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Glorious Chiltern Hills
Glorious Chiltern Hills
Making a splash
Making a splash
The 'Stingbee' Loop
The 'Stingbee' Loop
It's not just about the riding!
It's not just about the riding!
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Ashridge Estate Club Ride
Travel further
Travel further
Whipsnade trails
Whipsnade trails
Not just local riding
Not just local riding
Coaching days
Coaching days
Birdseye view
Birdseye view
New trails
New trails
Secret cake supplies
Secret cake supplies
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Family Rides
Homes from home
Homes from home
Ashridge Open Ride
Ashridge Open Ride
New accomplishments
New accomplishments
Friends and views
Friends and views
Views to die for
Views to die for
Some posing
Some posing
Try Downhill
Try Downhill
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
The infamous Ashridge Estate scones
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
Yorkshire Dales Club Trip
The Malverns
The Malverns
The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway
Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase
A puncture or two...
A puncture or two...
Somestimes a beer...
Somestimes a beer...
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
Making new friends
Making new friends
Club Trips to new places
Club Trips to new places
Coffee stops
Coffee stops
Lee Quarry Club Trip
Lee Quarry Club Trip
A cake stop or two
A cake stop or two
An excuse to finish at the pub!
An excuse to finish at the pub!
Rules to be broken?!
Rules to be broken?!
Aston Hill
Aston Hill
As Nature intended
As Nature intended
Family Events
Family Events
Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself
Mount Snowdon
Mount Snowdon
Perfect photo stops
Perfect photo stops
Good views
Good views
Speed
Speed
Gisburn Forest
Gisburn Forest
Enjoy yourself!
Enjoy yourself!
Local Groups
Local Groups
Slalom
Slalom
Good company
Good company
Events
Events

Five of us met up,  taking advantage of the lighter mornings, for an 8.30am start to hit the trails before the rest of the world...

Meeting at Nomansland Common (who called this one?!) we were greeted with golden sunshine and blue skies, Spring had finally arrived.

After riding across the common we entered bridleway #9 for a long descent into the village of  Sandridge, an old stomping ground of Martin I.  We then took the climb of Woodstock Hill to connect with bridleways through to the John Bunyan Pub.  From here a stretch of twisty singletrack through the woods gave an element of technical riding to our route.  Then across the agricultural fields of Hertfordshire to bridge the River Lea at the majestic Brocket Hall. Cue the photo shoots.

Then a steady climb up to the start of the Ayot Greenway, a former railway line which took away London's landfill waste until the 1960's.  The 2.5 mile thrash along its length  giving  Martin I the opportunity to show the rest of us why he chooses clipless pedals over flats, he was far out in front.

At the end of the Greenway a lengthy discussion was entered into as to the meaning of the diamonds on OS maps and whether they can be ridden, or not.  It all depends, apparently...

It was soon after this stop a loud knocking noise started emanating from Martin J's bottom bracket and, after an inspection, it was clear a replacement was necessary.  From here we rode the tracks through Gustard Wood into the wide open space of  Marshalls Heath.  It was here Mark Baylis unfortunately took the wrong bridleway for the long descent off the heath and, despite our shouts, carried on happily to the before realising.   He had  to make the long climb back up.  No problem for Mark, however, as he was riding an ebike.

We enjoyed the long descent off the heath and down to the River Lea.   Here  Pawel left us  due to time constraints.   We followed the Canal Cycleway along the Lea  and then  threaded our way through outer Harpenden and Amwell back to the start.

Thanks to Pawel, Mark,  Martin and Jim  for joining me for ride.

 

Report by Martin Jeffrey

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