Sunday, 30 October 2011

30 Oct: Emitremmus audax

Gareth writes: An ‘Extended Calendar Event’ is an award that Audax UK offers to encourage people to cycle to and from events instead of driving. The idea is that you treat your ride to the start and back from the finish like stages of an audax, with controls and time limits and so forth, and you get the points for the extra distance you do. In particular, you can turn a 100 km ride (which doesn’t get any points) into a 200 km ride (which does).

So when I noticed that it was just over 50 km from home to the start of the ‘Emitremmus’ (a 100 km audax from Stevenage), I thought I’d give it a go, even though it meant setting out at 07:00 to get to Stevenage for the 10:00 start.

This morning I had a really convincing dream in which I woke up to discover that my alarm clock had stopped working and I had overslept, and that anyway it was pouring with rain. Clearly my subconscious didn’t want to go cycling.

The hill by Royston golf course, early morning.

I took the A10 direct to Royston (it’s pretty quiet early on a Sunday), and then up the hill by the golf course to Therfield, and down through Kelshall, Sandon, Cromer, and Walkern (this bit become quite familiar as I cycled it three times). It was slow going with the wind in the south-west, but I got to the Sailing Centre at Fairlands Valley Park with twenty minutes to spare.

More cyclists than you can shake a stick at.

An unusual machine, near Aston.

I haven’t seen so many cyclists since the Skyride last year—there were more than 300 names on the entry list just for the 100 km ride (there was also a 68 km ‘Lite’ version), and a huge queue of people signing up on the day. The organization was very smooth, with volunteers stamping cards at all the controls. The Old Swan Tea Shop at Hare Street had set up a stall selling cups of tea, doughnuts and bananas, and the Women’s Institute were selling cakes at Therfield.

The Old Swan Tea Shop set up a stall selling cups of tea and doughnuts.

I thought that with so many cyclists on the roads I’d be able to find someone going at the same speed as me, but somehow it didn’t work out that way because of all the hills. If I could keep up with someone on the downhills, then I’d lose them on the uphills, and if they could keep up with me on the uphills, then they’d burn me off on the downhills. But I did manage to draft a group from Sudbury CC for a few miles.

On the B1037 near Chrishall.

It was nice to see the cycle paths of Stevenage—there’s a network of separated cycle paths along the majority of the main roads, with grade-separated junctions. A bit confusing for the visitor because of complete lack of signage, but it’d be great if you lived there. (So why is the modal share of cycling so dismal?)

Near Great Chishill.

As I left Stevenage for the ride home, it was getting chilly and there was a gentle rain. Since I was retracing part of the route, I met some of the tail-enders coming the other way. The time limit for the 100 km ride was a very generous eight hours, so none of them would have been in much danger of being out of time. The very last rider was a poor chap walking his bike up the steep bit between Kelshall and Sandon in the gathering gloom with a rainy 22 km to go. I hope he made it.

I was pretty tired on the way back—I’m not sure I’ve ever climbed Chapel Hill so slowly. But every journey comes to an end, and I was home at 18:25, having cycled 214 km (133 miles). Wildlife spotted: a pair of red kites, a pair of muntjacs, and a vole.

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30 Oct: All-day ride to Waresley and Hinxworth

Nigel writes: The clocks went back this morning, so we had an extra hour in bed - a small consolation as we enter the season of cold mornings and dark evenings. This particular morning, however, wasn't too bad. It was cloudy and dull - and we didn't see much of the sun all day - but surprisingly warm considering the time of year. Even the steady wind was quite warm. There were nine of us at Brookside for today's ride, including Tony our leader.

Tony led us west out of Cambridge along the Coton path to Coton and up Madingley Hill to Hardwick.

We joined the old St Neot's Road which we followed west until the turn to Knapwell.

We turned north for a big loop which took us through Knapwell and Connington before turning south-west to Hilton, where we stopped to admire the Turf Maze.

We continued south-west to Graveley, directly into a steady headwind which was to keep us company for most of the day.

At Graveley we turned directly south, first to Croxton, where we crossed the A428, and then to Waresley, where we arrived at the garden centre at about 11.20pm. As usual, there were several club members already in the cafe including Adrian, Doug and Mike S.

