This was a ride of two halves, a flattish circuit of Rutland Water with rough tracks in places and a hilly section towards Uppingham, which we did not quite reach due to the need to descend and ascend yet another steep hill twice, and we didn’t want to watch the spectacle of a certain cranky member dismounting again! A highlight of the ride was seeing the famous Seaton railway viaduct with its 82 arches which crosses the valley of the River Welland. It is the longest masonry viaduct in Britain – 1,275 yards. The first brick was laid in March 1876 and it was finished in 1878!
The local beers were another highlight and a good lunch was had at The White Horse in Empingham after a ride of only 25 miles but which felt more like 50. Thanks to Maurice and John T for organising the ride.