The Ridgeway started life about 5000 years ago and is often referred to as the oldest road in the country on higher ground. It stretches for 87 miles as one of the 15 national trails of England and Wales. From Avebury on the west of Marlborough and then through the counties of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to Ivinghoe Beacon near Dunstable. Although there are a few small sections which allow vehicular use during certain times of the year it is now used by hikers, runners and mountain bikers.

Todays’ ride is to cross the Ridgeway northbound on the B4494 from Chieveley (Junction 13-M4) towards Wantage – with a most wonderful view over the countryside.

To depart from Cobham Services at 10.30 hours, and dependant on traffic conditions, M25, M3 A329 and M4.

Lunch will be provided at a venue near Wantage after which I will bring you back via another section of the Ridgeway to Streatley/Goring. Then along by the Thames via Pangbourne to Junction 12 of the M4 from where you can make your own way home.

Looking forward to seeing you but I do need you to let me know if you'd like to come along as the lunch venue is limited in size. Please text 07 966 01 84 73 before midnight on Sunday 20 June and I will confirm if there are places left.

Ride safe

Mick Mantle

Please observe all C19 restrictions when meeting up and whenever we stop. Once on the road we will ride as individuals using the usual drop off system.