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Sat Jul 20th 2013
CTC Wantage 20th Anniversary Off-road Ride 2*
Robin Tucker
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
CTC Wantage celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special afternoon of rides at various levels all culminating in a special tea and cake stop.

We'll head South to the Ridgeway, then West to Sparsholt Field, and along a road section to Uffington. (If we run better or worse for time there are a couple of other options.) We should arrive in Uffington for the tea stop about 3pm.

After tea, we'll wind our way back to Grove on flatter ground.
Richard Morris
Robin Tucker
Riders = 2

A sunny day to mark the Wantage group's anniversary!

3 of us (Jo came too) rode off for the Ridgeway on our most frequently used route: Crab Hill, Charlton, the cycle path, then up by Goddard's Brook and by the gallops turning left and angling up through the woods.

We then did a sharp right and headed West to our Uffington tea stop. The wind was unusually easterly so helped us along. Worth noting that the massive ruts in clay-like soil just before Sparsholt Field have been filled and smoothed - we of course only discovered this after going down the bumpy track on the left! Then it was a fast-as-we-dared run down the farm track, and left on the road via Kingston Lisle to Uffington. We had a few tricky moments with ruts, but got there all ok.

On the way back, we knew we would take the lowland route, but i could see a few interesting bridleways on the map. The first one by the railway was great. But the next one had een churned up by horses when wet and had then set solid with some hoof prints nearly a foot deep! Not what you'd call easy going. But, we struggled on and once past this and by the canal we had a more gentle final few miles back into Grove.

All told 27 miles: 17 out and 10 back. A mini-epic in keeping with the best off-road rides!
43.45 km (27.00 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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