The weather last Sunday was ideal for cycling; it was sunny and warm with virtually no wind. Eight of us met at the Martello Tower in Seaford of which two sped off to do a sportive type of ride and the rest of us embarked on a more leisurely touring ride to the Arlington Tea Gardens, one of our most frequented places for a refreshment stop.
They’re quite close to Seaford, about 8 miles, so we usually add a loop to extend the round trip to about 20 to 30 miles. On this particular morning we extended it to 30 miles by going via Arlington, Chalvington, Golden Cross, Muddles Green and Upper Dicker before arriving back in Arlington at the ‘Tea Gardens’.
It was a super route as it was mostly flattish and went through some delightful country lanes. The only significant climb was Chapel Hill between Litlington and Wilmington so, with no head wind to contend with, we arrived at the refreshment stop a bit earlier than anticipated; we’d obviously achieved a slightly faster average speed than our usual 12 mph without really trying.
The Arlington Tea Gardens are popular with cyclists and invariably we meet other cyclists there. (It’s in a good location as it’s on a National Cycle Route and the Avenue Verte, the cycle route between London and Paris). That was certainly the case on Sunday which was hardly surprising as there were lots of people cycling along the country lanes that morning. There’s no doubt that cycling as a leisure activity is becoming very popular, especially at weekends. Let’s hope it continues that way.
All in all, this was a perfect touring ride given the superb weather, a flattish yet picturesque route and a very pleasant refreshment stop.
There’ll be another touring ride next Sunday, starting at the Martello Tower in Seaford at 8.30 am. Details are on the Rides Calendar.