Past Ride

We send details of upcoming rides in a weekly email newsletter. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please contact [javascript protected email address].

Sun Apr 29th 2018
CUK Oxfordshire 75 miles - Chilterns 3*
Leader:
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
(Updated 22 April). All day ride to the Chilterns. This ride is particularly intended for those aiming to get some distance in their legs before the Century ride in May, or other long rides in the summer. The distance allows us to reach from Grove to the beautiful scenery of the Chilterns.

Riding first East, we start on the quiet roads and work our may past Didcot and Wallingford before the first of two big climbs - past the Bluebells at Swyncombe. Our lunch stop is after 30 miles at the Barn at Turville Heath.

Then, we are refreshed for a downwards section into Henley-on-Thames, to see where the river leaves the county, and back upstream (and up the second big climb) to reach our second stop at Wallingford at about 54 miles. From there, it is relatively flat 21 miles back to Grove.
Report:
Our 'Couch to 200 miles' steps up a gear with the second ride and 75 miles and with it two big hills. The distance opened up The Chilterns from Wantage / Grove and we made full use of that, and were rewarded with fantastic displays of bluebells in several woods along the way. All on a cold, cloudy day, but only a few minutes of very light drizzle.

Our route was a figure of 8. We started heading south to Charlton and the quiet routes south of the A417. Then we did have to go on the A417 for a bit, but not too long and in to Didcot. We had a brief pause in South Moreton (half way to lunch) and on to Wallingford. Then Ewelme, up the big hill at Swyncombe to lunch at The Barn at Turville Heath.

A good choice for lunch (for a not-to-big group), although it is not heated and inside was almost as cold as the ~7C outside! Still, the goulashes and soups definitely helped.

After lunch it was a nice downhill to Henley, with time for a picture with the river and bridge in the background. We then worked our way back west towards Wallingford for tea, mostly following NCN5.

Two riders had cycled from Wallingford to join us at the start, so they left us here, then we had tea at the Bean and Brew. From there it was a mere 21 miles back to Grove. Phew.
Distance:
122.31 km (76.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27300130
Comment on this ride

1

Written by : Steve Swanton

Posted on : April 30, 2018 at 11:17 PM

Lovely ride through the Chilterns and following some unfamiliar lanes in and out of Henley too. Thanks Robin.

Ride Filter
Start Locations
WMP
Wantage Market Place
OMH
Old Mill Hall, Grove
Categories
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.
More Information
Ride Calendar
« Feb 2020 »
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272829
Recent Rides
Tue Feb 18th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Feb 16th 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - Regular Wantage Ride

Sat Feb 15th 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - 1* Saturday Half Day Ride

Thu Feb 13th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
27km 9 riders

Wed Feb 12th 2020
Turbo Training

Tue Feb 11th 2020
RIDE CANCELLED - Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Feb 9th 2020
Sunday Shortie 3* RIDE CANCELLED!!

Sat Feb 8th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride - OXFORD SPECIAL
68km 17 riders Ride has photos

Thu Feb 6th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
35km 17 riders

Wed Feb 5th 2020
Turbo Training
7 riders

Tue Feb 4th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride
26km 4 riders

Sun Feb 2nd 2020
Sunday Shortie 2*
37km 12 riders

Sat Feb 1st 2020
3* Saturday Half Day Ride
62km 15 riders

Thu Jan 30th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
37km 11 riders

Wed Jan 29th 2020
Turbo Training
12 riders

Tue Jan 28th 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride
32km 2 riders

Sun Jan 26th 2020
Sunday Shortie 3*
38km 5 riders

Sat Jan 25th 2020
2* Saturday Half Day Ride
55km 21 riders

Thu Jan 23rd 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
33km 15 riders

Wed Jan 22nd 2020
Turbo Training
11 riders

Tue Jan 21st 2020
Off Road Tuesday Evening Ride

Sun Jan 19th 2020
Regular Wantage Ride
15km 2 riders

Sat Jan 18th 2020
1* Saturday Half Day Ride
27km 13 riders

Thu Jan 16th 2020
Daytime 1* Thursday Ride
19km 10 riders

Wed Jan 15th 2020
Turbo Training
10 riders

Ride has photos Ride has photos
Ride has comments Ride has comments

Ride Archive

*