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20th July 2023
Mt. Biking: Alton Water circuit
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Weather: sunny periods
Max Speed: 17.92 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 7.30 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Thursday 20th July - bike **** Alton Waterr Curcuit - sunny periods and showers ? top clouds too .


We are taking small steps to get Mags confidence back on her bike so wanted somewhere safe for a cycle so headed over to Alton Water to do a circuit of the reservoir befoe the schools break up for the summer holidays. We had time to do ou exercises before packing a picnic lunch leaving Felixstowe at 10.15, stopping along The Strand by the River Orwell to take a few pic of the bridge, loads of swans too. We park at the end of the deadend lane in Sutton just past the entrance to Alton Water. It is just a short way to the cycle path by the fields the highland cattle were, sadly they were not about today and instead of turning right towards the sailing centre we went the other way. The weather was good, light breezes with sunny periods but with some dark menacing clouds but we only got a brief speel of rain. The path meanders around the many inlets and is surprisingly hilly in places, we stop at a couple of bid hides but not that much about, we spot nesting Turns, loads of gull, a couple of herons, a sandpiper, a grebe, loads of Egyptian geese, swans and an egret so not too bad! It was nice and quiet too, just the odd cyclist and dog walker. We cross Lemons Hill bridge before returning to the path and find a lovely spot on a small beach opposite the sailing cente for our picnic which is when we see the sandpiper:) With some really dark clouds approaching we decide to continue, there are kids on the wate learning to windsurf and dinghy sail, great to see too. Then just short of the draw off towe I get yet another flat tyre! We check the tyre and find three little thorns which we remove but the holes ae too big fo the Slime to repair sadly. Luckily I cay a couple of spare innertubes so I take the back wheel off and replace it, then disaste strikes as I pump it up, the innetube suddenly pops out of the tyre, massive and goes off with a big bang!!!! That made both of us jump meaning we had to walk the last bit. We crossed the dam with loads of Egyptan geese on the wall, past the new fenced off swimming area to the sailing cente whee I washed my hands before sitting at a picnic bench fo a cuppa and wee entertained by the kids leaning to windsuf:) Then the last bit back to the van, we had to walk just ove a mile and a half so not too bad and it did not spoil our day! I got some nice pics of the dark skies but sadly they were not chosen fo the TV weather, ITV?s About Anglia was the only one on, Look East must be on strike?

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