Sunday, 4 December 2016

4 Dec: Sunday ride to St Ives and St Neots

Nigel writes: Once again Alex managed to arrange glorious sunny weather for today's relatively short winter ride to St Ives and St Neots. At the start I was joined by David T, Rupert, Susan, Camille, Russell and Johns J, S and R and of course Alex our leader. Our morning coffee stop was in St Ives, and Alex led us straight there along the busway, arriving at the River Tea Rooms at about 10.45am.


Cambridge's new suburb. What's your Eddington Number?

On the busway

After coffee we were joined by Yasmin and continued west along the Thicket Path to Houghon, across the Ouse Meadows to Hemingford Grey and along Eastside Common to Godmanchester.

On the Thicket Path beside the River Great Ouse

At Godnanchester we turned south, following the B1043 towards St Neots. If we had stayed on this road we would have arrived at our lunch stop far too early, so when we reached Offord D'Arcy we turned east for a short loop via Graveley and Toseland before rejoining the B1043 a few kilometres north of St Neots.

Wind Turbines near Toseland

Wind Turbines near Toseland

When we reached St Neots we crossed the river and stopped for lunch at the Ambiance Cafe. I sat inside with Camille, with everyone else bravind the cold outside.

After lunch we returned back to Cambridge, following the B1046 all the way except for a diversion via Caxton. I arrived home at about 3.45pm with the sun still shining, having cycled 91km (56 miles).

Download GPS track (GPX).

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