Sunday, 29 January 2017

29 Jan: Sunday afternoon ride to Wicken

John F writes: The dire wet weather forecast earlier in the week had not materialised by the 1pm start so I was pleased to be joined by three companions for the ride to one of the best Sunday afternoon tea-stops, Wicken Methodist Church, which Simon had arranged to be open especially for us.

This was a ride of two halves: for the outward leg the temperature was between 5C and 10C, with a slight following breeze and occasional breaks in the cloud.

At the start

My route Eastwards was recorded on the GPX file made by Simon. We arrived on the dot of 3pm and were joined by Jacob.

The Church and its tea-room had been splendidly refurbished and we enjoyed a pleasant three quarters of an hour over tea.

Wicken Methodist Church

Wicken Methodist Church

Jacob, Greg and Simon

John E, Simon and Greg in the tea queue

The refurbished tea room at Wicken Methodist Church

Stan who had telephoned me earlier also joined us. Many locals were there too so I was pleased that business was not totally reliant on CTC custom!

After tea John E left us to make his way to St.Ives whilst we five returned via the Low Road, and across the fens to Upware and the Lodes Cycleway. Now the breeze was against us and brought increasing quantities of rain. By Quy it was raining quite hard. I was home at 5.15. Simon's GPS had recorded an outward distance of 22.2 miles. The return was unrecorded but would have been a few miles shorter. It was a round trip of about 40 miles. John Ferguson

Why we went there

Download GPS track (GPX).

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