Essex lanes ride 23 April

The weather forecast was rainy although the morning started bright as we met at Leytonstone station to catch a train to Epping to start the ride

We were six setting off from Epping station finding the quiet ways through the spring green countryside.  The route tracked north east to Toot Hill taking in a few hills to warm up.  After crossing the A414 at Bobbingworth the roads grew quieter with fewer hills.  We went through Moreton, (1st stop on the DunRun), towards Matching Green.   

Given the weather I took a detour, via Little Laver, to avoid the Ford which can become impassable in the wet.  Ironically Robin and Jonathan took a chance on the Ford and it turned out to be drier than the detour….So we rendezvoused at Matching Green,  some of us with wet feet. Turning left off Downhall Road led us past the pretty church of St Mary’s where we stopped for a photo

We continued on the bridleway past Matching Hall and to our lunch stop at the Fox in Matching Tye. Refreshed we took the lovely Faggoters lane south towards High Laver and back across the A414 at Tyler’s Green, avoiding the busy roundabout

Taking the back route into North Weald we detoured to the old railway station to see how public transport used to look  

The route back to Epping was a reminder of how many B roads are less pleasant for cycling, we we even close passed by a police car.

Below is the route and statistics for this ride.  The next ride is the Newham Nature Reserve Ride on 14 May, put it in your diary