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Sun Sep 1st 2013
Wallingford Cycle Ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
1:30 pm
Start Location:
Wallingford Market Place
A ride of about 26 miles, at a gentle pace, with a stop for tea. We'll go further southeast this time and try out a new tea stop.

The route is Southeast on quiet roads from Wallingford to Woodcote and Goring Heath. Then up to Sonning Common to test out a new tea and cake location: at Daisy's Coffee Shop. We then return to Wallingford via Stoke Row and Nuffield.

BunkFest is on in Wallingford this weekend ( It's a free-access festival of music, dance and beer. So you could go on there after the ride.

Wallingford is a great place for a bike ride, but has not recently had many rides for the local leisure cyclist. Even if you haven't done much cycling recently, 25 miles can be surprisingly easy to cover with good company and a suitable refreshment half way.

These rides will be at at sociable rather than sporty pace, about 11-13 mph on the road. Some hills are inevitable, but they will be kept to a few. The rides will be led by experienced leaders, and follow CTC guidelines to be safe and enjoyable for everyone. Non-CTC members are welcome, but we ask that you join the CTC if you intend to ride more than 5 times with us.

The rides will start from Wallingford Market Place, just outside the Tourist Information Centre at 1:30pm on the first Sunday of each month. (The nearby Goldsmiths Lane car park is currently free on Sundays.) They will normally arrive back at 4:30 to 5pm.
Alice Robson
Jasmine Talbot
John Talbot
Kerry Tucker
Richard Preece
Robin Tucker
Riders = 6

I was a bit nervous about the start of the ride as it was Bunkfest, and on Saturday the maker place was full of performers, food stalls and people enjoying it. Fortunately, on Sunday the action had focused on the Kinecroft and the 11 of us were able to assemble easily.

John T led us out through the back streets, then we left Wallingford over the river and through Crowmarsh. Turning south, we went over xx Hill and on to Ipsden. We turned right at Braziers Park over the A4074 past the airfield, then left and up the hill to Woodcote.

It was a long steady climb, but after wiggling through Woodcote we were on a long run down past Goring Heath to French Green. Then left and a into Sonning Common for tea at Daisy's Coffee Shop in the Herb Farm. This proved a delightful location, and they were well prepared for us. In minutes, we had our cakes and 3 large pots of tea.

After tea, we headed back through Sonning Common and gradually climbed to Stoke Row and Nuffield. Then it was down the fast long Brixton Hill and back into Wallingford. The sun stayed with us all the way.

** Note that we have added another Wallingford ride on Sunday 6th October. As usual, 1:30pm in the Market Place. Look for more details on this website. **

44.10 km (27.40 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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