Saturday 5th September, 2020 – Liskeard Ladies tackle the Ride of the Seven Hills – and keep smiling!

Our route stats: 16.7 miles; 544 m climbed.

Am just so impressed. The aim of this ride had been to visit some villages we don’t normally see on our rides but when we tested the route in the car we realised the reason we don’t visit them is that they are on a very hilly route. Nevertheless, all nine of us agreed at the start we would take it slowly and ‘give it a go’. We knew there were options en route for returning to Liskeard fairly easily – although in the end none of these were taken.

The route took us past Liskeard Station and in a series of ups and downs in a southwesterly direction to Trevelmond and then St. Pinnock (as per the club number 2 scavenger ride and well worth a visit); then along a further lane with another hill out to the Taphouse/Looe road; here we turned left, breaking into groups so that the traffic could pass easily and looked for the turning back towards Churchbridge and Duloe . Some respite now and a charming road with glimpses of the sea to our right, before a steep hill down and up into Duloe – for our mobile cafe stop with Geoff. Mindful of the Covid restrictions, cakes (and cups!) were all pre-wrapped but it was great to have a good old cuppa and a piece of cake in the sun – and I for one was very relieved that all nine of us had made it to this stage.

After our refreshments, the better road made it easy for us all to find our way home. Connie was able to take her leave and head head South ; Gail was able to cycle away a bit early to get home for another sporting fixture; and our official ride headed back to St. Keyne, where Carol could leave us; and then down the hill and back into Liskeard.

Everyone had excelled themselves – so proud of this group!

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