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Sun Apr 17th 2011
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Leader:
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
WMP
Description:
80-100km all-day touring ride, lunch and possibly tea stop en route, riding pace 18-22km/h (11-14mph). Not suitable for irregular riders. Climbing almost inevitable.

Today we plan to head in an easterly direction for Streatley and Goring. Some hills (at a leisurely pace) on the outward leg, before dropping down to the Thames and crossing the picturesque bridge for lunch at Goring. Bluebells should be in abundance as we pass by wooded areas. A gentler, less hilly return, with an option for a tea stop at Wallingford or Milton Hill. We can decide on the day :)

Out- Wantage, Farnborough, West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Aldworth, Stichens Green, Streatley, Goring, (lunch).

Return- South Stoke, Wallingford, Brightwell cum Sotwell, Appleford, Sutton Courtenay, Drayton, Steventon, East Hendred, West Ginge, Ardington, Lockinge, Wantage.

Approx- 47 miles (76 km)
Riders:
Adrian West
David Smith
Ginny Henderson
Glen Savegar
Guy Yeates
John Talbot
Neil Warner
Riders = 7
Report:
Climbing Chain Hill out of Wantage on a beautiful spring morning made for an energetic start, but rewarded by the sight of vibrant yellow oil seed crops in the surrounding fields. A photo and water stop beckoned, followed by a left turn to head east on quiet undulating minor roads to Streatley and Goring. A short detour to take in the woods south west of Streatley revealed glorious carpets of Bluebells. Crossing the bridge over the Thames for lunch at The Catherine Wheel Goring, I realised we were running a little early for opening time. Following a quick team meeting it was decided to head for Pierrponts teashop instead, nicely positioned on the bridge. A very fine, and dare I say upmarket selection? of light lunches (decent portions though, and pretty good value!) were enjoyed outside in the lovely spring sunshine.

A big thankyou to John T post lunch, for recommending a very nice scenic alternative to my intended route to Wallingford. A few extra hills, but rewarded by great views. Well worth the effort.

Very soon we were zig zagging our way through Brightwell cum Sotwell, saying goodbye to Guy at the junction for Didcot, and heading for a very relaxed tea stop at Q Gardens, Milton Hill.

Climbing through East Hendred to join Cycle Network 44, and arriving back to Wantage via Larkhill to conclude a perfect day on the bike with excellent company!

Thanks everyone :)

Glen S
Distance:
78.70 km (48.90 mi)
Ride Details:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/220030
Comment on this ride

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Written by : Guy Yeates

Posted on : April 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

It was a lovely route with magnificent spring views northwards across the county. I did resort to walking up a couple of the steeper sections but not quite enough to suggest I join the 'Ramblers Association' ! Many thanks for organising the ride.

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WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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.
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