Cycle - Bike and a Bite
The Story So Far
Ride 1 - Tuesday 28th September
Our first Bike Bike Ride with BFu3a went very well. 8 of us started off from the Stag and Hounds Binfield. It was 20 mile circuit heading towards Wargrave on quite country roads, then heading down a back lane from Wargrave over a couple of rivers with delightful properties lining the route, then through Charvil past Sanford Mill and Dinton Pastures back towards the Stag and Hounds.
We were lucky with the weather and finished off in the Stag with a beer or coffee with a bite to eat with delightful company. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and we are looking forward to organising the next ride.
Ride 2 - Tuesday 26th October
For our second ride 7 of us started at the Golden Retriever and we all even cycled to get to the start; that added a few miles for some of us.
The ride itself was about 17 miles with about 90% of it being off the road. The ride followed Nine Mile Ride before turning off down a footpath into the outskirts of Crowthorne, along Hatch Ride, through Gorrick Wood the outskirts of Wokingham and Sandy Lane to Barkham.
We stopped for a short break at St. James’ church, Barkham. When we continued we passed a unique moated farmhouse, down one side of California Country Park, through Simon’s Wood, East Berkshire golf course. We then managed to pass the Crooked Billet pub at Gardeners Green without stopping, down Redlake Lane and over the ford (nobody was brave enough to cycle through it), passed Downshire Golf course and back to the Golden Retriever.
Altogether a really varied and interesting ride enjoyed by all.
Ride 3 - Tuesday 23rd November
Our third ride 10 of us started and finished at the Running Horse and the weather was nice and sunny but a little cold. So to warm us all up we cycled up Lily Hill Drive (the clue is in the “Hill” bit).
We then made our way to Ascot Race Course where we completed about 8 furlongs before continuing on to the Blackness Gate entrance of Windsor Great Park.
If we weren’t warm enough by then we climbed another hill in the Great Park, passed the Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn and on for a well earned break at the Prince Consort’s Statue.
After our break we continued through the park and exited at Cranbourne Gate, through Cranbourne, Winkfield, Maiden’s Green, Warfield and back to the Running Horse where some of us had a little tipple, a bite to eat and then made our own ways home.
A really nice cycle ride, about 20 miles in all.