After coffee several riders turned back to Cambridge leaving about seven to continue on to lunch in Hinxworth. Adrian, Doug and Mike finished coffee first and set off on their own towards lunch, leaving Tony, Rupert, Conrad and me to follow on later. Tony had planned a 24 mile route to lunch but since it was already 11.45am Rupert suggested we ride straight there. The direct route through Gamlingay, Potton, Dunton and Edworth wasn't very long, so despite a steady headwind we only took an hour. We arrived at Farrowby Farm, Hinxworth at 12.45pm, ahead of Adrian's group who joined us a few minutes later.

Farrowby Farm is a real farm, and my bike was parked next to a field full of young pigs.

After lunch we continued in two groups. I remained with Tony's group of four, which was heading east towards our tea stop in Ickleton. Meanwhile Adrian's group made their own way back to Cambridge.

Our first stop after Hinxworth was Ashwell, where we briefly stopped to inspect the "Ash Well". This is a rather attractive pond in a sunken hollow in the middle of the village, surrounded by trees (some of them, presumably, ash trees). The spring here forms the source of the River Rhee, which is one of the tributaries of the Cam.

From Ashwell we turned south - and back into the wind. This took us up into the chalkland of north Hertfordshire. We crossed over the A505 and continued to Sandon, Kelshall and Thirfield to Reed. We were now riding through a much more undulating and intimate landscape than further north, much more attractive than the flat, quiet but rather bleak landscape of Huntingdonshire and Bedfordshure which we had been riding through until now. As we rode along we encountered dozens of cyclists riding the other way. These were riders on the "Emitremmus Desrever" 100km Audax from Stevenage to Saffron Walden and back. Along the way we spotted Tina from our club.

When we reached Reed we paused briefly outside the (closed) Silver Ball Cafe to have a drink and for Rupert to have a sandwich. Unfortunately Tony hadn't noticed that we had stopped, so he carried on without us, and althouhh we followed on after a few minutes we didn't see Tony again.

From Reed we were riding with the wind behind us, and we made rapid progress to Barkway. After a short distance along the B1368 we turned off towards Shaftenhoe End and the switchback climb to Great Chishill.

From Great Chishill it would have been a short and pleasant ride to Ickleton, our planned tea stop, but the three of us decided to head straight back to Cambridge instead. We continued through Heydon towards Chrishill Grange. When we reached the turn for Elmdon we came across Simon P and the afternoon ride, who had just climbed up from Chrishill Grange and were waiting for the final member of their group to join them.

Simon's group continued on south for a loop through Littlebury Green and Catmere End whilst Rupert, Conrad and I carried on home via Chrishill Grange, Duxford, Whittlesford and the Shelfords. I was home by 4.30pm, having cycled 77 miles.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

27 Oct: Thursday ride to Swavesey and St Neots

Edward writes: Despite a none too promising morning eleven riders, including Jo who was riding with the Thursday group for the first time, came to our new meeting place in Haslingfield. This was very gratifying as we had lost the sunny days which we have all enjoyed up until now. There was a little rain but soon after we began to ride this stopped. We have to mention the wind, the ever present feature of this summer's cycling - there was none. Greta was away this week so Mike took over the leadership role.

Luckily our start was not up Chapel Hill but rather through Harlton and over the A603 to go through the Eversdens, Kingston and Bourn. This was enough to get the blood flowing and get everyone warmed up. At Bourn we carried on through the village to find Cambourn on our left and then over the A428 and take the immediate turning for Knapwell and then Boxworth. After this it was very quickly over the A14 and we soon found ourselves in Swavesey. This was our coffee stop at the increasingly popular Bethel Baptist Chapel. We received our usual warm welcome from the village ladies who this time represented the village fete committee. This is a really good stop - coffee and home made cake for £1.50 - some bargain. In Swavesey we also welcomed Jim, another rider new to the Thursday rides.

We couldn't stay here all day so we set off again and retraced our steps a little before taking the road to Fen Drayton and the edges of Fenstanton before going back over the A14 and taking the road to Hilton. Despite the dreary weather there is always something to appreciate in the countryside. The autumn trees still have plenty of colour in them and make vivid contrasts with each other. Not quite the spectacular sight when the sun is out but worth seeing nonetheless. Next up was the fairly long stretches between Graveley and Toseland where we made good progress with the light breeze on our backs and then onto the main road leading into a very busy St Neots and the Ambiance cafe which was our lunch stop, arriving about 1 pm.

