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The bridge at Saltney Ferry
The bridge at Saltney Ferry

Our traditional season opening ride from Peak Audax. It no longer goes to the Eureka Café as this has unfortunately now closed. Instead we've found another cyclists' café at Nets on the Wirral. Think of this as the NEureka 200.

If 200km is too far at this time of the year, you can try the shorter alternative, the Safari 150 . We're running this 150km event on 27th November as a Group Perm. Just sign up for the ride, and join us at Poynton Costa ready for an 8:30 start

We've revised the route to avoid the busy roads around the Airport. It involves a short stretch of the Transpennine Trail near Dunham Massey, but you should find this is OK even on the skinniest of tyres. Or you can continue down Dunham Road to Heatley (look at a map).

From there we're back on the traditional route through Appleton and Preston Brook, Frodsham and Helsby to reach Mickle Trafford.

There is a change of route after Capenhurst where we head north up the Wirral as far as Heswall. The path goes through Oaks Farm before Willaston so make sure you don't slip on something 'agricultural' and don't follow someone's back wheel too closely! The route then reaches the Dee Estuary after Neston with spectacular views across to Wales. Our major cafe stop is at Nets Cafe, just after Neston.

The next few kilometres are completely traffic free as we use the Burton Marsh Greenway. Then it's alongside the River Dee, dead-straight with no shelter for about 7km. A head-wind here would be bad news as you aim for the footbridge at Saltney Ferry, impossible to see at first but it is there somewhere. From here we're back on the traditional route to Rossett, Cross Lanes and Bangor-on-Dee.

Back in England, we take a direct return route back to Cheadle, over a small climb to Bickerton, and through Winsford and Middlewich.
Eureka Cafe, looking after cyclists for 80 years
Eureka Cafe, looking after cyclists for 80 years

You need to get your Brevet Card stamped at Nets Café. Other cafe´s which you might find handy, include those at Dunham on the Hill (45km), Rossett (107km), Bunbury (159km) and Middlewich (182km).

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