Clumber to Humber 215km (133mile) Audax.

It was an early start so we could drive down to Bolsover and get ready for the start at 8.00am from the Bolsover Assembly Hall. Just after the first mile there was a nice steepish downhill stretch past a quarry, we must remember this climb on the way back!

It seemed all downhill until Clumber Park with nice ride through, before turning towards Mattersey and Gringley on the Hill. It was a steady climb up then through this nice village with lovely views before the downhill towards Misterton, where we now got some flat roads. We soon were cycling alongside the River Trent, which seemed to be rather full, views were limited due to the high banks and flood protection walls.

We crossed the Trent at Keadby and turned towards Flixborough then Alkborough, where we had a coffee stop. We cycled towards the Humber Estuary and the A1077 with a couple of steady climbs, before crossing the Humber Bridge to get our Audax cards stamped. Then back across the bridge to Barton on Humber, some research had been done for cafes and we stopped at one on the main street for some food.

Then on through Brigg then stopping at Blyton to get a receipt (for our cards) at the ice cream shop, the queue was very long for ice cream so we opted for a take away coffee. Then to Gainsborough, Gamston and back to Clumber Park, the planned route into the park had a road closed sign and a steel barrier across the stone pillars, another cyclist arrived so we carried on using the main road to the main park entrance which we went through in the morning. Then back the same way to Bolsover and the final mile, the quarry hill. We checked out and mentioned the closed road and was told about a gap which you could get a cycle through! Well what’s another extra 4 miles! It was a perfect day for cycling, sun and cloud, not too hot, no wind, no rain, good company, about 12 hrs in the saddle, 137 miles, average moving speed 13mph. Chris R