Ride 7 : Windsor to Mortimer (First Cycle Ride of 2014) - 33 miles

The Ride

In 2014 the "Cycle 40" Group will go around the South West of England covering the counties of Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

This is the first ride for 2014, seventh for the group. Starting in Windsor and going just beyond Reading to a small town called Mortimer.

A short 32 mile ride to warm us back into these long rides. Although the route does include one rather steep hill. The rest of the route is pretty flat.

For details of the route see click on the

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/355348967/

(Please note by default the distance markers are shown in km, if you want to see these in miles you need to create an account on mapmyride and then you can change the setting to imperial)

The site also has a link for downloading a GPX file for all the high tech riders who know what I am talking about.

Getting to the Starting Point

The starting point will be the car-park of the Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Meeting time is 9:30 am.

is Trains to Windsor come for Waterloo or from Slough. They are quite regular and there are may options of starting between 8am and 9am from these stations to get to Windsor before 9:30 am. Please note there are two stations in Windsor . Central and Riverside, they are both close to each other. Our meeting point is the car park of the Riverside Station.

People coming by car can also park at Railway car park. The cost on the Saturday at that car park for the day is £7.50 for the day.

The Route

The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 4  (NCN 4) until just beyond Reading and then we take Cycle Network Route 23 towards Southampton. It is sign posted all along the way.  People can ride at their own pace along this route. The route goes along the River Thames till reading and is fairly urban. Beyond Reading we move into country lanes. 

Pit-Stops

We will stop every 5 miles for a quick catch up, and there will be 2 longer stops of 20-30 minutes approximately after every 10 miles.

 

First Pit Stop

The Barley Mow
Cox Green La, Maidenhead SL6 3EW
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It is a pub which we will come to soon after we cross the hustle and bustle of Maidenhead. It opens at 11:00am so if we get there early we may have to hang around a bit before we get a coffee. There is a Co-operative store on the same street for people who did not get time to eat breakfast before they started.

 

Second Pit Stop

The Fisherman's cottage
224 Kennet Side, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 3DW
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The Lunch stop. The food at the pub is suppose to be good. We will stop for 30 minutes at the pub, you can have a full lunch here if you wish. But it is advisable to wait till the end to a have a proper meal and just grab a quick drink here.

End of Ride

The Ride will end at the Elm Tree pub. Considered to be one of the best country pub around Reading,

The Elm Tree Country Inn

Beech Hill Road
Beech Hill
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 2AZ

 

Time Schedule

The approximate time schedule is as follows:

9:30 am start from Windsor

11:00 first pit stop - The Barley Mow  (9 mile mark)

1:00 pm Lunch Stop Fisherman's Cottage  Reading (22 Miles)

1:30 Start after lunch

3:00 pm End of Ride at Elm Tree pub Mortimer

 

Getting Home

The Mortimer Train Station is 1.5 miles from the Elm Tree pub.

Trains from Mortimer to Reading are 19 past and 49 past every hour on Saturday.

We will plan to take the 4:49 train back to Reading. From Reading there are frequent trains every where. To get back to Windsor (If you have left your car there) you have to change again at Slough.

Break-downs, getting lost, giving up.

If you have a breakdown or any other issue with the ride there are train station every 10 miles, however I will also have a Cycle rescue company’s number who can come and give you a ride to the nearest station. The cost of this rescue will be around £30.

Safety

Safety along the route is your responsibility, so please make sure you are watching out for pedestrians and cars and taking special care through towns and villages

What to bring

Here is an initial list of things you should consider while packing for this trip ; Water; Food, including lunch, chocolate energy bars ; Helmet; First aid kit ; Shinny Safety jacket ; Money for pint and train tickets. 

 

Weather

The ride will go ahead only if the weather forecast if for no rain or light rain. Otherwise it will be cancelled.

Any other questions?

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  • jon

    Thanks Vineet for organisaing the ride. It was great to meet you all!

    March 17

  • Paolo C.

    A big thank to Vineet for the organizazion of this lovely ride. Thak you I would not have done it otherwise.
    I prefer a bit more of a paste though.

    March 17

  • Deborah

    Thanks to Vineet,very well organised,as usual and great weather too !

    March 15

  • Vijay

    Really enjoyed today's ride. Great meeting all of you!
    Looking forward to the upcoming rides..

    March 15

  • olga

    Sorry, I am out. Hope to join you somehow though, I very like the idea of this cycling....

    March 14

  • Anabela R.

    Sorry, but I can't make it tomorrow due to exams pressure, I hope to join you next time.

    March 14

  • Melanie

    Unfortunately will have to bail out on this occasion due to an infection till the next ride...

    March 13

  • seyhan

    Sorry I cannot make it anymore.

    March 13

  • Ian

    Not able to make it now, hopefully future rides.

    March 10

  • olga

    I d like to do it, but I my change my availability...

    March 9

  • Dianne

    Can't wait to blow away those winter cobwebs and get out on my bike.

    February 22

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