|Through Delamere Forest to Helsby, then a long flat ride through wonderful Cheshire countryside to Waverton, by Beeston Castle and Bunbury to Eccleshall. The return is through the picturesque village of Maer, and although a bit more bumpy there are no big climbs, so this ride is suitable for 'fixed' bikes.|
|Total Distance:||204km |
|Climbing:||AAA points: 0 Total ascent: 860m Max elevation: 155m|
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|Start/finish:||Woodford (SJ 873 816, between Stockport and Wilmslow)|
Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times): Helsby, Waverton, Eccleshall, Haslington
|Controls:||* 50km: Helsby - Petrol station, ATM (charge for use!)|
76km: Beeston - Cafe or Co-op at Bunbury
*133km: Eccleshall - Garden centre cafe, Convenience store, ATM
*168km: Haslington - Convenience store, or ATM
*204km: Dean Row - Petrol station
* indicates controls available 24 hours
|Some Useful Cafes:|| 64km: Waverton, cafe (shut Sundays) next to One Stop Shop|
76km: Beeston, Flavours cafe (was Lock Gate cafe)
104km: Audlem, Priest House cafe
134km: Eccleshall, Garden Centre
172km: Wheelock, Wheelock Hall
202km: Dean Row, Parkers Garden Centre
|Timings:||6 hours 48 mins (30 kph) - 14 hours 16 mins (14.3kph )|
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|Entry Fee:||£3.50 for members of AUK or CTC |
£5.50 for nonmembers
(includes Postage and Packing - send no SAEs!)
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This ride shows you the Cheshire countryside at its best, with some lovely quiet lanes and no big climbs, although it's by no means absolutely flat.
Danial Webb leads Joe Jord and
Allan Taylor through Great Budworth
The first part takes you through Knutsford and Great Budworth before climbing over the low-lying Delamere hills on the way to Helsby. On a clear day you get a great view over the Mersey marshes over towards Liverpool and the Welsh mountains.
Then it's flat all the way through some lovely traditional Cheshire countryside with some fine views of Beeston castle, via Waverton and Bunbury.
After Audlem, Cheshire gives way to Shropshire and Staffordshire, through Market Drayton and Cheswardine to Eccleshall and the garden centre cafe.
The return to the Stockport area goes through the beautiful villages of Maer, Madeley and Betley, then through Haslington, Sandbach and Holmes Chapel.