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Title: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on April 03, 2011, 12:42:06 pm
I wondered where the spirit of Audax is physically most concentrated. The centre of it all is the Brasserie, 'Au Pied de Cochon' in the Les Halles area of Paris. It's where the ACP Fleches start from. Boab would be delighted by the menu, the signature dish is pig's trotters and chips.
http://www.pieddecochon.com/wp-content/uploads/galerie7b.jpg


Au Pied De Cochon : Brasserie mythique en plein cœur des Halles (http://www.pieddecochon.com/)

In Lancashire the epicentre of all cycling is the Priory cafe in Scorton CYCLISTS - THE PRIORY :: SCORTON :: RESTAURANT & TEA ROOMS :: STOUTS BAR :: ACCOMMODATION :: WEDDINGS :: BUSINESS FACILITIES (http://www.theprioryscorton.co.uk/cyclists_the_priory_scorton.php), but it's not open 24 hours, there's probably a 24 garage somewhere that gets the most visits from Audaxers.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: MercuryKev on April 03, 2011, 01:58:03 pm
the disabled toilets in Braemar and the johnstonbridge services.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Billy Weir on April 03, 2011, 02:22:10 pm
Cafes?  In the Southern counties it has to be a face off between the Tutti Pole in Hungerford and Friar Tuck in Amesbury.  Both are used heavily, both for their location (both towns are passed by or through by many routes) and their fare.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Jaded on April 03, 2011, 02:40:09 pm
Leyhill Prison.  Files in the cakes
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: fboab on April 03, 2011, 02:46:36 pm
Red Lodge.

ETA: Signature dish: Rhubarb Crumble & Custard at Lava temperature.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Uncle Eric on April 03, 2011, 02:49:50 pm
Thaxted!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: sub55 on April 03, 2011, 02:52:59 pm
" signifcant places in audax. "  well at least twice a year in my little head the only signifcant place in the world is kings
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: fboab on April 03, 2011, 03:02:00 pm
Thaxted!  :thumbsup:

Signature dish: Snot rockets as it's passed through.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: border-rider on April 03, 2011, 03:05:50 pm
West End Cafe, Llandovery
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: eck on April 03, 2011, 03:12:35 pm
The Chef's Grill, Newtonmore: the spiritual home of audax in Scotland.  :thumbsup:

Bet you thought I was going to say Comrie.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Alouicious on April 03, 2011, 03:13:45 pm
(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1501_03-04-11.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1500_03-04-11.jpg)

Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 03, 2011, 03:15:34 pm
West End Cafe, Llandovery

+1
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on April 03, 2011, 03:18:13 pm
The Chef's Grill, Newtonmore: the spiritual home of audax in Scotland.  :thumbsup:

Bet you thought I was going to say Comrie.

Haggis Pizza and chips being the signature dish.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Hummers on April 03, 2011, 04:17:10 pm
The Fox and Hounds, Denmead.

H
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: fungus on April 03, 2011, 04:23:29 pm
Rosie's cafe Saundby, as the stamp says AUK loves Rosie's tea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Tewdric on April 03, 2011, 04:36:50 pm
(http://bulwarkcommunitycentre.webs.com/photos/centre-photos/bccoct2010%20008.jpg)

Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: interzen on April 03, 2011, 04:45:03 pm
Glew's Garage in Goole  ;D
Plus the sundry motorway services hereabouts (in particular, Ferrybridge, Blyth and Gonerby Moor)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on April 03, 2011, 04:49:11 pm
Assuming I qualify, it will be the first time I haven't visited this place in a PBP year.
Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Dalmeny,+South+Queensferry&aq=1&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=10.445835,32.080078&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Dalmeny,+South+Queensferry,+City+of+Edinburgh,+United+Kingdom&ll=55.982322,-3.373318&spn=0,0.031328&t=h&z=15&layer=c&cbll=55.982409,-3.373435&panoid=vVO1fgeo3EuySEKtChv64A&cbp=12,85.56,,0,1.74)
Thanks to Duncan Peet and Sonya Crawford for some happy memories.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ian H on April 03, 2011, 04:57:46 pm
Glew's Garage in Goole  ;D
Plus the sundry motorway services hereabouts (in particular, Ferrybridge, Blyth and Gonerby Moor)

