Ride Report – Sunday 1st April

Phillip Gray led this ride to Draycote Water and Dunchurch.  He writes:

Seven riders took part in Sunday’s ride to Dunchurch. Setting off in crisp but cool sunshine, we headed west for an early teastop at Whilton Locks garden centre. This built us up for the hilly route via Norton and Welton towards Braunston. Here we took the track past the church and lost village of Wolfhamcote. About 1.5 miles of rough semi-metalled track, with several gates, tested our tyres and co-ordination but was a refreshing short-cut through isolated, picturesque farmland. Emerging near Grandborough, we headed through the village and then north along an A road to Draycote Water.

No sooner up on the reservoir wall, than we found that this was the day the flies had chosen to come out and mate, with huge swarms reminding us that the happy cyclist is the one without the flies in his teeth. Draycote was strikingly low – not surprising to learn that Severn Trent Water is working to pump water in from near Leamington Spa.  Despite this, the blue reservoir was beautiful in the sunshine.

Leaving the reservoir, after a short stint on the road, we stopped at The Green Man in Dunchurch for a good, economical pub lunch and pleasant conversation in the sunny garden.

The route back took quiet roads and a steep hill into Barby, then back to Whilton, Little Brington and Harlestone, a total 50.7 miles back at the Brampton Valley Way.

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