Raiders Sunday ride – Great Haywood via Stone and back via Cannock Chase and Penkridge

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I’d not been on a Nova Raiders club ride for ages and due to the jet-lag recovery from the Florida trip during the week, I’d not booked a sportive for this weekend. The perfect opportunity to go out on a club ride then!

I rode down to Nova Cycles for the 10am start and met up with the other people who were doing the ride. After waiting for late comers, we set off at 10:10 with 6 of us in total.

The route took us north out of Newport up Shay Lane and then a right turn to High Offley just before the canal. The bit up to High Offley is a bit of a climb and one of the guys on the back gave up the ride as he was finding it tough going.

Always a shame when that happens as we were going pretty steady and we’d imagined everyone was ok (wish people would communicate their concerns more as the ride leaders are not mind readers!). Anyway, in the village itself, Jeanette was waiting for us and joined our ride, so we dropped one and gained one!

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We continued into the pretty strong headwind into Stone and then headed up into the hills on the way to Uttoxeter to try and avoid the busy A51 which was the obvious alternate route.

All too soon we arrived at the cafe, one which I’ve been meaning to visit for ages and it was well worth the wait. A great setting by the canal and the service was very quick.

On the way back we headed south to Rugeley and then up through Cannock Chase and onwards back to Newport.

Back in Newport a few of us retired to the New Inn for a well deserved pint or two.

A great day out with the club and I’ll try not to leave it so long before my next ride with them!

Route: click here