Picnic at Red Hill

Picnic at Red Hill

Picnic at Red Hill

Sunday 30th June 2019

RIDE REPORT

Our Annual Picnic Ride, and appropriately enough it's National Picnic Week!

At Louth Meridian Centre were Alan Hockham, Rob Whitworth, Rob Cook, Chris Owen, John Ambler and Tim Newbery. We were hoping to meet up with Barry Jordan at Red Hill Nature Reserve at about 1.30 pm. The temperatures were certainly not as high as on the previous day, but never the less there was some residual heat in spite of the blustery conditions. The route would take us through Little Cawthorpe and past Haugham Pasture. It was here that Rob Whitworth started to get affected by the heat, and still recovering form a bit of an infection, found that it was best to return home. Our resident medic Rob Cook, very kindly accompanied Rob Whitworth back to Louth. Hoping that all is well.

(editor's note: spoke with Rob and he's feeling better).

The remaining Cycling UK Louth contingent continued on the journey to Horncastle along the scenic lanes via Haugham and Maidenwell, joining the Bluestone Heath Road at Rowgate Hill. A hilly route indeed but there was a fine descent at Belchford before the equally fine ascent of Stained Hill and Castcliff Hill. Splendid views of the Lincolnshire Wolds. A final descent to Low Toynton and soon enough we were in Horncastle, looking forward to refreshments at the School House Coffee Bar.

By this stage we had received an update from both Rob's and Rob Cook was also hoping to meet up with the club at Red Hill Nature Reserve. Heading north, and finally losing the energy sapping headwind, we enjoyed the ride to Hemingby and the route along Green Lane to Goulceby. By this time we had also heard back from Barry that he was well on the way to the picnic site. At the bottom of Red Hill, by the junction with Asterby Lane we were alarmed to find that Lincolnshire Highways had, in their infinite wisdom, redressed the road (or were still in the process of spreading the chippings!). A gravelly, sticky ascent to the Nature Reserve where upon the workers shouted "best not go any further for half an hour mate". Sadly, Barry's plans to join us were thwarted by the untimely sticky tarmac and chippings and contacted us to say that he would be having his picnic on return home. A real shame as we were hoping to see what culinary delights he had brought.

Red Hill Nature Reserve (owned by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust), is named after the exposure of red chalk, and is one of the most attractive and interesting fragments of the ancient 'sheep walk' downland which once covered much of the Lincolnshire Wolds. We were delighted to view the beautiful colours of meadow vegetation, including the pinks and blues of pyramidal orchid. Splendid. We were equally delighted with the timely arrival of Rob Cook and we were to enjoy a fine picnic in the sunshine.

Chris would make a return directly home from the reserve, Rob would return to Louth on his scooter whist the remainder gingerly rode the mile to a thankfully hard compacted surface at the junction with the Bluestone Heath Road. A final few miles back to Louth to return a little a head of schedule at just after 2.30 pm. Total distance, a relatively short but scenic 34 miles.

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