*****09/5/04 - Guildford, Surrey by Brian and Helen Provisional Report by Dave

We gathered at Guildford, enjoying some tea/coffee at Brian and Helen's lovely house. Sheriff and family were early for once!

The route took us up past St Martha's Hill, down to Albury, up to Farley Green (the leaders were heard to say that this was the last major hill before lunch - no-one believed them!), Keith and Jane punctured so some of us had a long wait at Shamley Green next to the ponds. We crossed over the Wey using a bridleway then continued on another bridleway to join the narrow sandy lane to Thorncombe Street. The steep climb up to Busbridge was more like riding up the bed of a stream than a road. We passed Tuesley Hospital on the way to Wormley and then to lunch at Brook

The afternoon started with a steep climb up to Bowlhead Green before taking the bridleway past the old watermill to cross the A3 to Thursley, Elstead, Shackleford and Puttenham. Another stretch of bridleway took us to the tea room at Compton, but as it was late we didn't stop and headed up to the top of the Hog's Back to take the track down to Guildford. The High Street was still bustling with activity even though it was after 4.00pm on a Sunday, and we had time to admire the architecture of the Abbot's Hospital building.

Back to Brian and Helen's house for some very welcome tea and cakes after what seemed to be a very hard ride, though it was only 35.5 miles with 2937 ft of climbing. [img][/img]

Crossing the river near Shamley Green - Photo by Dave

Tim provides free rides for the children - Photo by Dave

Brian and Helen leading us through Albury - Photo by Chris Juden

Shamley Green - Photo by Chris Juden

Sheriff negotiates a narrow Bridleway near Shamley Green - Photo by Chris Juden

Beautiful Bluebells - Photo by Chris Juden

Beautiful Bluebells - Photo by Chris Juden

Christopher enjoying the ride - Photo by Chris Juden

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