|Visit the meres of Cheshire and Shropshire and through scenic Hawkstone Park|
|Total Distance:||207km |
|Climbing:||AAA points: 0 Total ascent: 1000m Max elevation: 171m|
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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): Dones Green, Ellesmere, Haslington, Rode Heath, Macclesfield
|Controls:||* 37km: Dones Green - Lets Eat cafe, petrol station|
* 99km: Ellesmere - Boathouse cafe, petrol statio
126km: Hodnet - Village shop
*164km: Haslington - Village shop, ATM
*197km: Macclesfield - Petrol station, ATM
*207km: Dean Row - Petrol station
* indicates controls available 24 hours
|Some Useful Cafes:|| 37km: Dones Green, Let's Eat cafe (open 7 days)|
48km: Delamere, Station cafe, Visitor Centre cafe
99km: Ellesmere, Mereside cafe
206km: Dean Row, Parkers Garden Centre
|Timings:||6 hours 54 mins (30 kph) - 14 hours 29 mins (14.3kph )|
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|Entry Fee:||£3.50 for members of AUK or CTC |
£6.50 for nonmembers
(includes Postage and Packing - send no SAEs!)
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The permanent version of the calendar event, which is normally run in January, so here is a chance to ride it again perhaps in better weather. In fact, if you pick a good day to ride (and it's a Perm, why would you pick a bad day?) you could buy a sandwich at Ellesmere petrol station and find a bench beside The Mere for a perfect alfresco lunch.
The route passes the many Meres of Cheshire and Shropshire (Mere, Pickmere, Budworth Mere, Hatchmere, Delamere, Newton Mere, Blake Mere, Ellesmere, White Mere, Colemere and Redesmere). This is excellent cycling countryside with lots of quiet lanes. Although not a hilly ride, these are numerous undulations, but if you insist on riding fixed there's nothing here that would require the use of a '24 inch gear' (IE 2 feet!).
The route uses a short stretch of the A53 Market Drayton bypass. If that looks a bit too busy for your liking, look at a map for the lanes from Ternhill through Longford, Longslow, Spoonley to Adderley, but be warned - those lanes all looked a bit muddy and gritty to me.
Most of the controls work outside normal shop hours but you would be well advised to carry food and drink if you are riding after 10pm or before 6am as the route is very much rural in character.
The Calendar version of the Mere 200 starts from Cheadle but the traffic is much too busy during the week to make that a pleasant prospect. Instead the Perm starts at Dean Row petrol station (open 24 hours!). To make up the distance, the Perm route diverges from the Calendar route after Ellesmere, finding some really wonderful lanes to get to Wem, then passing through Hawkstone Park (my favourite bit of the ride) to Hodnet, before picking up the Calendar route again at Audlem.