Wednesday, 30 September 2015

30 Sep: Evening ride to Barton

Nigel writes: Tonight was our final evening ride of the summer (from now on they change from weekly to monthly) so it was nice to be able to enjoy a fine, clear evening.

My companions were regular Sven, not-yet-regular Chris on his second ride with us, and Thursday regular Yasmin who was here on her first evening ride.

At Brookside

Our pub stop this evening was to be in Barton, so I suggested we took a loop to the west. We set off from Brookside and wound our way through West Cambridge to Coton before climbing Madingley Hill. Today had been a lovely sunny day but with sunset today at 6.45pm we never got to see the sun, and by the time we reached the top of the hill and continued west towards Hardwick the sun was just a red glow on the horizon.

Just beyond Hardwick we joined the old A428 and continued along it as far as the turning for Bourn. Caxton, Great Gransden and Little Gransden soon followed. This is a relatively dull route compared with some of the other directions we ride so I was pleased that all four of us were ready for a relatively brisk ride.

At Little Gransden, after a brief pause at the windmill, we turned onto the B1046 for the ride back east through Longstowe, Toft and Comberton. We arrived at The White Horse at Barton bang on time at 8.30pm. We were in good time to order bowls of chips (which arrived quickly) and had a pleasant half hour chatting before setting off again for home.

Waiting for our chips at The White Horse, Barton

The ride back along the Barton Road cycleway into to Cambridge only took about twenty minutes, and I arrived home at 9.30pm having cycled 31 miles.

Our weekly evening rides have now ended, but we continue to hold evening rides every month throughout the winter. Our next ride is on 28th October, details here.

Download GPS track (GPX).

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