Taken outside Andy's house at the start of the ride. Nice backdrop of blossom and blue sky. Don't be fooled though, it was quite a stiff, cool breeze.
From left to right, Graham, Diane, Mark holding my bike, Andy (nice leg warmers), Steve, Roger and Alan. It might be the first day of Spring but we all wrapped up warm.
In between Kineton and Wellesbourne is Compton Verney. The main house is a Grade 1 listed building built in 1714 by Richard Verney. The grounds were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. During the mid 20th century it became derelict but has since been restored and is now a prestigious art gallery. Worth noting, going past, that there is a cafe there and access to the grounds. With many large sculptures in the grounds, this will be worth visiting in the summer. Nice view of the house across the lake.
Elzbieta Kincyzk R.I.P
In June 2010, Ela, a Polish national was brutally murdered in Leamington Spa, some 7 miles away. Her body was left in a field near to Chesterton Windmill and friends or relatives have erected a small memorial to her in Windmill Hill Lane. The offender, a close friend of the victim, has been jailed for 32 years.
At the top of Windmill Hill Lane is the public entrance to Chesterton Windmill. The mill is a Grade 1 listed building and was built in the 1630s. Under the control now of Warwickshire County Council, it has open days once a year, usually in September. Well worth a visit. The view behind was not so good, huge black clouds unleashing shed loads of rain!
Made it back to Southam without getting wet. Tough going first half against the strong wind. Some leg burning hills were in the mix as well. Beans and toast and a cup of tea at Wellesbourne, together with a strong tail wind, made the second half much easier. A fraction under 34 miles today which added to the weeks mileage, makes 102, target achieved.