You have a remarkable eye for romantic scenery.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Simonb on April 03, 2011, 04:58:04 pm
The RHDR Station Cafe in Hythe. Barely a ride in Kent doesn't pass through it.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: BlackSheep on April 03, 2011, 05:02:24 pm
Leyhill Prison.  Files in the cakes

ISTBC, but I think the cafe at Leyhill is now sadly no more.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: postie on April 03, 2011, 05:21:10 pm
ah, the fox and hounds at denmead the home of the pompey riders, the ride to p-b-p will start from there ;D
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: BlackSheep on April 03, 2011, 07:18:59 pm
ah, the fox and hounds at denmead the home of the pompey riders, the ride to p-b-p will start from there ;D

Surely the ride to PBP started sometime last year  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 03, 2011, 07:24:16 pm
[History]

Doncaster Mencap Centre

Fishlake Village Hall

Marlow Guide Hut

Knutsford Services
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: rob on April 03, 2011, 07:30:59 pm
The 'awkward' level crossing near Bedale. Or perhaps that's just me.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: interzen on April 03, 2011, 07:31:29 pm
[History]

Doncaster Mencap Centre

Fishlake Village Hall

Marlow Guide Hut

Knutsford Services
[Slightly later history]

Hatfield Woodhouse village hall (and the pub across the road - was it The Robin Hood?)
Thorne Rugby Club
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Hummers on April 03, 2011, 07:38:51 pm
ah, the fox and hounds at denmead the home of the pompey riders, the ride to p-b-p will start from there ;D

Surely the ride to PBP started sometime last year  ;D  ;D

The Fox & Hounds is a place where plans are made and sealed with a pint or n of London Pride.

H

Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: jogler on April 03, 2011, 07:46:54 pm
the most significant place in Audax is that place in my mind where my attitude resides when my arse ache or neck ache or wrist ache or some other n- factor  is trying to conquer my world
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: YahudaMoon on April 03, 2011, 08:09:47 pm
(http://www.extralast.com/pix/jodrell-bank-1.jpg)
Jodrell Bank as you can see it for miles n miles

Though Elmley Moor Tower In Wakefield as it sits high up on Elmley moor and is visable from most places once ya climb out from Manchester


(http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/emley-moor03.jpg)
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/content/images/2008/06/24/tv_graphic_465x301.jpg)
EMLEY MOOR TOWER: Did you know that Emley Moor transmitter is the tallest free-standing building in the whole of the UK - higher than Blackpool Tower (left) or the Post Office Tower (centre)? No wonder you can see it from all over the county
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: YahudaMoon on April 03, 2011, 08:14:24 pm
Elmley Moor Tower could be Huddersfield ? not Wakefield ?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ade O on April 03, 2011, 08:18:05 pm
Millbrook tea rooms in Mitchel Troy, Monmouth excellent home made cake and excellent value.  But not Talybont on Usk cafe I paid £4.44 for a coffee & cake there today!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: BlackSheep on April 03, 2011, 08:24:26 pm
But not Talybont on Usk cafe I paid £4.44 for a coffee & cake there today!

You were lucky, I've repeatedly tried to use them as a control for my events - they've seldom been open, and when they were, a shortage of staff resulted in poor service. A pity, as I'd like to support local business where possible.

The good thing about Talybont-on-Usk is the village has two of the best PHs in that part of the universe - namely The Star, and The White Hart.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 03, 2011, 08:27:53 pm
The 'awkward' level crossing near Bedale. Or perhaps that's just me.

Leeming Bar?
I thought you'd have no memory of that!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: border-rider on April 03, 2011, 08:35:54 pm
Elmley Moor Tower could be Huddersfield ? not Wakefield ?

