Through the grounds of Warwick University and heading for the Greenway. A good cycle track, spoilt by the fine gravel used as a top dressing. Hello people, it isn't only mountain bikes that use these tracks you know. There are a couple of cattle grids along this path which tend to jolt the bike about a bit. So much so, at this one, Andy's rear light fell off and I had to rescue all the bits of it from the bowels of the grid. No harm done in the end. Graham looking on, supervising the situation.
Time to pose!
Going through the University on the way to the Greenway and Balsall Common, we passed this sculpture. Could not resist stopping and having a pose! From left to right, Andy, Dave, Graham (hiding my bike, the star of the show) and John.
On the old road from Hampton in Arden to Kenilworth is a packhorse bridge crossing the River Blythe. Built in the 15th century it is a grade 2 listed monument. These bridges formed a very important part of trade routes through Britain until the advent of canals and railways. It is still in very good repair and it was a chance to stop and take stock of the lovely area this is built in.
Hampton in Arden
On into Hampton in Arden village. One of the first things spotted was this stuffed cow in someone's gateway. Had to snap him. Not sure what this was all about. Luckily, a passer by explained that there is a tradition in the village to decorate houses with puppets or mannequins to celebrate the May Bank Holiday. This was obviously the remnants of it. Must keep our eyes peeled then.
A Roundhead Jimmy Hendrix
Were also spotted.
Carried on to Knowle for a tea stop at the garden centre there and back through Barston Ford, Balsall Common and finished at John's house at Canley where he forced a scone and a cup of tea on us. Unfortunately, Graham and Andy missed that bit as they rode home to their respective homes. Dave and I had taken the easier option of ferrying our bikes to Canley before the start. A well thought out spin out, planned by John. An excellent 34.4 miles in summer sunshine.