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This Perm can be ridden at any time of day or night using the eBrevet, except where it clashes with the Calendar version (IE not on 25 May 2024).

That rare type of event; a four hundred km Audax ride in Wales without AAA points! This is a fairly easy ride from Poynton to Holyhead and back. Easy, that is, apart from it being a 250 mile bike ride

This 400km Perm is a ride across Cheshire and along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and back. Only 2 major climbs are encountered, with the first at 83km onto 263m Halkyn Mountain to avoid the mainly dual carriageway through Mostyn, the second, 158m over Sychnant Pass at 142km to avoid the coast road between Conwy and Pemmaenmawr.
One of the cycling bridges at Pen-y-clip
        <br>(photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)
One of the cycling bridges at Pen-y-clip
(photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)

We use some high quality cyclepaths. The Chester Greenway is traffic-free all the way from Mickle Trafford to Connah's Quay with a good quality surface. Then we use the coastal path from Llandulas to Rhos-on-sea instead of riding through Colwyn Bay with again a surface suitable for making Audax progress. Unbelievably the steepest climbs of the whole ride are encountered on this cyclepath!

You will be able to avoid the high speed A55 using the 21st century cyclists bridges and Telford's 19th century road at Pen-y-Clip.If you time it right you will be able to take advantage of easy night-time route-finding through the night from Holyhead to Chester Services, where their is 24 hour catering at the M56 services.
 4  Llanfair PG 400
 2  Holyhead - Poynton
 2  Holyhead - Prestatyn - Holyhead
 2  Poynton - Holyhead
 2  Poynton - St Asaph - Poynton
There are five versions of the ride across North Wales between Poynton and Anglesey, either the full 400km ride or in 200km chunks.

If you like bridges you'll love this ride. You will encounter the Hartford "blue" bridge over the Weaver Navigation, while the Chester Greenway uses a fantastic new cyclists' bridge at Queensferry, as well as the shared railway bridge over the Dee at Hawarden. Special cyclists' facilities are in place near Saint Asaph and either side of the Pen-y-clip tunnels. And of course, you get to cycle over both Stevenson's Britannia Bridge then Telford's Menai Bridge to reach Anglesey. Bringing you right up to date, you will encounter the modern Dee cable-stayed bridge on the way back.

timings Ride Report (i)

An audaxer
An audaxer's bike outside a Welsh railway station
 ½  Elementary 50
 1  Budworths 100
Safari 150
 2  Chirk 200
 2  Llanfair 200
 3  Monty 300
 3  Plains 300
 4  Llanfair 400
 6  Kirtons 600
If you like this ride, you may wish to try another of the Perms from Poynton.

Perms are also available with starts from Dean Row , Stalybridge and Uppermill .
14 2023: 1
13 2022: 3
12 2021: 4
11 2020: 2
10 2019: 2
 9  2018: 9
 8  2017: 7
 7  2016: 4
 6  2015: 0
 5  2014: 4
 4  2013: 6
 3  2012: 5
 2  2011: 5
 1  2010: 2