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  • Head out towards Wantage via Dragon Hill

    JEngledow
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    Swindon

    nice areas

    There aren’t any 😆

    (on a serious note what A_A said!)

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    What they said. Head out towards Aldbourne, Lambourn or Wantage way. I come at it from the Newbury side but there’s lots of quiet country roads to ride between Newbury and Swindon.

    IHN
    Member

    Head out from the Marriott down Marlborough road and take the right at the mini roundabout down Broome Manor Lane.

    Follow your nose, ending up climbing up to a T-junction just past the Calley Arms.

    Turn left, then go Chiseldon, Ogbourne St George, Aldbourne, Axford, Marlborough, back over Hackpen Hill towards Broad Hinton, hang a right to drop down to Wroughton, climb up the hill back to the junction by the Calley Arms (you’ll have a big circle)

    Turn left, retrace route to hotel.

    Lovely.

    AdamT
    Member

    I’m going to be in Swindon on wed evening and would like to get a ride in. Where are the nice areas to go? I can fit in a 20-30 mile ride. Probably staying in the Marriott near croft road. Link to strava route/ride would be ideal.

    Thanks in advance.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Funnily enough IHN I had just plotted almost exactly that, except I had Ramsbury between Aldbourne and Axford.

    alwillis
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    To add balance, I prefer the riding north and west of town. Head out towards Lydiard Millicent and Purton, down the hill heading west (any of the lanes are fine) and follow your nose round to the right a few times (a good loop is Minety and Ashton Keynes) then back in via Cricklade to north Swindon.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Good man IHN you’ve sent him up Snap 😉

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    It’s gorgeous, especially at this time of year.

    Try Wroughton, Chiseldon, Ogborne St George, Marlborough, Ramsbury, Aldbourne, optionally Lambourne, Ashbury and Hinton Parva if you want it longer.

    Loved every ride I did there last summer, on and off-road, although the off-road better and is pretty easy to follow too.

    EDIT that’s probably too long. But Aldbourne and Lambourne are lovely places.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    But Aldbourne and Lambourne are lovely places

    … to ride through 😉

    Premier Icon brassneck
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    Good man IHN you’ve sent him up Snap

    Don’t spoil the surprise!

    Whats wrong with Aldbourne? If I had to define ‘middle class’ I’d just send the questioner to Aldbourne. It’s an STW idyll surely!

    IHN
    Member

    Which one’s the Snap?

    To add balance, I prefer the riding north and west of town. Head out towards Lydiard Millicent and Purton, down the hill heading west (any of the lanes are fine) and follow your nose round to the right a few times (a good loop is Minety and Ashton Keynes) then back in via Cricklade to north Swindon.

    This is definitely true, and as a Ciren resident it’s an area I know well for roadie riding, but from the Marriott it’s the wrong side of town and you’ve got the best part of half an hour before you’re into the nice lanes. Going south you’re on them in five minutes.

    richardk
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    Snap is Ogbourne St George to Aldbourne – the part coming up from the A436 to Woodsend.

    AdamT
    Member

    Thanks all. I do most of my riding in the Chilterns and kinda enjoy the challenge of hills. I’ll get some routes up on the Garmin and have a play.

    Some lovely country around Bishopstone, you could criss cross the Ridgeway, stopping off at the Royal Oik (sic) for a swift half on the way home.

    If you have a gravel bike, I’d take that, though! It’s gloriously dry, fast and fun up there at the moment.

    alwillis
    Member

    Fair point about winding though town from the Marriott- it’s quicker if you know all the shortcuts (I’m town centre for my sins).

    CFH might have hit the jackpot with the Royal Oak at Bishopstone! A STW pub if ever there was one!!

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