Sunday, 26 March 2017

26 Mar: Sunday afternoon ride to Saffron Walden

David S writes: Four riders (Cheryl, John, Neil and I) set off from Brookside at 1pm BST for the first ride aft the clock change. I hope that there were not many who turned up at 2pm (1pm GMT)! Beautiful sunny weather, but easterly wind. To avoid Hills Road road works and traffic lights, we went through Great Kneighton and past the new secondary school, before heading east and going round Addenbrookes's to pick up the Babraham cycleway.

At the Babraham roundabout we joined the new Institute path. Lovely surface and views - and welcome peace after the noise from the main road.

After one final off-road section to Abington over the A11 footbridge we took the minor road to Linton and Bartlow, before heading to Saffron Walden via Ashdon. As we were only making 11 mph average, we abandoned the Shudy Camps detour and arrived at Bicicletta Coffee on time (20 miles). We were joined there by Mike S, Simon and Ray for the ride back via Audley End, Strethall, Royston Lane, Fowlmere, Hauxton and through Trumpington Meadows and along the busway. A quieter return than the way out of Cambridge earlier in the afternoon! David Secher

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