At last, the weather was kind to us. Crystal clear skies greeted the twelve riders assembled at the Cycling Centre for the ride to the Bake House Café, Cooks Mill Green.
Unlike the previous week the stiff westerly wind had now reduced itself to that of a gentle breeze and it made the ride out to the café through Navestock and Doddinghurst a very pleasant experience. The route took us through Fryerning woods just passed Mill Green, always an enjoyable road to cycle along but more so on this day with the winter sun shining through the bare trees of the forest.
We’d clocked up 22 miles by the time we reached the Bake House. A very pleasant café adjoining the newly refurbished Fox and Goose pub on the A414.
The return journey took in the lanes north of the A414 through Roxwell, following the Tour de France route to Moreton. From there we headed for Toot Hill, Abridge and the notorious climb of Mile Hill to the Cycling Centre.
Words and Pictures Paul O’Kelly