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Sun Jul 14th 2019
Easy on A Sunday Morning Off Road Ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
10:00 am
Start Location:
Wantage Market Place
Regular off-road rides for 2018 we are toning these down and keeping them closer to Wantage. Free parking at The Beacon, and meet at Wantage Market Place, by King Alfred.
Barry Baker
James Bosley
Robin Tucker
Riders = 3
Just three of us out today, with Barry and James proving to be 'Easy on a Sunday' regulars. Although, after pootling out to Letcombe, an ascent of Gramp's Hill probably does not qualify as easy - but you have to get up to The Ridgeway somehow!

Once at the top, we set a southbound course, undulating our way to Sheepdrove, then turning left. The trails were dry, and thankfully the grass had been cut back so we could see where we were putting our wheels.

At Eastbury, James and I arrived slightly ahead of Barry and swung left and waited for him. We didn't spot him whizz straight by just behind us. After a few minutes without sign, we retraced our route to look for him - but of course, there was nothing to be seen. It was a few minutes before we established contact by text message and realised that if we had stayed in the same place we would have found each other already.

Reunited (and it feels so good) we continued on our way, up and down passing many fields full of wild flowers and humming with the noise of birds and insects. We worked our way across to Whatcombe Farm and enjoyed the descent, where the speed humps are shaped to push you gently in to the air. Then it was north to Fawley, Farnborough and a short stint on the B4494 before a run down Jolly Green Giant and Goddards Brook - and back to Wantage. Glad to say we arrived back with all 3 of us present - and grinning!
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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