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Away-day ride Wantage and Chilton Foliat

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - 9:45am

Please book lunch before 6pm Friday

It’s a very short ride to coffee in the centre of Wantage but you will need to stock up before Chain Hill. Then it’s over the Downs and alongside the river Kennet before we head back north at Hungerford via the village of Eddington.

Ride report

Began to brighten up towards the end, but flooded roads everywhere. Several riders expressed a wish for disk brakes when traditional rim brakes had little effect on the descents. The forecast wet start meant that we came well prepared to cope with the early downpours and it turned out to be a great day in the North Wessex Downs, with excellent – if pricey – food at the Wheatchief. Unanimous decision: let’s do this ride again in the summer!

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Limborough Road Car Park, Wantage 9:45am

Arrive in good time for departure at 9:45


Costa Coffee, Wantage 9:50am

For about half an hour.


The Wheatchief, Chilton Foliat 12:45pm

For about an hour.


Limborough Road Car Park, Wantage 4:00pm
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

71km 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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