On a beautiful summer’s day I was disappointed to find only five riders at the start for our ride to Bures but by elevenses our numbers had swollen to eleven.
From Chelmsford we headed to Channels and Terling, before taking part of the NCR 16 route through Witham to reach Rivenhall. We followed the back road along the bottom of Braxted Park to Tiptree for elevenses at Perrywoods. My walnut and stilton scone was fresh from the kitchen and absolutely delicious, even by their usual high standards.
All eleven of us set off towards Bures with a brief stop for a photo at Aldham Church when Ken and Derek left us heading for home.
After a short ‘puncture stop’ we arrived at The Eight Bells in Bures just after 1pm but were warned of a longish wait for food as they were very busy. We secured a large table in the corner of the beer garden and had plenty of time to put the world to rights and discuss the EU referendum. We were joined by Alan and Clive from the Colchester group and later a group from Suffolk CTC arrived.
In my last post I was extolling the virtues of the pub in Lamarsh so I was sorry to hear that the Suffolk group had been scheduled to go there but found it had closed. It’s such a shame to see excellent pubs like that one closed.
On our way home we again stopped for tea at the delightful National Trust property Paycocks in Coggeshall where they managed well coping with nine cyclist descending on the small café.
I had 67 miles on my cycle computer on returning back in Chelmsford.
Here is a link to my strava record: