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Bibury burble – again, but with son as pillion

Sometimes its nice to repeat rides. Not that we have exhausted the routes we can take from Cricklade, but to be able to share them with someone else. And that someone was my eldest son Richard.

Yes, he rode pillion on the back of KES; his smile could be seen through the helmet he wore – which happens to be mum’s, but it fits him at the moment.

To cap it all, his best mate, Oliver joined us on the back of his Dad’s bike, who just so happens to be also called Richard.

Its not a long journey this, but a nice little bimble into some very pleasant countryside. With the boys on the back of our bikes we took it easy – even more so than usual. No need to rush anywhere – just father and son’s out enjoying each other’s company doing “boys stuff” together.

Stopped in Bibury for a quick photo shoot and chin wag, then we headed back to Cricklade just before dusk set in.

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The route we took followed the original Bibury Burble so I’m not going to repeat it here again.

Must admit, this is an evening I’ll remember for a long time.

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To Avebury and back

Saturday 8 March – promised to be a great day judging by Friday’s weather, but the early start was rather damp and overcast which made for slightly slippery roads.

We set off at 8am heading towards the still sleeping town of Wroughton to take the Devizes road out to Avebury. We preferred this route to going via Salthrop hill as that can be very damp and slippy on a day such as today.

The Wroughton to Devizes road is a great road, winding past the Science museum at the old airfield through some tight and technical bends – taken at speed is not for the faint hearted that’s for sure.
Passing the neolithic stones of Avebury circle, which is older than Stonehenge and also the largest stone circle in Europe, we headed onto Marlborough where we were to stop for a coffee.

Avebury manor is worth spending a few hours at if you get chance. It featured recently on a BBC programme telling the tale of its renovation. The house exhibition tells the tale of the manor from it’s early days through to modern times and, unusually for such a house, many of the exhibits are designed to be touched. The hobby horse in the dining room is my favourite – my two young boys enjoyed it immensely too.

Silbury Hill nearby also deserves a mention as it is the largest man made mound in Europe which is comparable to the height of the Egyptian pyramids. No-one seems to know why it was built, though it is thought that is was completed around 2400BC – which is a similar age to the pyramids.
Great coffee stop in Marlborough where we got chatting to a fellow biker on his way from Bournemouth to Gloucester on his KTM.

Back on our bikes we burbled (as KES seems to do) through Marlborough and past the Saturday market held in the high street.

Leaving Marlborough on the A4, we turned left towards Wootton Basset. What a great route this turned out to be! High on the downs overlooking some great views towards Wroughton and Swindon, we sped along drinking in the scenery. Stopping only once to confirm the route home we dropped down a snake bend hill and blitzed our way across to Broad Hinton and onto Basset. From here we took the usual route via Purton back to Cricklade.

Great ride with a great mate!

Hopefully next time will have both Richards with me to share this enjoyment!

Next ride – perhaps heading out to Cheltenham using the old roads rather than the new A419/A417.

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