Wednesday, 19 May 2010

19 May: Evening ride to Fen Ditton

What a difference a week makes! Whereas last week's ride was sunny but cold, today's ride started out overcast but very warm - and it brightened up as the evening went on. It was very warm: I soon realised I was over-dressed. Five riders turned out for today's ride: Nigel, Ian D, Damien, Cheryl and Gareth.

We started the ride by heading out of Cambridge along the river to Clayhithe.

At Clayhithe we doubled back along the road for a mile or two before heading off-road on bridleways and a section of the dismantled railway towards Lode. This was the route we first explored last August.

From Lode we followed a loop through the fens: this took us across White Fen and the new bridge across Swaffham Bulbeck Lode before returning to Reach and Swaffham Prior. By the time we reached Bottisham it was about 8.45pm. To save time, we decided to skip the proposed pub stop in Little Wilbraham and stop at The Plough in Fen Ditton instead. We sat with our drinks in the garden beside the river, noting how warm it was compared with last week's ride.

When we finished our drinks we returned back to Cambridge, which was only a couple of miles across Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common. I was back home at 10pm, after riding 26 miles.

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