Yuck, the weather turned out to be worse than I expected - cold, misty and damp. Certainly not dry, but not so wet either that it wasn't reasonable for a cycle. I set off about 9am.
Even I don't attempt this closed road, not even pedestrians are allowed. Instead I go up the road I seem most often to take out the village when I've no particular route in mind.
Through the woods, the mist makes it all most atmospheric.
Bright splashes of orange from the beech leaves brighten view.
A buzzard sits atop a fence post.
All so wet. February is my least favourite month of the year.
Baaaa. I especially like the little group posing for the camera on the left.
Shortly after this point a deer crosses the road right in front of me, I think it is as surprised as I am. I then spot its companion in the woodland to my right. However, both disappear too quickly to photograph. The first one bounded away across the fields showing off its white rump, so I think they were roe deer.
Past the glacial erratic. I like the farmhouse on the left, you need to peer through the gloom to see it.
These closed road signs I ignore. I actually like it when a road is closed like this as usually it means there is much less traffic. I still manage to get splattered by a Tesco delivery van zooming through the mucky puddles though.
Another murky photo of the white farmhouse on the hill.
A different white farmhouse. I like the small hill of patchwork fields this one sits beside.
Higher up and the mist starts to thicken.
It also starts to rain. I abandon plans of a longer ride and turn off down a side road towards home.
Down past the red gate and post, the tree mound barely visible.
But I don't want to go home just yet, so while on the quieter roads I do an extra little loop.
This little road leads you to...
...the big dipper. If you hold your nerve and DON'T BRAKE you can make it down one side and right up the other without having to pedal. Wheeee, it was fun!
My chain comes off here, it was a nice bend in the road for a last photo. Chain back on I head home.
I know that there is some of this refrigerator cake waiting for me. Two pieces will do for now. My sugar cravings are rather out of control at the moment. I blame the time of year - I don't like February, certainly not the damp, dull, wet, dreich Februaries we normally get here. Some snow would brighten things up, so long as the roads stay clear though...