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The Ride in Total

212 Days
2,674 miles

May - December 2013


A Trip into Town

Written by William Reddaway on 11 July 2012.

Strider in MontpellierDown Montpellier StreetSunshine!! as we left the yard at 8.15am for a trip into Cheltenham. Onto the Common and then down the narrow bridleway from behind the Rising Sun. I was armed with secateurs as in addition to the ash twigs etc growing across this narrow path, there are also brambles and roses. Seemingly well settled when we came out onto the main road, a small fit of horror at the remains of a cardboard box on the verge proved Strider can get worried but we walked and trotted (when no cars coming up behind) into Prestbury and on down the Prestbury Road, round the roundabout and onto Wellington Square. Then we took the route we have done before to the Chelt (and a good grassy spot for him to have a pee), crossed it and came up an alley onto St Georges Road and passed the Magistrates Court. We cut through to Malvern In Pittville ParkRoad and across to Montpellier, down to the Promenade, via the Bus Station to Boots Corner and then via Holy Trinity to Pittville Park, with a walk for me up the park and a graze on clover plants for 10 minutes for him while we collected a small group of admiring mothers and toddlers. Albert Road, back to Prestbury and home up the hill.

13 miles, 3.5 hours which is not fast going but I am not yet trying to race in town (and I daresay never will be!).