Long Ride to the West

Friday 21st June.

Managed to get out on the road for 9:00, arm warmers and gilet for the first 10 miles or so.

The wind direction and strength dictated today’s Questing trip, moderate westerly.

A little dismayed when I got to Buckland only to see this closure sign, that’s the way I need to go, no safe alternative.

As it turned (luckily) for me the road will not close till next week.

On to Bampton, for a quick drink and snack.

Haven’t been back here since my father – in – law’s memorial ride in mid – January, a lot warmer today.

From here it would be a longish loop out onto the River Thames floodplain.

Saw this chap and family on the outskirts of the hamlet of Grafton.

Typical of the lanes today, little more than single lane width and over grown verges.

Grand house in Little Faringdon.

Wool church Broadwell, wool churches were named as such as they were funded by land owners and merchants enriched by the wool trade.

Wild poppies near Alvescot.

Back to Bampton after a 23 miles loop just in time to witness the master thatcher at his work.

This lane to the very isolated hamlet of Chimney doesn’t see too much traffic.

Whilst stopped by the village pond in Cumnor the Grey Heron showed itself once again.

Had another great day out with 32 more settlements Quested.

Distance – 75 miles.

Journey – Solo.

Bike – Spa Audax.

5 response to "Long Ride to the West"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 23, 2019

    32 settlements – that is a lot!
    Enjoyed the photos, especially the thatcher at work – that is one loooooong ladder!
    Very impressed by how well kept everything seems to be, not a speck of trash anywhere.
    Thanks for posting your ride.

    • By: DJG Posted: June 23, 2019

      Thanks Rich, sadly there is rubbish about just lucky not to have recorded it.
      The thatcher popped his head over the ridge just as I stopped to take the photo.

    • By: DJG Posted: June 23, 2019

      Thanks Bill, some of the local area is really attractive other parts less so.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    The lanes you cycled look like they are in good nick. How good is that to cycle such pleasant byways and tick 32 settlements at the same time. A good day.

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