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Tue Jun 14th 2011
Offroad ride 2*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Knobbly tyres required. About 15 miles up to the Ridgeway and back down again.
Riders:
David Yearley
Helen Box
Robin Tucker
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 4
Report:
Another glorious evening for off-roading!

This time we went straight up Lark Hill, before turning left at the gallops and angling gently up the the Ridgeway just East of Baron Wantage's monument. Those with experience of both agreed that this was a more pleasant way to reach the ridge than going straight up Middlehill Down (know as 'Sheep Hill' by my kids for obvious reasons when there's a flock on there).

We continued East and our big descent for the evening was a brilliant Bridleway down into West Ginge. I've known this to be slippery when wet, but this time is was in great shape - fast and fun - though we slowed a bit on encountering a small but lively dog at the bottom. So good I'll note the grid ref: 445851

The other notable section was a tricky cambered/rutted drop down to a footbridge over the Ginge Brook. Two of us rode it and two walked. We took a picture of David descending - apparently balancing on the bridge handrail and the whole group of us.
Distance:
19.31 km (12.00 mi)
 
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WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
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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