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.