Away Days - Dorset Rough Riders

The club hires a minibus and van so we can take a maximum of 20 members, with bikes, for the measly sum of £10 each (club subsidised rate for members only). If the location is further away the charge may be slightly more but will be indicated on the payment link, so check before you buy!

If attending one of our aways days it is advised that you bring along a blanket or similar sheet etc. to protect your bike in the van – one that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Some of the trail centres and bike parks do provide cafe, bike cleaning, shower and toilet facilites – click on the away day names, to link to their website, to find out what each centre offers.

Quantocks Hills – near Taunton, Somerset.

When: Completed for 2018
Logistics: Meet at Johnson Road, which is at the bottom of the hill on the Ferndown Industrial Estate (where you can park free all day) at 7.45am to be away by 8.00. Aiming to get there around 10am. One other pickup point at McDonalds on the Dorchester bypass. Back by 6.00pm approx.

Grade: Medium with hills!

The Quantocks are full of bridleways and other secret trails, and feature regularly in bike magazine ride guides. We aim to pack in as much riding as we can manage including classic trails such as Weacombe, Sterte Combe and ‘The Chimney’.
Not suitable for beginners, but there will be an option for tired legs to finish early so the others can do a bit more.
Downhillers and gravity riders can do their own thing on the legendary Triscombe trails.
The route includes a lunch stop in Holford.

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the TBC and it is on a first come first served basis.

Swinley Forest – near Bracknell, Berkshire.

When: 24th November 2018
Logistics: Meet along Johnson Road (bottom end of Ferndown Industrial Estate)
to start loading up for 08.30 depart, arrive around 10.30am.

Grade: Easy to Medium

​​Swinley Forest is a trail centre and has both waymarked blue (easy) and red (experienced rider) graded trails.
We can split into groups so that slower riders do not feel pressured. The trails are short enough for anyone to finish early and chill out at the picnic area so the others can do a bit more. The aim is to pack in as much riding as we can manage.

For those who want to, we could visit the secret Gorrick trails and Crowthorne Woods for maximum fun.
Not a member yet? Maybe now is the time to sign up and enjoy some of the benefits!

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the 17th November. The bookings are on a first come first served basis.

Cotswolds – Castle Combe, Wiltshire.

When: Completed for 2018
Logistics: Meet at ASDA Canford Heath at 8.00am to be away by 8.15. Aiming to get there by 10.30am. Back 6.00pm approx.
(Parking in Asda is free all day)

Grade: Medium

Our route starts at the southern end of the Cotswold Hills. Nearby Castle Combe village and its race circuit draw the crowds, but you can largely escape all this on our route, which passes through picturesque countryside and pretty little hamlets. Pub lunch stop included.

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the 10th September 2018 and it is on a first come first served basis.

 

Haldon Forest – near Exeter Racecourse, Devon.

When: 14th October 2018
Logistics: Meet along Johnson Road (bottom end of Ferndown Industrial Estate) to start loading up for 08.30 depart.
OR… pickup at the Willett Arms, Merley 08.45
OR… pickup at McDonalds on the Dorchester bypass 09.30 ish.
Arrive Haldon around 11.00. Back 6.00pm approx.

Grade: Trails to suit all abilities – blue, red and off piste.

Haldon Forest is a trail centre and has both waymarked blue and red graded trails. There is also a selection of enduro and off-piste trails as we usually split into two groups.
The aim to pack in as much riding as we can manage.
Not suitable for beginners, but there will be an option for tired legs to finish early at the café so the others can do a bit more.

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the 8th October 2018 and it is on a first come first served basis.

 

Surrey Hills – Surrey.

When: TBA
Logistics: Details to follow

Grade: Medium to Hard – NOT suitable for beginners

The Surrey Hills is a regional centre for Mountain Biking. The Greensand Hills of Leith Hill and the Hurtwood, in particular are seen as offering some of the best mountain bike terrain for extensive off-road cycling in the country.

One of the major areas in the Surrey Hills for mountain biking is the Hurtwood. The area is actively managed to give the best experience to mountain bikers. Regular maintenance work is carried out on trails and many new ones are created.
Not suitable for beginners, but there will be an option for tired legs to finish early so the others can do a bit more.

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the TBC and it is on a first come first served basis.

 

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – near Petersfield, Hampshire.

When: TBA
Logistics: Meet at ASDA Canford Heath (where you can park free all day) at 8.30am to be away by 8.45. Aiming to get there around 10am. Back by 5.00pm approx.

Grade: Medium

Our fourth day trip of 2016 is a visit to Queen Elizabeth Country Park which is our closest trail centre just north of Portsmouth, and has both waymarked blue and red graded trails. There is also a selection of bridleways and off-piste trails as we usually split into groups for those who want to explore.
The aim is to pack in as much riding as we can manage.
Not suitable for beginners due to the hilly terrain but there will be an option for tired legs to finish early so the others can do a bit more.

To secure your place you need to pay in advance no later than the TBC. Places are secured on a first come first served basis.