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Coastal meander 24th July 2016

Posted on Wednesday 31 August 2016 by Anna Bagi

The two bike ladies I shared the lift with a few months ago at Stratford International have no idea that they gave me the idea for this route. I was looking for something a bit different from the usual country lanes, something easy, picturesque and by the sea. With some patchy information and ideas I searched for cycle routes on the shore and came across the Viking Trail. I was a bit dubious first, but after the recce I had no doubt that this would be a success. And it was. Of course the route is not enough, you need people to make it work and have fun. Despite the large number, the group managed to stay together nicely and make it a really enjoyable day and an easy lead.

I was a bit anxious at Stratford International, whether I would be able to board the train, especially when a group of cyclists arrived. I told them that I had to get on the train as I was leading a ride, they were very supportive, but the 12 carriage train swallowed all the bikes easily.

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Flamstead Scarecrow Festival – another view

Posted on Wednesday 31 August 2016 by Sue Dorey

Charles Harvey’s one star ride to Flamstead Scarecrow festival on 21st AugustĀ  was not your usual outing. The ratio of scarecrows viewed to miles ridden was a record high (something like 30 to 21) . You could vote for your favourite scarecrow, but I found I was not allowed to nominate our ride leader, on the grounds that Charles is a human being. But I ask you, look at the photos below, can YOU tell the difference ? (Clue: the scarecrow is better dressed. And better looking).

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Flamstead Scarecrow Festival – the leader’s view

Posted on Wednesday 31 August 2016 by Charles Harvey

On the third weekend in August, Flamstead, normally a quiet Hertfordshire village, turns into a surreal environment. The whole village is full of scarecrows. The reason for this is the annual Scarecrow Festival held in support of local Multiple Sclerosis charities. There are barbeques, live music, morris dancing – the whole village is en fete.

Five riders left Harpenden station and got to Flamstead about 11.30 and, after coffee, tea and cakes in the village hall, we gave ourselves plenty of time to look around. We then decided to move on to the village of Studham for a late lunch at The Bell. We were heading into the fringes of the Chilterns and gradually climbing. After lunch, we headed back to Flamstead rather faster with the wind and the gradient in our favour. The festival was beginning to wind down. Tea and coffee were still available but the cakes had run out. We enjoyed the music of the Hemel Hempstead Band and headed back to Harpenden station in time for the 17.53 train home.

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