Saturday, 15 October 2011

Parks & Gardens

Another beautiful autumn morning - but quite chilly in the shade so we left pretty promptly!  We did notice that there is a sunny patch a bit further down, so we may adjust the meeting point by 50 metres another day depending on the weather.

We went west for a change, along the Alban Way to its end, then by National Cycle Network Route 6 (NCN 6) across to Abbotts Avenue, cut through at the top by the garages and out and around to cross over Watling Street near St Bartholomew's.  Round by Robert Avenue, along towards Chiswell Green and then through the tricky gateway and into Greenwood Park.  Care is required on the bends on the gravel, but it is a lovely ride through the park to Tippendell Lane.

Off northwards past Butterfly World's bicycle / pedestrian access and the Gardens of the Rose, over the Hemel Road and ah!  the leader is again having difficulty with destination timings.  This time, I was out by a few months, as Gorhambury estate is closed on Saturdays from September through to end of January for shooting.  So we back tracked to Potters Crouch and came back to St Albans by Bedmond Lane.  Our coffee stop at the Inn on the Park was very enjoyable (picture attached) and well-deserved (as we may have done ten miles, oops!)