Following the success of the Savernake Sisters’ Spin ladies’ ride, Kate Davidson is repeating this picturesque rural ride as an open ride, 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, with nothing technical, but you should be comfortable riding 17 miles over mildly undulating terrain with some muddy bits and a few short climbs along the way, and there is a short section where you’ll need to carry your bike around a fallen tree. It will be suitable for any members who haven’t done much winter riding and want a bit of a social or to get back on the bike, and new riders to the club would be most welcome.
Anyone wanting to supersize can ride in from Swindon along the railway path, which leads almost directly to the campsite, and is around 12 miles each way.
We’ll meet at Postern Hill campsite carpark on the outskirts of Marlborough ready for a 10.00am start.
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 Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, stopping for tea and cake at the Engineman’s Rest Café at Crofton Beam Engines. We’ll then head back to the forest and make our way back to the campsite.
Athough it should be springlike, it may be wet on the day and/or muddy in the forest. There is a café stop halfway around, but bring anything you feel you may need such as water, snacks, weatherproof coat and spare tubes etc.