More polite walks with a closed pub at the end, though this one is sort of open.
Look how close to home I am !
You can walk to Lode from mine through the Fens, though be careful of the naturist pool (and Mrs RM, of course).
I started from just off the A14 at Quy, for reasons you’ll see later.
Around the time of Lockdown I’d attempted the walk along Quy Waters from Stow-cum-Quy to Anglesey Abbey, only failing due to sinking into six inches of mud 10 minutes into the walk.
I saved the OS map but the jacket was a write-off.
Three months later it looks gorgeous.
This is “polite” Fen Edge, with passive aggressive notices about footpaths only being for Quy villagers,
stables and lily ponds.
As is traditional, I find a mislaid BRAPA hat half-way.
Anglesey Abbey, along with Wimpole, is the capital of polite Cambs. The riverbank leading from Lodge to the Mill is packed with folk in Pringle and pashminas taking their 1 mile flat walk at a leisurely pace, interrupted by exaggerated social distancing.
You’ll be wanting your pastel hue and thatch fix by now, I guess.
Regular reader Mark will remember Lode as the tiny village which hosted a small music festival a decade ago; sending the strains of Sir Bob Geldof’s memorable solo hit(s) wafting over Waterbeach.
In 2016 it finally got its pub back.
Well, a dining room with handpumps, anyway.
Actually, good food and OK beer, as good as you could reasonably expect.
The most unexpected Lode art comes late, a different sort of House.
The Abbey Gardens are actually back open this week; along with Kew that feels a major step on the way to normality. No doubt Dad will make his way there once he works out how to book on-line.
Back in Quy, the Swan looked inviting but forlorn.
But the Landlord saw me hovering and invited me in to buy a couple of points of those Crafty beers from down the road and chat about re-opening.
His pub is a simple classic, beloved of gentlefolk and escapees from the Anglesey tea-room and I still dream of their Sunday roasts.
His beer survived the 10 minute journey home and 10 minutes later was gone.