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Butleigh Wheelers News
3rd June 21
Lovely early summer excursion to Sweets.
10th June 21
A very enjoyable morning out in pleasant early summer weather through Kingsdon and Long Load to a new coffee destination at Pitney Farm Shop where we enjoyed a very relaxed atmosphere under the marquee. But eventually we had to stop our lingering, mount up and return to serious business for the more direct return through Somerton and Keinton.
17th June 21
The Wheelers formed two groups, one sampling the regular delights of Rose’s coffee and cakes at Chapel Cross; the other headed on a more challenging route (‘some new roads, one or two of them quite flat!’) to Bruton’s On the Brook. Mixed reviews for the latter coffee stop, but the flypast of red kites were a real treat for us.
24th June 21
A typically enjoyable Wheelers’ ride -
1st July 21
A peloton of 12 took on a mixture of ample gradients and flats to Sweet’s via Somerton, High Ham & Shapwick with a more leisurely return over the levels. A great ride in ideal conditions on a glorious summer’s day.
15th July 21
With northerly winds forecast, and pleas to ensure that we had the return breeze on our backs, the Wheelers contrarily set off south for Sherborne. However, a lovely outing in great weather as the return wind was really no bother.
The perfect ride for a sweltering day. It was to good old Sweet's but such was the heat, it could have been mistaken for a roadside café in France, Spain or Italy. The only way to stay cool on a hot day is cycling on the Levels.
29th July 21
A second visit to Pitney farm café proved just as pleasant as the first after a cooler morning in the saddle in excellent company.
5th Aug 21
A peloton of 10 chanced the weather and ended up at Sweets after a loop through Street and Catcott. Rain came on at Burtle but we dried off over coffee, then a windy ride back through Godney.
For some it was drizzle, for others refreshing, gentle rainfall on an otherwise lovely summer outing to Wookey Hub. New boy Jon A generously provided coffee and cakes and the highlight on the return was a second ford of the River Axe west of Wookey which was a novelty for most of us.
19th Aug 21
Destination Wincanton – always a popular ride, with our return through the delightful hamlets south of the 303. As is usual in the circumstances, a random puncture brought out the best corporate spirit and technical support.
26th August 21
Another popular venue, delightful and quaint Chapel Cross tearoom was today’s stopping point. Coffee and cake never tasted better on such a chatty morning, and we lingered a little too long in the sunshine before our return through Castle Cary and Ditcheat.
2nd Sept 21
16th Sept 21
Five go to Sherborne: In perfect cycling conditions we traversed the rolling hills south of the 303 to Oliver’s coffee shop, returning via Marston Magna and Steart Hill.
23rd Sept 21
We were misled by the weather forecast, but dried out once we had descended from the Mendips following the debut visit to Cheese Yard West Horrington. Excellent route, good coffee, cake selection and service. The drizzle lead the waitress to comment that she thought we were all mad…which was taken as a compliment!