Club Ride 16/3/2014 – Heligan Gardens

A good turn out, I think, for me of the first stormless Sundays of the New Year. Doesn’t it feel better when the weather is more clement? Enough wittering…

Eight of us left Truro on a familiar easterly route (leaving John Gilbert, Pete Hargreaves and Hugh Bryson to potter off in another direction), taking the main road route (sorry!) via Tresillian to Ladock. I had previously offered to pick up John & Jude from the bottom of their road as we passed through Tresillian but these keen Truronians insisted on coming into Truro to partake of the full tour. Well done! Meanwhile the Runs Leader, who had just returned from a delightful decadent holiday, just struggled all day. Oh, those lack of miles. Sorry, more digression! Barry was picked up at Truck Fork to complete a 9-strong crew as we picked our way via Grampound Road, Downderry (yes, up that b…..y hill), Hewas Water, Commerce Common over to Heligan via Nunnery Hill, Jude wanted to know where the Nunnery was,  “somewhere over there” gasped the Runs Leader.

Heligan is a very pleasant stop, especially when Spring begins to beckon, and after an agreeable lunch we all set off again to return home via St Ewe and obligatory suffering that is Polmassick Hill. Somebody enquired where the top of the hill was, “somewhere over there” gasped the Runs Leader.

I hope everybody enjoyed the ride, I think they did. The pleasant little diversion along the ‘tops’ from Killiow Brake to the Trewithen Gardens turning seemed to be universally appreciated. Ian and Niq left us here to journey on home and the others headed back to Truro via Probus. The Runs Leader left the group here “Oh he lives somewhere over there” one rider remarked to another. It should be noted that they weren’t gasping……

Weather: Quite fair, breeze from the West

Distance: 34 miles

Riders: John Flowers, Jude Lawrence, Niq Carter-Rowe, Ian Cook, Nigel Andrews, Barry Butt, Jonathan Angilley, Chris Fearnley and a gasping Runs Leader (Jim King)

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