For the fourth time, George led a train-assisted anti-clockwise circular ride from Flitwick to the Shuttleworth Aircraft Museum at Old Warden in Bedfordshire where we stopped for lunch. The outbound route went via Silsoe and through Wrest Park where we struggled up and then down the stony track across the fields to join quiet roads as far as Shefford where we turned north and soon joined some more quiet roads through picturesque countryside, through Old Warden village to our lunch stop. The return route included a stop for tea and home made cakes at St Mary’s Church, Haynes. Finally, we hurried back into Flitwick to catch the train back to London.
Six of us got into the train with our bikes at West Hampstead and were astonished to be greeted by another half dozen who had joined the train earlier, including two families with young children – it’s a good thing that the new trains have plenty of bike space. We set off from Flitwick station at about 11:15.
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Here we are, having escaped from the busy roads of Flitwick, assembling outside Flitton Church
They set up tables in the porch where most of us sat to enjoy the cakes and several refreshing cups of tea. Others sat cooly under the beautifully trimmed bushes – and the children claimed to have eaten up to four pieces of cake. They certainly deserved it after all the heroic pedalling.