Choice of two rides , both using the Dukeries Trail (NCN 647) and both starting from the tiny village of Fledborough. Ian and Sue Oakden have kindly offered to provide refreshments for us again with proceeds donated to the Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund – some of you may remember the cakes and bacon butties they put on for our ride last year. There is plenty of parking both at the Oakden's and at their neighbours.
Ride East A 28 mile guided ride to the East of Fledborough along minor roads and NCN Route 647. We will include a lunch stop at the Lemon Tree Café near Saxilby and a visit to St Botolph's Church in Saxilby which will be open for visitors as part of the West Lindsey Open Churches Festivol.
Ride West A 31 mile ride via Tuxford and Bevercotes into Clumber Park where we will use some of their excellent cycle routes to complete a tour of the Lake. The main stop will be at the cafe in the park where our arrival coincides with their Rhubarb festival. They have 112 varieties of rhubarb! There will be time to see some of the events if you wish. There is no charge for cyclists entering the park but there is a charge of £3 for visiting the kitchen gardens where the festival takes place.
Start time Refreshments available from 9 30 am. This will include tea, coffee, bacon butties and cakes which can be bought to take on the rides.
Rides will leave around 10:00 am An email or text the evening before would be helpful so I can give Ian and Sue some idea of numbers.
Ian and Sue have also offered to provide refreshments on our return.
Starting Point The Manor House, Fledborough, NG22 0UU. (OS Grid Reference: SK8113972020)
Getting there Take the turning off the Normanton to Dunham road signposted 'Fledborough'. Parking will be signposted. To reach this road from the west, north or east its best to use the A57 and take the turning for Ragnall and Normanton about one mile west of Dunham Bridge. Coming from the south, turn off the A1 at Carlton on Trent and follow signs to Normanton but don't take the sharp turn left into Normanton village, keep straight on until you see the turning to Fledborough just after you cross the Dukeries Trail. Its about 13 miles to cycle it from Newark if you're feeling fit.
If you'd like to take part but can't get to Fledborough, let me or Roger know and I'll see if anyone can take extras. Likewise if you can offer a space please let us know.
More information East - Roger 01636 650604 or 07990 640598 West - Alan 07722 656582 or Dave 07770 735396