The route is described starting from Whitchurch, but since it's circular, you could start from anywhere. There is only one short steep hill between Tittenley and Calverhall. Apart from Whitchurch, which does have some cycle lanes, most of the route is on quiet country lanes.
From Whitchurch turn up Claypit Street, which is just before the new Sainsbury. Alternatively, you can follow Sustrans Route 45. The road leads slowly uphill past a cemetary and the ??? camping farm. A downhill section leads to a left hand bend, where you take the road (Ossmere Lane) on the right. Shortly after crossing the railway you will join Sustrans Route 45, which comes in from the right. If you look in the hedge on the left hand side your will see ???? Mercian statue.
At the T junction turn right into Hollyhurst road. You will be able to see and obelisk to your right, which is a war memorial in the grounds of Combermere Abbey. Shortly before you go underneath he railway, there is a style and a grassy area on the right, which provides a convenient stopping place to eat and drink. Immediately after you go under the railway bridge turn right and then a short distance further on turn right again at a fork in the road. You are now on Sustrnas route 70. This will lead you through Aston, past the corn mills, to the main Whitchurch - Nantwich road. Cross this and head off along Shepenhall Lane. Ignore all the turnings to the left and right. Just after you cross over a brook Shepenhall Lane changes into Rookery Lane.
Cross over the main road to Audlem and follow Royals Green Lane. After half a mile or so, you will come to a T junction opposite the end of Wilkesley Wood. Turn left along Wilkesley Lane and cycle through the hamlet of Wilkesley. After about a mile and a half, at the end of a long red brick wall you will pass the two lodges which were one of the entrances to the Shavington Estate. Carry on along the road until it bends sharply to the left. At this point you need to take the lane to the right, which leads past the large pool at Tittenley, on your left hand side.
Shortly after passing the Tittenley pool there are another two lodges, which mark what used to be another entrance to the Shavington Estate. Turn up the lane to the right, which is the only real climb on this route. It doesn't last very long and leads you to another T junction. Turn right here (signposted Calverhall). After half a mile of so you will pass the grand iron gates, which were the main entrance to the Shavington Estate. Carry on until you reach the small village of Calverhall. The Jack pub on the left is well worth a visit and serves good food and beer.
Turn right at the T junction and cycle into Ightfield. There is a convenient brick bus shelter here, which is a good place to eat your sandwiches if it's raining. Follow the bend round to the left. Just on the right there is a large grassy playground, with a couple of benches. This is a nice place to eat your sandwiches in good weather!
The road continues on into the two villages of Ash. It's a short easy climb and there is a nice duck pond where you can linger. From Ash the road descends to meet the Whitchurch bypass. Cross straight over the roundabout and enter a small industrial estate. Carry straight on at the apex of the sharp left hand bend which allows you to regain the old main road into Whitchurch, via a short stretch of footpath. From here it's only a short ride back to the town centre.
Cafes and Pubs.
- Jones Coffee House, House Green End, Whitchurch
- Juan Cafe, Watergate St, Whitchurch.
- Dusty Miller (pub) Wrenbury Tel:
- The Jack, Calverhall Tel:
Free parking in Whitchurch, Aston and Wrenbury. If you know the area there are plenty of laybys on the route where you can park.
- Distance: 34km
- Ascent: 302m