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Sat Sep 17th 2016
Easy Saturday Afternoon Ride from Grove 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:

A ride through the Vale to Garford and back visiting Denchworth, Charney Bassett and Lyford with a drinks stop at the Plough in West Hanney. A round trip of about 16 miles. All welcome.
Allen Stacey
Barry Stanton
David Bridge
Karl Blake
Lorna Swanton
Louise Moggach
Luke Stacey
Maeve Moggach
Marielle Moggach
Martin Hook
Steve Swanton
Tim Parr
Riders = 12

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Our first taste of Autumn today, with temperatures back to normal after the heatwave of the last week. 12 riders set off from Grove on an overcast afternoon with a cool breeze. Martin was riding yet another “new” tandem. This time, a lovingly renovated Swallow tandem in mauve, the colour chosen by his stoker, daughter Marielle. We also welcomed Allen and his son Luke on their first 1* ride with us and Tim on his first Saturday.

We stopped briefly in Denchworth and by the church in Charney Bassett, but it wasn’t an afternoon to linger. On our third stop, on the road to Garford, the hedgerows were brimming with berries, and we took the opportunity to pick a few juicy blackberries. And then a shower overtook us, but fortunately lasted only a few minutes

Although our route was out and back from the Hanney-Southmoor Road to Garford, the views and perspectives on the return leg were surprisingly different. And it was nice to find the Hanney-Southmoor to finally open again with a lovely new surface. Soon we were in West Hanney and pulling up outside the Plough. We were able to bring our bikes through the side gate into the pub garden and enjoyed a relaxed drink in the refurbished bar in what is now a community owned pub.

We enjoyed more good tarmac on the way back to Denchworth, however, it is alarming to see how badly the Denchworth-Grove road is breaking up already.

Back in Grove just before 5 after a relaxed and sociable ride. Thanks everyone for your company.
25.75 km (16.00 mi)
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Start Locations
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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