‘Creating a Cycling Culture’ – CCN/CTC Spring 2008 Campaigns Conference

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Cambridge, Saturday 10th May, with additional optional events on Friday 9th and Sunday 11th


Friday 9th May 2008: informal Friday ride

Friday ride at 12:30pm from Stourbridge Common.

Please find your way to the Stourbridge Common side of the Green Dragon Bridge by 12:30pm. The location is reached by crossing the bridge by the Green Dragon Pub, on Water Lane, Chesterton.

The route will be a leisurely and sociable ride around Cambridge, initially out along the river but turning back to explore some of the things we’ve campaigned for over the last 12 years.

We are delighted that Plurabelle Books is providing a vegetarian lunch at 2:30pm, so if you’re late you can meet us there. The location is in The Michael Young Centre, at the end of Purbeck Road, off Hills Road CB2 8HN Tel: 01223 415671

Sunday 11th May 2008: longer Sunday ride

CTC ride, lead by: Mike Stapleton

Leave Cambridge at 9:30am from the University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge.

Depending on the route I estimate that the mileage will be between 40 and 45 miles. There are two major hills at Barrington and another after Chrishall Grange, otherwise the route is quite easy and very pretty.

  • Trumpington Meadows to Grantchester
  • Haslingfield great views from the top of Chapel Hill
  • Barrington, The Village has a wide central green and several thatched cottages.
  • Coffee at Phillimore Garden Centre on the road from Shepreth to Melbourn
  • Fowlmere
  • Chrishall Grange then over the hills to Littlebury.
  • Saffron Walden. Lunch at the Temeraire.
  • Time to explore Saffron Walden which is an old Market Town. It has a lovely church, a maze, a museum and is famous for pargetting, a form of wall decoration.
  • After lunch we would return to Cambridge via Ickleton, Duxford and Great Shelford. The is a cafe at Ickleton Barnes beside a lake. I would aim to be back by 4.30pm.

CTC normally meets at Brookside but this may not be the best venue for people who have just attended the Conference. We could meet at the Youth Hostel in Tennison Road or at the conference venue.

I have chosen the garden centre at Shepreth and the Temeraire at Saffron Walden as locations that can easily cater for an unpredicable number of riders. It is easy to return from Shepreth to Cambridge via Gt Shelford or even get a train from Meldreth to London. There is a rail connection about two miles from Saffron Walden to London and Cambridge at Audley End.