Our route: 20 miles; 572 m climbing:
Eight of our Liskeard Ladies met together for this special Women’s Festival of Cycling summer ride and were delighted to welcome a new member, Laura, to try out one of our rides. We were also very pleased to have Gail on her e-bike, putting us all to shame as she pedalled effortlessly past us up the hills.
Cornwall is not flat and our ride today certainly has a couple of testing hills. In our Ladies group, however, we take each hill very slowly and make sure we distract ourselves with plenty of conversation as we progress towards the top. After a quick stop to admire progress on Megan’s new allotment, we tackled our first hill, into Pengover Green. Then we were safely on the ridgeway and could enjoy a comfortable ride for the 8 miles to Trerulefoot and Bake, where we stopped for the first time in the history of our group at the Bake Lakes Café and sat overlooking one of the lakes for our coffee and, in my case, bacon bap.
From Bake Lakes we set off past the corn fields, almost ready now for harvesting, and back into the lanes towards St. Germans. Down the hill with the amazing landscape unfolding before us, past Heskyn Mill, into Tideford Mill and up to Tideford Cross and then along to the very pretty Tilland Mill. Up the second major hill then to Doddycross and then back home along the ridgeway again, this time taking an easier route back into Liskeard via Trembraze. Our next ride will be on Saturday 4th August – look forward to cycling together again then.