Category Archives: Novice Friendly

Recovery Ride

Christmas: Peace on Earth and goodwill… Fine food and gifts… Time with your loved ones…

or…

Hours slumped in front of the TV… Eating turkey leftovers for a week… Relatives who stay too long…

Feel the need for a restorative bike ride? Graham Burgess is here to help! The Recovery Ride is an MB Swindon tradition – a bit of fresh air and exercise for those who feel a bit jaded by the holidays. Twenty miles of wet and muddy riding? Just what the doctor ordered!

The Recovery Ride is open to all, and a great way to finish your riding for 2018. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chiseldon, ready for a 10.00am start. We have permission to use the car park.

Urban Round 19th December

Steve Jeans leads the final Urban Round of 2018. Meet at John Lewis ready for an earlier start time of 6.30pm.

We’ll do a shorter than usual ride, finishing with a dink at the Bayberry Arms in Wichelstowe. If you’ve ridden with us at any point during the year, it would be great to have you along!

The Urban Round runs almost entirely along cycle paths and minor roads. It is suitable for riders of all abilities and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube/repair kit.

Kate’s Christmas Hill Climb

Kate Davidson will lead this cross-country ride over the Pewsey Downs with a café stop en route. The ride starts at Pewsey Downs Car Park at the foot of Knap Hill (we rode through it on the Tracks and Trails ride last month).

It’s a slightly shorter ride than usual – 17 miles – owing to the shorter winter days, but Kate has managed to cram in a couple of short, sharp climbs, some woodland singletrack, country house parkland, bridleways, downland, country lanes and a ripper of a descent back to the car park for whoever feels like it! 

Anyone with a bike capable of going off road, who is happy riding up (and down!) hills is welcome. Although this is not a hugely long ride, if the weather is cold, wet and windy it might feel longer and there are a couple of short, tough climbs, the first of which is straight out of the car park. Please bring anything you feel you might need while out (snacks, spare tubes etc.) and weatherproof clothes. Tinsel optional!

Meet at the car park ready for a 10am prompt start. 

Start: Pewsey Downs Car Park, Alton Barnes (the closest postcode I can find is SN8 4LB, which is for Newtown House, just before the car park, though the link gives a different postcode).

Coming from Swindon, take the A4 out of Marlborough towards Avebury and turn off towards Lockeridge, just past Fyfield petrol station. Go through Lockeridge village, past the Who’d A Thought It pub and Kennet Valley School, and on towards Alton Barnes. The car park is about three miles on from here. Happy to message my number to anyone who wants it in case of navigational difficulty.

Photo credit: visitpewseyvale.co.uk 

Urban Round 28 November

Wailun Chung leads this week’s Urban Round. Meet at John Lewis, Mannington, ready for an early 6.30pm start.

The Urban Round is usually about 20 miles / 2 hours long, and is mostly run along cycle paths and minor roads. The ride is novice-friendly and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube or repair kit. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!

Sunday Morning Dip (hopefully not!)

Steve Jeans leads this semi-urban ride exploring the waterways in and around Swindon. Meet at Mouldon Hill Country Park Car Park for a 9.30am start.
We will start with a circuit round Mouldon lake then head towards Sparcells Forest and from there we will make our way to Roughmoor lake. From Roughmoor lake we will head towards Coate Water taking in Lydiard lake, Wichelstowe lake and canal, and passing through the Croft Trail.
From there, we’ll enter Coate Water via Broome Manor Lane where we will have a stop.
Once refuelled we will complete a circuit of Coate Water and head towards the lawns where – you guessed it – there are another two lakes! We will then head home taking the Old Town railway cycle path, Mannington rec, and the Moredon cycle route.
The ride will cover approximately 25 miles, using cycle paths and single tracks with minimal road riding. Although an urban ride it does not always feel like it and there will be some mud. Depending on the weather the route could be slippery in places. We will be out 2.5 to 3hrs. Please note that there is a height limit at Mouldon Hill Car Park barrier.
Photo credit: www.geograph.org.uk

The Savernake Saturday Social

Kate Davidson will lead this social ride of around 25 miles starting at Postern Hill Car Park, Marlborough. The route will be non-technical and at a steady pace, and will mostly comprise woodland tracks, bridleways and lanes.

We’ll start at Postern Hill and make our way along the forest tracks to the end of the Grand Avenue and head towards Wilton, and through woodland to the outskirts of Great Bedwyn and then on to Ramsbury, via byways and bridleways, for a café stop, returning a slightly different way.

Possible treats in store might include a windmill, an ancient chapel and a Tudor mansion and mosaic. Terrain will be woodland tracks, byways, bridleways, towpath and country lanes and a couple of railway crossings. There are a few fun, rooty bits which will probably be slippery. Please come equipped with anything you might need, and bring pennies for a cup of tea at the café.

Meet at Postern Hill Car Park, Marlborough SN8 4ND ready for a 10am start.

Photo credit: Visit Wiltshire