It takes two to tandem!

With Nicholas Ferrar’s tomb in the foreground

Yes, I had my stoker behind me!

The Thursday cycling group functions by virtue of volunteers offering to organise rides and feeding stops. Today was my turn, so my opportunity to bring members over to the east of the region to sample some of the delights of old Huntingdonshire. We may be on the edge of the flat landscapes of fenland, but we can still boast a few interesting hills that can raise the HR a little.

Our meeting place (and coffee stop) was Ferrar House at Little Gidding, a remote spot where Nicholas Ferrar had established a community way back in the early 17th century, and which came to

Bikes at the back of the pigsties

have legendary connections with King Charles I (especially as a safe haven before the momentous battle of Naseby), and latterly with T.S.Eliot, who went on to pen his poem “Little Gidding” as the last of his Four Quartets. At the end of a narrow single-track road, Little Gidding is still one of Huntingdonshire’s best kept secrets.

A total of 16 riders then made their way, via different routes, to our lunch stop at the Cross Keys pub at Molesworth, where a varied menu filled stomachs and restored miles to weary legs. But as luck would have it, the heavens unloaded the promised rain as we stepped out for the journey home. But Jenny, my stoker, was well satisfied with the 27 miles covered on the day’s ride, and getting wet on the homeward leg was not such a burden.

 

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on June 7, 2012, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK, Tandem riding and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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