Tuesday, 23 September 2014

23rd September 2014 Cheddar Gorgeous. 32

Out with the Old Gits today taking a new route, for me anyway, into Cheddar. Going via Banwell, Winscombe, Axbridge and returning via Sandford and Puxton.

Strawberry Line Tunnel

Part of the route to Cheddar was via the Strawberry Line, a disused railway, now a well maintained cycle and footpath. At a narrow point in the Mendip Hills, the railway goes through the Shute Shelve Tunnel.  A few hundred yards long, it is quite disorientating to go through, despite small lights set in the centre of the pathway. Despite the end seeming quite near, once in the centre, it is easy to lose track of those around you although them having lights on helped. On the return journey, a black dog emerging from the tunnel makes you wonder what you might come across. Thankfully, the light at the end of the tunnel was not a train coming.

Cheddar Tea Rooms

A quaint little place in the centre of Cheddar. Never went in though. Old Git John riding off into the distance. At 81 years old, he likes a head start! Interestingly, Norman added up our ages today and the 13 of us totalled 914 years, an average of 70.3 years. In that context, a 32 mile ride is not a bad achievement.

Cheddar Tea Stop

Sat outside at this cafe having tea or coffee. I did not have cake here, but did later when we called at our usual garden centre venue nearer Weston.

Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co. 

Could not visit Cheddar without mentioning cheese. It is also famous for its strawberries which gave the name to the railway line.

A good ride today, chilly and very misty first thing but very nice once the sun burnt through. Just over 32 miles today on the Peugeot which is going well.

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