Magnetism of the Welland Valley
Many of the recent Thursday group rides have drawn me over to Leicestershire, to the Welland Valley, a geographical phenomenon that seems to be much underrated. Folks will readily shoot off to the Welsh hills, or the Lake District, or even further north to the Scottish Highlands, in search of interesting contours and landscapes, but happily ignore the diamonds in their own backyard.
The Welland Valley is a great area for walking and cycling. You will be dazzled by the huge variety of landscapes, the sweeping views, the long climbs and descents, the quaint little villages with their country pubs and tearooms. When I’m cycling with the group, I happily follow the local riders who know their own patch and lead the way. This gives me the chance to take in my surroundings, unencumbered by the task of map-reading.
The day’s ride was a heady 110 miles/176 kms, but the conditions were perfect. Sunny but relatively cool, with a gentle breeze that provided the ‘air conditioning’ as we pedalled along.
The out-and-back route for me to link up with the group was 86 miles/138 kms: (click to enlarge)
…and the group ride, taking us on a 26 mile circular route from the cafe in East Langton, to the lunch stop in Glooston: