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Madingley Hall

Ten miles in to a twenty three mile outing and it was high time to pull in for refreshment. And there's nowhere more attractive to sip coffee, munch cake and generally put the world to rights than the terrace at Madingley Hall. Its only drawback, magnificent place though it is, it can take the hard-pressed staff half an hour to serve eight coffees.

The terrace at Madingley Hall

The conversation over coffee was wide ranging: Trollope v Dickens, favourite poets*, and was Better Call Saul the best thing ever on Netflix?

Refreshed and back in the saddle, we made the return leg to Shelford via Comberton, Harlton and Haslingfield.

For the record our peloton comprised: Ann, Lewis, Janet, Jenny, Jeremy, Hilary and two Brians.

23 miles anticlockwise from Shelford to Hauxton, Trumpington Meadow, Grantchester, Coton, Madingley, Comberton, Harlton, Haslingfield, Harston and Newton.

*Checkout one of Lewis' favourite poems, The Sunlight on the Garden, by Louis MacNiece