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Sun Sep 16th 2012
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Glen Savegar
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
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.

This month we will ride out to Lechlade for lunch, and then skirt the edge of the Cotswolds. A few hills but mostly level terrain, taken at a leisurely pace with time to enjoy the surroundings.

Route outline-Wantage, Letcombe Regis, Letcombe Bassett, Childrey, Sparsholt, Kingston Lisle, Uffington, Fernham, Gt Coxwell, Coleshill, Lechlade.(Lunch stop)

Lechlade, Langford, Kencot, Alvescot, Black Bourton, Bampton, Aston, Buckland, Gainfield, Charney Bassett, Lyford, Denchworth, Grove , Wantage.
David Talboys
Glen Savegar
Guy Yeates
Riders = 3

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Well!...A select group of 2 (plus me!) gathered in the market place for this months outing, and an enjoyable day out on the bike!

Cycling up Mill Street at 9.15 am towards Alfreds Statue with grey skies above, it seemed waterproofs might be default dress of the day....But it was not to be...and on reaching Gt Coxwell Barn it was actually turning into a fine Autumn day!

Quiet roads followed to Lechlade, with Blackberries in abundance along the hedgerows...Wish I'd carried a tupperware container! :-(

A nice lunch in the Black Cat Cafe, and then a gentle explore of the villages north of Lechlade, with fields now harvested and straw baled.

The general vote was to resist a tea stop at Aston Pottery, with little more than an hour having passed since lunch. Having followed the track alongside the Great Brook and on reaching the T junction, we were met by a nice surprise...An empty main road!...Tadpole Bridge was undergoing restoration work and closed to motor vehicles... Result!...A traffic free climb of Buckland hill! :-)

All that remained was a final few kms on quiet back roads, arriving back to Wantage before 4.00pm.

A warm welcome to David on his first ride out with Wantage!

Glen S
80.00 km (49.71 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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