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18 May: Saturday ride to Redbourn

posted 23 May 2013, 08:42 by South Herts   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 21:30 ]
Three of us turned up for the Saturday ride to The Hub in Redbourn:  Nixon, myself and Rob Bulland a new rider.  The weather was rather pleasant but it did have a chilly side to it.
We set off for the back road down by the Valley road industrial estate and where it turns for Sandridgebury we followed the gravely road over to the Harpenden road, but just before Harpenden we took a left and headed down to the Redbourn fisheries.  It really is lovely down there and the mill that you pass as you make your way back up is very interesting (it featured on a bready show with Paul Hollywood).
Cyclists on footbridge
Crossing the bridge at Redbournbury
The Hub window
 The Hub at Redbourn

From there we made a bee line for Punchbowl lane and followed that until it was no longer, to be honest it’s a lovely lane with a plethora of wild life inhabiting the hedges and fields.   From the top of this lane we headed for Gaddesden Lane, which brought us into the village of Redbourn.
The Hub sits on the first corner as you come into the village and it is a very nice place indeed, slightly pricey but well worth it.  The Hub itself is full of cycling paraphernalia and there is a repair shop out back.  I have also heard a tale of the owner jumping into a car to pick up a stranded cyclist.  Want a quick sugar fix then this is the place to go.  Very friendly and welcoming, bit like your favourite living room but with great coffee, cakes and bikes.

Cycling pictures on wall in shop
Cycling memorabilia inside The Hub
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After our break we bashed along the Nicky line to Harpenden, then from what was a rather busy town centre we made our way to Wheathampstead via the back road, then we made off to Nomansland common, over to Sandridge, up through Oaklands collage and back for another cuppa.
A great morning’s ride all in all.

Neil 18/05/2013