Wednesday, 4 August 2010

4 Aug: Evening ride to Haslingfield

At the start this evening were stalwarts Cheryl and Daniel, recently-joined member Rob, who rode with us for the first time two weeks ago and has been back every week since, and John who was trying us for the first time. Today had been cool, with occasional showers, and although the threat of rain had passed it remained overcast.

We headed south out of Cambridge to Addenbrookes and along the DNA path to Great Shelford. After stopping for a minute or two at the level crossing we continued to Little Shelford and the familiar route south via Whittlesford and Duxford to Ickleton.

At Ickleton we turned west onto Grange Road, a lovely quiet road that gave us fine views of the setting sun.

When we reached Chrishall Grange we turned north again, to Fowlmere and on to Shepreth.

By the time we arrived at Barrington the sun had set. With lights now turned on we climbed Chapel Hill and dropped down into Haslingfield where we stopped at the Little Rose pub bang on time at 9pm.

I had never visited this pub before. In fact I have cycled through Haslingfield dozens of times and never noticed it. This is because the pub is not actually visible from the road, and we had to ride up a short driveway to find out that the pub is modern and quite large, and, I'm pleased to report, perfectly pleasant. The pub itself was almost completely empty, with the entire cliente playing boules in the sandpit outside. Rob ordered a drink and a basket of hot chips, Daniel and I followed suit, and we sat outside to consume them.

Afterwards we returned back to Cambridge via Canteloupe Farm and Grantchester. I was home by 10.15pm, having cycled 30 miles.

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