After a good lunch, especially good for some, we started out again at 2 pm and made our way over the common and took the road to Abbotsley and on to Waresley. After Waresley the rain returned and was heavy drizzle all the way home. We went through the Gransdens and onto Longstowe and Bourn. The group split here, some going home via Comberton and Barton and the remainder going back via Kingston and the Eversdens. We got back to Haslingfield at 4 pm having covered 53 miles. Our thanks go to Mike for a splendid ride. Edward Elmer

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

23 Oct: Afternoon ride to Saffron Walden

Conrad writes: 10 riders, including Josh who was new to the club and David whose last club ride was in 1984, were at Brookside for today's afternoon ride to Saffron Walden. It was perfect weather for cycling except that we would have to contend with a strong headwind for most of the outbound journey.

The first part of today's route was quite straightforward --- out on Trumpington to the Shelfords and Whittlesford. It was quite clear that the headwinds would be a major factor in today's ride as the group became strung out and splintered into smaller groups on the long exposed stretches of road between Shelford and Whittlesford and progress was slower than usual. At Duxford, Josh turned back to attend a 4pm appointment back in Cambridge and we continued on to Elmdon, where Lynn, who had arrived at Brookside 5 minutes late but managed to catch up with us at Shelford, also turned back.

It was a relief to pick up speed going down Essex Hill before we took the pleasant country lane up to Duddenhoe End. Here, I gave the riders a choice :- take the direct off-road Roman Road which would have shelter from the headwinds, or stay on the road to Langley Upper Green. I had tried the offroad route on Friday and found that it was a wide, passable track with some loose gravel and stones. On account of my poor off-road skills, I did have to get off my bike and walk on some short stretches, particularly a dip in the track where a stream would flow if there was sufficient rainfall. In any case, Steve G, Mike K, John and Cheryl took the Roman Road, while Mike Sleep, Neil, David and Simon followed me on a loop through Langley Upper Green and we joined the offroad group just before the left-turn to Stickling Green.

From here, it was a quick ride along the rolling landscape through Arkesden, Wenden Ambo (where we met Mike Stapleton cycling in the opposite direction) and onto SaffronWalden. We arrived at the Temeraire at 4:40 pm which was a credible time given the strong headwinds and climbs we had done. There were already 10 riders from the all-day ride enjoying their coffees in the glorious sunshine.

The slow service meant that we only left the pub at 5:15 pm, by which time the day-riders, along with Mike K, Simon and John, had already left for Cambridge. I led the remaining riders back to Cambridge via Little Walden, Hadstock, Linton (where there were some glorious views of the water tower in the sunset), Balsham and Fulbourn. I arrived home at 6:45pm, after cycling 46 miles. Conrad Chua

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Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of CTC Cambridge will be held on Sunday 6th November at 5pm, at Hauxton Village Hall. A tea will be served at 4.30pm. All committee posts will be open for election, and all members are invited to stand for any of the posts.

23 Oct: All-day ride to Horseheath, Sible Hedingham and Saffron Walden

Nigel writes: October has been a superb month for fine weather. Although it is now definitely autumn, and there has been no repeat of the record-breaking temperatures of the start of the month, the past week has seen an unbroken succession of clear, sunny days. Although today wasn't expected to be quite as sunny, it was clear that we were going to have yet another lovely day, and so it proved.

I found eleven other riders waiting at Brookside for today's all-day ride. Perhaps we were all feeling that the fine weather couldn't last and we needed to make the best of it. Tom was our leader today, and he led over Hills Road bridge and down Cherry Hinton Road to Fulbourn.

At Fulbourn we turned towards the Wilbrahams and the road to Six Mile Bottom. When we reached Six Mile Bottom we crossed over the A1304 and climbed the hill for about two-thirds of the way towards Brinkley before turning right by the woodland cemetery onto the lovely lane that follows the ridge to West Wratting.

We continued to West Wickham and after a few more minutes arrived at Horseheath, where we stopped at The Red Lion for coffee.

Already waiting outside the pub were Geoff, Adrian and Doug, and after a while Mike S turned up, making a total of sixteen at coffee. I wandered into the bar to order coffee to discover that the landlord had already spotted us and that staff were already preparing tea, coffee and plates of cakes for us. As always, this is a really nice place to stop for coffee. The landlord and staff make us feel welcome and the food and drink is very good value. We spent about half an hour sitting on the sofas chatting (and agreeing on the inevitably of the All Blacks winning the rugby World Cup).

