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Essex and East London

Organisers Contact: Vivienne Woodroffe, Tel: 01279 835511, Email: viv.woodroffe@ntlworld.com

EastLondon News

12/01/2017

The March Ride will be a week later on Sunday 19th March 2017 (third Sunday)

27/10/2016

I have complied a list with the help of some members, that gives details of cycle friendly cafes and tea rooms where we like to stop in our area when we are out riding.   I thought this might be useful if you ever visit this part of the country and wanted to plan a ride in the lovely countryside.

 

If you are aware of any that we might have missed then please email me with details and I will add them to the list which can be found in the document section at the bottom of the  East London/Essex Region pages.

 

Hope you find it useful.

 

Vivienne Woodroffe

16/09/2014

There were 4 tandems for the ride in September, although it did rain a little as we set off from Writtle the weather improved as we travelled along the quiet Essex lanes.

The sun was shining when we stopped at Bretts Garfen Centre and it was very pleasant sitting outside and chatting while we consumed our cream teas.

 

03/03/2014
A good turn out on an overcast but dry March day.  There were a total of 12 riders which was comprised of 3 tricycles, 2 tandems and 2 solos.
Refreshments were taken at Oliver's Garden Centre, Witham  before we started the ride.
We were going at a decent pace until at 5 miles the newcomers had a puncture but once fixed we were on our way again until we got to the Fitch Way where a  fallen tree blocked our path.  We managed to negotiate the obstacle without too many scratches and were soon on our way again.
The ride finished at Stisted where a leisurely lunch was taken at the lovely Tea Room which sadly is closing soon due to the retirement of the owners.
Everybody made us feel very welcome and we look forward to joining the group again in the near future.
Viv and Andrew
19/04/2013

On Sunday 7th April the sun shone through the fog and frost and we had a decent, if chilly day. 5 Tandems and 2 solos rolled out from our meeting place at Marks Tey Station. 

Making steady progress and enjoying the sun as we rolled up and down the country lanes to Boxted, where we enjoyed the usual kind of elevense but at Sandra's sisters house, Jacqui gave us a really warm welcome and mide us warm as well.

Dragging ourselves back out into the sunny, chilly air we rolled off again. We took in more of the rolling countryside (whoever said that Essex and Suffolk was flat?) and it was a great delight to see the daffodils and wild primroses along with spring lambs. We stopped for a breather at the Polstead duck pond, a favourite spot for several of us, and Alan and Wendy showed us THEIR picnic bench. We made our way uphill again from here towards Boxted and on into Assington where we stopped for a welcome lunch in the Barn Tea Rooms. Gill gave us here after lunch sales pitch for Optilab glasses and I'm sure she in now looking forward to receiving her commission!

Refreshed we then made our way through the undulating countryside through Bures pas Chappel Station and the Viaduct and into Marks Tey.

Right at the end Dave found he had a puncture oh dear! If there is ever a good time..... that was it, with his car in sight.

All said they enjoyed the ride and if Paul could find a few more hills.....

Everyone is looking forward to next months ride and with a little more sunshine we may get to see more legs as only Paul and David were brave enough to wear the shorts today. 

Paul and Sandra

Showcase

January 2017
12/01/2017
After a hot drink we set off from The Coffee Shop at Thremhall Park on a tour of the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside. The weather was kind to us with the sun making a welcome appearance on several occasions. The ride was uneventful apart from one puncture and having to stop to round up a stray dog at Hatfield Forest. On our return to the start Allison and her staff were ready for the hungry hordes and served us quickly with our pre ordered lunches which were of the usual high quality that we always receive from this Coffee Shop.
July Ride
17/07/2016
Epic 100 mile ride through the Essex countryside calling at Timbers Rayne, Waterside Cafe Witham and a pub somewhere near Writtle

 

What's On

09/04/2017 Essex and East London
10.00am start from Rodbridge Picnic Site, Long Melford (CO10 9HH), take the left hand turning into Borley Road, off the B1064 Sudbury to Long Melford road, there is a height barrier at the entrance.
 
There are toilets and small tea/snack kiosk at the start location.
 
The ride is approximately 43miles total, with a 25 miles loop before lunch break and a 18mile loop after lunch finishing back at the start location.
 
Lunch will be at the Croft Café & Bistro, Cherry lane, Garden Centre, Long Melford, a lunch menu is attached it would be helpful to pre-order  menu available from  Peter Harvey petercharvey@live.co.uk and choices to be returned by 6.00pm Thursday 6th April latest.
 
Also  GPX route  for those wishing to preview the route beforehand is available.
 
 
Contact: Peter and Pat Harvey Email: petercharvey@live.co.uk

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27/10/2016Cafes

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