By Anthony La Porte
Bright sunshine made for a pleasant start to the morning for thirteen of us as we set out on NCR 45 through the Park towards the Downs.
I had been a bit worried that the curly wurly bridge across the M4
Our route then continued along the NCR through Chiseldon village and out to the old railway line towards Marlborough. After a brief break at the kennels to regroup and have a bit of a warm in the sun we turned off down the bridleway and took the back road towards
Instead of climbing up the ridgeway towards Barbury Castle we forked right at the gate down along the bridleway. In dry conditions this is quite a pleasant series of ups and downs. However the recent rain had left the bridleway very sticky to say the least. There were a fair few stops to investigate the therapeutic benefit of removing chunks of mud with a stick.
After a short paddle through the ruts we split off on to a bit of the Swindon Millennium trail towards Barbury Shooting School and the
We retraced our path back down to Coate Water and a well earned cuppa.
Thanks to all who came along and I hope you enjoyed it, this is a route I usually do on my own when I can only get out for an hour and a half or have the trailer bike in tow so it was good to have some company for a change.