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Sun May 15th 2016
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Adrian West
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:

This ride was very popular last year and is perfect for those who enjoy exploring far off pretty villages without the route being too hilly.

This will be a leisurely fun and enjoyable ride for regular 2* and 3* riders, bear in mind it will be around 100km. It will be ridden at a 2* pace and is only designated 3* due to distance.

I will need to book a table for lunch at an eatery in Bibury so if you intend on coming please let me know as soon as possible.

There are a few venues in close proximity to each other if you wish to explore and forage when you get there and not have a pub lunch.


Wantage Market Place out to Uffington via the A417 , then on to Fernham, Shrivenham (tea stop if needed), Stanton Fitzwarren, Marston Meysey Meysey Hampton, and lunch at the pretty Cotswold village of Bibury. (We will be missing out the busy parts of the A417 at Lechlade and Fairford that we did last year)

I intend on booking lunch at the Catherine Wheel Pub but there are other food options nearby in the village if you prefer. Once refueled we head through the village to Coln St Aldwyn, Southrop, Broughton Poggs, Bampton (tea stop at Bampton Garden Centre if we have time) Buckland, Charney Bassett, Denchworth, Wantage Market Place.

Expect to be back in Wantage late afternoon.

The Bibury Beast! (as named by our chairman)

A beautiful day, a great bunch of riders and a great days cycling.

12 of us left WMP and traversed the Vale at a good pace. We abandoned the idea of having a morning tea stop in favor of getting to Bibury earlier as we were expecting delays when we got there.
There were no incidents and everything went smoothly on the outbound leg apart from a little bit of excitement with a fallen tree blocking the road at Castle Eaton.

Once at Bibury and at the pub we were expecting long delays but as luck would have it we were served in record time, some of us getting their food as they just sat down at their table. Now that's good service! The food was fantastic, we shall have to go there again!

When we finished our main course we all rode into the village for the finest desert in Bibury - Mr Whippy ice cream.

After the sights and delights of Bibury we continued on with our next leg of the journey taking in the fine villages of the Coln valley and Cotswolds.

We made it to the cafe at Bampton Garden Centre in good time and enjoyed epic refreshments in fantastic new surroundings, a regular tea stop for many a ride in the future methinks.

Des and John left the ride at the tea stop leaving the rest of us to travel on familiar roads to Grove where a good portion of the group left the rest of us to ride back to Wantage.

A great touring ride! Unfamiliar roads and destinations, good food and company all taken at a pleasant and enjoyable pace.
I don't think anyone was fatigued much by the end and some of us may have even put on weight!

105.70 km (65.68 mi)
Comment on this ride


Written by : David Yearley

Posted on : May 15, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Top ride Adrian. Many thanks for leading this.


Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : May 16, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Well done, Adrian. A really nice ride, interesting new roads and good company.

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Start Locations
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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