Saturday, 6 March 2010

6 Mar: Introductory ride to Hardwick

Today was the first Saturday morning ride of the year. These are officially described as "short, introductory rides, particularly suitable for newcomers".

The weather was clear and sunny but quite cold so I was pleased to find that a total of seven riders had turned out at Brookside for the 10am start.

Julia led us west out of Cambridge along the Barton Road cycleway to Barton, where we rejoined the road and continued to Haslingfield. This intended to be a gentle ride so Julia set a leisurely pace. As a result it was easy for me to sprint ahead to take photos.

At Haslingfield we turned right to Harlon, where we stopped to inspect the monument at the junction with Washpit Lane, by the duckpond.

From Harlton we turned north to Comberton and Toft before arriving at Frankie's Snack Bar in Hardwick at about 11.30am.

This was my first visit to Frankie's Snack Bar, which is located next to a pet shop on a little estate of shops on the edge of Hardwick. I enjoyed a mug of coffee and a cheese toastie followed by piece of cake.

After coffee we returned to Cambridge, following the cycle path along the A428 and then the Coton footpath.

I was back in Cambridge at about 12.45pm, having ridden 20 miles.

View this GPS track on a larger map

Snowdrops through spokes. Photos 1,4,5,8 and 9 by Julia Hochbach.

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