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Marlborough by Rail

Sarah Bailey will lead this relaxed-pace ride out to Marlborough and back.  The majority of the route is off-road – following cycle route 482 (the old railway line) – and flat with a very small amount of climbing.

The is a Novice Friendly ride, and will be ridden at the pace of the slowest rider (quite possibly Sarah herself!).  There is the option of stopping at the Three Trees café at the 17 mile mark if people wish to. Please bring any food/drink you may need during the ride.

Meet by the diving platform at Coate Water ready for a 10.00am start.

Aldbourne Odessey

This novice friendly ride is a re-run of an enjoyable route from 2014. The  route is a 21 mile circular loop from Barbury Castle via Liddington and Aldbourne.  There is some climbing involved, but that also means some fun descents.

The ride will be at a steady pace (the ride leader does not do much faster than that).  As with all novice friendly rides we will regroup at the top of all climbs and give everyone a chance to get their breath back.  There is some climbing, but also some fun descents.

The ride report from the 2014 ride can be found here.

Ride Report – Richard’s Rasher(less) Run.


Scotty’s intro to the local area

This ride is aimed at riders who may not have been out for a while, riders who want to improve, or anyone else who owns a mountain bike!
We will be starting from the Ridgeway car park at Foxhill.  This is about 150 metres north east of the Burj Restaurant at Foxhill crossroads.
The ride is only 10 miles long, but there is plenty of ups and downs! The route has been specifically designed to show attendees some examples of what to expect riding round the local area with the club. The pace will be set at the speed of the slowest rider.
Please bring tools, spares, food and drink.  We will have regular breath-back stops as there are some hills involved, but hey, that’s mountain biking!

Ladies 5 lakes urban


Debbie is leading  this Semi urban round on the Swindon cycleways taking in the 5 country parks with lakes . It is novice friendly and non technical  but be aware that it is a longer distance than some ladies rides at 20 miles . It will be at a pace to suit the group as best as possible and no one will be left behind , although a certain level of fitness would be required to complete the distance happily . There is some easy climbing but feel free to walk if things get a bit steep .

Although there is a coffee stop mid way , please bring any drink and snacks that you want as we ride .
Make sure you have adequate clothing for riding as it can get cold , wet or windy or all of those together !

Pedal , Pies and Winter Warmers

Novice friendly and broken riders without bikes most welcome!

Debbie Davies and Kat Ratcliffe would like to have your company for our second Croft Trail Christmas meet. 10.30am to 1pm

Call in, do a few laps of the trail and join us for mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate.

This is not a guided ride, so you can do as much or as little as you wish. If you don’t fancy riding just come down for a chat and a warming drink.

The more the merrier

Mid week ride

This will be a 15 mile all-weather loop around the Chiseldon / Barbury area. Novice friendly, we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider. Expect to be out for about 2 hours. If you have time please join us for a drink afterwards at the Sun Inn.
Lights will be required from start to finish, also bring spares and tools in case of breakdown.
Meet 7pm at Coate Water by the kiosk.