About ten of us carried on towards lunch in Sible Headingham. Tom's route was fairly straightfoward: south through The Camps and Helions Bumpstead to Finchingfield, then east through Withersfield to Sible Headingham.

Just after Finchingfield we were overtaken by a couple of club cyclists, who called out a cheery greeting as they sped past. I was still feeling full of energy from the two cakes I had eaten at Horseheath, so I decided to latch on behind them and see how long I could keep up. Normally when I do this I soon have to give up and drop back, but today we were reasonably well matched and I was able to ride along with them, chatting pleasantly, for quite a few miles. They turned off south towards Halstead just as I was beginning to tire, and I completed the final few miles to Sible Headingham on my own. I found the Corner Cafe, ordered my lunch (£3.99 for a huge baked potato and beans) and sat outside to wait for my meal, and the other riders.

This was the first time the club has visited this cafe, and we were pleased to discover that it is entirely satisfactory: an adequate menu, friendly, and excellent value. No doubt we will come back here next year.

After lunch, just as we were planning to leave, Gareth arrived. We waited whilst he ate a quick coffee and bacon toastie and explained how he had just been for a ride with "another cycling club" before cycling down to join us. As a result, whilst the rest of us were on 40 miles so far, Gareth was on 60.

Before long we were on our way. Tom took us north out of Sible Headingham and then west, though a series of enchanting quiet lanes, to Great Bardfield.

This area is rather annoyingly on the junction of four adjacent OS maps, which made it necessary for Tom to stop periodically to make sure we were on the correct route. But it didn't matter: it was sunny, it was warm, and the area was beautiful and quiet.

From Great Bardfield we continued through Thaxted and Debden to Saffron Walden, where we arrived at The Temerarire at about 4.30pm. Here I ordered a coffee and a large slice of carrot cake, and we sat outside in the sunshine to await the afternoon riders. After a few minutes Conrad arrived with about eight others. Whilst they queued up to order coffee the all-day riders got ready to leave.

Our route back to Cambridge took us past Audley End house and along Chestnut Avenue to Catmere End. We followed the ridge over Coploe Hill before dropping down to Ickleton and the road through Duxford and Whittlesford to the Shelfords. We joined the DNA path to Addenbrooke's before turning onto the busway cycleway towards the station.

As we rode along the super-smooth busway cycleway I realised my front tyre had gone soft. I had a puncture. Fortunately it only took a few minutes to change the tube and re-inflate, and I was home by 6.15pm, after having cycled a very enjoyable 82 miles.

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

20 Oct: Thursday ride to Saffron Walden and Puckeridge

Edward writes: Today was gloriously sunny, although cold early on, and importantly very little wind, and this encouraged another large turnout when we met at Greta's house in Hauxton. Maybe this would be the last opportunity for an invigorating ride in good conditions before winter and the shorter days are upon us. This large group set off towards Whittlesford where we were joined by Mike B and then on to Duxford after negotiating the A505. After Duxford we rode to Ickleton and up Coploe Hill where we stopped to regroup. The views over the field under the strong sunlight were very special and what little wind there was blew a little harder here and reminded us that it was still a cold day.

Coploe Hill

Catmere End

On our way again we climbed to Catmere End followed by the long descent down Chestnut Avenue and its suffering trees to the A1383 before turning past Audley End Mansion and on to Saffron Walden for our break. Quite a few of us sat outside on the patio sheltered from any wind and felt warm in the sun. The group at this point had grown to 18 as Bob B had now joined us.

After coffee we left Saffron Walden and headed towards Debden but not actually reaching the village as we turned right and made our way to Widdington. Unfortunately two or three of the leading riders went on to Debden and had to be retrieved by Mike whilst the main group carried on. After Widdington we descended to the road running beside the M11 and turned right to head towards Ugley and the A1383 which we travelled along for about 400 metres before taking the turning to Rickling Green and Rickling where Rupert and Eva left us. We then climbed up to Berden followed by the Pelhams and the long run down to Braughing through particularly rural and sunlit countryside. We arrived at our lunch stop in Puckeridge just after 1pm having covered 37 miles. We were soon joined by Mike and the others and we were at full strength again.

