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14 Nov: St Albans to Flamstead

posted 27 Nov 2010, 11:24 by South Herts   [ updated 31 Dec 2016, 23:09 ]
Remembrance Sunday saw seven cyclists meeting appropriately at the war memorial in St Albans for a short circular ride taking in a new coffee stop in Dunstable before skirting the downs to climb back to Flamstead.  We went up the main road to Redbourn, then cut across to Kinsbourne Green, pausing to view my favourite alpacas who wouldn’t be enticed closer for my photograph.

After passing through Pepperstock and Caddington we swept down the hill then turned right into a school road, to use a newly discovered underpass, avoiding a short section of the A5. Onwards into Dunstable passing the remembrance parade to reach our coffee stop at the Gary Cooper pub

The Gary Cooper

Not many people know the famous ‘High Noon’ film actor lived in the town during his early years and there is a blue plaque on the high street above a shop.

Gary Cooper in High Noon

Harry joined us at the Gary Cooper and it felt quite continental as he had a brandy with his coffee at 11am!! He insisted he'd been cycling around for hours so it was for medicinal reasons to warm him up. 

After bargain breakfasts we weaved through the back streets to go via Totternoe, Dagnall, Gaddesdon Row and Cheverells Green to Flamstead. 

Richard joined us after a morning cleaning out drains. 

A very welcoming pub with good beer and very reasonably priced food enticed us to stay a bit too long as, when we left, it was heavy rain so we all bee-lined back home.  Quite a short ride at about 38 miles - but appropriate for the weather.

Autumn colour at Gaddesden Row