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Sat Nov 16th 2019
1* Saturday Half Day Ride 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Monthly 16-32km (10-20 miles) family and social afternoon rides, usually with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 13-16km/h (8-10mph). Occasional short or gentle climbs.

A ride to enjoy the Autumn colours east of Wantage with a tea stop at the Grocer Chef in Ardington.
At last, a rain-free Saturday! Eight others joined me for our monthly weekend 1* outing on what was still a dank and drear sort of day after all the recent rain. But the reward was to enjoy some beautiful Autumn colours, particularly in Ardington, Lockinge and on the climb up to Ginge (much of which we did twice).
Colleagues had told me that the access to the farm track at Ginge was slippery, so a change of plan was called for. Instead of the loop through East Hendred and back up to the farm track, after the lovely swoop down from Ginge, we continued through West Hendred to the A417 and rode back to Ardington. Here, as something of a tease, we passed the café and continued below the millennium wood back to Lockinge and climbed again up through the trees to Betterton. This time we turned sharp right to the top of the hill and then enjoyed the wonderful descent back into Ardington. We were in good time for a relaxed and cosy stop at the Grocer Chef, with excellent cakes and bakes.
Suitably refreshed, after tea we climbed back over the hill to Lains Barn to enjoy our third long descent, this time back into the Vale. Alas, just after the last corner on Grove Park Lane, Steph realised she had a puncture. But with good teamwork, we were soon back on the road and quickly back into Grove.
Thanks everyone for your company.
24.62 km (15.30 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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