Was only supposed to be going to Dearnford Lake! Ended up at the Fire Station Cafe in Malpas for lunch via Wales, then back via Cholomondley, Nantwich and Crewe. Feeling absolutely fabulous and my bike is now a dream after the bike fit last week!


I’d planned a quick trip out to Dearnford Lake for cake and coffee this morning but as I was cycling along my plans changed and I decided to extend and try the Grindley Brook Locks cafe just north of Whitchurch instead.

They then changed again and I decided to turn left at Tilstock and head into Wales and onwards to Malpas in Cheshire, to try the Fire Station cafe as I’d heard good things about it.


The cafe was excellent and with gorgeous food – a lovely baked potato with cheese and beans and a nice piece of cake. I then decided to head off past Cholomondley towards Nantwich and home.

At Nantwich, I decided to extend the ride yet again and ended up going via Crewe and Wybunbury.

After Wybunbury I popped in to check out yet another recommended cafe at Dagfields Antique Centre. I literally stopped for a very quick coffee before heading back on my way.


In Market Drayton, I popped into our sponsors brewery tap for a quick pint and then extended the route home via Cheswardine, Shay Lane and Newport.

I ended up with 86.6 miles on the clock when I was only supposed to be doing a quick 40 miles. The joys of having absolutely no will power at all!

Route: click here