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Sunrise at Avebury

It is the Summer Solstice and Wailun Chung is planning a ride out to Avebury to see the sun rise.

We will be leaving the Wichelstowe Co-op store car park at 2.00am (YES… 2.00am!) on Friday morning. The route is about 15 miles there. We will be there for an hour or so and will ride back the same route.

Please bring lights (if you haven’t got any Chung have a set you can use), a drink, a spare tube or repair kit , extra clothing and some cash.

Steve’s Hidden Landmarks

Steve Jeans leads this novice-friendly ride on Sunday 26th May.

Meet at Barbury Castle ready for a 10.00am start

We’ll take the Four Mile Clump route to the Ogbourne Maizey turn off and stop for a few moments at a landmark that we have passed many times on Club rides, but have known little about. There will be a brief history lesson.

We will then take a nice downhill track into Ogbourne Maisey, cross the main road and carry on into Marlborough on the railway line. By then it will be time for a refreshment stop.

Once we leave the cafe in Marlborough we will head just a few minutes away to a landmark very close to the college that a lot of people are unaware of, and there will be a bag of Jelly Babies up for grabs to the first person that spots it!

We will then start to head back to Barbury Castle on the railway line, cross the road at Ogbourne St Andrew, and take a nice quiet track around the back of Ogbourne St George. This track comes out just a hundred yards from the infamous Smeathe’s Ridge, which is a gentle, sloping grass clearing that extends from Ogbourne St George to the top at Barbury Castle.

Expect to be out for around three to four hours (ish) and cover around 18-20 miles. Terrain is typical rutty/gravely, but not technically difficult.

Midweek Ride 22 May

Tom Scott leads this week’s midweek ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually around 15-20 miles / 2 hours long, and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice-friendly 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 for a drink afterwards.

All Around Avebury

Steffan James leads this scenic ride around Avebury and its associated monuments on Saturday 18th May. Meet at Barbury Castle car park ready for a 10.00am start.

Although longer than the usual novice-friendly ride, this 22 mile route would make a good step up for those looking to ride a little further than usual, and could be considered a ‘novice-plus’ ride. We’ll ride at a relaxed pace, and as well as a coffee break at Avebury, there will short stops at the other landmarks we visit, too.

We’ll visit five landmarks, besides the main stone circle, then finish the day with the long slog up the Ridgeway back to Barbury Castle.

Bring drinks and snacks and a spare tube or repair kit.

Friday Night Social

On Friday 17th May, we’ll be holding a social evening at Croft Trail between 7.00 and 9.00pm.

Come and ride a lap or two (we’ll show you around if you haven’t been before), sit around the campfire and toast a few marshmallows, and maybe even pop over to the pub afterwards.

Most of the Committee will be there, so if you have any ideas for the future of the Club, you can share them with us. If you have any thoughts about Croft itself, Trail Manager Justin will be happy to hear from you.

We’ll also have our stock of Club shirts available to try on to be sure you get the right size.

Midweek Ride 15 May

Wailun Chung leads this week’s midweek ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually around 15-20 miles / 2 hours long, and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice-friendly 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 for a drink afterwards.

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.

Midweek Ride 8th May

Steve Jeans leads this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs and are usually around 15 miles / 2 hours long. There rides are novice-friendly 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 afterwards.

Midweek Ride 1st May

Wailun Chung leads this week’s midweek ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually around 15 miles / 2 hours long, and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice-friendly 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 for a drink afterwards.

POSTPONED – The Second Savernake Sisters Spin

Unfortunately, Kate is unwell at the moment so this ride has been POSTPONED. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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.