Sunday, 26 June 2016

26 Jun: Sunday ride to Depden, Lavenham and West Wratting

Alex writes: The equivalent ride to this last year was one of my favourites, so as leader I adopted exactly the same route as then – one of Joseph's creations.

At Brookside

Five other members joined me at the start: Ian B, Mike CC, Ray, Rupert, and Susan. The weather was a little dull and in the morning there were a few spits of rain but as the day wore on the spells of sun gained sway and in the end it was a lovely day for a ride.

Approaching Silverley

At coffee we met up with Adrian, Conrad, Joseph and Keith; with Susan heading home and Adrian making his own way that meant eight of us rode the next leg to Lavenham on delightful quiet Suffolk lanes.

At Lavenham (inside)

At Lavenham some of us elected to eat food on the benches in the Market Square, while Conrad Mike and I took advantage of the NT tea tooms.

At Lavenham (outside)

We took a fairly direct route to Lavenham and met up with a strong showing from the afternoon ride, making eighteen of us in all. As always the Chestnut Tree put on an excellent spread and a couple of us enjoyed a pint of beer too.

Preparing to the The Chestnut Tree

After tea Peter offered to lead a pretty route for those who wanted more cycling, while I rode directly to Cambridge via Fulbourn with the remainder of the group. When I arrived home I had cycled 133 km (83 miles).

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