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Sun Jul 3rd 2016
Betjeman Ride 1*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Betjeman Park, Wantage
Description:
NOTE:- Change of date.

As part of the Wantage Festival and in partnership with the Trustees of the Betjeman Park in Wantage, this is a gentle beginners ride from the Park to Uffington, where John Betjeman lived during the 1930's.

We leave the Park and cut across to Grove past the famous Plane on a Stick, then Denchworth, Goosey and Baulking to the parish church in Uffington, where delicious tea and cakes await.

10 miles and no hills - seriously, anyone can do this! The average speed will be around 10-11 mph. If you are up for it, we will guide riders back to Grove/Wantage by the same route in reverse as well.
Riders:
Bethany Tranter
Brian Hipwell
Carin Tranter
Edith Hipwell
John Tranter
John Vandore
Karl Blake
Lorna Swanton
Louise Moggach
Maeve Moggach
Marielle Moggach
Martin Hook
Naomi Merritt
Nick Portsmouth
Sarah Dore
Steve Swanton
Riders = 16

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
A record turnout for the Betjeman Ride, now in its fourth year. 20 riders set off from the Park after a great introductory talk by John Vandore. Having successfully negotiated the traffic challenges around the edges of Wantage and Grove, we settled down on the quiet lanes and pottered nicely to Baulking. Having stopped for a rest, we decided to explore the village - a first for me. It is very nice and has a very unique feel to it compared to other Vale villages - well worth exploring this little known dead end!

This filled in time nicely so that we arrived at Uffington church perfectly in time for their always amazing tea and cakes. Eating outside on the tables provided was a bonus.

It was great to welcome Tony and Rosemary Garde, Dawn Stephens and Graham Reeves to ride with us for the first time. Also good to welcome back the Hook/Moggach family with their amazing assorted children-carrying bike gadgets.

Also very wonderful to have Edith riding with us again.

All in all, a great success - thanks to all, particularly to John Vandore for organising and publicising.
Distance:
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/9768333
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Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
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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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