Sunday, 30 August 2015

30 Aug: Sunday afternoon ride to Wicken

Peter writes: I arrived at Brookside a few minutes early on a dull afternoon when it was not quite raining, to find Mike, John E and Simon already there. After an inspection of Simon's tyre, we concluded that it would not survive the ride, and he headed off home to put on a spare. Just as we were about to set off, Stan pulled up. So we were four...

I led the group down Trumpington Road, via the busway to Worts Causeway and up the hill towards Fulbourn, having reassured Stan that this was the only real hill on the way today and so he wouldn’t have any trouble with his single-speed bike (and he didn't). Having enjoyed the well-earned downhill into Fulbourn, we continued through the Wilbrahams to Bottisham, Lode and on to the Lodes Way.

The track here is very well drained, and it was all relatively dry, even the rough stretch leading up to the bridge over Reach Lode. The rain came and went, but was never heavy enough to bother us, as the day was mild, it was very pleasant cycling. After carrying our bikes over the footbridge at Burwell Lode (with some muttering about it was past time there was a proper bridge for cyclists) it didn't take long to get to St Laurence's Church for tea and cakes – excellent cakes. Helen's walnut and lemon is especially recommended.

Crossing Burwell Lode

After tea, Eva joined Mike, Stan and myself to ride back into Cambridge. We decided that the Lodes Way deserved a second go and so went back that way. I was home at around 6.15pm, having cycled a very pleasant 39 miles in weather which was a lot friendlier than forecast. Peter Hutchison

Thursday, 27 August 2015

27 Aug: Thursday ride to Newport and Great Saling

Edward writes: About twenty cyclists arrived in Hauxton, including Edmund who was making his first ride with us, having previously been on the shorter weekend rides. After so much rain in recent days the forecast today was to be mostly dry, but with the possibility of an occasional shower. Our ride this week was to be led by Alex and he would guide us to Newport for coffee and then on to one of our favourite destinations at the airfield in Great Saling.

Hauxton

Two groups, one led by Rupert (risky!) set off from Hauxton taking in Newton, Thriplow and Fowlmere before reaching the A505. This is basically travelling south and therefore into the wind which, fortunately for us wasn't strong, and didn't feature as part of our day.

From Fowlmere towards the A505

When we reached Chrishall Grange we knew we were in for a slightly longer ride to Newport rather than the well used route over Coploe Hill. So now we faced the long climb up to the Elmdon turning at the end of Hertford Lane.

Elmdon turning

After a short rest we reset the two groups and progressed through Chrishall and then down to the Saffron Walden to Royston road where, after about a mile, we turned to climb up to Duddenhoe End. The weather by this stage had started to look less benign and one or two threatening looking clouds came into view. Another couple of miles brought us to Langley Upper Green where a motor mower was busy keeping the cricket field looking in good shape, there being a strong cricketing tradition in this part of Essex.

Langley Upper Green

Three more miles brought us to Clavering, just by the Cricketers public house and restaurant, leaving us to join the B1038 for the ride through Wicken Bonhunt and finally into Newport, arriving at 11.30 am.

At Dorrington's we found Craig, David M and once again Greta, having made her own way out. The staff dealt with all our requests quickly and we were soon sitting around, both inside and outside, with our refreshments.


Purton End between Saffron Walden and Debden

Soon it was time to go as there were still more than twenty miles ahead of us before reaching our lunch stop. After a number left us to return home seventeen were therefore in for the long haul and it wasn't long before some may have regretted their decision. We had left Newport on Debden Road and as we turned to make the climb up to the village we were hit by the most torrential deluge. Although it didn't last long it was long enough to saturate everybody and we wondered if it was localised enough for those returning home to have missed it. Some took refuge in a bus shelter until it all passed over, before moving off again.

Sheltering in Debden

Just beyond Debden we took the turning for Henham. This starts off as Henham Road then becomes Chickney Road as it approached Henham.

The turn for Henham after Debden

However, before we reached Henham we turned off south and headed to the B1051, joining it at Sucksted Green, where David W punctured, and then down to Broxted Brick End and on to Tilty where road works forced us to turn to Great Easton rather than Duton Hill. This hardly mattered as after Great Easton came Lindsell and the Lubberhedges Lane for the long cross-country ride through attractive narrow lanes which brought us to the short off-road section into Andrew's Field, arriving shortly before 2pm and with 41 miles behind us.

