Posted on Wednesday 12 June 2013 by Charles Harvey
Mill Green is a ride destination that I often return to. It’s a small local museum housed in a working watermill that runs at the weekends. And on Sundays in the summer they serve cream teas!
Nine of us met at St Albans station and two more, having missed their train joined us later. We rode via Sandridgebury, Sandridge and Nomansland Common to Wheathampstead. We were too early for lunch so did a little loop up to Ayot St Lawrence, for many years the home of playwright and CTC member George Bernard Shaw.
The Swan at Wheathampstead yet again proved to be a good lunch stop with good value food and efficient service. We had a look at the village church which contains a monument to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the Antarctic explorer, who lived locally and is buried in the churchyard. Someone, I suspect a child, has added a toy penguin at the foot of the statue.
From then on we rode through Symondshyde Great Wood and the former De Havilland [later British Aerospace] airfield, now a business park, and into Hatfield following The Alban Way to Mill Green. To my disappointment, most ignored the museum which included a display on the airfield we’d just ridden across. However, in true CTC style, they enthusiastically tucked into cream teas. Then it was back on the Alban Way for a traffic free ride to St Albans.