Escape the City to the Wessex Downs

Sat Jul 13 2019 at 10:15 am to Sun Jul 14 2019 at 06:00 pm
Optional Transfer Point : London, Ride Start : Swindon train station, Swindon, United Kingdom

Optional Transfer Point : London, Ride Start : Swindon train station, Swindon, United Kingdom

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Red Fox Cycling
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Looking for a weekend escape with good friends? Or a solo adventure making new ones? Follow the red fox on an "Escape the City" two day ride in the country.

We think four things make up a good cycling weekend. Country lanes that weave endlessly through farmers' fields, tasty locally sourced food, great company and, of course, beer (or gin if that's your tipple!). On this ride, there'll be plentiful opportunities for all of these, and more.

Why prehistoric, we hear you ask? Well... the chalk itself which makes up the rolling hills of the Wessex Downs is between 65 and 99 million years old. But the Uffington White Horse (which we'll visit) and many of the ancient stone circles tucked away or sitting on the hill tops date back to the Bronze Age. Add picture perfect villages and a delightful camp in the shadows of Martinsell Hill and, trust us, you'll struggle to find a better way to spend your weekend.


Start Date : Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th July 2019Start Point : Swindon railway stationStart Time : 10:15amNumber of miles per day : 43Hours of cycling per day : 4-6Overnight Camp : Totteridge FarmRide Grading : ModerateYou'll need to be moderately fit and capable of cycling approximately 45 miles per day,


2 days of glorious cycling exploring the chalk hills, rural villages and little streams of the Wessex Downs

Take a neolithic wander up White Chalk Hill and stand on the prehistoric Uffington White Horse, a late bronze age Celtic chalk carving

Enjoy spectacular views of Dragon Hill, said to be where the 'infamous' dragon was slain by Saint George

Get to know your new cycling buddies with a relaxed lunch in a Wiltshire country pub

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon tipple (just the one!) with a visit to and guided tour of the Ramsbury Microbrewery and Distillery

Camp out under the stars on Saturday night at magnificent Totteridge Farm, one of the most beautiful campsites in Wiltshire

Enjoy a home cooked 'al fresco' dinner just a few steps from your tent as the sun sets over Martinsell Hill

Wake up to a delicious healthy breakfast provided by our friends Dorset Cereals

Look out for roaming deer as we pass Savernake Forest

Take a roadside snack break at the pretty village of Marlborough, nestled on the River Kennet

Try the local 'Ciderniks' cider and, if we're lucky, see one of the few remaining horse drawn carriages in Britain in the picture perfect village of Kintbury

Test yourself with an (optional) climb up to Walbury Hill and admire the views from the highest point in Hampshire.


WHAT'S INCLUDED? (Weekend price £185)

2 day guided ride

Support vehicle to carry day packs and provide mechanical support

Lunch both days

Overnight camp and equipment hire (tent, air mat, travel pillow & camping chairs)

Delicious 'al fresco' campsite dinner on Saturday night

Breakfast on Sunday morning courtesy of our friends Dorset Cereals

Snacks & roadside refreshments

Visit (with tasting!) to the Ramsbury Microbewery & Distillery

Secure bicycle storage at campsite

Whats not included?

A sleeping bag


Bicycle hire (£50): We'll organise hire of a bicycle for you from Saturday to Sunday. We'll have your bike waiting for you in Swindon when you arrive, and we'll take it back from you as you finish the ride on Sunday. It couldn't be easier! We'll also provide a bicycle helmet and lock.

London transfer (£50): Meet us in West London (most likely a station accessible by London Overground like Willesden Junction) at, or just before, 9am. We'll load your bike into our support van, and we'll put on a coach to take you to the ride start point at Swindon. We'll also bring you and your bike back to Willesden Junction on Sunday afternoon after the ride.

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