15th> 19th is the plan
although a warning - there will be alot of stopping for photos / video/ wasting time.
trousers / trainers / shirt sort of ride.
I might join you for the 17th 18th.
Would ride to find you evening of 16th (I guess), and then head back to London night time 18th.
V. Weather dependent.
My in laws have a house in Salisbury. It's only a couple of miles from a jumping on point for the route. Will have to give this a shot at some point in the future.
this is in my calendar now. would be nice riding with the two of you.
My house is on this route. Will wave.
yas that sounds great if you guys could make it out. Anyone else more than welcome.
Of September? I might be keen as it's just down the road and looks pretty nice. I've also been meaning to do a mini tour for a while.
PM me a rough day by day so I can work out where I might find you en route!
Ive got that week off work and have booked train tix for 835 from Waterloo for the 15th. Figure paths will cross...will DM @Thrasher with my details
Few people shown interest in dates I’m doing which is great. I’ll set up a WhatsApp group - DM me your number if you would like to join
I might join you for some of the Reading area riding - any idea how that fits into your schedule?
I live in Farnham, on the route. If anyone fancies some company going either direction as you pass through, always happy to tag along for a bit...
My schedule is pretty loose. I.E I dont have one :D
I'll be aiming to get to Winchester sometime on the 14th and making a start.
Go from there.
I'll update here or via whatsapp
When looking to do the full circuit, worth consulting this link to ensure you're not attempting to cross MoD land when they're having live firing https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-firing-times/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-firing-times-september-2020
Good info! I'll try make it past these three sites on day one - aiming for close to Avebury so 90-100km
So I did this at the weekend - thanks for the inspiration @Thrasher . I decided on Thursday night then caught the 7.43 from Paddington on Saturday morning to Reading and started and ended from there.
The bit from Reading to the South Downs Way is pretty easy and fast but from then on in it gets harder. I rode a rigid Ritchey P29er and was very happy I didn't choose my CX bike. Even though on the flats it was slower, there were a fair few sections on the South Downs Way and Ridgeway that I was very happy I had MTB tyres for. In particular with the recent rain some steep climbs and descents had become very rocky.
It's a really great route, just was harder than I expected. Nothing very technical but it's not all smooth going. A fair bit of sand too in the first half.
Re the firing ranges you pass by them but not through them so I don't think you need to worry about that. They're a bit creepy though.
I had dinner and bivied in the garden of the Black Horse in Hurdcott https://goo.gl/maps/T6zvrSt3pmo9HMC47 and would 100% reccomend this as a plan. The landlord was fantastic, and even put my bike in the lock up so I didn't have to worry about it overnight. Beer was great too and a cute pub dog another plus
I did it in 2 days, but if you want to be more leisurely then 3 would probably be more fun.
a couple of photos attached
Bonkers fast, that.
mental fast. if you not racing longer stuff these days? you should!
Heading out sunday afternoon - get some dinner and ride a bit for a bivy - make a proper start Monday morning around 6am
2 days and you had time to stop to take photos? Good work!
This is hard
Go slower :D
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