The Greyhound Inn at Burston / Sandon.

Gramaisc

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I have ventured out here a few times since my return to the Big Island, it being one of the few things that I would miss from here. The last twice, I have done it on the bike, in an effort to maintain the cycling regime that I have had over the last year, at least to some extent. It has been noticeable that the climb out of Sandon has seemed somewhat easier than it used to in the previous years.

I resolved to reconnoitre the route from the canal, through the village to the pub, for future reference.

This is the path from the village to the canal.

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The canal itself was rather bucolic today.

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From there, the towpath can be used along to Sandon Lock.
 

Gramaisc

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I headed out again today, as the weather seemed plausible and the wind would be behind me on the way there. Also, I want to keep the cycling going, as I seem to have improved over the last year.

I experimented by using the towpath from Sandon Lock to Burston village, but, although there is no slope, it was somewhat harder than the climb up the A51 out of Sandon to the speed camera - and it seems a good bit further. The first few hundred yards from each end aren't too bad, but the central section seemed very little used and was rather 'off-road' in character.

I did survive the expedition and recovered with some winter food.

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I came back on tarmac, but through Salt, rather than face into the wind through Enson and Marston, or slogging up Sandon Bank on the B5066 itself. The short sharp climb from Salt never seems as high as the other routes to the summit.

On the way there, I met this pleasant-looking chap, but he wasn't very talkative.

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The sky was very blue, though.

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Gramaisc

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Maintaining my weekly cycling schedule, I ventured out there again today. It will be interesting to see how the tyres have faired, as about 25% of the route was strewn with flailed material from the hedges.

In the excitement of the liver being on, I failed to record it...

However, I did remember to record something else, which I never knew existed, until I investigated the SBC footpath map a few days ago. Not only does Burston have the Greyhound, but it also has a Subway!

OK, it is actually a subway, with a small 's', established when the 'new' road, that created the lay-by that people often think is yer actual Burston, cut off the farm opposite the pub from the land it serviced. A tunnel runs from the farmyard, under the A51, roaring above, so that farm traffic generally doesn't have to cross the main road.

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Mudgie

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Maintaining my weekly cycling schedule, I ventured out there again today. It will be interesting to see how the tyres have faired, as about 25% of the route was strewn with flailed material from the hedges.

In the excitement of the liver being on, I failed to record it...

However, I did remember to record something else, which I never knew existed, until I investigated the SBC footpath map a few days ago. Not only does Burston have the Greyhound, but it also has a Subway!

OK, it is actually a subway, with a small 's', established when the 'new' road, that created the lay-by that people often think is yer actual Burston, cut off the farm opposite the pub from the land it serviced. A tunnel runs from the farmyard, under the A51, roaring above, so that farm traffic generally doesn't have to cross the main road.

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"so that farm traffic generally doesn't have to cross the main road" must be the same idea as the one built for the GEC workers under the Lichfield Road. .
 
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