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15 June: Saturday Saunter…..Bike Week ride

posted 18 Jun 2013, 01:15 by South Herts   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 23:33 ]
Bike week got off to a flying start in St Albans with a well attended Five Mile to Fabulous ride and our Saturday Saunter both setting off on Saturday morning.  Our Saturday Saunter ride started off as a blustery affair; first off we welcomed Liz (from West Hampstead), then made a quick exit from Morrisons via the sheltered Alban way and headed out towards Oaklands College.  The college grounds have a feeling of tranquility as you cycle through, wobbling past the goat, sheep and pig fields.  
Two cyclists on disused railway

Neil and Liz on the Alban Way

Two people sitting on platform seat
Waiting for the ghost train##
Platform with track and rail wagon
Wagon chassis ready for re-building
Puncture being fixed
Neil gets another p******e

It was a great morning’s ride led by Jon, who well deserved the fish and chips he was scoffing as I left him.  I hope he stayed in the café for a while 'cus I got drenched going home. 

Neil 15/06/2013

Then we dropped down to Coopers Green Lane and up through Symondshyde Great Wood.  With the wind blasting us from all directions I think the weather really didn’t know what it was doing.  Sun, rain or hurricane: who knows what was in store?  But what I can say is it was very pleasant zipping down Tower Hill to meet Beech Hyde lane.

We dropped down into Wheathampstead and made our way over to the Codicote road via Sheepcote Lane, a small bit of off road crossing the Ayot Greenway.  Then we made an extra loop around Shaw’s Corner to glimpse George Bernard’s house and the ruined church and back into Wheathampstead.  Here Jon showed us the newly restored and hidden station, which would make a really nice picnic spot.
From here we made our way back into St Albans via Devils Dyke past the Wicked Lady and took some back roads into Sandridge.  From here we took the Jersey Lane cycle route over to Marshalswick where I copped a puncture, trust my luck (or was it my bald tyre).  But all was fixed quickly and then we made the last push to Morrisons.

18 mile circuit