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Monday, 19 April, 2010

Vale of Belvoir

Filed under: Rides — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:39 am

Look! See! I’m smiling! Though it doesn’t really look like me.

So we went to Vale of Belvoir this weekend to do a 30km pleasure ride on Casper. We might have gone for a fillup 40kml competative ride except I was worried that Cas wasn’t quite fit enough for that distance, page and he had been lame a couple of weeks ago on a local 30km training ride.

I needn’t have worried he was sound and fit!

The Vale of Belvoir is¬† a very nice ride, syphilis I know my perception is biased because Cas was sound, the sun was shining and we had a “no-fight” ride.

Yes, of course we “doped” him up with stay-kalm, and I’m sure the calmer and the lack of other riders passing him helped keep him calm, but horsie aside V o B is a lovely picturesque ride.

It starts well, not long after you leave the venue you pass fields full of pretty chestnut thoroughbred mares all with cute little foals. You go past old buildings and tumbledown walls made from the local reddish yellow sand stone. Every couple of miles or so there’s a pretty little pond you can imagine the local kids spalshing and tadpoling in (not that I saw any). Later on in the ride theres fields of little black Shetlands, again some with foals. It seems like a place taken out of time. You wonder if Miss Marple is sat in someones reception room taking tea with the vicar.

The scenery is a little flat for my taste, but occasionally you even get a proper vista of miles and miles. As if the scenery weren’t enough on its own to persuade me to go back to this ride, the groundwork is mostly unsurfaced, dry,¬†bridleway with a little roadwork (usually with a verge) and only the occasional stony farm track to remind you of exactly what you aren’t getting.

If Cas were still barefoot I think this ride would be a permanent fixture on our calendar.

Cas was in such a good mood I managed to let him walk alongside me without holding onto the reins. Of course, being Casper, he can only keep this up for so long before he gets bored and I have to catch him as he trots past.

My personal rating for Sunday was A+, I think it would be tough for this ride to get anything less than a B.

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