Sunday, 16 January 2011

16 Jan: Afternoon ride to Coton

Jacqueline writes: A blue sky, mild temperatures and a moderate westerly wind encouraged eleven riders to set off through Newnham to Paradise Nature Reserve. From here we took the path south by the River Cam to Grantchester.

When we reached Grantchester we turned left onto Bridle Path. This took us over the M11, through a field, under a roof of winter branches, to the junction of the A603 and B1046. Along this bridleway I am usually rewarded with birds and animals but today our focus was on missing the puddles and muddy tyre tracks.

We took the opportunity of skirting around Comberton past Highfield Farm and Green End. We followed the B1046 to Toft where we turned right onto the road to Hardwick. Two of our party decided to do a few extra miles and continued onto Cambourne while the rest of us zig-zagged through Hardwick onto Hall Drive. Here a puncture provided the opportunity for social exchange and a little refreshment. We were now seven as one had disappeared off the front. We continued over the A428 to DryDrayton and Madingley before stopping at Coton for tea.

Thank you everyone for your excellent company and support. Jacqueline Mountford-Green

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