Road Route 6: Hilly to Hermitage
A lovely run this, through some quiet downland villages. You can take this route either way round. Anticlockwise does give the big view exhilarating drop down into Wantage.
Up and over the Downs via Court Hill, a good warm-up for the legs. We turn off the A338 at the monument and up Wolley Down. Then it’s along quiet roads through the villages of Brightwalton and Peasemore down to Chievely. We loop around through Hermitage to turn back towards home, through more quiet lanes, until we hit the B4494 at Lilley. We’ve then got to push up to the crest of the Downs and huge panoramic views of the Thames Valley, before a long and quick descent into Wantage, and back to Letcombe.