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Scott's Grotto via the new Serendipity cafe

Event organized by welhatcycling

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Our first ride of the 2018 summer season. Leaving Hatfield town centre at 11:00, we will ride via the Alban Way, Mill Green to the Cole Green Way. If you want to join us from Welwyn Garden City, please be at the start of the Cole Green Way at 11:30. We then ride the Cole Green Way to Hertford and on past the New River (not new and not a river!) to Ware to visit Scott’s Grotto. There and back is just under 25 miles.

As the website says:

“The grotto was built by, or at least built for, John Scott, an 18th century poet. He was born in London in 1731 and moved to Hertfordshire in 1740 to find cleaner air. ” “Scott’s Grotto is a series of interconnected chambers, extending some 67ft into the chalk hillside. It is rumoured to have cost £10,000 and is thought to have taken 30 years to complete. The chambers and tunnels are lined with shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass, some donated by friends. On top of the hill above the tunnels there is a summer house which would have commanded a wonderful view over the town of Ware.”

The ride is free but you’ll need money for lunch and the £1.00 suggested donation for the Grotto. You’ll also need a lock to secure your bike whilst we are inside. The ride is mostly off road but does include some on road riding in Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and Ware, so not suitable for the very youngest riders.

The Grotto opens at 14:00, so we will stop for lunch in Hertford, ideally at Serendipity's new cafe which is due to open that day and then continue on to Ware after lunch. Our ride back from Ware will be after 15:00, so expect to be back to Hatfield not later than 17:00.

The photo is of our 2015 ride to Hertford. One person in the picture is now considerably taller!