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Sat Mar 18th 2017
Easy Saturday Afternoon Ride from Standlake 1*
Leader:
Nick Portsmouth
Start Time:
1:00 pm
Start Location:
Standlake Village Hall
Description:
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.

This month an awayday 1* ride to the Thames Valley starting from the large car park outside Standlake village hall (OX29 7SB) with tea stop at Aston Pottery. All welcome.

After visiting Aston Pottery on a 2* ride last year, I thought that it would be nice to give 1* riders a chance to visit it too.
After leaving the village hall, we'll ride through the villages of Stanton Harcourt, Hardwick & Yelford before stopping at the pottery after about 12 miles. We'll then have another 5 miles to go back to the hall, via Cote, Shifford & Brighthampton.
I'm aiming to to ride near the top end of 1* pace and the route includes a couple of inclines similar to the rise from the A417 to Childrey.
Riders:
David Bridge
Gareth Smith
Lorna Swanton
Louise Moggach
Maeve Moggach
Marielle Moggach
Martin Hook
Michael Tayler
Nick Portsmouth
Sophie Conroy
Steve Swanton
Val Smith
Riders = 12

Weather:
black low cloudwindy (fine)
Report:
Once Maeve and Marielle were safely tucked in their trailer, and having welcomed new rider Sophie, we headed off to the lovely village of Stanton Harcourt and through the North Oxfordshire lake district (a collection of former gravel pits). After crossing the A415, and heading into the wind, we followed a series of minor and single track roads to the outskirts of Bampton and then on to the tea stop at Aston Pottery, a first visit for some of the riders. The clouds were still threatening as we headed back to Standlake via more minor roads where it was lovely to see a couple of deer on the way.

Thank you to everyone who came on my first away ride.
Distance:
28.32 km (17.60 mi)
 
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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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