Ride report – Saturday 7th September

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:

A double digit turnout for James’s second ride in as many weeks. High pressure promising a dry ride over to Sherington at the Alban Hills Nursery Café.

On hearing this I did think our refreshment stop would be compromised by pre-schoolers running around being noisy but it wasn’t that kind of nursery as it turned out. A rather pleasant café it actually turned out to be. Indoor and outdoor seating, which we used, outside a wooden cabin type café painted in sage green. A rather quaint café stop with an excellent menu of breakfast items and the usual cake choice.

James called in the numbers to the café at the start and we set off on one steady ride for everyone. The roads ahead seemed to have been soaked somewhat by localised weather but nothing too serious. Familiar villages were ticked off along the picturesque winding route which undulated nicely along with some pretty decent tarmac to boot.

Before long the church at Newport Pagnell came into view and out of view as we turned for Sherington just a couple of miles away. Straight out the other side of the village, perched on the hill, was our destination.
A handy bike rack for cyclists is always a welcome start to any stop at a café and this one was no exception. Table service was also provided from the attentive staff who supplied us with menus and served our orders promptly. Despite being a popular cyclists café we seemed to have exclusive use of the terrace.

Suitably refuelled we headed for the beautiful Tyringham estate which is currently on the market for anyone with deep enough pockets. It’s always a lovely route through that area before using the busy roads at the other side. Navigating these eventually led us to Hartwell and Roade where a tricky set of junctions split the group briefly before James confirmed we could continue on with slightly reduced numbers. Another split, albeit voluntarily this time reduced the group further and we headed for Milton Malsor and home.

Not quite the weather we were expecting today but James’s choice of café stop was more than enough to brighten our day.

Thanks for leading the ride James.

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