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Sat Feb 3rd 2007
Regular Saturday Ride from Grove
Leader:
Stephen Quartermain
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
GMS
Description:
A ride of 35-40 miles to Highworth with a stop at Brooks bakery for tea and cakes. Out via Fernham, the Coxwells and Cothill returning via Watchfield, Longcot and Uffington. Lights recommended. Weather forecast is for sunshine but chilly. Fingers crosssed...
Riders:
Brian Hipwell
Chris Walters
David Bridge
Derek Boutle
Edith Hipwell
Eve Thornton
Jane Pearson
Richard Divall
Richard Page
Sid Liddiard
Simon Dales
Stephen Quartermain
Steve Swanton
Riders = 13
Report:
The group left Grove just after 1pm heading on the following route to Brooks cafe in Highworth:

Denchworth
Charney Bassett
Gainfield
Hatford
Shellingford
Hatford
Fernham
Little Coxwell
Great Coxwell
Coleshill
Highworth

Along the route Eve & Jane left the group after a few miles to head back to Abingdon whilst Brian had arranged to meet us at Cafe stop in Highworth. The route there was fairly uneventful with everyone just enjoying the glorious winter sunshine. We arrived at the Cafe stop at approx 2.45pm and stayed there until about 3.30pm. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful cakes that the cafe has to offer plus the the free coffee top ups if one was having the filter coffee.

I had carefully planned the route to ensure that we did not get lost. However it did take long until I missed the left hand turn to Watchfield and sent Chris W the wrong way down a hill in the direction of Shrivenham. I must learn to read my own directions! However we got back on route to Longcot with everbody's help. "Revolting" Richard took the lead near Uffington, together with all the other revolters, and got the group back on track to Baulking. I shall have the carrot cake next time as Richard D was often off the front of the group. I think it must have been made with special carrots!

We correctly followed the last part of my careful planned route through Goosey, Denchworth and back to Grove. We arrived back to Grove at about 4.45pm which was great as it was still daylight. All in all a pleasant trip to Highworth even though we went off route once or twice. Everyone's help much appreciated in getting us back on track. No punctures or mechanical failures to report, which was good. I am off to buy a sat nav.

Steve Q.
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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.
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