Posted on Sunday 22 February 2015 by Charles Harvey
I’d organised the route, the refreshments, even the history. But there was nothing I could do about the weather. The forecast was dreadful …
I went to meet people at St Albans station knowing in advance that we’d probably have to curtail the ride. We made the best of the morning, looked at the sites of both Battles of St Albans and two stretches of pre-Roman fortifications and then went to lunch at The Swan at Wheathampstead, now happily reopened after a long closure due to a fire.
During lunch the skies darkened. We went to have a look at the memorial and grave of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the Antarctic explorer, at the nearby parish church and then decided to abandon any further thoughts of places of historical interest and head straight back to St Albans. It was cold, wet and horrible. Fortunately we got to the station with only about ten minutes to wait for a train.
I’ll try to lead this ride again some time and hope for better weather.