Ride Report- Gillingham to Wilton

Saturday 31 August 2019

Two groups left Orchard Park; Richard led Lorraine and Roger on the shorter ride out along the Nadder Valley and returning along the Chalke valley; my ride took the group over into the Wylye Valley.
Joining me were Jill, Jackie, Martin, Paul, Charlie, Ron, Mike and Ed. Our route took us out to Lawn Crossroads, towards Motcombe and through Semley, then approaching Tisbury we spotted a group of three riders ahead -Richard and taken one of his cunning short cuts and got ahead of us!
A tailwind helped push us along the Nadder Valley and we turned sharp left into the very pretty village of Teffont Evias with it’s amazing hedge! Then the climbing started up and over Wylye Down, a road with 360 degree views. Through more pretty villages with a distinctive checkerboard style of building with stone and flints as the rain just about held off.
Lunch was at Café Blend where we were made very welcome. The food was fairly basic but served very quickly and with a smile so we were soon back on our bikes. 10 minuets later the rain started! Waterproofs were donned and we sheltered under the trees until the heaviest of the rain had passed and by the time we got over into the Chalke Valley our waterproofs were dry.
The ride along the valley was into a head wind but the uncut hedges helped shelter us and we made good progress by cycling in a tight group.
We arrived in Shaftesbury to find that Richard’s group had got there first (again) but at least they hadn’t eaten all the cake, my apple flapjack went down well then everyone was left to find there own way home -downhill all the way!

Mary Emerson-Reed

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