Saturday, 21 October 2017

21 Oct: Saturday social ride to Shepreth

Ian writes: A fine sunny (yet rather breezy) morning greeted the three of us at Brookside with Angela T, Liz, Rachael, Mike K, Phil and John E waiting and John A arriving just as I was thinking about setting off, so ten in total. It probably wasn't going to get less windy, so the plan was to take the direct route along Barton Road and over Chapel Hill heading SW into the wind.

On top of Chapel Hill (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

Progress was steady with a 16kg passenger sheltering behind me and a set of under-inflated tyres and a squeaky chain; next time must remember to be better prepared. Regardless no one seemed to be in that much of a hurry to sneak ahead until Chapel Hill, but in due course we all made it to the top and admired the autumnal view before rolling down into Barrington. Quite soon thereafter we arrived at the Teacake in Shepreth for a welcome break and the prospect of a wind assisted return to Cambridge, sitting cosily inside rather than disturbing the outside seating under wraps.

At the Teacake Cafe in Shepreth (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

With Julia requiring to be back for the afternoon's committee meeting we didn't linger quite as long as usual and were soon flying along the cyclepath alongside the A10 to Harston, now enjoying the strong tailwind. Phil peeled off at Foxton, then Angela at Harston, whilst the rest of us continued east of the river Cam following the lesser used bridleways onwards to Hauxton to rejoin the cyclepath.

Bridleway between Harston and Hauxton (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

It was then just the usual matter of crossing Trumpington Meadows to reach the Busway close to the P&R, which led us back to the railway station and beyond to complete a very pleasant 20-mile ride. Ian Wright

Trumpington Meadows (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

Trumpington Meadows (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

Trumpington Meadows (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

Trumpington Meadows (Photo: Julia Hochbach)

1 comment:

  1. Good ride despite the wind, very diverse. Nice photos btw