Great Easton

Probably because we were later than usual the airfield was very quiet with only three motor bikes on show. This was good for us as food arrived quickly for those ordering a lunch. Once again we were looked after by the friendly staff who help make this one of our favourite destinations.

By 2.45 pm everyone was ready for the journey home and to begin we did a loop round Bardfield Saling and came across a man with a chainsaw who was creating a totem pole out of an old tree trunk; this looked a fascinating occupation.

Mike admires a totem pole

Great Bardfield followed next, Little Bardfield and even Bardfield End Green which is just prior to Thaxted where we stopped to regroup.

Little Bardfield

With a following wind we soon reached Debden which seemed to have successfully dried out after this morning's deluge. Soon we were in Saffron Walden where Sue had a puncture, but Mike was on particularly good form and he fixed it in near record time. We left Walden by going past the mansion and then the climb up Chestnut Avenue to reach Catmere End where we stopped to put on our waterproofs as the dark clouds decided to have the last word of the day and provided us with another drenching. We finished the ride over Coploe Hill, Ickleton, Duxford, Whittlesford, arriving at 5.30 pm in Great Shelford.

Thaxted

This was a really good day out - we covered 74 miles and were particularly well led by Alex who raced ahead at important junctions and ensured everyone made the correct turning, and he was also busy at the back ensuring that everyone was accounted for. Edward Elmer



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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26 Aug: Evening ride to Newton

Nigel writes: Despite summer approaching its end, with sunset becoming earlier and earlier at an alarming rate, our evening rides continue to be every bit as popular as they have been all year. Perhaps the realisation that the long summer evenings are almost over makes people want to enjoy them before they disappear. Whatever the reason, we had a good turnout for this evening's ride: Gareth, Tom, Paul, John, Neil, Ian and me.

We set off south from Brookside towards Long Road and joined the busway to Addenbrooke's. Today had been a day of heavy rain until mid-afternoon, after which conditions improved steadily, and by the time evening arrived the weather was bright and sunny. Perfectly nice conditions, though a steady south-westerly breeze meant that for the first half of our ride we were riding into a headwind.

We left the busway and followed the DNA path to Great Shelford, arriving there just in time to see the barriers close at the Granham's Road level crossing. Instead of waiting for them to re-open we followed the cycle route alongside the railway line to Station Road, only to see, yet again, the level crossing barriers by the station closing as we approached them. This time we had no choice to wait, but after a couple of minutes were on our way again to Little Shelford and then Whittlesford, Duxford and Ickleton.

By the time we reached Ickleton we had dropped John, though I wasn't worried since I knew would be happy taking his own route at his own pace. The remaining six carried on to the top of Coploe Hill. It was now 7.40pm and sunset was only twenty minutes away.

Coploe Hill just before sunset

After Coploe Hill the group divided once more, with Paul taking a shorter route to the pub via Royston Lane, and the remainder carrying to Catmere End and Littlebury Green.

From Littlebury Green we dropped down to the B1039. The roadworks here are now complete and the road is once again open to all traffic. We then followed the B1039 west for a mile or so before turning north, opting for the gentle climb to Chrishall rather than the slightly steeper climb to Elmdon. A long, fast descent took us down to Chrishall Grange and was followed by the final few miles on the flat to Fowlmere and along the B1368 to Newton. From Fowlmere  to Newton we had decent a tailwind, and I was able to blast along at well over 20mph. When we reaced Newton  we stopped for drinks at the Queen's Head where we found John and Paul waiting for us.

After a pleasant half hour in this simple but ever-popular pub we returned back to Cambridge. We continued along the B1039 to Harston and then turned onto the A10 towards Cambridge. We decided to skip the diversion through Trumpington Meadows and stay on the A10 cycle path all the way to Trumpington Park and Ride, where we joined the busway for the last two miles into Cambridge. I arrived home just after 9.30pm, having cycled 34 miles.



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Sunday, 23 August 2015

23 Aug: Afternoon ride to Ickleton

John writes: From Brookside four riders set off at 1.30pm. for the eagerly anticipated tea stop at St Mary's in Braughing (one of our best Church Hall tea stops). I had missed the previous ride there owing to a DIY accident. Could anything go wrong this time? Yes - the rain which had started at Whittlesford became torrential as we climbed Coploe Hill. From the top, looking to the South we saw dense black rain stretching to the horizon.

Reluctantly we decided to shorten the ride and made an anti-clockwise loop through Littlebury and Great Chesterford to the Ickleton Riverside Café. The CTC don't often use this route because of traffic but on a wet Sunday afternoon that was not a concern.

