FNRttC FNRttC to Southwold 7th September

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by dellzeqq, 13 Aug 2012.

  1. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    space is limited to 24, so registration will be by e-mail

    We'll leave London via the Embankment, Aldwych, the Bow Flyover, Stratford, Ilford, Romford and Gidea Park and then go up and down some little stuff before crossing the M25 and going up the old A12 to Brentwood, which is the (not very) high point of the ride. We'll then head across country to Stock, Bicknacre and Maldon where there will be a brief (and I mean brief) stop at Tesco, before we get on to quiet roads through the Tolleshunts, Peldon and on to Mersea Island.

    We'll be met on the beach at East Mersea by a landing craft, which will convey us across the River Colne to Brightlingsea. We'll then ride to Harwich in two groups - the first to catch the ferry to Felixstowe at 8.15, the second to catch the same ferry at 8.45 or so. We'll regroup in Felixstowe, get some breakfast and make our way to the Bawdsey ferry, crossing in four or more groups. From there we go to Snape for a snack (it's a bit of a shopping mall, but the service is quick) and then on to Walberswick and across to Southwold on the fourth and final ferry- I've got two or three alternative routes for the stretch to Westleton in mind, but it's going to be good.

    This is a long ride - about 121 miles, and you're going to need to bring some sustenance with you if we are to keep moving and catch the Harwich to Felixstowe Ferry. I'm anticipating that it will be a little slower than last Friday's Harwich ride, but, equally, it's gong to be tiring. I'm hoping for a tailwind, but, if the weather is against us we're going to have to help each other out.

    On the plus side - if the weather is decent it will be, by a stretch, the nicest ride we've ever done. Susie (who's up for this one) and I did it in a day and a half last year and loved it. Suffolk is my favourite cycling county, with Essex not far behind. The restriction on numbers means that I'll give priority to Fridays members, and I'm going to need a few experienced TECs. E-mails please, not posts on this thread.
     
  2. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    Location:
    Crawley
    Shouldn't the second ferry (Harwich to Bawdsey) read Harwich to Felixstowe?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    you're right

    Ferry 1 - Mersea to Brightlingsea
    Ferry 2 - Harwich to Felixstowe
    Ferry 3 - Felixstowe Golf Course to Bawdsey
    Ferry 4 - Walberswick to Southwold
     
  4. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Email sent.

    How much do we need for ferries?

    It will be an epic SMRbtH!!!
     
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    I'm out i'm afraid.. my wedding anniversary
     
  6. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    ignore my PM then
     
  7. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Would love to have done this one, but I'll be partying that night.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    at a guess about fifteen quid. It's about a fiver for the landing craft (in consideration of the early start) about £5.50 for Harwich to Felixstowe, about £3.50 for the Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey trip and about £1.20 for the Walberswick Ferry.
     
  9. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    As the destination is just up the road from Dunwich, why are we going this way rather than a variation on the Dun Run route? Busier & less scenic roads?
     
  10. OP
    OP
    dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    my way is the best way. Not that you could get 600 cyclists across the Colne, Stour, Deben and Blyth.

    I should have said - estimated time of arrival about 3pm. Return from Darsham (I'll be staying on in Walberswick for the night).
     
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  11. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    Now, Stuart - write that out 100 times, and don't give Mr Dellzeqq any more of your lip. :smile:
     
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  12. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    :smile:
     
  13. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    That could make the SMRbtH a bit difficult not least because the name will be wrong. I may change my mind but at present I still think it's a goer. It may mean a Monday off work however,
     
  14. Davywalnuts

    Davywalnuts Chief Kebab Taster

    Location:
    Staines!
    You could always carry on to Norwich and get a train back from there... :thumbsup:
     
  15. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Ooh are you riding back from this one?
     
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