Sunday, 16 August 2009

15 Aug: Morning ride to Barton

There was a good turnout for today's ride in spite of it being a rather cloudy morning. There were twelve riders, including five new riders.

We avoided the centre of Cambridge as it was likely to be crowded. We went out over Coe Fen and the little bridge to Newnham. This is a lovely quiet path. Then along Barton Road to Grange Road so we could join the route to the Coton path.

The Coton path starts as a wide footpath and separate cyclepath and then narrows down to a normal cycle path width.

There is a bridge over the M11 and to our surprise it has been resurfaced.

We went through Coton and then along the cycle path towards Hardwick until we came to the road leading to Comberton where we turned left down the hill. The hill encouraged several of our riders to form a fast group which waited at the next turning point where Julia took another photo.

We carried on into Comberton village passing the village pond. We went straight on then left to avoid as much of the main road back to Barton as possible. We followed the cycle track to Barton and rejoined the road at its end just before the centre of the village.

We carried on to Burwash Manor where we had tea and cakes in the little cafe. Burwash Manor is a lovely complex of little shops.

After tea we return to Cambridge via the track to Grantchester and the path over the meadows to Newnham and back to Cambridge.

Total distance was about 15 miles and was easily completed by all our riders. Many thanks for all the support. Mike Stapleton.

Photos by Julia Hochbach.

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