There one of only two the other customers (both cyclists) was persuaded to come out into the rain to take our group photo.

By the lake at Riverside Barns, Ickleton

This is also an excellent tea-stop and we look forward to another visit (we'll be back for tea in Ickleton on Sunday 27th September). The rain showed no sign of abating so after tea, coffee and scrumptious cake we sped directly homewards by the most direct route. I'm not sure of the distance because my ancient GPS, which dosn't like rain, had switched itself off, but it was probably about 20 miles.

Inside the cafe at Riverside Barns

For future reference my previous Sunday afternoon ride on 26th July (here's my report) also took place in torrential rain. John Ferguson

23 Aug: Sunday all-day ride to Saffron Walden, Hatfield Broad Oak and Braughing

Nigel writes: I hadn't expected much of a ride today. The day started off warm, dry and sunny: delightful conditions for a bike ride. But with a band of heavy rain forecast to arrive at 2pm I expected the ride to be cut short. But that was a decision for later: for now the weather was lovely, and I arrived at Brookside to find nine other riders waiting to start: Rupert, Mike CC, Alex, Gina, Keith, Jim, Ray, Li and Joseph our leader.

At Brookside (Photo: Alex Brown)

Morning coffee today was in Saffron Walden so we set off south from Brookside, down Trumpington Road and then along Cambridge's most expensive backstreets to Long Road. This is where we normally turn onto the busway but today Joseph surprised us by continuing east along Long Road to Addenbrooke's. We turned onto Robinson Way, continued onto Francis Crick Way, and on to the DNA path. Meanwhile Alex, who had sped ahead to take photos, was waiting in vain for us to arrive at the busway bridge...

On the DNA path approaching Great Shelford

That was the only surprise that Joseph sprang on us. Once we reached Great Shelford we followed the familiar route south through Little Shelford and Whittlesford to Duxford. There, and no doubt in order to lengthen the route a little, we turned left onto the road to Hinxton, crossing over the railway before reaching Hinxton ford.

Today was a day of fords: we crossed four of them the course of the day, and passed near to several more. Our first ford at Hinxton is famous for being green and slippery so we all by-passed it using the footbridge.

By-passing Hinxton Ford

At Hinxton we turned back across the railway towards Ickleton. There began the climb of Coploe Hill.

Coploe Hill

After a short pause at the summit we carried on to Catmere End and then descended along Chestnut Avenue to Audley End. As we descended I found myself riding ahead of the group and completed the final miles into Saffron Walden on my own.

Morning coffee today was at Mocha Cafe, but I was keen to pay a return visit to Bicicletta Cafe, a combined bike shop and cafe, which I had visited earlier in the year. I parked my bike in the racks outside, went in, ordered a coffee and cake, and sat down. Rather to my surprise a staff member jumped up and announced that he was going outside to lock my bike for me, and after doing so he handed me the key.

A staff member secures my bike at Bicicletta Cafe, Saffron Walden

I'd heard about this previously, so it wasn't a complete surprise, but I have to say the effect was charming and certainly made me feel extremely welcome.

I finished my coffee and cake, unlocked my bike, and after a pleasant chat to the "lock valet" wheeled my bike round the corner to Mocha Cafe where I found the rest of the group. They were sitting outside and seemed to be enjoying their food, but I heard a grumble that the cafe didn't have any cake...

The rest of the group at Mocha Cafe, Saffron Walden

There were several other members at Mocha Cafe, notably Gareth and Sue who joined us for the remainder of the ride. In a few minutes we were ready to set off again; several people left us to ride home, leaving Gina, Gareth, Alex, Ray, Li, Sue, Joseph and me to carry on to lunch in Hatfield Broad Oak. I was rather surprised to find so many people heading on to lunch - we were sure to get wet on the way back - but I was pleased and proud that there were.

Leaving Saffron Walden (Photo: Alex Brown)

From Saffron Walden we took the road south towards Debden. Once again I found myself ahead of the group, accompanied by Gareth despite him being rather tired after the Cambridge Market 200 audax yesterday. For a few miles we kept stopping to wait for the others but eventually decided to press ahead at our own pace, taking a route south through Broxted, Molehill Green and around the edge of Stansted Airport to Takely. From there a pleasant series of lanes brought us to the edge of the village of Hatfield Broad Oak, where we stopped for lunch at Cammas Hall Tea Barn.

