Ride report, Sunday 19th December

BrianT went on this ride and writes:

Six riders met at BVW car park at 9.30am to travel in convoy to Manton, a village on Rutland Water. 

The temperature was hovering around 1-2 degrees C on the way, which was also foggy, although visibility was OK for driving.  After unpacking the bikes we eventually left at 10.45 to traverse the reservoir. The bike trail was a mix of tarmac and gravel tracks in about equal measure. There were not that many walkers or cyclist around during the morning and we more or less had the place to ourselves. The walkers we did meet caused a minor pile up which must have looked spectacular but only John W came off with a cut knee. The walkers were keen to give John the full first aid works but he declined the offer.  There was little wind so riding conditions were good. 

Shortly after this we found that the café Phil L had carefully researched. It was closed so we continued to the point where the planned route turned onto the peninsular for a quick loop into the centre of the reservoir. The debate was then do we do this or head for the second café in the next village. This was at noon so we pedalled on to Egleton where Phil knew the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre had a café. That looked closed but we sent the indomitable JW in to see what was available. There was indeed a DIY coffee machine and the centre staff were doing toasted sandwiches or flapjacks. 

I think we were the only visitors that day as it was off the cycling route. Inside we had a panoramic view of the reservoir but due to the fog, there was no flying today, but it was pleasantly warm there.

The cars were now only a short distance away and we arrived back at just after 1pm. We had only cycled 16 miles on the flat but it was a good place to ride on a foggy day and we all felt this had been good morning out for a bit of fresh air and good company. Thanks to Phil L for leading the ride. 



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