Life has been stressful for me lately. I had hoped to escape to Snowdonia last weekend as I had ideas of doing some solo backpacking with maybe an overnight bivi somewhere in the mountains. The reality though was that I lacked motivation and I ended up spending most of the weekend around my home locality. On Sunday I phoned around a few friends and made arangements to meet up with Stu for a few hours cycling. We traveled a short distance down the M5 to Bredon Hill…
As you travel South on the M5, Bredon Hill can be seen on the left (East) between junction 8 and 9. It compliments the Malverns opposite in the West. Our afternoon ride was short, only 10 miles, but delightful. The Autumn sun was out, low, and casting long shadows across the land.
From the start at Beckford there is a long steady accent to the sumit of around 5Km. There’s nothing hard about it, but it raises the pulse enough to blow away the cobwebs. The countryside is lovely, pine trees dot the landscape as do cotswold stone houses. The summit is only 294 meters but it stands proud of the surrounding countryside and the views are lovely. The decent is enjoyable, fast in places, not overly technical but there is enough to maintain interest and keep your mind focused on the task in hand.
…and once the ride is over there is the Beckford Inn. A pint of real ale beckoned and we sat for a while sipping and watching the world go by.