Category Archives: Novice Friendly

Goldenballs 2019

Hilda-May Latham will be leading the Goldenballs ride, using the route previously used by Richard Ford. This is an easy-paced novice friendly route along the escarpment of the Vale of Pewsey on the Marlborough Downs.

From Knap Hill we will head to Martinsell via a fun bit of single track through Gopher Woods. The route offers some of the best views in the area. We then head to West Woods  for a bit more woodland riding before heading back and enjoying the fun descent down Goldenball Hill.

The car park is a popular spot for outdoor lovers, hence the early (9.00am) start. Please share cars where possible.

Directions from Swindon

  • Take the A4361 to Avebury.
  • At the right bend in the road (after the Red Lion Pub) turn left to take the B4003
  • The B4003 comes to a T junction with the A4.  Turn left.
  • Take the next right (after about ¼ mile).  Sign posted East Kennet.
  • Drive through East Kennet and follow the road to a T junction.
  • Turn right at the T junction.
  • Follow the road for two miles.  The car park is on the left just after three houses on the right.  Be careful, it is rather difficult to see until you are right on top of it and quite easy to drive past.  If you start going down the hill into the Vale of Pewsey you have gone too far.

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.

Midweek Ride 12th June

Hi All due to the weather and me not feeling 100% tomorrow’s ride will start from John Lewis 7pm it will be an urban ride about 20 miles and a pub stop. There are parking spaces if you want to drive to the start.

Wailun Chung leads this week’s midweek ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start. There is also parking if you want to drive to the 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.

Midweek Ride 29 May

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

Midweek rides are usually about 15 miles / 2 hours long and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. They are suitable for riders of all abilities and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and snack. We may call in to the pub for a drink afterwards.

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.