Wold Newton for cake!

Wold Newton for cake!

Sunday 7th October 2018 - Wold Newton for cake!

RIDE REPORT

With some of our members being occupied elsewhere (some will soon enjoy well earned winter sunshine and warmth further south) it was good to see Alan Hockham, Chris Owen and John Ambler join Tim Newbery at Louth Cornmarket for today's ride to Wold Newton and Ludford.

After a particularly wet and chilly day on the Saturday, we were rewarded with light winds and plenty of sunshine. A predicted high of 12 degrees Celsius, a very pleasant Autumnal day.

A longer route to Wold Newton this time, following Brackenborough Road to Covenham St Mary, and then the Thoresby Road to Tetney. Heading west into a breeze the route continued through Waithe. Chris had opted to take the un-metaled Mill Lane via Waite Mill and eventually found the exit to Church Lane. The others took the option of a short section of the Louth Road. Regrouping, we continued by taking a route through Ashby cum Fenby, an attractive village on the edge of the Wolds. It was well sheltered from the wind and we started to feel the sun's warmth. A steady climb to Ashby Hill warmed us even further! before continuing to East Ravendale and eventually Wold Newton.

We had noticed increasing numbers of cyclists and indeed the Village Hall was packed with cycling club members and those just out by themselves enjoying the day. Never the less we were made very welcome and well catered for. Plentiful supplies of tea, coffee and cake!

Following the refreshments we bade farewell to Chris and for the Louth contingent, a shorter second leg of the ride to the lunch venue at Ludford. The route continued via the Memorial at the former RAF Kelstern, and Ludford Grange. We arrived at the White Hart Inn in plenty of time for sandwiches, chips (kindly supplied by Alan), and a drink. We noticed a framed certificate proudly stating that the White Hart Inn is the highest pub in Lincolnshire, at an altitude of 394 ft AMSL.

'Downhill' for the final leg, although 'undulating' might be a better description as we retraced our way towards the War Memorial, an altitude of 450 ft AMSL near Great Tows. The wind was behind us at this stage and John in particular showed a turn of speed that was impressive. We arrived back in Louth by 3 pm having completed 38 miles. Chris had also completed 38 miles by his return. Many thanks to all for the company and friendly banter.

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