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This ride has a mixture of surfaces and terrains and gives a reasonable hallenge; if anyone decides to do this ride I hope they get as much enjoyment from it as I always do.
The ride begins at The Warren in Caversham. You enter The Warren from St. Peters Hill just past Caversham Court, then cycle on a made up road. This runs alongside the River Thames with a wonderful array of very expensive riverside properties to admire; after approximately 1 mile The Warren does a 90º turn to the left, you go straight on at this point onto a flint and gravel track which becomes a concrete road that takes you to Mapledurham House (this is about another 2 miles). At the end of this road you turn right and then take a left after about 100 yards onto a narrow path, this goes for about 1 mile when you then enter the Hardwicke Estate, going past Hardwicke Stud Farm. The River Thames is always on your left. After ½ mile you emerge onto Hardwicke Road which goes for about 1¼ miles taking you past fields of alpacas into Whitchurch.
At the junction of Hardwicke Road and the bottom of Whitchurch Hill you turn right and then a left after 100 yards onto the Thames Path which becomes a narrow path after 1 mile – at the very beginning of the narrow path there is an extremely steep gulley, where I suggest you dismount and wheel your bike down and up the other side. Possibly the very young and fearless cyclist may attempt to ride this bit, but not the more mature persons, like myself! This path is about 1½ miles long and you will see plenty of glimpses of the River Thames on your left but I would recommend you keep your eyes firmly on the route as there is a very steep drop towards the river for a large section of this narrow path.
You will come out of the path section onto Gatehampton Road which, after ¾ mile, takes you past Goring Railway Station. Take the first right after the station and proceed up Goring Hill – this is a testing climb for the old legs: continue on this road for approximately 3½ miles (passing through Cray’s Pond) and, remaining on the same road, take a right hand bend signposted Goring Heath. Stay on this road for 3 miles, passing Caversham Heath Golf Club, until you reach the junction onto the Woodcote Road (A4074). At the junction turn right and ride for a further 1¾ miles; you will enter Caversham via St.Peters Hill where you will see the entrance to The Warren on your right.
You have now completed the ride, the total distance is approximately 17½ miles.