The delights of ‘lumpy’ UK!

After two weeks of cycling across the sweltering flat plains of Florida, sometimes into 20 mph headwinds, it is good to be back negotiating the ‘lumpy landscape’ of rural Northamptonshire.

Road to Deenthorpe

Road to Deenthorpe

The route out to the village of Gretton (near Rockingham) took me across large swathes of sparsely populated countryside, through tiny villages of only a handful of houses, to a village hall where the local community put on a monthly lunch, and feed us the best in homemade soups and puddings. We are usually a group of a dozen or more cyclists, who have come from a wide radius, and the lunch venue is our focus not only for the ride, but also for a gathering of like-minded people of the road, most of whom have pedalled several miles to get there.

The route back home took me and a riding companion via Woodford MillContactWoodfordMillHeader

through north Bedfordshire, where I came across this unobtrusively placed memorial on the edge of a field, outside the village of Newton Bromswold20140304_162551_Android

that must have been placed there for Remembrance Day last November, to commemorate the lives lost in two plane crashes on that field during the last war.20140304_162645_Android

There were so many airfields in this area that, not surprisingly, many accidents occurred during the routines of training. With the huge loss of manpower during airborne raids, young pilots had to be trained up quickly as replacements, and their preparation was seldom as thorough as it would have been in peace time.20140304_162634_AndroidDistance covered: 72 miles


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 March 5, 2014, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My dad was a pilot in the airforce at one stage he flew in the VIP squadron taking, obviously, very important people to various parts of the world. I have a photograph of him with Lord Montgomery. Montbatten was also one of those he transported, to India , I think.
    Fortunately my father was not involved in the fighting aspect of the war.

    • Very interesting Heather. My part of the UK was a mottled landscape of wartime airfields, the nearest to our village is less than half a mile away. It is highly likely that your father spent some time here, or at least, paid the occasional visit.

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