Staying in Leamington for a couple of days so an ideal opportunity to have a ride out with Graham and Mick. It was a cold day with an easterly wind and we agreed to ride out to Stratford on Avon, to check out whether the railway coach cafe would be open. Probably unlikely but worth a look.
We rode out through Warwick and Wellesbourne and took a detour through Loxley to get to the Greenway, a disused railway that runs from Stratford to Long Marston. We made a wrong turn onto a cycle path which was lucky for us as we spotted a grey heron very close in a field and a short time later a little goldcrest foraging for seeds and insects in a bush. When we got to the coach it was closed which was expected to be honest, their trade is mainly at the weekends. Never mind, off to the town centre.
Found a decent looking cafe in the market place in Rother Street. Mick and Graham securing the bikes before we go in. Can't be too careful. Once inside, it was a bit of a shock, tea and a toasted tea cake were quite expensive but then again we are in the second most popular tourist town outside of London.
Could not visit Stratford without a trip to Henley Street where the house where William Shakespeare was born is situated.
Spotted this opposite Will's house. He stands guard outside the Nutcracker Christmas Shop which sells all things, well, Christmassy. Left the town then to get back to Leamington using basically the route we used to get to Stratford. It was a cold ride back to Graham's house, not only straight into the wind, but straight back for a welcome cup of tea.
An excellent ride. Covered just over 36 miles today.