Hi all - with our family holiday to Turkey officially cancelled, we’ve booked a 5 night break domestically up in Cheshire here: https://www.cardenpark.co.uk/ It’s a little east of Wrexham.
I’m taking “a” bike - still to decide which one. I can use the Garmin route suggestion tool, but was wondering if anyone here from around that area had any recommendations of “must ride” climbs/roads/routes?
Run wise, I’m sure I’ll figure something out. And it has a 20m pool on site, so that would work. Out of interest, are there any nearby OW venues accessible during the week that people know of?
Cool, thanks. If you have any links to similar type strava rides you’ve done of those locations then I’ll see what I can cobble together. Certainly liking the sound of lengthy stretches of country lanes … very different to London/Surrey/Kent!
Well, Carden Park isn’t far from my place in Chester - you’d need to direct yourself towards the hills from a bit further south but will be fairly easy to get to both the Horseshoe area and Clwydians fairly easily.
Here’s my go to route for the Horseshoe Pass, which takes in Wrecsam Steps, Worlds End, Horseshoe and Hope Mountain. I recently did it with my brother as he was passing through so started in Rossett which would be quite convenient for you. It’s a classic - just take care crossing the ford and on the descent from Dinbren as you hit a T junction onto an A road on a steepish slope:
This is what I’m doing tomorrow - Hope Mountain and Penbarras - both right nasty climbs but great views from the top:
Where you’re staying is surrounded by undulating lanes - someone already mentioned Beeston Castle - a loop either side of the Sandstone trail ridge takes you over Hart hill (from Tattenhall) and back from Bickerton via Peckforton to Beeston. Ellesmere is a nice ride - and good for a family outing - as is Shropshire in general or Delamere forest if you head north east (lots of short, sharp climbs around Delamere).
There’s lots to do and, to a large degree, you can’t go wrong