Salisbury Plain and the lost village of Imber by Bike

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Off Road (Trail) Biking
Aug 17
2019

8 people attending

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£10.00
Event booking closes on Aug 16 at 20:00:00
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Around 24 miles with 1'400' of height gain. Not for novices but not that hard.

This is a cross country trail ride on Salisbury plain, one of the largest wild places in southern UK. The Plain includes areas of special scientific interest and many square miles of open countryside with a variety of habitats and wildlife including the only colony of Great Bustards in the UK. The Plain and village of Imber remains in use for army training purposes but the principle roads are open to the public a few days each year. On this particular day there's also a fleet of vintage Routemaster buses providing scenic rides; very out of place from their original city roads, but adding some interest to those who like old buses! 
Our route on two wheels will enable us to sample different aspects of the plain, including the lost village of Imber with it's rather special church, locked in time. From the wide open slightly desolate landscape, views open up off the escarpment to surrounding lands, and the famous Westbury Whitehorse. The route is over all terrains from tarmac through gravel, and grass land. Short stretches of road riding are also required. 
We will stop for lunch and rest breaks and also for bigger refreshments a mile or two before the end, probably at a place that's a cafe, farm shop and pub.  We will sometimes go at a reasonably fast pace but also wait for slower riders to catch up. This ride won't be an endurance test (unless you have not ridden for a long time) but it does undulates a bit with one or two more significant hills, notably at the start as we climb onto the plain. There will be an important safety briefing which you must adhere to, in particular staying on route and not trespassing on the MOD land which can be highly dangerous. 

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