Debbie , from MB Swindon , would like to invite you to an informal social ride at the Pedalabikeaway trail centre , taking in the family friendly and non technical Green graded trail .
We will meet outside the centres café at 9.45 for a 10am depart . We have invited many other Ladies mountain bike groups to join us to create an easy going pre Christmas ride suitable for all fitness levels and riding abilities .It will be at a casual pace with the emphasis most definitely on social and chat .
On returning to the café it is hoped that we will have mince pies and mulled wine to end our event .
The afternoon will be up to individuals , feel free to ride the blue and red trails , repeat the family green trail or maybe just chat over a coffee .None of the trails will be officially guided and therefore it is suggested that you ride to a level you are comfortable with and that suit your abilities . We hope you will meet some like minded riders and enjoy all the Forest of Dean trails have to offer .
Please note that there are car park charges , £7 for the day but this is a Forestry Commission run car park , so refer to their website for full parking information. Pay machine at the car park
Dress code : Tinsel ,fairy light , and a club jersey if you have one.
Driving along the A419 through heavy rain, I wasn’t hopeful of anyone being at Barbury; However Debbie and Sue were already there ready to go. At this point it was just drizzle but by 10am, the heavy rain I had driven through had reached us.
We cycled across Barbury Castle and soon realised it was going to be pretty muddy out (completely different to 6 days before when I had recced the ride). By the time we had reached the old railway line, the rain had eased and by about 10.30 it had stopped completely.
We headed up the radio mast climb, stopping at 11 to observe the 2 minutes silence. It was quite poignant as the guns from the local shoots stopped as well and the sound of bird song filled the air.
We carried on along the old Ridgeway, where it soon became apparent that Sue would be puddle depth scout, and then back down towards the old railway line where we stopped for snacks.
Then it was the final climbs back up to Barbury through mud, long grass and puddles (although there were some puddles even Sue wouldn’t cycle through) and to homemade cakes from Debbie.
Despite the horrible weather at the start of the ride, and the fact we were all plastered in mud at the end, it was a really enjoyable ride out.
Tim Norris will lead this ride. He describes it as follows:
You lucky lucky people people. For the second month in a row Tim From Wales brings you something new.
We are going be starting in the historic town of Monmouth and will be going on a ride that begins in Wales, middles in England and ends in Wales again. Two countries in one ride -a club first??
On the far side of the Forest of Dean lies the Wye Valley; not much of it is legally accessible by bike and much research, begging and borrowing has been done to put together a route in the area that is both challenging and fun. Many mountain bike guides died to bring us this information!
With a fair amount of climbing either side of the river Wye but with some fun fast descents to make up for it this ride will deliver some fresh trails, views and locations to the club.
Its an Adventure for all involved as the ride leader will be following instructions given to him by another mountain bike guide and as such expect some navigational surprises!
It will be mid November, so please check the weather and dress accordingly.
We may have the opportunity for a pub stop mid ride but there are no planned cafe stops so please bring food and drink sufficient to sustain you on a hilly 4 hour ride.
May the Force be with us…
Tuesday 7 November update
The ride now has a start location. We will be meeting at the corner of the playing fields behind Waitrose. By the roundabout see map below.
There’s plenty of parking in town that I haven’t had chance to check out but we are all adults so find somewhere to park and meet by the red dot at 9.45am.
Weather doesn’t look too bad for the weekend either.
I don’t expect any gnarly or steep bits, just a few mucky tracks no doubt.
However please remember if you are coming that this ride falls under our new “adventure” category. This means I haven’t done an actual physical recce of the route and don’t fully know what to expect, but we will be following (hopefully) way marked tracks and bridleways.
This route is a good all-weather route, although there is likely to be mud and puddles in places. It takes in the Old Ridgeway, the windon-Marlborough railway line, radio mast climb and Four Mile Clump. There are a couple of very short sections that are slightly more
technical than the rest of the ride but these can be walked if unsure.
This trail traverses the north side of the Afan Valley on singletrack, promising great views of the valley and coastline. It offers a wide range of climbs and descents. You can also expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, cambers and water crossings. Some of the steep-sided slopes can feel exposed. It will be worth layering up.
There is an option of doing Blue Scar trail after a spot of lunch in the afternoon – daylight hours & weather permitting.
The morning started well, with a brief look at the weather forecast showing very little chance of rain with a stiff South-Westerly breeze, which suited us fine as we were heading North-East.