Every year, the Campaign organizes a ride to the historic fair in the village of Reach at the end of Devil’s Dyke. The 2016 ride will be on the Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May.
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All the fun of the 800 year old fair, Maypole, rides, beer and food tents, entertainment and meeting fellow cyclists.
- Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge from 9am for a 10am departure
- Join the ride at any point on the route. Last departure from Newmarket Road Park & Ride site is at 10.30am
- Follow National Cycle Network routes NCN 51 to Bottisham then NCN 11 via Lode to Reach Fair all the way to the Fair arriving by noon
- Return begins at 2pm via the same route. Arrive back in Cambridge by around 4pm
The ride takes place on the day of the historic country fair in the village of Reach at the end of Devil’s Dyke. We’ll arrive in time to witness the opening of the fair at noon by the Mayor of Cambridge. The tradition of the fair goes back over 800 years, and is accompanied by the throwing of pennies for “the poor villagers” – which nowadays children eagerly scrabble for, as many as they can. There are stalls, fairground rides, a maypole, morris dancing and food & drink tents. It’s perfect for a family day out.
Bring friends, come as a group with a theme, a colour, a sound or the logo of your business. Round up colleagues, students, clients and family. Be prepared for stunning views of open country, all the fun of the fair and changeable weather. Bring water, snacks, a bike lock and money to buy food. The pace will be leisurely: the riding time to Reach is under two hours each way. The 10th annual Reach Ride is organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign and is supported by Cambridge City Council. It is open to everyone, and this includes accompanied child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 29 miles. Children under 10 may find the full distance challenging, but you can do a shorter ride by joining in at Newmarket Road Park & Ride site for instance. Marshals will guide the route and can help with simple bike problems. This ride is just for fun, there is no charge and no sponsorship.
Please ensure you park your cycle in the designated area. The cycle parking at Reach Fair is on the left as you approach the village centre. It is simply a field near to the fair. There’s a fence and hedge to lean bikes against. We suggest you lock bikes together in groups, at your own risk. Toilets are available at the Park & Ride site and the Fair.