Lunch stop

The Crown and Falcon is a very pleasant stop with good food and very friendly service and we finally left at 2.20 pm. After lunch the group took on a very different complexion with only five riders taking the official route home and the others having to be home early or wishing to go off-road. The remaining five went out of Puckeridge and into the village of Standon, followed by a short but stiff climb to Wellpond Green and through wonderful country lanes before reaching Little Hadham and crossing the A120, the crossing where you are advised to expect a long wait! We got across and shortly after we turned right to make for Upwick Green. Although just outside Bishop's Stortford and close to Stansted Airport we felt as if we were in the depth of the country cycling in narrow lanes and it was extremely pleasant. We then rode through Farnham and onto Munuden where we all did a little scrumping as we found a walnut tree with plenty to glean.


After gathering as many as we could we set off again going through Clavering. Just before Clavering Malcolm left us as he needed a shorter route home so as to get there before dark. We then followed a familiar route home via Langley Upper Green where the road bisects the cricket field. Fielders on the boundary have the road between them and the wicket so it's as well these are quiet country lanes. After Langley it was Duddenhoe End followed by a fast descent and a slow climb up to Elmdon. After this it was all downhill, going through Chrisall Grange, Duxford, over the A505 and back to Hauxton at 5.10pm with a total distance of 67 miles. Edward Elmer

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Christmas Lunch - Book Now

The annual CTC Cambridge Christmas Lunch will be on Sunday 11th December 2011 at Bourn Golf Club. This is the same venue as last year so we can be sure of a fine meal and a most enjoyable time. Three courses are £19.95, two courses are £16.95. The club will pay the service charge. To book your place please print the menu here, make your selections and send it with a cheque to the address given by 26th Nov.

The senior cyclists' group will have an additional Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at The Chequers, Orwell. Two courses are £10. To book your place please see the menu here and send your selections and payment to the address given by 4th Dec.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

16 Oct: Afternoon ride to Caxton

John writes: Glorious weather tempted six riders to slowly winkle their way from Brookside, through crowds of pedestrians, cyclists and dogs, to the Pye Bridge and across the Cam to join the GBW cycle path at Orchard Road East. At Longstanton Jim, a first-time rider with CTC and to whom we extend a warm welcome, invited us to inspect his large and productive allotment.. After a 20 minute halt and generously provided with sweet-corn and apples by Jim we continued beside the GBW to Swavesey and through this straggling village to Fendrayton. The ride-leader was pleased his Garmin, found the foot/cycle path to Fenstanton church, past the King William IV pub and under the A14. The pub had been a welcome lunch stop on his recce.

Now half-way to the tea-stop and we sped against a strengthening NWly wind towards Hilton and Graveley. En route we met an assumed escapee from the all-day ride (Rupert) dashing Easterly. At Hilton Steve made a bee-line for the tea-stop and, at Graveley, Jacob followed suite, predictably by an off-road route.

Now with a favourable wind we cycled Southerly. On the left lay the well-wooded Croxton Park and on the right was the fine view over the Ouse valley towards St. Neots. The westering sun was now low on the horizon and clouds had rolled in with the breeze. Ahead a distant hot-air balloon was visible. Waresley church poked its quirky spire above the trees. This section of the ride is amongst my favourite Cambridgeshire routes. It was especially attractive owing to the fine weather and surprisingly light traffic. On the outskirts of Abbottsley we turned left, sped through Great Gransden to Caxton and the Cross Keys, reached at 5'o'clock and after 30 miles of cycling.

This was the ride-leader's first visit. Reunited with Jacob and Steve and meeting two other CTC riders (names unknown to me) we enjoyed a splendid tea. After a short stay Jim returned to Longstanton independently and the five remaining riders set off to Bourne where Mike S's recumbent machine amused some small children. Thence through Toft, Comberton and Barton. At Newnham, reached 10 minutes before sunset, we dispersed to our various homes: one rider, another John, going to catch a train to Royston.

The total distance was about 40 miles which, given the shortness of the days, should be maximum for an afternoon ride at this season. There were no punctures or other breakdowns. John Ferguson

Rides in November and December

The November and December runs lists have now been published. Read about the highlights of our autumn rides programme here.

16 Oct: Morning ride to Woodhurst

Nigel writes: I joined today's all-day ride just for the morning. The day started clear and sunny, but quite cold - a lovely morning but an intimation of cold days to come. Averil was our leader today, and she led our group of seven riders north into the centre of Cambridge and then west over the river.

