautiful Church and building we roll along very quiet lanes. The NCR5 leads us through Whiteford and Llanasa where we take the left turning passing through Talfryn Woods (via the road) with a lovely smell of the garlic flower. We head down a tight little lane and emerge into Dyserth at 12:20 covering 24 hilly miles at a good average.
Photograph by Ivan Davenport
We take a photo shoot at the waterfalls and witness the photo expertise of Mike who offers to take snaps for other snappers and gets really close to the ground for some shots of the magnificent waterfall. I hope they enjoyed the pic's.
We have lunch at the New Inn and opt for the small lunch deal and sat out side in sunshine. When the food arrived which was very prompt it was a good size meal and lucky we did not opt for the main menu.
Lunch consumed and pint we set off up hill again to the Cwm road and this is a fantastic viewing gallery of Snowdonia. At the end of the road turning left to go under the A55 for a change again uphill (Newydd) and the right hand lane half way up for relief only it too goes up and up.
We experience very quiet lanes and continue passing Babell and skirting Lixwn before arriving on top of Pentre Halkyn and the grand decent into Northop.
We arrive back at the café for 15:30 and enjoy tea and well-earned cake.
The ride was 48 miles with 4,367 feet of ascent.
Last week Tom celebrated his first 100+ ride (126) and today Darren broke his ride max and considered the brisk pedlards a good ride out and will join us next week from Rose Farm.
Ray and I continued onto Chester and Tom went his way and clocked up 68miles for the day making it another fantastic CER ride.