No, that's Holme Moss.  Emley Moor is def. nearer Wakefield

<OT>

They were originally twins, both steel lattice towers, but Emley Moor iced up and came down one cold day in 1969, & was replaced with a concrete structure.

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery (http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/eyewitness/index.shtml)

startling pics there

</OT>
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: eck on April 03, 2011, 08:38:01 pm
+1 to ESL's pointer to the church hall at Dalmeny. Duncan ('the ghost of audax past') Peet's events from there were the first ones I ever did. So it's all his fault.  :P

I have to add the village hall in Ardgay, HQ for several years of Steve and Denise Carroll's brilliant rides round the northern highlands. Their events are now transferred to Portmahomack. I've not been yet, but hope to put that right at the end of this month.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: mmmmartin on April 03, 2011, 08:50:15 pm
any lay-by with El Supremo and The Oven.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: clarion on April 03, 2011, 08:54:16 pm
Elmley Moor Tower could be Huddersfield ? not Wakefield ?

No, that's Holme Moss.  Emley Moor is def. nearer Wakefield


Hate to disagree with you, chap, but Emley Moor is Huddersfield.

Has a WF postcode, but is nearer Huddy (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Emley+Moor,+Huddersfield,+United+Kingdom&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.313287,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Emley+Moor,+Huddersfield,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.618987,-1.660309&spn=0.200791,0.617294&z=11)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: interzen on April 03, 2011, 08:55:44 pm
Glew's Garage in Goole  ;D
Plus the sundry motorway services hereabouts (in particular, Ferrybridge, Blyth and Gonerby Moor)

You have a remarkable eye for romantic scenery.
Ferrybridge power station, and the new(ish) A1/M62 interchange, are truly things of beauty. Especially at night.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Hedgebanger on April 03, 2011, 08:58:50 pm
+2 for Dalmeny church hall. Did my first 600 from there in 05. Mark Shannon's 3 Firths.
What about Beattock village hall ! Tom Hanley's start and finish for his classic 400 Ower the Edge.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: jimc101 on April 03, 2011, 09:40:31 pm
Elmley Moor Tower could be Huddersfield ? not Wakefield ?

No, that's Holme Moss.  Emley Moor is def. nearer Wakefield


Hate to disagree with you, chap, but Emley Moor is Huddersfield.

Has a WF postcode, but is nearer Huddy (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Emley+Moor,+Huddersfield,+United+Kingdom&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.313287,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Emley+Moor,+Huddersfield,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.618987,-1.660309&spn=0.200791,0.617294&z=11)

It's even nearer to Emley than Hud or Wakey!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: clarion on April 03, 2011, 09:45:04 pm
Well, I'll concede that point, jim! ;D
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Martin on April 03, 2011, 09:49:36 pm
The RHDR Station Cafe in Hythe. Barely a ride in Kent doesn't pass through it.

I've visited 3 of the stations on the RHDR about two dozen times;

never on a train
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Manotea on April 03, 2011, 09:53:42 pm
The RHDR Station Cafe in Hythe. Barely a ride in Kent doesn't pass through it.

I've visited 3 of the stations on the RHDR about two dozen times;

never on a train

In that case, Membury Services gets a mention. Hardly ever been there by car...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Bairn Again on April 03, 2011, 09:57:43 pm
+2 for Dalmeny church hall. Did my first 600 from there in 05. Mark Shannon's 3 Firths.
What about Beattock village hall ! Tom Hanley's start and finish for his classic 400 Ower the Edge.

I got a call from Ann (who does the bookings for dalmeny)  about 3 weeks ago asking me if we were still going ahead with our event this weekend.  I checked the auk calendar and pointed out that not only did I not have an event running this weekend but nobody else did either.

Like the restaurant that only wants you to phone to cancel your booking, it was very reassuring.  

she also knew that 2011 was a PBP year.   ;)

May I also nominate Ballachulish Village Hall - home of curtains and voddie?  
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: border-rider on April 03, 2011, 09:58:01 pm
  But not Talybont on Usk cafe I paid £4.44 for a coffee & cake there today!

