The Gayford Flyer Returned!!
(See you in 2022...)
Every year, in late summer, HCC organises and promotes a 'Sportive' - a signposted, organised ride over a fixed route starting at a fixed time. This is not a competitive ride; you may ride as slow as you like - enjoy our wonderful countryside! There are two distances available: about 30 miles and 60 miles. The 2021 ride has just been held (12 September 2021, and a wonderful time was had by all as far as we can tell! The weather was excellent, the route seemed to meet with approval, and the George did us proud with a barbecue and live music. Photos (courtesy of Benson Ho) lower down the page. Many more can be found on the Gayford Flyer Facebook page.
The date for the 2022 ride will be announced in due course. In the meantime, if you'd like to ride the route - either the 30-miler or the full-fat 60-miler, they're available to download to your GPS or phone below.
Oswald Gayford was a locally-born celebrated pioneer aviator who, in 1933, set a time record for the flight from UK to South Africa. In a distinguished military career, he reached the rank of Air Commodore in the RAF at the end of WW2, having started as a basic Seaman in the Royal Navy in WW1. On the way, he was for a period Officer Commanding RAF Wattisham, our local, and still open (as an Army airbase) military airfield. More details are available here.
Please click on the route titles for the GPX files.
Lancaster Route: for 2021, this 52km (32 mile) route visits Naughton, Wattisham Airfield, Brettenham, Preston St Mary, Chelsworth, Lindsey and Kersey, before returning to the George in Hadleigh.
Spitfire Route: at 62 miles (100km), our more challenging ride. On top of the Lancaster Route, the Spitfire adds another 48km via Raydon, Polstead, Stoke-by-Nayland, Higham, Shelley, Raydon airfield, Copdock, Chattisham and back to Hadleigh. For pictures, past and present, of these and other local aviation sites, please visit the Airfield Research Group.
The organising team of 2021.