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18th April 2024
Mt. Biking: Hemley to Martlesham
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Weather: sunny periods
Max Speed: 20.39 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 10 miles (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Thursday 18th April - bike ***** – Hemley Church to Martlesham via Waldringfield – sunny periods.

Wednesday 17th April – Felixstowe Ferry.

There was talk of seeing the Northernn Lights in Suffolk so after a spell of heavy rain it cleared so I drove down to Felixstowe Ferry around nnine to check it out. Sadly there was too much cloud facing north but I had a nnice time walking around the boatyard taking a few pics in the dark and got some OK shoots but no red or green in the sky, hoping for better luck next time.

Thursday Bike ride.

With light winds forecast for today it looked the ideal day to get out on our bikes but not before I had time to do my exercises in the sunshine before packing yet another picnic, loading our bikes in the van we drove over to Hemley Church arriving at midday. We then take the lane down by the side of the church leading to a footpath leading to Waldringfield with lovely views down to the River Deben. We stopped at Waldringfield Church to check out the tree in full pink blossom, before turning right across the fields past the large dead tree coming out inn the sailing club dinghy park by the Deben. We then walk along the beach to the Maybush before taking the quiet country lanes that wind their way to Martlesham. We take a narrow footpath past a bluebell wood coming out on the edge of Martlesham Wilds Nature Reserve before heading to the church now full of green alkanet and buttercups, just lovely. We enjoyed a peacefull picnic on the round seat listening to our bird app, Merlin which heard another 14 birds! Well rested we then carry on down Church Lane turning left taking the busier lane back before turning towards the A 14 and turning off on a super path that runs above Newbourne Springs eventually coming out by the busy Fox pub, seeing a muntjac before riding up the hill and then whizzing back to our van. A top ten mile bike ride in amazing Suffolk countryside, then home for a cuppa, tomorrow is looking cool and breezy but the wind from the NW so not a good direction so we are looking forward to having the lovely Maeva for the day:)

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Merlin Bird app

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Cannondale Trail 5 (electric) 29er

 

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