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Ride – Whetstone Wanderers
11th December 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
It’s always a risk planning a December ride; shorter days, greater chance of iffy weather and therefore less likely to get much of a crowd. So I was pleasantly surprised to turn up to lead the ride and find two people already waiting for the off. A group of five set off. The sun shone most of the day and we got back as dusk was falling, not helped by your ride leader getting a puncture, which he found setting off after lunch.
From Hatfield we migrated south to South Mimms and took the route via the village to the A1 horse and bike bridge at Trotter’s Bottom. Skirting east of Barnet we then dropped down to the Dollis Valley Greenwalk to Whetstone. A brief stiff climb over the Whetstone ridge and we headed down into East Barnet for a lunch stop.
Lunch was a discovered café, the “Best Village Café” in East Barnet, spotted as we came into town. A “special breakfast” including coffee (and proper coffee at that) was an outrageous £3.80. (I’ll have seconds next time). If you order chips, expect to have to eat a big portion. Fortunately hungry cyclists share and eat everything, so not a problem either.
Refuelled we returned north via the Pymms Brook valley and Monken Hadley Common. This got us to Hadley Wood and a return ride north along National Cycle Route 12 to Hatfield.
Much of the route is on off road cycle paths or quieter roads, but with busy roads to cross in places. In order to cross Monken Hadley Common we had to push our bikes for approximately 1/3rd mile as this is a footpath only. The entire route is here.