A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


Wantage Wobble

I didn’t quite go through Wantage yesterday - that was on Saturday - but I was close. But I did explore along the line of the Ridgeway. I think it was named by someone with a sense of humour, because there’s no ridge for 50 miles round. Ridges imply hills, and this place has hills like the Sahara has water. Despite that, the area is actually pretty good for cycling; from the stones at Avebury, it’s possible to get almost all the way back to Abingdon on narrow country roads, with little traffic. I’d thought I might head along the Ridgeway itself for part of the way (it’s a circa 100 km long route of mostly byway and bridleway); but the roads were so quiet that it was fine just staying on those. I’d taken my older, touring road bike rather my new carbon one, although by the sound of it even on that there are parts of the Ridgeway that would have been challenging. Probably still comfier than my commute to work though - that route’s awful. The total distance for the day was 104 miles - more, much more, than I’d been planning. By the time I was back I just about had time for a pizza (not handmade) and then bed.