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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

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

Alan, Sue and Isobel eat breakfast

Bill checks up for any text messages

Thaxted's old guildhall

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

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

Jen and Simon at the first stop in Great Bardfield

A garage full of junk

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

Alan models his legs

Apple John heads off to unlock his bike

A heap of bikes and flourescent jackets

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

Isobel and Apple in the Fox at Finchingfield

Silhouettes around the pool table

Red-brick bridge and pond, Finchingfield

The Finchingfield duck pond

Phil keeps up his tradition of newspaper-reading

A windmill on the edge of Finchingfield

Bill zeds out on the bench

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

Almshouses and Windmill, Thaxted

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

Isobel feeds a horse some tasty long grass

A friendly ginger cat tags along with us for a while

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