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A tale of 3 closed cafes and one that was open

By tw - Posted on 15 November 2009

A tale of 3 closed cafes and one that was open
The medium group split in two today, with me leading a group of 10, and Malcolm ending up with a slightly larger group.  I went a fairly conventional route over to Burnham Beeches, via Wargrave, Crazies Hill, Hurley, [puncture], Marlow, Bourne End. The roads were pretty wet and leaf-strewn which needed a lot of care in places. After Bourne End we headed straight up Kiln Lane, which had everyone (I think) firmly in their bottom gear, as it's a bit of a leg-breaker.

Since we had some spare time, we did a circuit round the north side of Burnham Beeches, entering from the east on Egypt Lane (Lucinda observed that Reading to Egypt wasn't bad for a morning's ride). We quickly made it to the Orangery, and found the GC closed... No problem, 100m up the road and into the Wyevale, where we found the cafe closed for rebuilding..... No problem, we'll go to that little green hut in the middle of Burnham Beeches. Which turns out to be a lot bigger than it used to be (see picture), with hot food, upmarket toilets and a little visitor centre. Definitely somewhere we should go back to in the summer. We sat outside enjoying the sunshine and munching cakes before heading back.  Nick Crocker and Steve Ferry had decided to go and see if Paul Taylors cafe in Maidenhead was open rather than stopping @ BB.

Return was through Burnham, Taplow, Bray, White Waltham, where we ran across Nick and Steve again (the cafe had been closed they said), Twyford, and I've no idea where they went after that as I was already home. 75km for me in 3 hours and a pleasant morning to be out riding.