Lunch stop near Hatfield Broad Oak

This is the cafe at a "pick-your-own" centre, and today was quite busy with lots of small children running about. We ordered food, sat down in the marquee outside and about five minutes later were joined by Joseph and the remainder of the group.

Lunch at Cammas Hall Tea Barn

Alex's Victoria Sponge at lunch (Photo: Alex Brown)

As we sat eating our lunch (and waving away the wasps) we noticed that it had started to rain. We got back on our bikes and set off west. The rain was quite lightly initially but gradually became heavier.

Waiting at temporary traffic lights in Hatfield Broad Oak

Before long it was pouring with rain. We put on waterproofs and pressed on. On a warm August there was little danger of getting cold but my sunglasses became covered in raindrops and it began to be difficult to see where I was going. We pressed on west through Spellbrook and Green Tye to Much Hadham, where we encountered our second ford of the day. This was shallow and free from green slime, so several of us took the opportunity to ride through.

Sue in Much Hadham ford

Ray in Much Hadham ford

From Much Hadham we continued west once more. It was still raining quite heavily, but in the distance we spotted a band of clear sky which gave us hope that it would soon end.

In the rain between Much Hadham and Barwick

In the rain between Much Hadham and Barwick

The rain had slackened slightly by the time we reached Barwick, and our third ford of the day. This is a wide but shallow ford, once again free of green slime. This time only Gareth and I braved the waters, with everyone else taking the footbridge.

Gareth in Barwick ford

Nigel in Barwick ford

At Barwick we turned north for the final few miles through Standon and Puckeridge to Braughing. As we rode on the rain continued to ease off, and by 3.30pm, when we reached the Church Hall in Braughing, it had almost completely stopped.

Tea in Braughing Church Hall

Tea in Braughing Church Hall was as delightful as ever, serving us mugs of tea and slices of excellent cake. My "death by chocolate" was particularly good.

As we queued up to order our food and drink I heard Gareth asking someone how they pronounced the name of the village. To my surprise the reply was much closer to "Braffing" than the "Bruffing" I had always used myself. I asked someone else and received the same reply. Well, well.

We sat eating cake and drinking tea until about 4.10pm. There was no sign of the afternoon ride, not surprisingly given the afternoon weather.

Emerging into the sunshine after tea

We went back outside to discover that the sun had come back out and the afternoon had transformed into a fine sunny evening for the final leg of our ride. We left Braughing and rode north-east through the Pelhams (Furneaux, Stocking and Brent) to Langley, where we crossed our final - and completely dry - ford of the day.

Arriving at Langley Lower Green (Photo: Alex Brown)

From Langley we were on familar ground once more for the final hour back to Cambridge. We rode on through Elmdon, Chrishall Grange and Fowlmere before following the B1368 to Harston. After a short diversion across Trumpington Meadows we joined the busway for the last few miles into Cambridge. I arrived home at 6.50pm, having cycled 87 miles. Not bad on a day I thought might be a washout.



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Saturday, 22 August 2015

22 Aug: Cambridge Market 200 audax

Gareth writes: I wasn't intending to do any bike riding this weekend. I was supposed to be visiting my family, and then riding the Mildenhall 200 on August 29th. But my sister had been staying with me and had been ill, so I was in quarantine! I needed a ride quickly, and Daniel came up trumps with a plan to ride the Cambridge Market 200. This is another of Nick Wilkinson’s permanent audaxes (the third one I’ve ridden, after the Pork Pie 200 and the Civil War 200.) It’s an out-and-back ride that goes from Girton to Framlingham in Suffolk and back again, with controls at Bury St Edmunds, Needham Market, Framlingham, and Bury St Edmunds.

We met at the Co-op in Girton at 07:30 and set off towards Newmarket on the A1303. Despite living and cycling in Cambridge for more than 20 years, I’ve never ridden this road. It’s not all that busy (at least not at 08:00 on a Saturday) and it makes short work of getting to Newmarket, with a couple of steady climbs, one up to the bridge over the A14, and one up the ridge overlooking the race course.

The gallops on Warren Hill, Newmarket.

Walking the horses back down again.

Coming out of Newmarket, we took Moulton Road which climbs Warren Hill past the ‘gallops’. These are extensive areas of grass that are used by jockeys and trainers to exercise racehorses. This training takes place on weekdays and Saturdays from 06:00 to 11:00, so this was the first time I’ve seen the professionals at work.

