Leisurely rides

This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 68.

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 6 pm.

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

August ride to Ely

Leisurely ride to Ely participants

In August, we tried out the new cycle route to Ely. We passed through gentle, serene open country. We took tea at the National Trust property at Wicken Fen and then travelled back by train from Ely.

Our berry-picking ride in September

Berry-picking on the September leisurely ride

Fourteen of us spent a couple of hours picking berries around Cambridge, passing through the Madingley Road area and through Coton. We collected 12 kg! We then returned to Romsey for tea and to process the berries into jam. Everyone went away with a few jars of delicious blackberry jam.

Coming up

Rides are on the second Sunday of each month and start at 1 pm from Reality Checkpoint, which is the lamp post in the centre of Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. They are open to everyone with a 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.

On 8 October we shall take the train to Stevenage where some pioneering work on the development of walking and cycling routes was done in the 1960s. We’ll ride back towards Cambridge, optionally returning by train from Royston.

The adult return fare is £10.60 but Railcard discounts are available. Please bring folding bikes if possible, as we may have to split the group across several trains.

On 12 November we shall explore Sustrans Route 11 south in the direction of Audley End. Depending on the weather and the mood of the group on the day we may go all the way there and back, but there are railway stations for an easy way home.

On 10 December we shall tour the changes that have happened to cycling in Cambridge during 2006. These include the good (Addenbrooke’s to Shelford), the bad (Arbury Park) and the ugly (Gonville Place-Gresham Road-Parker’s Piece crossing) though each can nominate their own. Featuring also home made mince pies and mulled wine.

Martin Lucas-Smith,