Saturday March 1st

Great day. Dry, sunny and quite warm. Seemed rude not to go for a spin, this time with my mate Richard and his 250CC Yamaha trials bike (road legal of course).

We did the run down the A419 to Common Head and followed the route to Aldbourne. This is a great ride with rolling chalk hills either side of you. Occasionally there are deer in the fields munching on the grass.

What I like about this route is the smell of the farm land – this time of year you can smell the newness of crops coming through; other times of the year you can smell the natural fertilizer. Great country smells!

Into Aldbourne, Richard was keen to take the road out to Lambourn along the downs. From Lambourn, we followed the road through to Shrivenham. Not entirely sure how we did this but as it was a nice day it didn’t seem to matter how we got there!

There were, notably, a couple of localized puddles straddling the road – not too deep and so were passable with some care.

From Shrivenham, we followed the route back to Highworth and then onto Blunsdon.

At Blunsdon, not content with finishing too soon, we decided to continue our route home, the long way! As time was getting on a bit and the sun was getting low, we decided to head north along the A419, where we turned right towards Castle Eaton, stopping only for a coffee at the Red Lion.

Heading out of Castle Eaton, we rode onto Fairford and on through to take a left heading back to Latton. Through Latton and back to Cricklade.

Great ride and a great way to spend a couple of hours on an early sunny spring afternoon!

Not entirely sure of the exact route, but then who cares? It was a great ride. And my turn to buy the coffee next time!