Leisurely rides

This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 67.

Twelve riders enjoyed a trip round some of the Open Studios in July. Each July, Cambridge artists throw open their studios to the general public at weekends. We visited various houses in the Newnham and Grantchester area, and stopped for a very pleasant tea at the Orchard.

The Campaign, in association with Sustrans, holds regular leisurely rides, each led by a member of the Campaign. The ride is through a local part of the countryside, at a gentle pace, and always including a stop at a tea shop or café. We’re usually back in Cambridge by 6pm.

Suggestions for new rides are always welcome – please contact us via our usual contact details. You could even add a new route via our new online mapping system (see page 9)!

Rides start at 1pm from Reality Checkpoint, which is the lamp-post in the centre of Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. They are open to everyone, and everyone is welcome to bring their roadworthy bike. This includes accompanied confident child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 20 miles. If you want to do a last-minute check that the ride is still going ahead (e.g. due to the weather), please ring the ride leader, Simon, on (01223) 500902.

Ely – 13 August 2006

In 2005 a new cycle route opened to Ely. It has long sections off road, and passes through gentle, serene open country. On the way we pass National Trust property at Wicken Fen, where we shall take tea. We shall finish the ride along the river into Ely, and return by train to Cambridge. The number of bikes we can take on the train is at the discretion of the senior conductor. We may have to split the group up at Ely station, travelling back on several trains. There are four trains an hour at around that time, and the adult rail fare is £4.10.

Berry Picking – 10 September 2006

This ride will start by spending two hours picking berries around Cambridge. We shall return to Romsey, off Mill Road for tea and to process the berries into jam. We did this last year and everyone went away with a few jars of delicious blackberry and apple jam. Bring some jam jars, and tubs for collecting berries.

Martin Lucas-Smith, Co-ordinator