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24 Jan: Hatfield to Great Offley

posted 25 Jan 2016, 23:51 by South Herts   [ updated 13 Apr 2016, 09:04 ]
Last week's ride was cancelled because of snow, so starved of cycling fun, there was an extra strong turn out this week. 

After a reviving coffee in Hatfield, we set off through the fringes of Welwyn, and passing the recently closed Panshanger Aerodrome (soon to be 700 new houses?) we arrived in Tewin. Climbing the hill was hot work and it was a pause for layers off all round. 

Soon on again, past the posh houses in Tewin Wood, to Woolmer Green and Rabley Heath. The lanes round  Knebworth Park were horribly muddy - punishing conditions for those long-suffering winter bikes. We climbed through Hitch Wood to Preston and, overlooking the sunny valley below, we took the top road to Great Offley. 

Outside the pub
Inside the pub

The Red Lion is a busy pub, but it wasn't too crowded this time and service was quick and reasonable. A lingering lunch was followed by a general dispersal towards home, this time taking the easy route down Lilley Bottom. For me anyway, it was then a lengthy bike cleaning session yet again.

Richard 24/01/2016