Category Archives: Novice Friendly

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.

 

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!

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.

Two Tunnels – The Return of the Return

For those who missed this on previous occasions (or want to have another go…), Graham Burgess will be leading the popular Two Tunnels ride again.

The full 48 mile route will start from Wharf Road Carpark in Devizes, meeting at 9:15 for a 9:30 (sharp!) departure. The route follows the canal towpath down past Caen Locks and continues through Semington and Staverton to Bradford on Avon where we will meet anyone opting for the shorter 23 mile route at the Lock Inn Cafe at around 10:45 for an 11:00 (ish) departure, so time for a quick coffee and cake!

The route then continues along the canal path past Avoncliff and the amazing aquaduct through to Brassknocker Basin. From Brassknocker, it picks up the Sustrans 13 mile Two Tunnels loop which continues along the canal past Claverton, Bathampton and Bathwick before passing through the suburbs and into Bath centre.

The route then follows the River Avon for a short while before picking up the gentle uphill gradient path through to the Two Tunnels which are an impressive 800 metres and 1672 metres long. From the Tunnels, the route goes over the Tucking Mill Viaduct to Midford where we will stop for a pub lunch at the Hope and Anchor (or depending on group consensus we can stop at Brassknocker cafe a couple of miles on – or both…).

The route then takes to single country lanes for a mile or two with a couple of short, sharp climbs through to Monkton Combe where it drops back down to Brassknocker Basin to rejoin the canal path for the return route back to Bradford on Avon and onto Devizes with the gradual but long climb up past Caen locks to finish back at the Wharf Road carpark.

This is an entirely non-technical route that will be at a moderate pace and suitable for anyone looking to add a few miles to their repertoire without the fear of big hills or scary bits. There are lots of opportunities along the way for cafe/pub stops and emphasis is on having fun and social day out doing something a bit different. No-one will be left behind.

Parking fees (last time we did the ride there) were £5.20 at Devizes and £4.00 at Bradford on Avon – these may have gone up so have plenty of change.

It is anticipated that the canal path will be reasonably busy with other cyclists and walkers so a bell would be useful if you have one.

The tunnels are lit and well surfaced but is advisable (although not essential) to have a small commuter light for this section.
Bring food/drinks, spares, a fully working bike and pocket money!

Start points:
Full route – Wharf Road Carpark, Devizes SN10 1EA
Shorter route – Lock Inn Cafe, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE (nearest carpark Baileys Barn BA15 1BX)

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