Your ride today....

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by gbb, 30 Mar 2008.

  1. C R

    C R Über Member

    Witley is great, we go there often with the children, but haven't been into the church, will check it out next time. We have sampled the delights of the cafe several times too, unfortunately, my rides tend to be too early for most cafes to be open.

    BTW, could I borrow on your knowledge of the area? Is it possible to cross the Avon from Strensham to Eckington via the lock, or is that private property? I haven't been that way, but was wondering as it would open different route possibilities.
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  2. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Needed to stretch the legs a bit after yesterday, so decided to spend an hour and a bit in the company of Wiggy #1, the Rouen.

    Nothing uber special, just a run to Littleport via Downham Common, Black Bank and Parsons Lane. Dropped off the parental unit's prescription at the quack, then scooted off via Main Street and Victoria Street to the river. Stopped on the bridge for a few minutes to watch the world go by as it was such a lovely and warm (if blustery) afternoon.

    From there, it's a left turn to ride along Branch Bank to Sandhill Bridge - not the nicest part of the ride. The road is narrow, the surface is breaking up, cars whizz by at a fair old lick (I had a close pass there today) and it's a steady grind up to the top of the hill.

    A short zip along the A10 and a left turn into Camel Road to ride past the big garden centre and the rec ground / sports centre and then back into Littleport proper. Saw loads of kids on bikes down there today, but how the heck they can pedal with the saddles set so low, I shall never know!

    Then it's the Wisbech Road, past the Co-op, cross the roundabout, and back down Black Bank to retrace my wheel tracks towards home.

    Twelve sunny miles in the sunshine.
  3. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    Deffo worth a look in the church :okay:

    Yes - Strensham to Eckington via the lock is a public footpath. Best to wheel your bike. The lock keepers on the island can be a bit of a problem tho'. They seem to want to discourage use of the footpath perhaps under orders from their navigation authority employers. They are not allowed to do this of course and you should not take any notice of them - just stick to the footpath which appears to go through the garden and does. I've crossed many times without problems tho'. You can check the actual route of the right of way on the Worcester Council web site I think. I did once myself but forget the actual methodology I used. Enjoy - it's a fun bit of stuff and avoids that busy bit of road over Eckington Bridge and via Defford :thumbsup:
  4. C R

    C R Über Member

    Thanks, that's great to know. I had looked at the right of way maps and google satellite images, and I thought it should be possible to cross, but the garden was the bit I wasn't sure. Will try soon and report back.
  5. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    I think the bit the Lock Keepers don't like you using is the swing bridge. That is actually the right of way according to the definitive map. I've usually used the lock to cross but the bridge was in place on one occasion and I crossed with no problems. Have fun
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  6. Denis99

    Denis99 Well-Known Member

    South Wales
    Trip to The Big Apple yesterday, this has recently been declared a listed building . Has a history dating back to the early days when the Mumbles was just a local attraction, before mass car travel.

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  7. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

    South Wales
    Not been to that for years. I think about 40 years :laugh:
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  8. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    I’m no longer an Ebike virgin!

    Mrs Dave took the day off, so my brother Keith rode my bike and I rode Mrs Dave’s Ebike. It was good fun!
    I didn’t use the engine until the real climb began, but once I did I could feel the advantage instantly. I then decided to use the second level..... it was good! The hill slackened off a touch, but to get back to level one you had to go through level 3...... oh that was brilliant!
    The only trouble was that one back in level 1 it felt like someone was pulling me backwards!

    So my view on this bike is- if you struggle on hills, it’s great. But it’s so heavy that on the flat, or a slight decent you can feel the weight of the battery slowing you down.

    So the climb up to Lluc was fun, I was still putting in 100% battery or not.
    The decent down to Caimari was sweet. Hairpin after hairpin...

    Then it was a headwind through the valley. We stopped at Tolos for a beer before heading home.

    Almost 50 miles.

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  9. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    A glorious day here, so off I went for a bimble. Onto the A470, then onto the A489 for about half a mile then onto the B4404 my favourite road. Followed that road into Mach first passing through Gwynedd. I only spent about 15 minutes in there mind you. Onto the cycle path that runs alongside the River Dovey then back onto the A489 at the back end of Mach. Past the railway station and continued on Into Mach.

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    due to a combination of superb weather and market day meant that the town was heaving. I stopped at the stall that repairs watches and got a new battery fitted to my watch,.then spent 10 minutes in the park watching the crowds. Back on my bike and once again on the A489 towards home. Once I got to the turn off onto the A470 that would take me home in under 3 miles I decided to drop down onto the B4404 once again and did my usual loop.

