London: March Cycling & Running, Thameside Berkshire
Will Ross, January 21, 2018
Commence Spring with a weekend cycling and running along the Chiltern Ridgeway. Subscribe and join for nights of 23rd and 24th March with 20% off at The Swan at Streatley, one hour by train from Paddington. Either link up with others or take on your own training and shrug off winter in the hotel’s spa on the south bank of the Thames. Learn more a little about the weekend in the following post.
The Swan is located at the intersection of the Thames and the Chiltern Ridgeway, so flat or undulating running routes are abundant. I’ll guide a 60-mile / 1000vm route into the Chiltern Hills on the Saturday, departing from The Swan at 9:00 am. A guided group will also set out along the Ridgeway on the morning of Sunday for eight miles. Cyclists or runners can also get up their own weekends, and indeed act on recovery priorities from the hotel’s spa.
Coffee and lunch at Pierreponts in Goring is a must. The Miller of Mansfield is the best place for dinner on Saturday (the Swan doesn’t have in-house dining options), and there are a couple of good pubs for discerning lovers of cask (start at The Catherine Wheel). The Village Café is also an excellent spot for brunch on Sundays (Pierreponts is closed this day).
Accommodation & Facilities
A 20% discount has been arranged river-facing Double (can be made into twin room): £90 per room on Friday 23rd March, £140 on Saturday 24th.
The hotel is undergoing some impressive updates which means the gym and spa is brand new and there will be secure bike storage for cyclists. A spacious bar / snacking area if pretty ideal for relaxing, with workspace benches and decent Wi-Fi.
Getting there by train
Jump on a direct train from Paddington to Goring & Streatley, taking time to appreciate that the newly electrified service is still nice and new. A 5:36 pm departure takes one hour, with later trains leaving at 6:18 pm (53 mins), and 7:18 pm (52 minutes). Single change routes leave between these departures, and the Swan is a 6-minute walk from the train station.
Feel free to join for one or both nights. Once you’ve decided on your nights, send an email to The Swan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make your reservation, indicating three things:
- Go to booking details for the reference code for the discount.
- name of guests and contact number
- booking night of 23rd or 24th March or both
Only the guest booking the room needs to be a Zafiri subscriber. Once The Swan receive your email, they’ll reply to set up a time to get hold of credit card details for the booking, taken over a phone call. Rooms are cancellable for no charge up to 24 hours before check-in.
Email Will Ross (email@example.com) if you have any questions.