Posted on Thursday 2 May 2013 by Charles Harvey
It was a well attended ride that later fell foul of mechanical problems. Fourteen of us met up at St Albans. After coffee at the Café Roma we headed by an indirect route towards Redbourn, exiting St Albans on the Redbourn Road before turning west on to minor roads. We passed by where the Buncefield Oil Depot had been and came into Redbourn on the “Nicky Way” a former railway line now converted like several east – west routes in Hertfordshire to a path for walkers, cyclists and riders. We were early for our lunch stop and so took time to visit the village church while I tried to fix a loose pedal on one of our number’s bike. Half the thread was stripped but I hoped the bike would make it home.
Lunch was at a recently opened “coffee bar and cyclists refuge” The Hub. It’s not a big place and it was as well that the Willesden CC were leaving as we arrived. Prior booking had paid of as ready plated up ploughman’s lunches were distributed (nice food, good coffee and good value – we’ll be back). From there we moved to the Redbourn Museum . Again, prior booking paid off as local volunteers were on hand to show us round this listed building which was originally built as a silk mill and was later the manager’s house of a Brooke Bond tea factory. more »