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(C) Thornton Hough to Higher Kinnerton "Walters Cafe"

10:00 Sunday September 4 2022

Current Participants: 6 space(s) available
  • Bradley, Ian
  • Branch, David
  • Curl, Douglas
  • Grant, KENNETH
  • Mace, Andy
  • Malloy, Paul
  • Procter, Clare
  • Wilkinson, Ewan
  • Williams, Peter

    By booking onto this ride you agree that:

    • you will act responsibly and adhere to the rules of the road and countryside;
    • you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to ensure that any manoeuvre that you make is carried out safely;
    • you confirm that you are fit and healthy enough to participate in the ride;
    • you confirm that you have read and are aware of the Wirral Cycling Group Risk Assessment policy
    • your cycle is in a safe, legal and roadworthy condition (see GCN’s 6 Checks Before You Ride);
    • you have read Cycling UK’s advice on riding in a group;
    • you understand that Cycling UK or Wirral Cycling Group cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, accident, loss, damage or public liability during the ride.

    On the day we suggest that you should bring:

    • wet weather wear and warm clothing
    • a spare inner tube, a pump  and tyre levers
    • some food and drink to keep you going
    • money for emergencies (and possibly lunch)
    • a mobile phone

    and that you should carry details of your address and an emergency telephone contact number, just in case.


    Distance The ride is 20.6 miles out to Walters Cafe in Kinnerton and will be a Grade C ride. With a return route back to Thornton Hough of 19.0 miles. 39.6 in total.

    Meeting We will be meeting at Thornton Hough community hall at 9.45 for a 10:00 depart.

    Possible obstacles:- The climb up Shotton Lane and through Ewloe, and Buckley is challenging, The route is mainly on minor roads however, I have tried to keep our time on these mainly B roads to a minimum. When on the A roads I have tried to use the cycle paths or pavements crossing where possible at traffic lights.

    Route description:-The outward route is easy for the first 10.2 miles mainly down the hill through Neston and over the Marshes, Deeside Ind Park and onto Shotton. Then we cross into Shotton Lane and at times over the next 4 miles, with stops as required along the way, we start climb to 434 ft. Which sounds high but there are flat pieces along the way and we will stop when required, this will not be a slog, it will be a challenge but not beyond a C grade riders ability. At the top we have a 2 mile down hill too lunch at Walters.

    The return ride is a relatively flat course down the hill to Bretton over the Ferry bridge, with a slight climb going up through Blacon and Saughall before crossing the Welsh road, through the Chester Gates and then back to Capenhurst, Hooton and return to Thornton Hough. 

    Route is available on Komoot Outward route Thornton Hough to Kinnerton

    Komoot Return route Kinnerton to Thornton Hough.

    Lunch will be at Walters (about 1.00) which we as a group have visited on a number of times over recent years, I have let them know that we are going. Should you have any dietary needs then please phone the cafe and make your own individual arrangements. 

    Hazards Riding a bicycle on public roads is inherently a risk, you can mitigate those risks by being aware of other road users and anticipating their likely actions. Wirral Cycling Group Risk Assessment policy

    After Lunch I will be returning back to Thornton Hough.

    Trains There is a train station in Hope that will return you to the Wirral so I would advise you to bring money for both your lunch and the train should you choose to use them. Departs Caergwrle at 44 min past the hour every hour.

    Questions via email please to Peter Williams


    Bookings no longer allowed on this date.