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I had been planning an explore of Collingbourne woods for some time. It seemed like there should be some trails present and some googling and Strava segment searching showed some potential.

Using BikeHike I plotted a route around the forest that should take in the best bits and off I went. The route worked exactly as I had hoped and my time was spent riding rather thant figuring out which way to go!

It was sloppy to say the least but though the NS Bikes Surge is steel it certainly isn’t heavy and the WTB Vigilante/TrailBoss combination actually cope quite well with a certain level of mud.

It never ceases to amaze how parts of the same forest can be dusty in one spot and sloppy in another. However, it makes for a pleasant surprise and keeps you on your toes!

Can’t wait to have another ride of these woods with MB Swindon and also give that gully a few goes!

Devil’s Den for Breakfast

Devil's Den
Devil’s Den

I woke early (about 5.30am) and as I saw the sun through the curtains I decided I would make the most of it. We had some family arriving at about 11am so I figured I could get out and get a few hours pedaling in before they arrived…

After making a small flask of coffee and a jam sandwich I got out my Genesis Alpitude and started riding at almost exactly 6am – with no real idea where I was headed. I went east(ish) towards the rising sun through Avebury and on to the Ridgeway. A basic plan started to form to head to The Devil’s Den on Fyfield Down to enjoy my coffee and sandwich.

The Devil’s Den is all that is left of a neolithic passage grave (or Dolmen) on Fyfield Down in Wiltshire. The two standing stones, a capstone and two fallen stones are all that remain of what was the entrance and was reconstructed in the 1920s. The huge capstone is believed to weigh 17 tons!

Totterdown Woods
Totterdown Woods

After “breakfast” I made my way back via Avebury and Cherhill completing a very nice 40k ride and got home at 9.30am just as everyone else was getting up.

What a great way to start the day! Same tomorrow???