A steady ride up to Dearnford Lake to meet my lovely wife for lunch prior to doing 100 miles in the Surrey Hills this weekend.


I’ve got the hilly Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original Sportive (Epic Course – 102 miles) in the Surrey Hills on Sunday but could do with getting some extra miles in this week, so decided on an easy local ride to Dearnford Lake for lunch. The bonus was my lovely wife was around so I arranged to meet here there for a mini-date.

A nice easy ride up the usual route, except I went up Marchamley Hill to get some extra ascent in my legs. I beat her there as she had got stuck in traffic on the A41. So much better to do these things by bike as you don’t get the traffic issues! Not to mention it’s good for your health, you get to see so much more on the way … etc etc – you know all this by now if you cycle!


At Dearnford we opted for the Afternoon Tea between us as I’ve always wanted to have one and for some reason never have. It was absolutely delicious too although perhaps a little more than I’d normally eat for a cafe stop. Never mind as a little bit of what you fancy never hurt anyone :).

After lunch, she headed home in her car and I set off on my normal route home via the gorgeous Brown Moss Nature Reserve.


In Calverhall I turned left for a change and took the Market Drayton road via the back of the Shavington Estate. Always a pleasure riding this road with its lovely wooded sections.

In Drayton, I popped into the brewery tap for a quick Friday Pint before heading home via Childs Ercall.

A really enjoyable and easy steady ride which is just what my legs need before the much more testing ride on Sunday.

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