Brrrr, it’s getting chilly out there – Autumn has well and truly arrived! Even with the chilly mornings, this is still one of my favourite times of the year. That slight nip in the air and the trees changing to their autumn colours makes it a great time to get out exploring. This is my first time cycling when it is cold and i’m quickly learning about the need for some new kit!
After selling my car, I’m trying to use my bike a bit more as my general transport vehicle – especially for short trips. One area I am attempting to be good is my morning cycle to Crossfit. This involves getting on my bike around 6:30am and facing the dark and cold. Brrr, chilly stuff.
I have realised that the gear I run in is not suitable for cold winds at higher speeds, so it is time to start hunting for some new kit.
Old Railway Path – Route 482
I’ve had a few good cycles recently. Before Autumn truly arrived, we caught a sunny day and headed along the old railway from Marlborough to Chiseldon. This is off road, a bit bumpy but mostly flat. We took it fairly slowly, taking in the sites along the way (and we were a bit unsure how far it was!). There were other users on the path – walkers, dog walkers and other cyclists. We stopped off at a cafe at then end before turning around and heading back. It is a nice, easy track – especially for beginners.
Andover to Leckford – 16 miles out and back
I’ve cycled most of this route before, but I wasn’t feeling too wonderful on this cycle. Mid-cold and full of snot made hills a bit challenging! The route is mostly along fairly quiet country roads but there are a couple of challenging inclines! The stop off point was Leckford, for a coffee before heading back. Just as we got inside the cafe it poured down with rain – still, with winter on its way I better get use to soggy weather. After the rain had passed, it was a gorgeous cycle home.
Andover to Longparish loop – 16 miles
We discovered some local, beautiful areas on our last Sunday outing. We planned a loop from home, towards Longparish and back. This went through Hurstbourne Prior, St Mary Bourne and Stoke. As we’re right next to a valley, there is always an uphill at some point on our route – Stoke Hill climb is a killer. One day, I’ll be able to tackle it with some speed! There were some beautiful roads by the river; a perfect spot for a picnic in the summer.
Discovered any enjoyable routes this autumn? Let me know.