Not strictly true of course because I’m writing about two bike rides in different parts of the country rather than rides on high and low roads. But it seemed like a good title.
The ‘high’ ride was higher up the country in Northumberland. Starting in Warkworth, continuing through Amble onto Low Hauxley and along the fabulous dunes to the Duridge Bay Country Park. The day was grey and misty but the views were spectacular – see pic of the coastline below.
Approximately a ten miler, the terrain is easy. If you go on a Saturday in Winter the cafe in the country park will be open but if, like us, you go during the week, then cycle back through Amble and stop at the Cedar cafe near the harbour for chips and gravy and a hot cup of tea. Cycling past the lake in the in the country park we saw (and heard) geese honking and flapping, waiting for latecomers before setting off to warmer climes.
The ‘low’ road or bike ride was further down the country in West Sussex. It was part of the Worth Way. A sixteen mile round trip of cycle track from Three Bridges to East Grinstead. Three Bridges is on the edge of Crawley which is not a beautiful town but within half a mile of starting on the Worth Way the countryside is stunning. On Sunday it was cold and bright. The sun shone on the old railway bridges and we rode in a dappled light. It was our first visit to East Grinstead and our eyes were drawn away from the historic high street with its Tudor-style buildings and towards the Christmas fayre with its huge bouncy castle, hot punch and mince pies – very festive.
I’d recommend this cycle ride. It’s beautiful and unexpectedly peaceful. An extra delight for me was riding ‘Bertha’ my Dutch bike which I bought on the cycle ride from the UK to Bulgaria. I’ve had her sent across here – magic! Talking about the bike ride you might like to know that my book,’Changing Gear’ is available free of charge on Kindle from tomorrow until 15th Dec. Perhaps an early Christmas pres to yourself?