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The Brome Swan Cycling Club do Thaxted, Essex - 10th May 2008

The Brome Swan does its annual cycle-club weekend away, this year to the pretty town of Thaxted, near Saffron Walden in Essex. Both the weather and the scenery are superb: the route takes us around about 28 miles (or 29 with unintended diversions) around the Essex countryside and via several pubs, which provide much-needed beer refreshment (especially as it's getting pretty hot by the afternoon). Isobel even pitches in to do the first half, leaving us at Finchingfield and returning back to Thaxted, whilst the rest of us press on up ever-steeper hills.

next album: May Miscellany 1: Beer Fests and Cambridge Dereliction - 26th May 2008
previous album: Slea Head, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland - 4th May 2008

2008 The view out of our hotel bedroom window, over-looking cute cottages and the churchyard

The view out of our hotel bedroom window, over-looking cute cottages and the churchyard

2008 Alan, Sue and Isobel eat breakfast

Alan, Sue and Isobel eat breakfast

2008 Bill checks up for any text messages

Bill checks up for any text messages

2008 Thaxted's old guildhall

Thaxted's old guildhall

2008 Sue and Isobel pause to look at something. Maybe it's the 'cat-flaps and hoovers' on offer

Sue and Isobel pause to look at something. Maybe it's the 'cat-flaps and hoovers' on offer

2008 We consult a map and realise we've gone the wrong way

We consult a map and realise we've gone the wrong way

2008 Jen and Simon at the first stop in Great Bardfield

Jen and Simon at the first stop in Great Bardfield

2008 A garage full of junk

A garage full of junk

2008 In Great Bardfield, the whole village is full of street-side rummage sales

In Great Bardfield, the whole village is full of street-side rummage sales

2008 Alan models his legs

Alan models his legs

2008 Apple John heads off to unlock his bike

Apple John heads off to unlock his bike

2008 A heap of bikes and flourescent jackets

A heap of bikes and flourescent jackets

2008 Phil, Jen, Bill amd Isobel reach the top of a steep hill

Phil, Jen, Bill amd Isobel reach the top of a steep hill

2008 Isobel and Apple in the Fox at Finchingfield

Isobel and Apple in the Fox at Finchingfield

2008 Silhouettes around the pool table

Silhouettes around the pool table

2008 Red-brick bridge and pond, Finchingfield

Red-brick bridge and pond, Finchingfield

2008 The Finchingfield duck pond

The Finchingfield duck pond

2008 Phil keeps up his tradition of newspaper-reading

Phil keeps up his tradition of newspaper-reading

2008 A windmill on the edge of Finchingfield

A windmill on the edge of Finchingfield

2008 Bill zeds out on the bench

Bill zeds out on the bench

2008 Sue roams around as Al sits down for a beer: Bluebell Inn, Hempstead

Sue roams around as Al sits down for a beer: Bluebell Inn, Hempstead

2008 Almshouses and Windmill, Thaxted

Almshouses and Windmill, Thaxted

2008 Sue, Marc and The Boy Phil read the menu list for dinner

Sue, Marc and The Boy Phil read the menu list for dinner

2008 Isobel feeds a horse some tasty long grass

Isobel feeds a horse some tasty long grass

2008 A friendly ginger cat tags along with us for a while

A friendly ginger cat tags along with us for a while

2008 Our residence for the weekend: The Swan hotel, Thaxted

Our residence for the weekend: The Swan hotel, Thaxted

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The view out of our hotel bedroom window, over-looking cute cottages and the churchyard

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