Posted on Saturday 18 July 2015 by Anna Bagi
Seven of us gathered in Chelmsford for the ride, Pat, Michael on a recumbent, John Osborne, Bernard and two newcomers: Janna and Adrian. We started by having a look at the cathedral and with a quick coffee on the high street. Then out we went, following a cycle route out of Chelmsford, including a narrow bridge, where Michael had to carry his recumbent. After an unusual length of roads with loose chippings and a long climb to Danbury common, it was mostly downhill until Purleigh Hill, where there’s a short, steep climb, which is worth it for the view down to the basin.
Lunch was at the Hythe at Maldon by the riverside, where some people choose pub lunch, while others had a picnic. We had a quick look at the bridge leading to Heybridge, followed by a serious climb back up to the High street, lines with historic buildings. We turned off on London Road and took country lanes with lanes like “Cut a thwart lane”, which led to an unresolved discussion about its origin and meaning. I still think it was meant to be “Cut a throat” and got misspelled. more »