I like that place :)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Exit Stage Left on April 03, 2011, 10:01:10 pm
+2 for Dalmeny church hall. Did my first 600 from there in 05. Mark Shannon's 3 Firths.
What about Beattock village hall ! Tom Hanley's start and finish for his classic 400 Ower the Edge.

Beattock Village Hall! I've never done PBP without doing Ower the Edge as well. I was most unimpressed by the ground- source heat pump system, I wonder if they investigated how much heat there is to be recovered from the ground in Beattock.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: tonyh on April 04, 2011, 06:22:48 am
Membury Services gets a mention. Hardly ever been there by car...

You can get to Membury Services by CAR ??
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on April 04, 2011, 07:15:12 am
The Chef's Grill, Newtonmore: the spiritual home of audax in Scotland.  :thumbsup:

Bet you thought I was going to say Comrie.

This thread is useless without pictures...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3481/4041630147_082f0c7fd4_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on April 04, 2011, 07:17:27 am
PS The other significant place is the cheap and cheerful campsite approximately opposite the Newtonmore diner  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 04, 2011, 08:14:03 am
(http://alternativeworship.org/paulsblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/phonebox.jpg)


Sooner or later we are all drawn towards it
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Nuncio on April 04, 2011, 08:31:39 am
It looks odd without a lone sheep next to it, but I spy 3 further up the hill.

Non-control, significant Welsh Audax places which are significant to me:

- The bench at the top of the square in Usk.
- The stretch of road in front of Pen-y-Pas Youth Hostel.
- The grassy bank by a gate on a private lane off the A4085 between Garreg and Pont Aberglasyn, which I tend by watering on average twice a year, those two times coming about 5 or 6 hours apart.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: PloddinPedro on April 04, 2011, 09:21:05 am
The Chef's Grill, Newtonmore: the spiritual home of audax in Scotland.  :thumbsup:

Bet you thought I was going to say Comrie.

This thread is useless without pictures...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3481/4041630147_082f0c7fd4_z.jpg)
That's vaguely familiar - where is it?!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: PloddinPedro on April 04, 2011, 09:24:02 am
If the qualifying criterium is "regularly used places" then for the East all the Huts near Henham have to be in, plus Specialities Tearooms in Stisted and Wallys near Acton.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: LEE on April 04, 2011, 09:29:36 am
(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1501_03-04-11.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1500_03-04-11.jpg)



That's quite a significant place for me, the red arrow is drawn right through my old house in Marple Bridge.

That's rather spooky.

Not sure why it's significant in Audaxing (except that it's a fair old honk to get out of Marple Bridge on a bike)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Greenbank on April 04, 2011, 09:38:57 am
Non-control, significant Welsh Audax places which are significant to me:

The bench next to the climb up to Penrhyndeudraeth. (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Penrhyndeudraeth&aq=3&sll=54.085173,-4.042969&sspn=19.172332,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Penrhyndeudraeth,+Gwynedd,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.940751,-4.061251&spn=0.019164,0.038581&z=15&layer=c&cbll=52.940878,-4.061227&panoid=2KDAL2Z8yssskObildyw9g&cbp=12,175.2,,0,19.12)

+1 to the Elenith phone box...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Salvatore on April 04, 2011, 09:46:56 am
It looks odd without a lone sheep next to it, but I spy 3 further up the hill.


Is this more to your taste?

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2741/4536774595_85f4ca2386.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/4536774595/)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Alouicious on April 04, 2011, 09:48:44 am
(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1501_03-04-11.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j433/Lighthorse2/P1500_03-04-11.jpg)



That's quite a significant place for me, the red arrow is drawn right through my old house in Marple Bridge.

That's rather spooky.

Not sure why it's significant in Audaxing (except that it's a fair old honk to get out of Marple Bridge on a bike)

That's where Sheila Simpson's Perms started.
Now she organises overseas stuff.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Salvatore on April 04, 2011, 10:17:40 am
The garage at The Nest.

