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Sat Mar 19th 2016
Easy Saturday Afternoon Ride from Uffington 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Uffington, Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall
A change of starting point for this month's easy Saturday ride for a loop around the Western part of the Vale with a tea stop at the new cafe in Ashbury.

We'll cycle through the villages of Fernham, Longcot, Watchfield, Shrivenham and Bourton before a short climb into Ashbury. We'll return to Uffington along the foot-of-the-downs road, dropping back into the Vale at Woolstone. A round trip of 17 miles all taken at a gentle 10mph.

If you fancy a longer ride, why not cycle out to Uffington to join us.
Fantastic turnout of 18 riders for our "awayday" ride from Uffington on what was a chilly, overcast March day. About half took advantage of the 2pm start to cycle over from Wantage, Grove or Lambourn.

The short climb into Fernham helped to warm us all up and we enjoyed a tailwind on our way to Longcot. There were good views too of the White Horse between Fernham and Longcot, and then of the wind turbines as we cycled into Watchfield. We had a brief stop in Shrivenham to catch our breath and met a potential new rider.

The quiet but picturesque village of Bourton was new to many - it has the feel of a Cotswold village hidden in the vale of White horse.

Everyone made the climb up into Ashbury and we were soon filling the Jam Jar cafe in the new village shop. The cafe coped with us admirably and the Lemon Drizzle cake is recommended. Thanks to Adrian for recommending and booking it for us.

Several riders went their own way from Ashbury, and it was a smaller group of 13 that headed back along the foot of the Downs road. As is often the case, it felt decidedly colder after our tea stop and there was a chilly headwind to contend with too. The steep descent into Woolstone was taken with care and we were soon back into Uffington.

Thanks everyone for a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
27.36 km (17.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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