Sunday, 31 July 2016

31 Jul: Afternoon ride to Ashdon

John F writes: Eight riders assembled at Brookside for the 2pm ride to Ashdon Village Museum, one of our favourite tea stops. Unfortunately my camera had gone AWOL but, but from memory I was joined by Mike K, Rory, Simon G, another Simon, Stan, Sue H, and Irene. Last time I led the Ashdon ride we went clockwise so this time I chose the anti-clockwise route down to Whittlesford, where we were joined by Phil, and then took the direct route to Ickleton and into Saffron Walden by Coploe Hill, Catmere End and Audley End House.

Thence it was a steady climb on the Radwinter Road to Seward’s End and then one of my favourite routes along New House Lane to Red Oaks Hill. From here it was a left turn and a predominantly downhill ride into Ashdon, reaching the Museum three minutes ahead of the target time of 4.15pm.

Many cyclists were there including the all-day-riders and a few who had come independently. After a splendid tea we decided to take the direct route back to Cambridge via Bartlow, Linton and into Babraham via the foot/cycle bridge over the A11. My estimated distance for the whole ride was 38 miles. John Ferguson

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