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Tracks, Trails, Woods & Hills

Kate Davidson leads a 26-mile mixed ride starting at Barbury Castle, heading along the Ridgeway to East Kennett (stopping off for a cuppa at Avebury en route) and over towards Alton Barnes, up Knap Hill and along the Pewsey Downs, and on towards West Woods. Returning via Clatford Down, through Rockley and back up Four Mile Clump to Barbury Castle.

We’ll be riding on byways, hills, downland, through woods and the odd country road. Everybody is welcome, and no-one will be left behind, but although the terrain is not especially technical, it is a long ride, with the longest hill at the end, so please bear this in mind when gauging if this ride is suitable for you. Anyone happy to ride this distance, who can cope with hills and varied terrain, is very welcome.

The usual applies – bring anything you might need for your bike, warm clothing and waterproofs in case of rain, and a bit of food to keep you going.

Meet at Barbury Castle Car Park for a 10am start.

Photo credit Visit Wiltshire.

The Second Savernake Sisters Spin

Kate Davidson repeats this picturesque rural ladies’ ride which was very popular last year, taking in the tracks and trails of Savernake Forest and a few local historical landmarks, with a cake stop en-route.

This will be a novice-friendly ride, at the pace of the slowest rider, but you should be comfortable riding 17 miles over mildly undulating terrain with a few short hills, and probably some mud, along the way.  

We’ll meet at Postern Hill campsite, on the outskirts of Marlborough, where there is plenty of parking. From the campsite we’ll ride into the forest, picking up some nice singletrack and fire roads, emerging at the far end of the Grand Avenue and riding onwards to the hamlet of Durley. From here, we drop down onto the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, stopping for tea and cake at Crofton Beam Engines and once refreshed we’ll head back to the forest and make our way back to the campsite.  

Athough being April it should be springlike, it may be wet and/or muddy in the forest. Bring anything you feel you may need such as water, weatherproof coat and spare tubes etc. Meet ready for a 10.00am start.

 

Easter at Afan

Hilda-May Latham is leading a ride at the Afan trail centre on Easter Sunday.

We will leave the visitor centre at 10am to do the Y Wal trail. The trail claims some of the best singletrack descents in the UK varying from fast, open and flowing to tight, technical and rooty. It is mostly single track with a range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature. This is a red graded trail, and not considered novice friendly.

We will traverse the north side of the Afan Valley stopping to enjoy the views of the valley and coastline. You can expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers and water crossings. There is approximately 450m of climbing.

For those interested in a slightly longer day out there is the option to tag Blue Scar or Penhydd on after a spot of lunch.

 

Midweek Ride 17th April

Wailun Chung leads this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse (formerly the Patriots Arms) ready for a 7.00pm start.

The Midweek Rides use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs, and are usually around 15 miles / 2 hours long. The rides are novice-friendly and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube or repair kit. Bring a bit of pocket money as we may call in to the pub at the end of the ride.

Midweek Ride 10th April

Steffan James will lead this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chiseldon ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides venture onto the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. They are usually about 15 miles / 2 hours long. Novice riders are welcome and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube or repair kit. We may call in to the pub at the end of the ride.

Midweek Ride 3rd April

Wailun Chung leads the first of this Summer’s regular Midweek Rides. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chiseldon ready for a 7.00pm start.

The Midweek Rides take us out of town and up onto the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. A typical ride is about 15 miles long, taking about 2 hours to complete. The rides are relaxed, social affairs, and all are welcome to come along. No one gets left behind!

You’ll need lights, a drink and the usual spare tube or repair kit. Remember to pack a jacket as the temperature drops quickly once the sun sets.

We often call into the pub on the way home, so it’s great way to get to know people in the Club. Hope to see you there!

Back to The Gap

Graham Burgess will be leading us again in Welsh Wales on Sunday 31st March starting from Talybont-on-Usk and taking in the iconic Brecon Gap Loop.

This ride is approximately 23 miles with around 2600ft of climbing and basically consists of two VERY LONG climbs and two equally long and brilliant descents…

The ride goes straight into the first climb, which is several miles long at a reasonably steady gradient, up ‘The Tramway’ with spectacular views back across Talybont Reservoir. We will probably be climbing for upwards of an hour!

The route then goes across open land before the first descent which is fast, rocky and lots of fun. We will then call into The Old Barn Tea Rooms.

Fully refreshed, we will take on the long-but-steady slog up to the top of The Gap (there is a bit of a “gem” en-route 🙂 ). After a breather and time to take in the views, we will smash out on the final descent – awesomeness at it’s very best!

Due to the technical nature and elevation, this ride is not suitable for novice riders, but anyone with reasonable skills and fitness is very welcome to join.

Bear in mind that this is ‘in the mountains’ – so bring suitable clothing, food/drink, spares and a fully working bike!

We will set off at 10:00am from Talybont-on-Usk. There is plenty of parking in The Village Hall carpark which also has hot showers and a superb bike wash facility.

PLEASE SEND GRAHAM A PM IN ADVANCE SO HE KNOWS WHO TO EXPECT AND ENSURE WE DONT SET OFF WITHOUT YOU!

Postcode for carpark LD3 7YQ

NOTE: several of us are doing the Evans Cycles Event the day before and will be staying over at the Star Bunkhouse in Bwlch (where we stayed for last Summer’s Brecon Weekend) on the Saturday night – price per person is £19.00 – you can book yourself a place by contacting them directly. There is a great pub directly opposite for evening meal and we will be self sufficient for breakfast.

Railway to Marlborough

Steve Jeans will lead this novice friendly ride on the 24th March. Meet by the diving board at Coate Water, ready for a 10.00 am start.

This will be an easy, social ride along the railway line to Marlborough, where there will be a cafe stop. The ride back will also be along the railway line.

At around 25 miles, the ride will be longer than the average Novice-friendly ride, but the route is almost entirely flat. Expect to be out for around three hours.