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Sat Jan 18th 2020
1* Saturday Half Day Ride 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Monthly 16-32km (10-20 miles) family and social afternoon rides, usually with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Occasional short or gentle climbs.

A gentle loop around the vale with a tea stop at the Bay Tree Cafe in Wantage towards the end of the ride. We'll have one short section along the A417 before turning right to West Challow and then will make use of two tarmacked bridleways with one short potholed section into East Challow. Total distance about 17 miles, but there is a 10-mile option back to Grove for those that would like the opportunity of a shorter ride. Lights recommended.
After the rain and squally weather midweek, it was lovely to have a sunny, if cold, afternoon for our first Saturday 1* ride of the year. Although flood waters had subsided, there was still a lot of water about and muddy puddles/potholes to avoid.
We followed the route as planned stopping occasionally in the warmth of the sun for a breather and chat (it was decidedly cool in the shade). We enjoyed the sweeping views of the vale and Ridgeway from the top of the Circourt Road railway bridge and later from the track between Childrey and East Challow.
At East Challow, several riders decided to head for home and two peeled off in Wantage. So 8 of us stopped for tea in the Bay Tree cafe, where we were joined by the rest of the Legate family. The cream tea with lemon drizzle scones and lemon curd was a new find.
On leaving the cafe, the air was markedly colder and the back route through Foliat Drive was new to some. 4 of us made it back to OMH just after sunset. Thanks everyone for your company on a mellow afternoon.
27.20 km (16.90 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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