Another glorious Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride in the heart of the Guernsey countryside

July 27th, 2011 by Richard Lord

On the 26 July, the Guernsey Bicycle Group met at the Vauxbelets car park below Blanchelande College for the tenth GBG summer evening ride of 2011.

Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening riders met at the Vauxbelets car park below Blanchelande College at 7 pm on 26 July 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rupert Dorey planned the route and led the evening ride.

Rupert Dorey led the summer evening around on a gentle journey of almost 9 miles (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The evening of 26 July was warm and almost cloudless.  The countryside glowed in the golden rays of evening sunlight.

A sea of wheat (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening rides reveal Guernsey’s countryside at its best – the countryside looked ravishing.

The Guernsey Bicycle Group regroups at a cross-roads (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Red admiral butterflies flittered across our path, and bell-shaped white Convolvulus flowers unfurled in the hedgerows.

The Guernsey Bicycle Group had time to take in the view of delightful properties (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Streaming by a man walking his dogs (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The bicycle provides freedom to explore Guernsey’s most beautiful vistas at an appropriate pace.

Enjoying Guernsey pastoral views in the evening light (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cycling down tranquil lanes passed thatched cottages and barns (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A Guernsey cow says hello (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The bicycle is the best vehicle to stop quickly and take an opportune photograph.  Out of curiosity, this Guernsey cow walked towards an opening in the bracken to say hello.

The Guernsey Bicycle Group gathers in the evening sunlight (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rupert Dorey stopped frequently at junctions so the group kept together.

Andy Linehan tracked our progress on his mobile phone attached to the handlebars of his bike (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andy Linehan produced a GPX file on his mobile which can be mapped by a number of software programmes available on the web (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

GBG Chairman Francis Paul and others stream passed the glorious Hydrangeas on the wall in front of Auberge du Val (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

On the road that may no longer be (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group cycled down La Mare Road, which will be closed permanently when Guernsey’s airport runway is refurbished.

A Forest parish cottage towards the end of our journey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rosie Dorey and Lindsay de Sausmarez were the shepherds making sure no one was left behind.

Lindsay de Sausmarez and Rosie Dorey made sure no one got left behind (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening rides prove time and again the pleasure of bicycling in Guernsey.  The more one bicycles, the more one wishes to, as the feeling of freedom, and the benefits of good spirit and good health manifest themselves.

3 Responses to “Another glorious Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride in the heart of the Guernsey countryside”

  1. rosie dorey

    As always, a lovely reminder of the event. Thanks Richard. The rides demonstrate how cycling makes an excellent form of transport for Guernsey and one which allows us to see and feel the beautiful scenery that we are fortunate enough to live amongst.

  2. Sheila Cataroche

    A wonderful ride on a glorious evening. Thank you for the photos Richard which I intend to scrapbook as for my memory album

  3. Christine Morton

    thank you Richard for coming along on some of our rides the beautiful photos you so supply us with show what a lovely island we live on and how fortunate we are

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