We weaved our way through West Cambridge, picked up Paul in Storeys Way, and continued up to Huntingdon Road which we followed as far as the turn to Girton. We cycled through Girton and on to Oakington, where we joined the Busway Cycleway for a short distance. Ahead of us on the cycleway we found Bob, who joined us.

After riding along the cycleway for a couple of miles we reached the B1050 which we joined and followed through Willingham and all the way to Earith. This was a relatively busy road but there was nothing we could do to avoid it as Earith offers the only crossing point of the Ouse between Ely and St Ives.

At Earith we turned west onto the A1123 which we followed for about a mile as far as Bluntisham (below).

At Bluntisham we turned off the main road onto a minor road which took us west to the Raptor Foundation near Woodhurst. This is a specialist wildlife park for birds of prey, with a cafe that was today's designated morning coffee stop.

This was the first time the club had visited this place, and I am pleased to report that the coffee was very good and the cakes large and inexpensive. Already in the cafe we found four further club members.

After coffee the the main group led by Aveil continued to lunch in West Perry beside Grafham Water, and afternoon tea in Caxton. With the sun still shining brightly in a clear sky it had warmed up considerably. However I needed to return back to Cambridge and so four of us did so via St Ives, Fenstanton, Fen Drayton and the Busway Cycleway. I was home by 1.15pm, having cycled 42 miles.

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Cycling holiday in 2012

(Update: this holiday is now sold out with 18 members taking part)

Club member Adrian Lee is organising a week-long cycling holiday in South Wales in September 2012. All members are warmly invited to join him. More information.

Rides in November and December

The November and December runs lists have now been published.

Clocks go back on Sunday 30th October, and our start times and tea times are changed to compensate. Our Sunday rides become slightly shorter, but don't forget to bring your lights on these winter rides.

On Sunday 6th November we have our AGM ride which combines an afternoon ride, a home-made tea and our annual formal meeting of the group, and offers a chance to meet a lot of other club members. Later that month, on Sunday 20th November, our rides end with a home tea in Cherry Hinton provided by Conrad.

We have our Christmas lunch ride on Sunday 11th December (black tyres if you want to be formal). No rides are planned for Sunday 25th December as it is Christmas day, but we plan a special "easy social ride" on 26th December - this will follow the newly-completed (we hope) busway route all the way to St Ives.

The Wednesday evening rides have now finished, but by popular demand our short Saturday morning rides have been extended into November, with rides on 5th and 18th November.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

15 Oct: Saturday morning ride to Barton

Tina write: Eight riders (Bob, Julia, Ian, Nigel, Jan and two Simons) gathered for a Saturday morning ride westwards. Tina led everyone down Fen Causeway and across Lammas Land to pick up the Barton cycleway alongside the A603, where we settled into a leisurely pace chatting and enjoying a blue-sky morning, more summer in temperature than autumn.

We turned left in Barton and followed the straight road past radio telescopes down to Haslingfield, where we paused on the village green to admire "Joan’s seat" and also to test out the Millenium sundial (second photo), which proved extremely accurate.

Just out of Haslingfield, we turned left to Harlton and stopped to inspect another millennium monument at the crossroads – this time a plaque with information about history of local area, resting on a carved triangular stone plinth depicting a maypole, agricultural images and modern radio telescopes. (We explained the maypole tradition to Jan, originally from New York.) After Harlton, we crossed the A603, turning immediately left to the Eversdens and then onwards up Claypit Hill, for great views over surrounding countryside. Verges ablaze with wild flowers earlier in the year, now only sheltered the occasional scabious and purple knapweed, though at the field borders, mild weather had encouraged poppies to produce a second flush.

Turning right on to the B1046, we headed back towards Cambridge, through Toft and Comberton, arriving at Burwash Manor Barns at about midday. We sat outside for about half an hour in the warm sunshine chatting and enjoying a selection of cakes and scones in no hurry to move on. Even the Wales’s Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat couldn’t take the shine off such a glorious sunny day!

We quickly covered the straightforward three miles back into Cambridge, arriving back at Brookside at about 1pm, having cycled nearly 19 miles. Tina Filby

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Photos 1 & 2 by Tina Filby, photos 3 - 10 by Julia Hochbach.