20 Apr 2007

Bike rides around St Albans

We're seeking out good bike routes in the area and linking to them from the blog. If you have any favourites please let us know- you can draw them yourself using a number of online route-sharing sites. We like Bikely since it's bike-specific, but we'll link to anywhere in our quest to bring you the best local routes!

Here's the first batch, some of which are based on the routes for the Rotary St Albans Charity cycle ride running on 13 May.

St Albans North- 10 miles. 10ish miles (well, 7.5 actually) mainly on quiet lanes through Symondshyde and Sandridge. All road, bar a short section of fairly smooth farm track. Drop in for lunch at the Wicked lady, perhaps?

The Ayotts. 18 miles, via Ayot St Lawrence, Gustard Wood and Wheathampstead . More pubstop choices (try the Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence), plus Shaw's Corner, George Bernard Shaw's house. You could use this route to visit the Veteran Cycle Rally at Shaw's Corner on Sunday 10 June or browse the pictures on show at the Ayot St Lawrence Art Festival on 9-11 June.

Codicote and Kimpton: 20 miles through the country lanes North of the city, on the Rotary route.

St Paul's Waldren: Further North, folling the Rotary route up to St Paul's Waldren, returning via Whitwell and Kimpton.

Hatfield lunchtime loop: Shake away the lunchtime office torpor with a 10 mile loop on country lanes around Wheathampstead and Symondshyde, starting and finishing on Hatfield Business Park.

Coming soon- off road routes for knobbly tyres..

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