There’s plenty of woods further east along the ridge from Combe Gibbet, which could provide a more sheltered and secluded camping space.
When I was a teenager we used to go up to Combe to drink after the pubs turfed out, I hope that’s not still a thing.
The Jack Russell at Faccombe is the only other pub in the immediate area. Food is okay.
I rode to Bath following this route a couple of years ago and it was really excellent: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/26490
I'm not sure how close it passes to your intended route, but I'd recommend stealing the bits that get close. I have given up trying to ride out of London, it's too unpleasant, so I take the train to Windsor and then head west from there. You are out into open countryside in minutes.
Anyone been out dedham vale way, or on the Suffolk coast but stutton?
Dm me a nice location if so.
In need of a Jetboil if anyone sellz
We did this a few years ago--didn't camp, though:
@KT_Bee might perhaps know somewhere there.
ideal, i heard that it was good swimming at flatford, looks perfect
i'll head there
JB Zip @ Decathlon
worth a stop for a glass.
don't really drink
No worries. PX jobsworth is 25notes but mixed reviews. JB Zip is ace. Don't touch the metal fins when hot though!
Rode from dedham to flatford until I found a nice looking spot.
The field I picked (in dusk) was filled with 40 odd bulls. a nice surprise over breakfast as they grazed towards me. thankfully all friendly.
Anyone had a night or two down the dengie? Thinking of a short run and a couple nights wild.
Looks as if you can hug the coast from Burnham to Bradwell.
The cows are proper nosey along that stretch. They even wade out to say hello when you go close to shore on a paddle board.
Or cows or bullocks?
Bulls, famously, tend to be kept alone in a field.
Cows, bulls, bullocks
All cows, who cares.
This fisherman said they're all bulls.
I might be wrong. Either way, they were just all very inquisitive and friendly. And wanted to lick everything on the bicycle, especially the chain.
Nice pitch :)
Thanks. I practice a dozen times. I actually used a different technique in the end. I'll need a bit more practice to get good.
I went with pitch both rear corners, then pole, then front middle, front edges then back middle. I found it easier.
I once walked through a field full of bullocks with some friends. They were extremely sweet, parting before us like a wave and exuding this really shy atmosphere despite being massive. That's why I thought of them. I just thought you couldn't keep multiple bulls in one field, but perhaps they were too young to be really bullish?
It's probably been castrated, hence its mild temperament, Bulls aren't for obvious reasons and hence more rowdy
It's also probably being raised for veal given its a male dairy breed
Well, a bullock is a castrated bull.
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