Teardrop in the Peace Garden, Bury St Edmunds Abbey gardens. This artwork commemorates the massacre of 57 Jews in March 1190.

Hawks Mill on the River Gipping, Needham Market (now converted to luxury flats).

The route takes pleasant country lanes through Moulton, Gazeley, Barrow and the Saxhams before descending into Bury St Edmunds for the first control. It was 10:15 on a Saturday morning and the market was bustling. We bought crêpes and carried them down to the Abbey gardens for a quiet breakfast. The Suffolk Registration Service holds weddings at the Athenaeum opposite the Abbey gardens, and we watched the guests assembling. With the sun blazing down and the temperature already well into the 20s, it was a day when I was glad to be wearing cycling shorts and not a three-piece suit!

From Bury St Edmunds there is a fine cycle path as far as Thurston, and then the route turns southeast through Beyton, Drinkstone, Woolpit Green, before crossing the Rattlesden River at Onehouse and skirting the southern edge of Stowmarket. From Combs Ford, there’s a cycle path beside the B1113—described as ‘passable’ on the route sheet, it’s narrow and bumpy but does the job as far as Needham Market. In this section the south-easterly wind, blowing hot and dry in our faces like a hairdryer, made it pretty tough going, and we were glad to stop to control at Elton House News in Needham Market. Here they seem to be used to passing cyclists: the assistant, noticed me somewhat dazedly wandering through the store and directed me to the flapjacks.

From Needham Market the route makes use of the A1120 through Earl Stonham, Stonham Aspal, Pettaugh and Earl Soham before cutting across country to Framlingham. Nick says in the ride description that here in east Suffolk, “even the A roads are more like B roads and the traffic levels are low” which we found to be true, and we made good progress, reaching Framlingham about 13:00. This is a pretty little market town, very popular with cyclists. Sitting under an umbrella in the café courtyard, we watched dozens of cyclists pass up the road to Dennington, or turn towards the castle.

Framlingham Castle.

Church of St Mary, Old Newton.

With the audax time limit weighing on us, we didn’t pay the £7.20 to go into the castle, but contented ourselves with a brief look at the walls and the moat. We chatted with another cyclist, who was on holiday from Cornwall and said that he found the cycling much easier in Suffolk!

The route back from Framlingham is similar to the way out, but it omits the diversion to Needham Market, instead heading due west through Debenham, Mickfield, Old Newton, Haughley, Wetherden and Tostock, to rejoin the outbound route at Thurston. Haughley also has a castle, or at least a moat and the ruins of the motte and bailey. In the good weather, the farmers were hard at the harvest, with combine harvesters at work in the fields, and convoys of farm machinery travelling the lanes. There were piles of corn on the roads in places: a one-a-year bonanza for the pigeons.

We were wilting a bit in the relentless 30-degree heat, and at Bury we didn’t feel like eating much: all we could face was ice cream. But I knew that with 50 km still to go, we’d need something more at some point, so I popped into Greggs and stocked up on buns. We retraced the outbound route through the Saxhams to Barrow, and then instead of going back through Gazeley and Moulton, we took a more southerly route through Denham, Dunstall Green, Dalham and Ashley. Sure enough, the climb out of Dalham was one too many for Daniel, and we stopped on the green at about 17:45 to eat our buns. This gave us just enough calories for the last 34 km back to Girton, which we reached at about 19:23, just under 12 hours after setting off. I had drunk six water bottles dry!

What can I say about this ride? It gets the job done: it’s an efficient way to cover 204 km. There are some dull sections on main roads, but there are also lots of nice Suffolk views, Saxon churches, and castles. It was very satisfying to get so deep into Suffolk, and to ride many new roads. The thing that was most annoying was the sun: since the route heads east in the morning and west in the afternoon, we had it in our eyes all day, and even with sunglasses this got a bit trying. My advice is to ride it on an overcast day!

Rides in Sept and Oct

Our September and October rides lists are now available. These introduce some significant changes to our all-day rides on Sundays which we hope will make them fit in better with the needs of members.

On most Sundays our all-day ride is replaced by a slightly shorter 2-stop ride which stops for morning coffee and lunch and then returns directly back to Cambridge without a tea stop. For more information see Rides in Sept and Oct.

Rides in Sept and Oct

Our September and October rides lists are now available. These introduce some significant changes to our all-day rides on Sundays which we hope will make them fit in better with the needs of members.

