From 5 January 2021, we are back in Lockdown. Essentially, this is as per the original Lockdown in March 2020. You may only exercise outside with one other person, so there will be no HCC rides until further notice. The Government advises that we may take exercise once a day in our local area. We are expecting some relaxation from 8 March, with the possible resumption of limited group rides (groups of 6) from 29 March).
With that in mind, please do make full use of the local routes we have developed (see below). With only slight co-operation from the weather(!), there's still plenty of opportunity to get out there and ride, without going far from home.
HCC is also involved in some initiatives to improve provision for utility cycling in the town. We are hoping to identify safe routes from residential areas to the business, shopping, school and leisure areas of the town, and improve the provision of secure cycle parking in those places. Hadleigh Town Council has recently agreed to promote these aims to Suffolk County Council in an effort to achieve Tranche 2 funding from the Government's Cycling and Walking Initiative.
While we're locked-down yet allowed out to exercise once a day, why not get yourself out into the local lanes? Here are four easy loops from Hadleigh that feature lovely scenery, quiet lanes (with a couple of exceptions on the longest route) and - when they re-open - some lovely local pubs. The shortest route is 6km (3.5 miles), the longest is 18.5km (12 miles). Please be aware that, though the lanes are quiet, there will be some traffic and you may well meet walkers, horse-riders and others out enjoying the countryside. Be courteous and considerate, and give those who work in the country (such as tractors) priority.
Churches & Fords
If the above routes are a little too short for you, this route will give you a whole day out while staying local. This is not a ride for children, but equally it's not a ride for seeing how fast you can go. It takes you to a number of the prettiest churches in our area and, when things ease up, some great pubs and cafes! The whole route is around 70km (44 miles). If that's a little too much, it can be split in two by riding to Shelley via Layham for route 1, and then returning to Hadleigh the opposite way for Route 2. This would make a great weekend ride plan. Take your camera! More info.