The Schützenhalle (http://www.schuetzenbruderschaft-messinghausen.de/medobi2008/source/p5290025.html) of Sankt Vitus Schützenbruderschaft Messinghausen 1835 (i.e. Messinghausen Gun Club clubhouse)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: vorsprung on April 04, 2011, 11:05:09 am
Having rarely ridden in Scotland, never in Kent, never having done any Denmead rides, never been to Rosies Cafe, never been near Elmley Moor Tower this thread leaves me a bit cold.

I've been to most of the Wales places mentioned.

The journey is more significant than any particular arrival.  I vote for the Brecon A40 Bypass at 1am in May or late April
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 04, 2011, 12:21:15 pm
The 24-hour BP garage in Newtown, Powys.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Manotea on April 04, 2011, 12:24:53 pm
The 24-hour BP garage in Newtown, Powys.

There is a 24-hour garage in Wales?!?!?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 04, 2011, 12:38:31 pm
So many of the places listed on this thread are just soul-destroying pits of misery that just happen to be open at stupid o'clock. That doesn't make them significant, just available.

To me, the pair of bridges into Brest is a special place.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: BlackSheep on April 04, 2011, 12:42:14 pm
So many of the places listed on this thread are just soul-destroying pits of misery that just happen to be open at stupid o'clock. That doesn't make them significant, just available................

Nice to know that organisers hard work is so highly regarded ......
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Manotea on April 04, 2011, 12:45:14 pm
So many of the places listed on this thread are just soul-destroying pits of misery that just happen to be open at stupid o'clock. That doesn't make them significant...

Obviously not a Stephen King fan!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 04, 2011, 12:47:55 pm
Membury Services gets a mention. Hardly ever been there by car...

You can get to Membury Services by CAR ??


Yes, Membury Services is such a delightful place.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ian H on April 04, 2011, 12:54:44 pm
Having rarely ridden in Scotland, never in Kent, never having done any Denmead rides, never been to Rosies Cafe, never been near Elmley Moor Tower this thread leaves me a bit cold.


Let me run this one by you: How many events start or turn at Chepstow?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Alouicious on April 04, 2011, 01:23:59 pm
Having rarely ridden in Scotland, never in Kent, never having done any Denmead rides, never been to Rosies Cafe, never been near Elmley Moor Tower this thread leaves me a bit cold.


Let me run this one by you: How many events start or turn at Chepstow?

Its a mesh node... ;)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Alouicious on April 04, 2011, 01:28:12 pm
Kidderminster.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Billy Weir on April 04, 2011, 01:36:18 pm
The thread has been up for 24 hours and no mention of Comrie.  Standards are slipping amongst the Audax Ecosse contingent  ;)

Thinking about this over lunch, I settled on Llandovery as a spot in the UK that I associate closely with audaxing.  Or to be more specific, the bend in the road on the A road at the West End Cafe.  There are essentially four highways to/away from there, each of which has special memories of the adventures I've had (and shared) in the past 6 years.

Similarly the T junction where you can go left into Marlborough high street or right towards the downs.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: border-rider on April 04, 2011, 01:40:04 pm
The two Great Attractors for Southern English rides are New Alresford and Lambourn, though I'm not aware of any (?) audaxs that control at Lambourn itself.  Lots and lots and lots of routes seem to go through/near it though.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 04, 2011, 01:40:22 pm
So many of the places listed on this thread are just soul-destroying pits of misery that just happen to be open at stupid o'clock. That doesn't make them significant, just available.

To me, the pair of bridges into Brest is a special place.

To a tired, hungry, busting-bladdered randonneur, a motorway service station is an oasis of relief, shelter and refreshment. Simple comforts are so much better appreciated by the AUK-in-extremis than by motorists in transit.

These places are dreadful when motorised but somehow more attractive when cycling.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: mattc on April 04, 2011, 01:44:43 pm
To a tired, hungry, busting-bladdered randonneur, a motorway service station is an oasis of relief, shelter and refreshment. Simple comforts are so much better appreciated by the AUK-in-extremis than by motorists in transit.

