Despite rain in London the forecast for north Essex looked reasonable so six brave riders persevered and were rewarded with a fine day, including a lot of sun in the morning. We didn't get wet until we got back to London in the evening.
Very quiet roads with a good surface even in the lanes. Sufficient undulations to provide some good views and downhills, without being at all hilly. Plenty of cute villages.
Good food at lunch, quite expensive but good value. Service not bad.
With Alan leading it turned into a grade 3 ride which proved a challenge for some of us.