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Sun Feb 15th 2015
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
John Tranter
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
NB: REVISED START POINT OF OLD MILL HALL (easier for parking and for route logistics)

Given the wintry conditions and the likely state of the roads (not to mention the ride leader...), this will be at the easy end of 3*. An ideal ride to get the legs moving again after a long winter! We head across the Vale through Uffington to the Coxwells and then up and over the scenic ridge via Coleshill to drop down into the Thames valley. We flirt with the edge of Lechlade before striking east across the tiny lanes to Clanfield. Lunch stop at the Aston Pottery (they start serving at 12, which should be about right), before the well worn path home up Buckland Hill and back via Charney Bassett. 40 miles / 65km at a steady pace of around 13mph / 20kph. Planning to back in Grove fairly early - between 2 and 3pm.
An encouragingly large group met up under grey skies. Nick P was doing his first 3* ride (and proceeded to do it very excellently).

We made good time to the edge of Lechlade and then took a group decision to modify the programme, given the rumours of a good new coffee shop in the town. Sure enough, Lynwood's Cafe was very good indeed, and we called that a brunch stop! Ride leaders please note - definitely a place to use again.

We then proceeded as planned across to Clanfield, Bampton and Aston, risked the infamous Great Brook Road (extensively dredged and definitely not flooded this year), bashed up Buckland Hill and got back to Grove without incident.

Thanks to all for a very enjoyable winter ride.
67.59 km (42.00 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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