Thursday, 17 September 2015

Draycote Water Wander 31

Staying in Warwickshire overnight so took the opportunity to have a ride out with Graham. Met up and took a circular route out to Draycote Water, a large reservoir near to Rugby. Went out through Cubbington, Eathorpe and Birdingbury and back through Long Itchington.   Picked a really good day for it, sunny and not too much wind.

Draycote Village

A rather unusual garden ornament! There were other old bikes in the garden of this property and talking to a fellow cyclist at the cafe later, it would seem that this property is owned by a former professional cyclist. Don't think he would have won many races on this one. Did this a couple of years ago and the ivy seems to be swallowing the bike up completely.

Draycote Water

A short distance further on we reached the reservoir. By far the largest expanse of water in Warwickshire, it is owned and managed by Severn Trent Water and holds up to 5 billion gallons of water. Opened in 1969, this site is renowned as a site for bird watching and sailing. There is a country park attached.

View from the cafe

Just had to sample the tea and cakes in the very nice restaurant on the site and we settled for scones in the end. Very nice, clearly home made. This is the view we had out of the window.

A good ride, a lot hillier than the Somerset Levels! Covered 31 miles in all.

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