Posted by: brendaintheboro | September 4, 2022

Bank Holiday week cycling

The weather for bank holiday Monday wasn’t the best but there wasn’t any rain forecast but we puzzled a bit over a destination.

Like many cyclists, we seem to ride the same routes over and over again so we decided to try to go through some small villages we have never been to, even though not far from home.

With this in mind , we rode across to Newton Aycliffe and instead of heading along to Shildon as we often do , we decided to explore a cycle route heading south.

This took us along through a very quiet industrial area and on a decent route for the most part. There was one bit on a main road that was busier . We could see a cycle track beyond a hedge but most of the entrances had gates across.

Near Heighington village

From Heighington village , we rode to a place called Houghton le side and we’re over taken by a couple on e-bikes . We were going slightly uphill and I was using minimal assist. They stopped for a break and so we caught them up. It turned out that this was only their second outing and they decided to see how far they could go on using the ‘tour’ setting.

In Houghton le Side

Then it was on to Denton and then through to Piecebridge where we picnicked in the Roman fort remains.

It was reasonably warm as we sat there but we did get a bit chilly. We set off again riding to Cleasby and then up a little used road ( by us) to go back home through Croft and Neasham.

I was at quilt group on Thursday but the weather was lovely so managed to get in a short ride. One of the quilt group members offered for us to go and pick plums at her place.

So on Friday, we rode the long way round to her place heading up to Great Ayton and along to Stokesley. We took the road up through Skutterskelf to Hutton Rudby. The Methodist church serves drinks and snacks and just as they were closing, they very kindly served us as we had cash. There is a little sheltered seating are so a bottle of elderflower and a scone we’re soon consumed.

On our way again, we rode through Craythorne and across the bridge over the A19 and to my friends place. We picked pounds of plums and a few damsons. So I have made a small quantity of damson jam and we have had plum crumble today. There are still lots of plums to stone and make into jam.

The other thing I made this week was a dice for the primary children at church. They loved it when I took it in today. It will be used in singing time to pick out songs for them to sing.

A big soft dice

Are you aware that opposite sides of a dice always add up to 7. I wasn’t

If anyone is wondering about my younger son, he had a brain scan on Tuesday but no results as yet. I think no news is good news but he still isn’t his normal self with memory problems and other issues. I am praying for a good result and a return of my cheerful son.

Riding this week has been 106 miles so YTD is 3054 miles


  1. I love that dice! The name Piercebridge rings a bell. It must be one of the numerous places we visited on family holidays. I do hope that you get that good result for your son.

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