Has Winter finally graced itself with it's presence? We've been holding fire and waiting for it to hit home over the last few weeks, but that temperature hasn't been willing to drop itself below 12°C before this week it seems, even the evenings have been fairly mild! I did however venture out to the football last night and it's the first time I've felt that wintry bite etching it's way on to my skin. I didn't freeze though, which is partly down to my decision to finally invest in a decent pair of 3 season socks. I find with warm feet, the rest of the body tends to follow suit! Although wearing JUST a pair of socks isn't to be advised...
The first port of call for this weeks Something For The Week comes courtesy of the October/November issue of Outdoor Fitness Magazine. If your feeling a bit peckish or trying to keep off the sweet stuffs ready for a good gorging at Christmas, then look away now.
Here's the top five Cycling Cake Stops in the UK.
1. Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Cumbria. After a muddy day out on the trails, staff at Greystoke Cycle Cafe will welcome you with towels and blankets when it's miserable, free water bottle fill ups, use of pumps and chunky, sticky flapjacks to eat. There's even a cycle barn for sleep overs. Open Easter weekend til late September.
2. Zappi's Cafe, Oxford. Quaff proper Italian coffee, surrounded by cycling banter, historic photos and racing memorabilia. Flavio Zappi, the Giro D'Italia Green Jersey winner, gives his name to this bastion of chocolate brownies and still rides out from here with his local cycle club.
3. National Trust Cafe, Box Hill, Surrey. No one does cake better than a National Trust tea room, so where better to stop off than the cycle friendly 'cafe hatch' at Box Hill? Light with a jam and cream filling, the Victoria Sponge is a just reward for riding up the Olympian Box Hill switchback.
4. Look Mum No Hands, London. Settle back to watch pro races on TV, fettle your bike, grease your chain, chat about your day and buy cracking, calorific cakes - try the Guinness cake. This is a cyclist's paradise and with such moreish treats, it can be tough to get back on your saddle.
5. Purple Mountain Cafe, Dalby Forest. A unique Biker Biscuit (chocolate and raisin) awaits those who can overcome the range of mountain bike trails at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. This cafe celebrates fresh, high quality, non-processed foods and loves nowt better than a muddy cyclist!
Not into that? Try this...
Why not get into the festive spirit at the Hyde Park Winter-wonderland! You can go and have a relaxing skate around the Ice Rink or test your nerves somewhat on the rollercoaster! And of course what Winter-wonderland wouldn't be complete without a visit to Santa and his Elves at the Grotto!
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