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Sat Apr 13th 2019
2* Saturday Half Day Ride 2*
Leader:
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
OMH
Description:
Half day ride (45-55km / 30-40 miles), with a tea stop, at a riding pace of 18-20km/h (11-13mph). Not likely to be very hilly. Might be a struggle for new or irregular riders in winter months.

We haven't headed eastwards for a while and I've heard good reports of the new Farmhouse Bakery and Caf�© at Steventon. Plus there is a new cyclepath to explore...

After climbing past Lain's Barn we'll pick up the Sustrans route 544 through to Harwell, take a diversion through the site before picking 544 up again over Hagbourne hill through Upton and on to the edge of Didcot. We'll then track westwards through the Hagbournes, Harwell village and Milton Hill before dropping down to Steventon.
From coffee, we'll returm to Grove across Cow Common, the Hanneys and Denchworth. A round trip of about 30 miles.

We'll be using a number of off-road cycle tracks some with smooth pavement, but some rougher including the Ginge farm track and the Icknield Way into Harwell, and the Upton-Didcot cycle path on the old railway embankment (with superb panoramic views). These are fine on a touring bike but if you are concerned about using tnem on a road bike there are road alternatives - please let me know.

And unusually for me, it's a 9:30 start.
Riders:
Clare Hazell
David Jackson
David Yearley
Diana Whidborne
Eddie Little
John Groves
Karl Blake
Lizzie Long
Lorna Swanton
Michael Tayler
Mila Yearley
Nick Dunton
Stephanie Haddrell
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Riders = 15

Weather:
sunny intervals
Report:
A lovely group, spring sunshine, a fun route, excellent café stop and a mellow ride back home. Overall a very enjoyable ride. Fuller report to come...
Distance:
48.92 km (30.40 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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