On most Sundays our all-day ride is replaced by a slightly shorter 2-stop ride which stops for morning coffee and lunch and then returns directly back to Cambridge without a tea stop. On the remaining Sundays, about once a month, we have an all-day ride on the traditional pattern with stops for morning coffee, lunch and tea. In both cases the start time of these rides will be 9.30am. Our Sunday afternoon rides continue as normal. For a more detailed description of how these rides work please see our new Ride types page, and please let us know what you think of these new arrangements.

Our other rides continue as normal. Our ever-popular Thursday rides continue to go from strength to strength every week. Our short and leisurely Saturday morning social rides continue twice a month. Our evening rides continue each Wednesday in September before switching to monthly in October. And our regular Senior Cyclists group continues to meet for lunch each Tuesday. With such a range of rides available, we hope there's one that suits you. If not, tell us!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

20 Aug: Thursday ride to Gamlingay and Henlow

Edward writes: This Thursday about fifteen cyclist assembled at Haslingfield Green for today's ride out to Gamlingay and then on to Henlow for lunch. It felt warm and humid as we met and the cloud cover and temperature remained virtually unchanged throughout the day; there was almost no wind. Tony was our leader today and he took us out of Haslingfield up Chapel Hill into Barrington and then to Orwell before reaching the A603.

Barrington

Barrington

We crossed the A603 for the run into the grounds of Wimpole Hall which strangely didn't seem to be having many visitors - maybe a little early in the day. After leaving the grounds we came into Arrington and then Croydon where the Queen Adelaide pub still seems as if it's being renovated; it'll be interesting to see what happens here.

Wimpole

Croydon usually means one thing and that is the hill, not very long but hard work nonetheless. From this point it is five miles into Gamlingay via East Hatley and Hatley St George and we arrived at LJ's, our coffee stop, at 10.45 am. Also arriving with us was a breathless John J and John R as they had chased after us owing to John J having to fix a puncture right at the start of the ride. Our fifteen soon became about twenty-five as cyclist rolled up from many different directions. Once again it was good to see that Greta had made her own way out to Gamlingay.

Approaching Gamlingay

LJ's is very popular with the Thursday group and as usual their bacon sarnies were very much in demand and the staff do as much as possible to look after us, and they also appreciate our support for them.

Gamlingay

Gamlingay

By about 11.20 am Tony ordered the sounding of the train whistle so that we could get everybody on the move again and we finally got underway, taking the heath road out of Gamlingay and then on to Everton, before reaching Sandy. We took the cycle route round the town and then via the former railway line which brought us out on the Blunham to Moggerhanger road.

Gamlingay Heath

As it was after 11 am Andy was able to perform his Bumble act and keep us up to date with the latest from the Test Match. It's always good to have these things taken seriously. At Moggerhanger we crossed the A603 again and then began the trip though the charming Bedfordshire villages of Northill, Ickwell, Old Warden and Southill.

Southill

Just after Southill, where one or two thoughts may have strayed to the tea rooms in the old post office, we turned for the ride down to Clifton which brought us to the B659 and the last mile or so into Henlow and the Five Bells pub for lunch.

We took a chance today and didn't book for lunch as recent weeks has shown that most people are bringing a packed lunch with them. This pub seems to do a roaring trade: it was packed inside and it seems our decision was justified as it wouldn't have been fair for them to keep a table aside for us as we would not have been able to provide any certainty with numbers. In the event about four or five had lunch out in the pub garden while all the others ate their sandwiches on the recreation ground just opposite the pub. Now came a surprise added treat as Sean produced a cake, made to celebrate his wife's birthday, which he shared round with us all. A nice thought.

Edworth

At about 2.pm it was time to start the afternoon session and thirteen began the journey back to Cambridge with the remainder heading northwards for their journey home. We went back along the B659 to Langford for the climb up to the A1 and the Edworth turning and the cross-country ride to Ashwell. As were mainly facing east the very light wind was behind us and progress was easy. The recent good weather has seen the farmers making progress with the harvest and many fields have either been harrowed or even ploughed in preparation for next year's crop. Such is the speed that this all happens. We arrived in Ashwell followed by Steeple Morden and then Litlington where we took the far more pleasant route through Abington Piggots which has the added benefit of avoiding much of the traffic.

Litlington

Bassingbourn came next then Kneesworth, Meldreth and Shepreth followed by another climb from Barrington and down into Haslingfield where the ride ended after 56 extremely pleasant miles. Our thanks are due to Tony in making this such a successful ride. Edward Elmer



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