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Sun Jul 9th 2017
Betjeman Ride 1*
Leader:
John Tranter
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Betjeman Park, Wantage
Description:
As part of the Wantage Festival and in partnership with the Trustees of the Betjeman Park in Wantage, this is a gentle beginners ride from the Park to Uffington, where John Betjeman lived during the 1930's.

We leave the Park and cut across to Grove past the famous Plane on a Stick, then Denchworth, Goosey and Baulking to the parish church in Uffington, where delicious tea and cakes await.

10 miles and no hills - seriously, anyone can do this! The average speed will be around 10-11 mph. If you are up for it, we will guide riders back to Grove/Wantage by the same route in reverse as well.
Riders:
Brian Hipwell
Carin Tranter
Christine Ashdown
John Tranter
Karl Blake
Martyn Wigmore
Paul Penfold
Roger Postbeschild
Tony Ashdown
Riders = 9

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
Despite some minor confusion in the lead up to the event on the actual date, this proved to be the most popular Betjeman Ride so far. Riders were popping up from all corners of the Park and by the time we were ready to roll there were 23 of us. This was further enhanced when Tony, Christine and grand-daughter joined us in Denchworth. So 26 in total!

Given the large numbers, we split into two groups for most of the ride, and it was therefore fortunate that I could call on Roger, Brian and Karl to assist with shepherding the groups. Thanks to all!

The weather was perfect, mercifully not too hot, and all the riders managed the ride out to Uffington with no problems at all. The youngest was 8 years old, but this didn't seem to be any hindrance. As last year, we took the opportunity for a little detour to Baulking Green and had a go at bike-back cow herding. Long story, but Roger proved to be good at it...

The Uffington Church catering and musical team were magnificent and, suitably fortified, various groups set off in slightly different directions in the general direction of Wantage and Grove.

It was a very fine afternoon!
Distance:
32.19 km (20.00 mi)
Ride Details:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/15933654
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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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