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Sunday away-day ride to Lambourn and Chieveley

Sunday, 10 September 2017 - 9:30am

Lunch booking arrangements: see below map

Main details

After an undulating start from Wantage, we’ll meet Blowingstone Hill, where gravity will exact a heavy toll on the unwary and make them weary (the arrow on the OS map is the clue). After coffee, a run along the Lambourn valley sees us to lunch followed by more climbing before the final sweep down Chain Hill into Wantage.

Ride report

With only 2 booked for lunch, it looked like it was going to be a small ride. The day started with a lesson in updating your car satnav. The car park post code directed the satnav to what we thought was going to be the wrong car park in Wantage, but our fears were allayed when it guided us just outside Wantage to a road junction, where we were told we had arrived at our destination. With some human intervention we arrived at what must have been the correct car park as the other 3 riders were there.
It was quite chilly, OK for shorts but jackets were on. A pretty route via Letcombe Regis and Blowingstone Hill gave us a good run down to Lambourn for coffee. A few cakes were available (the delivery was late), but pancakes being on the menu remedied the situation.
A pleasant run down the Lambourn valley (though the river was dry for most of it) saw the start of light rain, so waterproofs were on. A climb got us to Chievely for a good lunch. The view in the pub gents toilets was of a few of the pub’s poor online reviews, framed and mounted on the wall (one was a moan about the small print on the pub’s “Dogs Welcome” sign – on lead, no barking – which the owners of the unleashed barking dog had not spotted on the way in).
After lunch, we meandered our way on quiet almost traffic free lanes in light rain before joining the B 4494 back to Wantage.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Limborough Road Car Park, Wantage 9:30am

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).


Honesty Lambourn, Lambourn 10:45am

For about half an hour.


Ye Olde Red Lion, Chieveley 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

67km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

44km 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.

GPX map

Total distance: 67389 m
Total climbing: 753 m