Thursday, 17 May 2012

17 May: Thursday ride to Newport and Great Bardfield

Adrian writes: Today's ride started at Hauxton Green. Before the ride three of us called in to see Greta at her house nearby (she is now home and looking well). There were ten of us on the ride today, which I was going to be leading.

We left Hauxton and rode south through Little Shelford, Newton and Thriplow to Fowlmere where we turned left to cross the A505 to Chrishall Grange. We continued up the hill to Chrishall Village where we turned left at the cross-roads before dropping down to the B1039 and the road to Wendens Ambo.

When we reached Wendens Ambo we split up on our way to our planned coffee stop in Newport. Some went there directly along the main road, whilst Rupert, Geoff and I took an off-road route which avoided the road.

After coffee our route took us through Henham and then via Sibleys and Broxted Hill to Sucksted Green. There we turned left on to the B1051 for about a mile to Armigers before turning right to Monk Street. After crossing the B184 (left and right) we continued to Richmond's Green, Holder's Green, Templards and Lindsell, where we met the B1057.

Here we split up again, with most of the group deciding to stay on tarmac and follow the B1057 to Great Bardfield before turning south to the Blue Egg Farm at Parkgate for lunch. This left Doug and me to enjoy a slightly longer route via Bardfield Sailing which included a short section of off-road riding.

After lunch the route home was via Great Bardfield, Bridge End, Beslyn's, Hawkspur Green, Little Sampford church, Great Sampford and Radwinter.

At Radwinter crossroads we split up again. Some wanted to go home via Saffron Walden, while the rest of us went home via Ashdon, Bartlow, Linton, Abington, over the A11 via the footbridge to Babraham and finally to Sawston and the cycle path to Whittleford. There we said goodbye to Mike S before continuing back to Little Shelford where the ride ended. Thanks to all who were out today. Our mileage was about 70 miles. Adrian Lee

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