These places are dreadful when motorised but somehow more attractive when cycling.
I made a quick stop on the M1 yesterday (as a passenger). My driver commented that these services were very cramped, had too short an entry-slip, yada yada ...

I was thinking how compact it was, with coffee, toilets, 3 types of food, all within a short walk. And comfy chairs in a little side-alcove.  :thumbsup:

Must check out the non-Motorway entrances ...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: border-rider on April 04, 2011, 01:47:42 pm
You can get to Membury Services by CAR ??

It's one of the few services with no barriers on its non-motorway entrances.  It's the unofficial M4 jn14.5, used by everyone in Lambourn.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: frankly frankie on April 04, 2011, 01:49:05 pm
(http://www.aukweb.net/pix/snow1.jpg)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: PloddinPedro on April 04, 2011, 02:19:18 pm
(http://www.aukweb.net/pix/snow1.jpg)
Champion! ;D
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ian H on April 04, 2011, 03:33:21 pm
Champion! ;D

Which one?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: postie on April 04, 2011, 04:15:16 pm
GREENPOND COTTAGE at halstock, who remembers this great little place :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ian H on April 04, 2011, 04:23:56 pm
GREENPOND COTTAGE at halstock, who remembers this great little place :thumbsup:

Oh yes, the tea rooms that closed for lunch, but opened all night for cyclists.

Do you remember Brian C puking very loudly in the loo, Hughie and Ruth echoing through the place.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: postie on April 04, 2011, 05:21:35 pm
ah yes,but what about the night she forgot we were coming and i had to knock on the door at 2 in the morning!!!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Basil on April 04, 2011, 05:28:00 pm
Those of you who like the West End Cafe just enjoy hanging out in places where there are loads of blokes dressed head to toe in leather.  ;)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: teethgrinder on April 04, 2011, 05:47:55 pm
(http://www.aukweb.net/pix/snow1.jpg)

Was that from the High Peak Trial when Jim Hopper got frostbite in his fingertips?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: teethgrinder on April 04, 2011, 05:51:16 pm
ah yes,but what about the night she forgot we were coming and i had to knock on the door at 2 in the morning!!!

Was it Lee Shale who was sat outside waiting for them to open when you came along and banged on the door demanding tea?

I think a certain house in Poole is a significant place in AUK history.
Drew Buck's house too.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: rogerzilla on April 04, 2011, 06:08:45 pm
Has anyone mentioned The Tutti Pole in Hungerford yet?  It's overpriced, the service can be a bit random and they look at a £10 note as if you've just crapped on the counter, but it features heavily in the southern audax calendar and it's so big that there's normally somewhere to sit.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Panoramix on April 04, 2011, 06:12:16 pm
The west end cafe in LLandovery seems to be a feature of many welsh rides.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: YahudaMoon on April 04, 2011, 06:21:14 pm
The west end cafe in LLandovery seems to be a feature of many welsh rides.

Is this it ?
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vaCYAQBuL24/RhEn0K9RnbI/AAAAAAAAAyQ/ShD-alYo-7o/s320/Image132.jpg)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: ludwig on April 04, 2011, 06:23:36 pm
The Rampin (sorry,masons Arms)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Panoramix on April 04, 2011, 06:25:53 pm
The west end cafe in LLandovery seems to be a feature of many welsh rides.

Is this it ?
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vaCYAQBuL24/RhEn0K9RnbI/AAAAAAAAAyQ/ShD-alYo-7o/s320/Image132.jpg)

Yes
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Ian H on April 04, 2011, 06:30:45 pm
ah yes,but what about the night she forgot we were coming and i had to knock on the door at 2 in the morning!!!

Was it Lee Shale who was sat outside waiting for them to open when you came along and banged on the door demanding tea?

There were lots of us there by the time Mr P took the initiative.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 07, 2011, 02:30:00 pm
The two Great Attractors for Southern English rides are New Alresford and Lambourn, though I'm not aware of any (?) audaxs that control at Lambourn itself.  Lots and lots and lots of routes seem to go through/near it though.

