From Five Rivers, hear up the Woodford valley to Middle Woodford, then turn left up and over Mile Hill to Stoford.
At the A36 turn left for just under 100 yards then right over to Great Wishford. Turn right again by the Royal Oak and head up the Wylye valley. Head up as far as the Ginger Piggery (or less if short on time), then turn round and head back.
On the return leg, go straight on at Great Wishford, though waterditchampton into Wilton, then return into Salisbury via the main A36.
Leave Five Rivers along Hulse road, left at the roundabout along Butts Rd to Castle Rd.
Right down Castle Road then left along the ring road to St Marks roundabout. Strait over then down Bourne Ave, Manor Farm Rd, Milford Hill Rd though to Petersfinger.
Use the main road through to Alderbury, turning left at the top of the hill in Alderbury.
Follow the national cycling route through East Grimstead, West Dean, East Dean and Lockerley. Turn left at the T junction just past Lockerley.
Follow the road through East Tytherley to West Tytherley, turning right and up to Middle Winterslow. Taking Clough lane to go down to the traffic lights on the main A30 (by the old Pheasant pub). Go right at the lights and over Porton range.
Turn left at the crossroads in Porton, and through the winterbournes. Turn right at the mini roundabout and through Ford up to castle road.
Turn left on castle road, and back down to Five Rivers.
Five rivers out up the Wilton road. Thro Wilton to Barford.
Turn right towards Dinton.
At the end of Dinton, turn left over to Fovant,
At Fovant, turn right along the main road for a short distance before turning left and over the ‘Badges’ climb.
Turn left at Fyfield Bavant, along the Chalke Valley.
Turn left, up and over racecourse hill back to Five Rivers via Quidhampton.
5-rivers out up the wilton road. thro wilton to Barford.
Turn right towards Dinton and carry on to the tisbury turning. turn left to go on to tisbury.
In tisbury, take the second left and go to the far end of the town past the fire station. Turn left, go past the railway station, under the bridge then take the next right. STAY ON THIS ROAD past Wardour castle on to Donhead to the crossroads at the A30.
Go straight across the A30 then STAY ON THIS ROAD all the back down the chalk valley to return to Salisbury via the race course and Quidhampton.
One of the things our club riders love is a good Tea / Coffee / Cake stop, so we’ve included a few of our favourites on the map below.
Sitting on a wheel
This is a valuable thing to learn, its here where you get the most protection from the wind. If there is a rider on your wheel then you have a number of obligations
- Don’t slow down without warning
- Don’t leave any gap open with the rider in front of you
- Pass on all instructions up / down the line
Don’t be lazy 😉
Once you get a bit stronger you are obliged to get off the back of the bunch and make your way to the front and do your bit. Not going through messes up the rhythm of the group. Missing turns and cruising at the back all day is a quick way to lose other riders’ respect.
Relay all cycling information
It’s important that you let everyone behind know what’s coming up. Those at the back won’t be able to see, so are relying on you to give them adequate warning and keep them safe. These include hand signals (for pointing out pot-holes for example) and verbal shouts that there is a “car front”, “car rear” or that you are “slowing”
The biggest hazard in group riding is people stopping quickly and unexpectedly, hence why it’s commented on in topics above. More accidents and mass pile-ups are caused by people panicking and grabbing a handful of brake than anything else. If you stop suddenly, the person behind is just going to run into you, and a collision is likely to bring down other riders as well. If something happens in front, look for ways to avoid it while maintaining speed and shouting back a warning, rather than simply slamming on the anchors.
Other general group riding rules;
- You are responsible for the safety of those around you as well as yourself.
- When you come to a hill, maintain your effort not your speed.
- Don’t stop peddling going downhill if you’re at the front. That’s when you almost certainly need to work hardest.
- Don’t leave gaps
- Show respect to other cyclists and road users (yes, and vehicles 😉 )