Fulstow in the Fall

Fulstow in the Fall

Fulstow in the Fall
Sunday 21st October 2018

RIDE REPORT

Time for a shorter ride than of late with not a hill in sight! Sunday's route would take us to North Somercotes and Fulstow, to enjoy the full display of Autumn colours. Indeed skies were sparkling clear blue and we were promised a high of 18 degrees Celsius, more akin to a summers day!

Tim Newbery met up with John Ambler at Louth's Cornmarket with the prospect of meeting up with Chris Owen and Alan Hockham at Oasis Lakes, North Somercotes. The route would take us to Keddington and the Louth Navigation Canal adjacent to Cowslip Lane. The Louth Navigation was a canalisation of the River Lud completed back in 1770, and there are hopes that the canal will be refurbished with a Multi User Path built to connect up with the Water Rail Way. An ambitious plan costing tens of millions of pounds so we'll wait and see.

Continuing onto Alvingham bathed in warm sunshine, we did indeed note that the foliage of the trees and shrubs exhibited some glorious Autumn hues. A super display. The route would follow School Lane through the Cockeringtons with Saddleback Road taking us to Skidbrooke, before heading to North Somercotes and Oasis Lakes. We were pleased to be joined by Chris and Alan and enjoyed a variety of refreshments. Chris always enjoys their cooked breakfast which is great value for money.

From North Somercotes a few miles along the A1031 via Conisholme before turning west into quite a brisk wind which took the group to Austen Fen and Covenham. A detour along Bull Bank and around the reservoir before arriving at The Cross Keys at Fulstow with time for a pint and a packet of crisps. John bravely tried a pint of Batemans 'East Coat Screamer' and we are glad to report no ill effects. (Chris enjoyed a Guinness, Alan the XB and Tim the Autumn Gold).

Chris departed for home at this point whist Alan would leave John and Tim at Alvighham for their respective return journeys. 34 miles covered for the Louth contingent with Chris clocking up a very respectful 44 miles.

And yes, the forecast was correct on this occasion as temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius were reported across Lincolnshire!

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