Wolds Traverse Part 1
Wolds Traverse Part 1
The Wolds Traverse - Part 1
Sunday 28th July 2019
From record breaking temperatures and a heatwave on Thursday to heavy rain on Saturday and unseasonable mellow mists and drizzle by Sunday. A roller coaster of weather.
Alan Hockham was to be today's Ride Leader for the route check of The Wolds Traverse Audax that Cycling UK Louth will be hosting in September. A run through of the first 50 km of the 100 km ride at least. Gathered at the Meridian Leisure Centre were Alan Hockham, Rob Whitworth, Rob Cook, John Ambler, John Rickett, Mike Gray, Tim Newbery, Chris Owen who had cycled in from Cleethorpes and Barry Jordan who had cycled in from near Binbrook. A great turnout!
Initially, a quick relocation to the official start of the Audax at Legbourne Picnic Site. From here a route that would take us past Duck Pond Cottage, Little Carlton, Manby, Grimoldby and Covenham. Carefully checking the draft route-sheet for the accuracy of the instructions, a few minor alterations were noted. A true team effort.
Although most of us had brought supplies, by the time we had arrived at Tetney a decision to take refreshments at Norburns proved popular. Perfect timing too, as on our departure those arriving for Sunday lunch were taking over the cafe.
From Tetney the route would take us through Barnoldby le Beck and the ascent of Beelsby Hill. Climbing to an altitude of about 300 ft we would normally have enjoyed panoramic views of the Wolds, but today all was shrouded in mist and low cloud and even the occasional spot of drizzle. Ethereal and atmospheric.
"Heaven-invading hills are drowned in wide moving waves of fog and mist,
Phlox before my eyes are wound in dripping wreaths of amethyst." (Sara Teasdale).
Turning south at Beelsby Village we were to enjoy a tailwind and a ride alongside the attractive chalk streams of Waithe Beck in Hatcliffe. The stream habitat found here is internationally important and sometimes there are sightings of kingfisher darting along the bankside.
Sailing along 'Wanderlust Way' through the Ravendales, we were reminded of picnics that the club took part in back in the 1980's and 1990's but on this occasion, we were soon to enjoy tea and coffee (and cake for a few of the 'team') at the Village Hall at Wold Newton. Alan gave thanks for all the assistance given and looked forward to completing the final 50 km in a couple of weeks’ time.
Members were free to return home via routes of their choice (Chris had departed a little beforehand) with Tim clocking up 50 miles - after a couple of circuits of his car park first!