An incursion into Wales to the fine old town of Ruthin in Denbighshire.
You approach Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd from the spectacular Bwlch Penbarras, crossing the Clwydian range of mountains the 'easy' way, although the descent to Ruthin is 'interesting' enough that you ought to stop if you want to admire te views.
The Perm starts from Dean Row (between Stockport and Wilmslow) with parking available in a nearby layby. You head for Waverton, over the Cheshire Plain via Vale Royal, Daveham and Cotebrook. After all those quiet lanes, the ride goes into Chester City Centre using the canal tow path, then alongside the River Dee and into Wales via Kinnertion and past the former youth hostel at Maeshafn. Penbarras is the literal high point of the ride before the exhilarating descent to Ruthin.
The return journey goes through the Nant y Garth Pass and Bwlchgwyn to Wrexham and Bangor-is-y-coed before returning to England at Malpas. The finish at Woodford is reached using the well-used cyclists route through Church Minshull.
☕ Some Useful Café Suggestions:
53km: Waverton, Eggbridge Rolls (shut Sundays) 95km: Ruthin, Chatwins 143km: Malpas, The Old School Tea Room