The Cheddar Gorge had an info in Lambourn though I don't think that really counts.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Tewdric on April 07, 2011, 02:37:01 pm
You can get to Membury Services by CAR ??

It's one of the few services with no barriers on its non-motorway entrances.  It's the unofficial M4 jn14.5, used by everyone in Lambourn.

Just as Michaelwood is M5 Jct 13¾.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: DanialW on April 07, 2011, 04:02:11 pm
Thorne - I seem to end up there with alarming frequency. Nothing wrong with the place; I'm just baffled as to why it's so often en route.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Deano on April 07, 2011, 04:03:39 pm
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Yad Moss (http://picasaweb.google.com/canonman999/YadMoss#) yet.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 07, 2011, 04:13:13 pm
Thorne - I seem to end up there with alarming frequency. Nothing wrong with the place; I'm just baffled as to why it's so often en route.

I think it's tied up with the three old Santa Auks living nearby.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: eck on April 07, 2011, 04:16:12 pm
Samye Ling Tibetan Centre - Ower the Edge, LEL, Border Hills, Eightsome Reel, etc etc
(http://www.visitmoffat.co.uk/media/uploads/cat-68/samye_ling.jpg)
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: DanialW on April 07, 2011, 04:36:42 pm
Thorne - I seem to end up there with alarming frequency. Nothing wrong with the place; I'm just baffled as to why it's so often en route.

I think it's tied up with the three old Santa Auks living nearby.

This is mostly due to DIYs though, unless our senior member are into mind control...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: hellymedic on April 07, 2011, 04:59:11 pm
Thorne - I seem to end up there with alarming frequency. Nothing wrong with the place; I'm just baffled as to why it's so often en route.

I think it's tied up with the three old Santa Auks living nearby.

This is mostly due to DIYs though, unless our senior member are into mind control...

From beyond the grave or from France...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: frankly frankie on April 07, 2011, 05:47:24 pm
(http://www.aukweb.net/pix/snow1.jpg)

Was that from the High Peak Trial when Jim Hopper got frostbite in his fingertips?

I think so.  I got a puncture halfway up Snake, and while I was mending it Sheila was fantasizing about doing something unrepeatable with a nearby sheep.

But my main memory is of Rikki Goode trying to stir his mug of coffee with two hands, and failing messily.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: DanialW on April 07, 2011, 05:50:31 pm


I think so.  I got a puncture halfway up Snake, and while I was mending it Sheila was fantasizing about doing something unrepeatable with a nearby sheep.

But my main memory is of Rikki Goode trying to stir his mug of coffee with two hands, and failing messily.

Brilliant
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: mattc on April 07, 2011, 06:15:59 pm
Thorne - I seem to end up there with alarming frequency. Nothing wrong with the place; I'm just baffled as to why it's so often en route.

I think it's tied up with the three old Santa Auks living nearby.

This is mostly due to DIYs though, unless our senior member are into mind control...

Ley Lines

(which as Bill Bailey fans will know, have historic links with long distance riding:
" ...Little Chefs, which were built many years ago on ley lines and then the roads came in and connected them all up" )
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Jaded on April 08, 2011, 09:37:59 am
I'm reliably informed that first is the only significant place in Audax.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Bus Shelter Bertie on January 26, 2016, 04:19:01 pm


I think so.  I got a puncture halfway up Snake, and while I was mending it Sheila was fantasizing about doing something unrepeatable with a nearby sheep.

But my main memory is of Rikki Goode trying to stir his mug of coffee with two hands, and failing messily.

Brilliant

Hey, what a great day, a memory I'd forgotten - thanks for reminding me Mr. Frankie. I can still hear the spoon rattling ineffectually against the side of the "Tea"mug (I don't drink coffee). I can also remember all the motorists huddled selfishly around the fire blocking off all the heat whilst us cyclists continued freezing. Was dreading getting to the top of the Snake that day, had to stop several times on the way down to break up the ice in the gloves.

