23 March 2014

23 Mar 2014: St Albans to Asheridge

There were only 3 of us today, myself, Bill and Peter. I guess the poor weather was keeping everyone at home. There was a cold NW wind and showers were threatening. 

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Buncefield in 2005
We set off towards Redbourn and then turned up Punchbowl Lane then Hogg End Lane towards Hemel Hempstead.  The delightfully named Three Cherry Trees Lane was still closed, 9 years after the oil terminal blew up.  So skirting hastily around the Buncefield terminal we passed through Hemel Industrial Estate and on to Cupid Green Lane via Shenley Road and then Dodds Lane.

Dodds Lane is very open to the weather. By now the sun was out but the wind was keenly felt.  Following the Leighton Buzzard road we eventually turned left along Nettleden Road towards Berkhamsted. Ivy House Lane is nice little lane that took us down to Berkhamsted and a welcome break at the Crown pub.

We all had a good fry up for breakfast and then set off for Asheridge. After crossing over the A41 a small shower of Hail caught us but it did not last long. The weather was looking threatening so Bill suggested we take a more direct route to Asheridge. This proved right. We had a nice easy ride with the wind behind us all the way to the Blue Ball. 

After a leisurely lunch we headed back via Chesham and Flaunden.  The threatening clouds had dispersed and the sun was out. There were a few spits and spots of rain along Rucklers Lane and following Bunkers Lane back to St Albans via the A4147.

Mike 23/03/2014

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