This is a short ride with a challenge in the middle and is ideal in these times of limited exercise. It will get your heart and lungs working a bit and help build some muscle. The ride also offers great views over the Vale. Thanks to Diana Crockett for suggesting this route
Our ride starts outside the One Stop Shop and takes you down the High Street and straight over the mini-rounbabout, shortly after, Turn Left into Station Road and follow through the traffic calming and over the railway, continue straight on past Zulu Farm and as you get into the S bends on the way into Ashbury, you’ll need to drop down a gear or two. You’re not going right to the top as you will turn left at crossroad and follow the brown signs for Uffington White Horse and Waylands Smithy, there’s another S bend and another climb and once you get to the top you’ll get a great view of the Windfarm at Watchfield. Don’t be tempted to turn left early as you have 1.5 miles on this undulating road; until you arrive at the Knighton and Compton Beauchamp sign (there’s a war memorial just before this on your right but you might miss it). The road is narrow and now goes downhill quite fast and there’s a cheeky bend or two, so descend with care. In Knighton go straight on (though you could add a couple of miles by turning right). After you have dropped a bit further and taken a left bend you will see two roads ahead, one to a manor house the other a church; you take neither but follow the main road round to the right, there’s another sweeping left hander, with a hard right to follow then ¾ mile later you go back over the railway bridge and on towards the Longcot road where you turn left and head back into Shrivenham (it’s about a mile from the turn). . Watch for traffic from Watchfield as you straight on into the High St. On the High Street ride about 2 metres away from all the parked cars, keeping an eye out for reversing lights coming on. As you get to Bloomfields you have virtually completed the ride. Well done, maybe time for a coffee and cake.