If you go down to the woods today………….

One of my local 65 mile (104kms) circuits takes me into 4 counties and a forest in Buckinghamshire, called Salcey Forest. It is one of my favourite half day routes, with a re-fuelling stop at a log-cabin tearoom deep in the forest. It also turns out to be a favourite stop for roadies like me, so I can always expect some interesting conversation (nearly always about cycling) over my tea and fruit cake. This time it was with two lads who were also out on solo rides, one on his home-built fixie and the other on a nice carbon fibre Colnago.

Heading into Salcey Forest

The route out was into a 20mph wind, with gusts of up to 45 mph, so the stop at the café was most welcome after over 30 miles of grind. The tea and cake tasted so much sweeter knowing that I would have that same wind pushing me back in a homewards direction…………….well, that’s the theory anyway!

The tiny hamlet of Easton Maudit habours a few secrets. The

An oasis after 30 hard miles!

remains of this old elm tree, opposite the church, is being preserved and held up by an inner support, and allegedly marks the spot where both John Bunyan and John Wesley preached on their respective travels around the country.

The village of Felmersham, perennially prone to major flooding from the River Ouse, has this wonderful 5 arched bridge, built in 1818, when horse-drawn road traffic seldom surpassed speeds of 15mph. I have come along this road several times when the bridge has been closed due to flooding. But today was just one of those days when the roads were clear and the wind was in your (helmeted) hair………….

The log-cabin tearoom

The old elm where Bunyan and Wesley preached.

5 arched bridge (you can’t see the 5th arch on the right!)


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 9, 2012, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thank you for introducing me to Salcey Forest. I never knew it existed but it is obviously worth exploring

  2. Frank, what’s your route? I’ve thought about going down there for a club run, but I’ve found some of the roads, such as around Olney a little too busy for a group of 10-12 riders.

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