Sunday Ride to Clickem
7th July 2019
Chris Owen had informed the club that the Cross Keys pub at Grasby would be closed for a couple of weeks so today's Ride Leader Tim Newbery opted for an alternative lunch time venue of Click'em Inn near Swinhope. The route would also be shorter than originally planned at about 45 miles.
It was great to see such a super turnout at the Meridian Leisure Centre. A welcome return of John Rickett (after his exploits on a successful 'Way of The Roses' challenge ride), Rob Cook, Rob Whitworth, Bernie Hobill, Chris Owen and Alan Hockham. John Ambler had sent his apologies as he would be sitting beside a swimming pool in hot sunshine drinking a glass (or two) of wine.
Our route would take us north through Covenham St Mary, Covenham Bartholomew and onwards via Fulstow and Tetney. The sun was breaking through the clouds and it felt pleasant enough as temperatures started to rise to a predicted maximum of 17 degrees Celsius. A gently breeze and flat roads meant that we made good progress and Bernie showed a good turn of speed.
The club had been booked into 'Veronica's' at 11 am and we arrived a few minutes early. We were pleased to see Alan Richards waiting for us and caught up on the latest news whilst awaiting a variety of poached eggs on toast and bacon rolls. Chris Owen gave a thumbs up for the bacon roll being up to John Ambler's high standard whilst John Rickett had opted for a Blueberry muffin.
Alan Richards would depart for home whilst the remaining 7 riders continued to cross over the busy 'Barton Street' to make the steady climb up to Beelsby. At the junction with Sustrans NCN 1, Chris would kindly lead Bernie to Clickem via the scenic lanes past Croxby Pond Plantation whilst the rest of the club opted for MORE HILLS! and a longer route that would take in Swallow, Cuxwold and Rothwell.
Re-grouping at The Clickem Inn, near Swinhope, further drinks and refreshments were taken whilst combating the plague of bugs that were attracted to our bright yellow cycle garments. Sadly, we didn't see any of the Clickem Wood Sheep. In the surrounding fields you can sometimes see two primitive pedigree registered flocks under the name Click-em Wood. A flock of Hebrideans and Castlemilk Moorits.
One more of our flock, Chis would make a run for home at this point whilst others looked forward to some welcome descent (not dissent!) to North Ormsby. It's always fascinating to view the remains of the earthworks of the site of the Medieval Village, Manor and Priory. Interestingly, Swinhope and Clickem were also the sites of deserted medieval villages. The name "Swinhope" means 'Swine valley'.
Rob Cook suggested the route to Utterby and Ings Lane, where we left Jonh pedaling on the A16 and home to Fotherby. A brisk easterly headwind by now but soon enough a right turn to the south along Brackenborough Road and a direct route back to Louth. 40 to 45 miles covered and a very respectable 1300 ft+ climbing across the Wolds. Many thanks to all for their company. Congratulations to Bernie on one of his longest rides.