Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shaw's Corner

Part of the mission of the Trois V, although not currently enshrined in The Constitution, is the proper naming or misnaming of things.  We can include in this Hudson's Corner, which leads from the Outer Circle into the Inner Circle in Regent's Park.  It's kind of a cut to the clique, or a line to the inside track, and its naming is lost in the mists of time.  We hope that the OS, or perhaps Google Maps, or even Open Street Maps will soon follow our nomenclature.  For now, we are happy just verbing it, as in 'let's Hudson Corner it', escaping the Fredoton that loops the park in the evenings, and gathers, gentlemanly, it must be said, at the lights on the southern end of the famous central London loop.

But it looks like we weren't the first to put our mark on this fair land.  Beardy, writerly folk seem to have done it to spots along Lilley Lane:

Behold the gates of Shaw's Corner.  Pleasingly, it is opposite 'Dove Cottage'.

Nice ironwork, non?  But how was this spot discovered by the Trois V? Well, by skiving, essentially. Or at least leaving work early (after clocking up a substantial amount of unpaid overtime), hopping on the 3:48 from London's most-statued station, and alighting twenty minutes later at St Albans. 

Dr Doug was supposed to be in attendance, but was still making his way from the US of A, so Dr Matt represented the Trois V on the ride, which was organised by our sister organisation, the Pannierizzis.  

We can recommend it.  An excellent 2:30 ride, 60km, two pubs, setting sun, bluebells, quiet-ish roads, some gravelly tracks, bunnies, birds pausing on a wing, small horses, Twangers (a kind of sweet), spots to tie up one's steed, fords, watercress fields, and even the moon to ride towards on the way home.

All the things mentioned above


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