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Away-day ride to Hermitage

Sunday, 14 November 2021 - 9:45am

A hilly and scenic ride along quiet country lanes from Lambourn over the Downs to Hermitage for lunch. Most of the hills are before lunch. Free parking in the carpark behind the café.
NB The route section 4.2km – 7.2km is a permissive path. The path may be closed to the public by the landowner on a given day, as allowed under the permissive path regulations.

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Ride report

We had an away-day ride leaving from Lambourn. We started with coffee and cakes at Goodies Cafe in the centre of Lambourn which conveniently has a free car park behind it. It was a dull but dry and windless day for the seven riders who headed off across the Downs along pretty country lanes with minimal traffic. We did encounter a rogue ram in the middle of one village which we skirted round to find the farmer a 100 yards or so beyond. He headed after it on his quad bike with the sheepdog balanced behind him. Lunch was at the garden Centre in Hermitage where it took ages to order but the food arrived quickly. The route back to Lambourn was fairly flat and a complete contrast to the route out.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Goodies Café 9:45am

Coffee at the start


Hillier Garden Centre 12:15pm

For about an hour.


Goodies Café 2:45pm
All of the times (apart from the start time) are approximate only, as weather or punctures may affect them.

Ride options and attendance

Ride option Distance Pace Attendees

Full ride

60km 20kph

The pace listed above is the average pace we do, so in general when cycling along the flat we will go a bit faster than the average pace. Please be aware of this if you are wondering whether you will be able to keep up on the ride.

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