Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014 by Martin Hayman
There was a moment in the Falling Leaves sportive when I wished it were just a proper touring club ride. A little way after the left turn off Toy’s Hill into Puddledock Lane, there’s a grassy balcony, a belvedere if you like, with a broad southerly outlook on the Eden Valley. (The vantage point is marked on the OS map.) First up of our three, I paused to take in a view that could scarcely be better, with summer’s greenleaf only just beginning to give way to autumn colours on this perfect cloudless, windless day.
A rider, bike parked and careless of passing time, sat on the bench contemplating the prospect.
Another spectator remarked, out of the blue, that it was this view that persuaded Churchill to opt for the ugly house at Chartwell, just over the shoulder of high ground to the right. I have no idea if this is so, but it is persuasive. It is a panorama of the England of legend more »