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Sun Jun 10th 2012
Betjeman Bike Ride 1*
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
The car park of the Lamb pub, Mill Street, Wantage
NB: please note that we will gather in the car park of the Lamb pub in Mill Street in order to begin the tour of the Park.

This is a special ride organised in collaboration with the Trustees of the Betjeman Park as part of the Wantage Summer Festival. We are inviting all those interested to start with a tour of the Park and then join us in a gentle 10 mile ride out to Uffington, where John Betjeman lived in the 1930's and 40's. St Mary's Church in Uffington will be providing tea and cakes and there will be the chance to visit Tom Brown's School Museum next door. This will be the end of the formal ride, but we will escort riders back to Wantage and Grove afterwards.
Andy Cowan
Chloe Tucker
John Tranter
John Vandore
Kerry Tucker
Lorna Swanton
Robin Tucker
Sean Butler
Stan Cowan
Steve Burr
Steve Swanton
Riders = 11
Well, given that I was seriously considering cancelling this ride two days before, given the apocalyptic weather forecast at that time, we did well! An excellent turn-out, with a nice combination of old and new riders. We had a very interesting tour of the Betjeman Park led by Ralph Cobham before setting off. The ride went according to plan and we had a very good tea and cake stop at St Mary's church in Uffington (built in 1250 and known as the Cathedral of the Vale). I wasn't sure how the younger riders would cope with the second half of the ride but they all did extremely well to power back to Grove where we all went our separate ways. A great effort by everyone!
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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