A winter ride on the Dursley Pedersen to Burwell Fen

Another Lodes Way ride (30 miles) only this time without any sun and, for the last fifteen miles, rain. I had to go out today as I was going shack-simple. The general busyness of Advent, Christmas and New Year and the bad weather in general meant that, except for pastoral calls and meetings, I had not been on a proper cycle ride for nearly five weeks - my spin out to Fleam Dyke on the 18th being more walk than cycle-ride. Not good for the soul. So I got out the Dursley Pedersen (made by Jesper Sølling) and took off across Stourbridge Common, out to Reach and then along Newnham Drove to Burwell Fen and back along the Lodes Way. Hard by Reach Lode I had a very interesting conversation with a farmer who had just been out digging a new drain. We talked of the weather, our shared love of the Fenland landscape and then, when he found out I was a minister of religion, we even got onto the subject of religion and the meaning of life. A good and life affirming encounter. Despite the rain I thoroughly I enjoyed the spin and post below some suitably moody shots I took along the way before the heavens opened. For those who doubt how wet it is out in the Fens at the end of this post is a Youtube posting of a seal that made it to Fen Drayton lakes - 50 miles inland! Here's a link to the report about it in the Guardian.

Stourbridge Common
Horse on Burwell Fen
Newnham Drove looking north west onto Burwell Fen
On Burwell Fen with the Dursely Perdersen
Reach Lode looking north west
Reach Lode looking south east