    A total of 27 miles for me today in glorious conditions.
  10. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Nice lunch time solo loop in the sun. Most of th roads are really quiet. Not many other cyclst's out. Ended with a solo beer at the end.
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  11. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    Steve E on a day off with Jules H and me. We headed off in superb weather for some hills. Bromyard saw us up part way then by Bockleton we'd topped out on this outward leg. Still some ups and downs before Leominster. My first visit by bike.

    Steve found us a nice cafe. So nice we spent far too long there. Eventually we climbed to the heights of Hegdon Hill to take the ups and downs into the Frome valley. Steve was struggling now but one final climb out of the valley took us over to the Leigh Brook. Not far now but a stop for some ale was requested. That went down well.

    Great ride in glorious countryside today. 63 smiles
  12. Old jon

    Old jon Veteran

    A bright morning again. This is not guaranteed here, yesterday was blustery and wet, which made me happy to do other things than cycling. Time for some miles, 24.42 of them, according to the garthing. It is a bit daft, two decimal places for the distance of a bike ride, a hundredth of a mile being less than eighteen yards. Ah well, the technology does it for us, never mind.

    The drastic descent was busy this morning, pedestrians and cars to contend with, and a very large truck behind me as the flyover was reached. I pulled into the side and stopped to let it pass. Discretion, the local roads are narrow, and very rough. And not just the local roads. I had thought to ride out to Cacupe this morning ‘cos maybe I felt braver about the roads . . .

    So, around the bend and along the beach road to the bridge which takes traffic to the continent. No anglers were visible along the bike path on the westward crossing, a few walkers and two other cyclists being blown about by the wind. Turn right at the bridge end, roughly north but soon northwest, and ride along an image of the bike track on the opposite shore. Not so busy though.

    This area does not have a name, on the map anyway, unless Estreito covers it all. The end of the path is the start of a residential district, follow the road to a T junction and turn left and then right to ride on Avenue Leoberto Leal. This leads to the main north to south highway ( BR 101 ) and is unsurprisingly busy. Slow enough in town, but I was happy to take the right turn onto Rua Heriberto Hulse when I reached it. I have ridden along here before, so I knew I would be turning around when BR 101 was reached. But only after riding through an area of mixed housing, sometimes cattle in roadside fields and other times noisy little workshops of the back street car repair variety. Interesting.

    The trip back was another lesson in riding around one way systems. The map grew a few squiggles as the route neared the beach road. I should really do better, maybe next time. I did find one alternative road, but only by following another rider.

    Over the bridge again, a couple of brave fisherfolk had appeared there. Down the ramp, turn left and it’s the often ridden way home. Busy, with cyclists and scooterists and joggers. Did not see anyone on skates today, or skateboards. Ride on, things are quieter and home is nearer. Just by the edge of Joao Paulo I caught up with the only touring cyclist I have seen on this visit. Panniers front and rear, very heavily loaded. And we had no language in common, just exchanged good mornings. The rain started right at the bottom of home hill, but did not wash the smile away.

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  13. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Near Newmarket
    I'm back at my Mum's for a few days in north Norfolk and with a day off work, it was too sunny today not to head out for a ride.


    After a coffee at Creake Abbey, I paused at Burnham Thorpe to see the great man's birthplace.


    Made a couple of friends near Burnham Overy Town. I watched them for a while and they seemed inseparable.


    The 'hill' above Burnham Overy Staithe.


    From Burnham Overy Staithe, a footpath leads you the mile or so to the open sea. It's so pleasant, it means walking your bike along it is no problem. Riding would be too quick anyway to take it all in - even at my pace.


    Burnham Overy Staithe.


    I locked my bike to a fence and walked the last few hundred yards to the dunes. It's a while since I've been over this way and I'd almost forgotten how stunning the place is. 13 miles in total today.
  14. Mike_P

    Mike_P Veteran

    Another short evening ride - this time north to Ripley and then the loop round via Nidd to the Ripley-Knaresborough road which for the first time I followed the rest of the way to Knaresborough - another lumpy road with down grades almost immediately translating into up grades. Returned via the Beryl Burton Way with surprisingly a new PR up the wall as I had got mixed up a bit with the gears. 14.68 miles 888ft climbed 14 mph average.
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  15. gavgav

    gavgav Guru

    @Rickshaw Phil has had my Cube, for 2 days, to carry out its annual service and also fit the new chainrings that he kindly bought me for my Birthday.

    Phil picked me up at 19:45 and took me up to his, where he showed me what he’d done, superbly as always, and then joined me on a short test ride back to mine.

    Everything feels really smooth and I am going to like the new lower gearing, on those Welsh, Shropshire and Cumbrian Hills and Mountains! Only switched into the small cog for a quick test and they will definitely help!!

    Thanks @Rickshaw Phil

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