13 March 2016

13 Mar 2016: St Albans to Great Missenden

On a freezing cold, dank morning we headed out of St Albans aiming for Hunton Bridge and then Chandler's Cross. Soon a right turn brought us through the old centre of Rickmansworth. Then crossing the canal, we climbed the steep hill to get to Harefield. After crossing the Grand Union Canal/River Colne again at West Hyde, accompanied by a powerful niff of sewage, we climbed steadily on a quiet lane (in a terrible state of repair and strewn with fly tipped rubbish) to eventually reach Chalfont St Peter and the excellent Madeira Cafe.

After 11's some of our party headed for home, so it was only a select group who went on through the pleasant lanes to Beaconsfield, then turning north to ride along Penn Bottom by now in delightful bright sunshine. A bit of a wriggle through Holmer Green soon brought us to Great Missenden.
old petrol pumps
Old petrol pumps in Great Missenden
The pub, in fact the whole village, seemed to be doing a roaring trade with parents and their kids doing the Roald Dahl experience. It didn't take us long to be edged out, and we came back to St Albans through Chesham Bois and Flaunden.

Richard 13/03/2016

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