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19 Jan: Hatfield to Woolmer Green

posted 22 Jan 2014, 04:43 by South Herts   [ updated 8 Jan 2017, 23:29 ]
A really great turn out for my first go as ride leader and even the weather was good, especially when compared to the last two Sundays.  This attracted sixteen of us for the ride and we set off from Hatfield, with 2 taking a slightly easier route.   It had rained overnight so there were a few rather large puddles on the road, no real flooding though.  On the morning ride we traveled through South Hatfield, Welham Green, Brookmans Park, Bayford, Brickendon and down into Hertford for a welcome tea break / second breakfast at the Rose Cafe.  
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White Stubbs Lane
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Minor adjustments

Paul had cycled to the start from Letchworth, so that justified a big breakfast.  
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Rose Cafe
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A few calories to burn off

After tea break we set off along the river towards Ware. This turned out to be a rather narrow path for 200 metres. I won't be going that way again!  After that it was a very pleasant ride along the river to Ware. The Sun was out (and so were the dog walkers).  
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River Lea
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Hertford-Ware cycle path

At Ware we headed up the A1170 to Wadesmill and then headed back towards the lunch stop via Chapmore End and Stapleford and Bramfield. Some of the smaller roads are in a pretty poor state after all the rain we have had. There is quite a lot of soggy leaf litter and gravel on them.  After Datchworth I had intended to go directly to Woolmer Green. But, having taken a wrong turn, we ended up in Knebworth and had to cycle back south to Woolmer Green. The Fox pub is really nice so all was well.
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Chapmore End



Mike 19/01/2014
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