Ride Report – Gillingham to Nunney

Saturday 20 April 2019

Jackie and I were the first to arrive at Orchard Park on a bright sunny morning. The temperature was predicted to be in the 20s so it was the first ride out in shorts! Slowly riders started arriving and by the time we were ready to go there were 12 of us. Myself and Jackie, Richard N, Lorraine, Ken, Charlie, Mike P, Mike A, Alan, Ben, Doctor Dave and newcomer Keith Clements. We set off down Cole Street Lane and then Eccliffe and made our way up to the Ridge and out to the B3081. Under the A303 and continuing on the B3081 to Charlton Musgrove where we turned right and made our way up to South Brewham and North Brewham where Keith left us to go home to Wincanton and look after his dogs. The rest of us made our way to Upton Noble then down to Witham Friary and then the climb up through Trudoxhill to Nunney Catch where the riders who hadn’t brought  a packed lunch bought Sandwiches and cold drinks from the Service Station on the main road. We then went down the hill to Nunney Castle where we ate our lunches by the river. As it turned out the café wasn’t very busy and we could have eaten there but it was such a lovely day a picnic by the river was ideal.

After our lunch and take away coffees from the café we went back a short way up the hill before turning off onto Ridgeway lane and up Berry hill to the main road. Straight across and along a lovely lane before we started the long climb up Gare Hill where we regrouped then made our way to Stourhead for tea and cake (or Ice cream for some of us). From here we split up and went our separate ways home.

As you can tell it was quite an uneventful ride with no incidents or mechanicals and no-one got lost. Nonetheless it was very enjoyable and some of the views of the beautiful English countryside were fantastic. Thanks to all who came on such a lovely day. From East Stour it was a 46 mile round trip for others a lot more.

Martin Fortis

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