Tour De Tea Rooms - Cycle Ride Series

Updated: Mar 10

Dear Brethren and Friends

As my sponsored Ride of Rutland Water was a success in raising funds for a memorial vase for (Andy Curl) and a dedicated Chaplains Chair (in memory of Des Hancock), I thought it was time to bring out the new Trek bike into the sponsorship ring.

Before the Lockdown Carol and I use to visit several cafe’s in the Biggleswade and St Neots areas, mainly those with CAKE. Returning to these will bring back very fond memories

To continue the tradition of cycling based charity rides, I will be accompanied on all of the rides, by Ash Curl.

Our intention is to complete the series, over a 2 week period, most likely in May.

We will be publishing the dates for each adventure, nearer the time and, hope that some of you will join us for your favourite ride and lovely cafes serving refreshments and, most importantly, CAKE.

The following cafes are in locations which are both scenic and, have a cycle ride around or near them.

They are;

1. Biggleswade Green Wheel

Starting and ending at the Jordans Flour Mill and Cafe. (Masonic Festival)

A wonderful Green Circuit around Biggleswade of -15k

2. Danish Camp tea rooms, Willington, Bedford. (St John’s Hospice)

Starting at the Danish Camp, we will be riding around the Pits, followed by a round trip to Sandy. Des and I met here on several occasions - 20k

3. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton information office and tea room (St John’s Hospice)

Starting in Eynesbury and taking in Eaton Socon, Hail Weston Ford and the nature reserve, before returning to St Neots - 23k

4. Grafham Water (St John’s Hospice)

Starting and Ending at the Marlow Car Park and Tea rooms, this is a ride of 2 parts, taking in both the slight hilly and rough track in the rural countryside around Grafham and the much more civilised, and flat route, around the dam 16K

5. Desborough to Brixworth Country Park (Sepsis UK)

Round trip allowing the Brampton Valley Way, retired railway, taking in the 500m Kelmarsh Tunnel (which may or may not be Haunted) and has zero natural light. (This ride may be combined with ride 6) 48K.

6. Pitsford Reservoir (Sepsis UK)

Starting and Finishing at the Brixworth Country park and taking in the tranquil surroundings on a pal of the reservoir 10K

The Charities

Each ride will be completed in support of one of three charities (please see below) and a just giving page has been set up for each.

In order to donate, simply chose the appropriate link and make your donation.

As is usual, if you are a tax payer it would be very much appreciated if you would tick the gift aid box;


Just Giving Link (Click to Donate)

Bedfordshire Masonic Festival (Ride 1).

St Johns Hospice Moggerhanger (Rides 2,3,4)

Sepsis UK (Rides 5,6)

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