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20 July: Saturday Saunter to Wheathampstead

posted 24 Jul 2013, 07:25 by South Herts   [ updated 15 Nov 2015, 22:08 ]
Today’s ride had a change to the start time as to avoid clashing with the Five Miles to Fabulous gang, we started at 2.30, and at Morrisons four of us met up for the afternoon saunter out into the wilds of Wheathampstead.

It was pleasantly steady as we wandered down the back alley to Sandridge; this is actually quite a nice route going through the middle of Jersey farm and Marshalswick.  After Sandridge we headed for the delights of Sandridgebury, where there must have been some sort of junior horse event on as there were a lot of saddled up steeds roaming about.  Along the route we noticed some yellow and green arrows had been put up on the street furniture and Jon explained these were for tomorrow’s charity ride route, which he had devised for the Grove House Hospice.

From Sandridgebury we made for the Redbourn road, thence onto Ayres End.  Around here we have some lovely undulating lanes that wind around all over the place; it’s great and makes for some relaxing riding.  Soon we were heading into the hot spot known as Wheathampstead and a visit to Jack’s Café.

This rather nice establishment closed at 3pm on a Saturday but as we arrived (3.35pm) the place was still doing a good trade, albeit we had to sit outside (the shame of it) and we were served some great drinks and a lush fudge brownie.

After tea we all headed off on our separate ways, I heading back home via Woodcock hill, only to meet up with Jon again in Hatfield.
It was a nice little ride on a Saturday afternoon and if you fancy doing one the next is the 17th of August taking in the delights of Redbourn Fisheries and Gorhambury.

Neil 20/07/2013