Since sunset is getting earlier and earlier we decided to have an even earlier pub stop this week, so that we wouldn't riding to the pub in the dark. With a departure time of 6.30pm we decided to have just an hour and a half of cycling before stopping for a drink at The Queen's Head in Newton 8pm.
In compensation for a shorter ride the four of us (Cheryl, Rob, Daniel and me) had a slightly faster ride than usual. We first headed south out of Cambridge to Trumpington and Great Shelford, where we turned right onto the road to Little Shelford and Whittlesford. We then then crossed the A505 and continued to Duxford where we turned west onto Grange Road, the road which runs along the southern edge of Duxford Airfield to Chrishall Grange.
Although it had been dull and overcast all day the sun came out for a final half hour before setting.
At Chrishall Grange we turned north, crossed the A505 once more and continued to Fowlmere. By now the sun had set and the light was beginning to disappear, giving us just enough time for a loop via Thriplow before we arrived at The Queen's Head in Newton a little before 8pm.
It was nice to visit this basic but charming pub again (we had come here back in May). We ordered some food and enjoyed a pleasant drink for half an hour or so before returning back to Cambridge in the dark. We arrived back in central Cambridge at 9.15pm, after riding a distance of 26 miles.
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Next week we're moving the start time forward to 6pm.