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Sat Jan 22nd 2011
Saturday afternoon ride from Grove 2*
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Monthly 45-55km (30 - 40 miles) afternoon ride, with a tea stop, at a riding pace of ~18km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly.

Time to prise the shed door open and brush the Christmas cobwebs from the bike, as we head off (at a leisurely pace !) on our first 2* ride of the year. A few short hills before tea, followed by a gentler return home.

Outward- Old Mill Hall, Wantage, Letcombe Regis and Bassett, Childrey, Sparsholt, Westcot, Kingston Lisle, Uffington, Fernham, Great Coxwell Tythe Barn, or a less hilly option? (we can choose on the day !), Faringdon for tea.

Return- Fernham, Baulking, Goosey, Denchworth, Old Mill Hall.

Important- Please check your lights and batteries for the final few miles.

Approx 33 miles (53 km)
Brian Hipwell
David Bridge
Des Higgs
Glen Savegar
Guy Yeates
John Talbot
John Tranter
Maurice Bawden
Neil Warner
Richard Divall
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Tessa Darley
Riders = 13
Hmm...wasn't certain how to pitch this ride. It is only January after all, and probably best to start things gently? Actually there were a couple of short but steep climbs on the outward leg, so a slight contradiction in that last sentence I think....

Anyway... A fun 30 or so miles. Chilly but with sufficient winter sunlight to illuminate the Vale nicely. We even managed an encouraging cheer from a group of ramblers gathered at Letcombe cress beds, who probably assumed we were on some epic journey to far flung places. Well...Faringdon actually.... :-)

Following the crossing of an unusually quiet A420, Steve S and Brian tackled the hilly option taking in the Great Coxwell Tythe Barn, whilst the remainder of us followed the less hilly route for tea at the Faringdon coffee house (excellent as usual), with Maurice, Tessa, and Brian opting to skip tea and push onwards.

A slightly depleted group (in numbers, not spirit !) following John and Richards departure post tea, headed home in the now fading light, assisted by a northerly breeze to arrive at Old Mill Hall for a little before 5 oclock.

A very pleasant afternoon on the bike !

Thanks everyone ! Glen S
49.25 km (30.60 mi)
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Written by : Guy Yeates

Posted on : January 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

It was an interesting route . Only my second time over to Farringdon. Thanks for organising it.

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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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