Sunday, 29 September 2013

29 Sep: All-day ride to Stradishall, Long Melford and West Wratting

Paul writes: Four members gathered at Brookside on what promised to be an ideal day weather-wise, albeit with a gentle-to-moderate easterly breeze.

Our route took the direct road to Balsham along which we were joined by Rupert. We then continued via West Wickham, Carlton Green, and the familiar route through Little Thurlow to Adam's café (formerly Tubby T's) near Stradishall where we stopped for coffee. Several other members were already gathered there.

After coffee three of the original group returned home but we were joined by three others for the next stage of the ride which took us along a series of very pleasant undulating country lanes through Farley Green, Denston, Stansfield, Thurston End, Glemsford and Liston before stopping for lunch in Long Melford.

On the way back near Ashen

Suitably 'fed and watered' our return ride followed a more southerly route, substantially benefiting from what was now a tailwind, via Borley, Bovingdon House, Belchamps Otten, St Paul, Ashen (see photo) and Ridgewell. We continued via Finkle Green and Old Hall to Steeple Bumpstead where we found the road totally impassable - even to bikes and pedestrians - due to bridge building works.

We were running rather short of time so we took a direct route to tea at West Wratting via The Camps, Horseheath and West Wickham where we found a large group of "afternoon riders" already present.

For the final stage of the ride home route home I rode with a subgroup of six via Six Mile Bottom, Dunsley Corner, Fen Ditton, Baits Bite Lock after which Mike CC and I concluded a very pleasant days ride Impington and Oakington. Total distance 90 miles. Paul Dover

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