Sunday, 23 May 2010

23 May: Afternoon ride to Saffron Walden

Jaqueline Mountford-Green writes: Five riders joined me at 2.15pm under a cloudless blue sky in a temperature already reaching the mid twenties. By zig zagging through the back streets we crossed Hills Road from Bateman Street, Cherry Hinton Road from the hall and Queen Edith's Way from Spalding Way.

Once on the DNA cycle path we gathered speed, stopping briefly at Shelford Station crossing for the apparently delayed 2pm from Cambridge, before continuing via Whittlesford, Duxford and Ickleton. Here we turned towards Elmdon where a shaded tree provided respite until we had all regrouped.

Three riders decided to take tea elsewhere so the other three enjoyed the downhill journey, under the M11 viaduct, to the stunning views of Audley End. A little climb and we were soon dropping into Saffron Walden and into the tea stop.

By 5.30 only two other riders had joined us and as the majority lived west of Cambridge we planned a return route via Chrishall and Fowlmere. The rolling, tree shaded, lanes provided breathtaking smells of cowslip and lilac and we were soon splitting off to our more direct routes home. Thank you to all for a wonderful ride. Jaqueline Mountford-Green

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