Anyhow I spotted that but really came here to inform of the following;

I know that Leigh Delamere services is special in Audax circles, I'd never realised though that it were such an important spiritual place for Mr. Salvatore, it being "The Centre of the Spooniverse".

https://spoonology.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/project-leigh-delamere/

"Spooniverse: All of existence excepting Spoona."
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Delph Cyclist on January 26, 2016, 05:09:27 pm
Church Minshull seems to feature on just about all my rides in Cheshire.  I've lost count of how many times I've passed through.  I really ought to stop to have a look around it some time.   There was a "do" in the church on one occasion, so I have stopped off for a cup of tea and piece of cake.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Bus Shelter Bertie on January 26, 2016, 05:31:40 pm
There was a "do" in the church on one occasion, so I have stopped off for a cup of tea and piece of cake.

Was you invited, or did you just gatecrash?
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Phil W on January 26, 2016, 07:31:21 pm
The 24-hour BP garage in Newtown, Powys.

There is a 24-hour garage in Wales?!?!?

Yes, 24 hours per week
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Bianchi Boy on January 26, 2016, 08:50:30 pm
Inside my head  ;) ;)

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Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Peter on January 27, 2016, 01:13:09 am
I certainly endorse several of the choices so far but I don't think anything is likely now to erase this one as my personal significant spot:-

(http://www.zen177395.zen.co.uk/Whorlton .jpg)

Whorlton Bridge over the glorious Tees.

It's a fabulous and very old bridge, close to my ancestral home; I was two-thirds of the way round my first 400 (a solo DIY) and appear still to have been able to use the big ring.  The bike (on which I started audaxing on one of Don Black's rides) has since been stolen but the memory never will be, except by the curse that steals all memories, in which case, I hope it will be one of the last!

Peter
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on January 27, 2016, 04:52:04 am
Thanks for resurrecting this thread.  Lots of good places.  A couple to add:

The Summer Cafe in Malmesbury
The Cosy Corner in Builth Wells
+1 to any El Supremo lay-by stop
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: tonyh on January 27, 2016, 05:37:52 am
+1 to any El Supremo lay-by stop

Ah, the nostalgia which strikes when you pass the mysteriously bare place where one of Those once was!
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Delph Cyclist on January 27, 2016, 08:40:26 am
There was a "do" in the church on one occasion, so I have stopped off for a cup of tea and piece of cake.

Was you invited, or did you just gatecrash?

It was a coffee morning or jumble sale or some such public function.  I discovered that an old school friend was the vicar at the time - he wasn't there but I happened to spot his name on the notice board
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on January 27, 2016, 10:10:57 am
+1 to any El Supremo lay-by stop

Ah, the nostalgia which strikes when you pass the mysteriously bare place where one of Those once was!

They appear sometimes like mirages - the hope of a smile a warm cup of tea a big smile and those miraculous cheesie toasties, just the sort of thing for 5am breakfast near Burbage or was it Pewsey - and then the thought is gone and there's just a cold stretch of muddy grass and a rusting litterbin with the rubber top blown off....
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: scampi on January 27, 2016, 01:55:04 pm
+1 to any El Supremo lay-by stop

Ah, the nostalgia which strikes when you pass the mysteriously bare place where one of Those once was!

Indeed, there is a patch of grass at Lockerley near where I live; when I'm passing it I often think of being sat there on a sunny afternoon many years ago enjoying tea and cake with ElS.
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: D.A.L.E. on January 27, 2016, 03:02:23 pm
the disabled toilets in Braemar and the johnstonbridge services.

Rode 2x150km DIYs at the weekend and visited there on both  ;D
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Genosse Brymbo on January 31, 2016, 06:00:37 pm
Inside my head  ;) ;)

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The cerebral equivalent of Winnie's Café in Atherstone.  I think I'll bounce that control...
Title: Re: Significant places in Audax.
Post by: Bianchi Boy on January 31, 2016, 06:12:29 pm
Inside my head  ;) ;)

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The cerebral equivalent of Winnie's Café in Atherstone.  I think I'll bounce that control...
Is that better than 1970?

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