Once again, we find ourselves unable to carry out much of our lives without restriction. Unlimited exercise is allowed outside, but only solo or with one other person. That prevents HCC from offering the limited Sunday Social rides we've had over the summer, so these will cease with immediate effect and will be reviewed when the lockdown comes to an end and British Cycling have amended their advice to member clubs (of which we are one).
In the meantime, please do make full use of the local routes we have developed. It's likely that traffic will once again be significantly reduced, and our local roads will again be that much more pleasurable and safe to ride. With only slight co-operation from the weather(!), there's still plenty of opportunity to get out there and ride.
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. Further information will be provided as plans are developed.
While we're locked-down, yet allowed out to exercise whenever we want, and the weather is great, why not get yourself and your family 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. 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.