B4494 / A338 / B4100 Donnington / Wantage / Donnington

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1 - One of the best, go and try it
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2 - Always worth a detour if you are in the area
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3 - Worth trying
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4 - Not worth trying
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spokey
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B4494 / A338 / B4100 Donnington / Wantage / Donnington

Post by spokey » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 13:17

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How I found it: It's on the way home :D .

Useful tips: The B4494 is one of the best roads I have driven. When going towards Wantage, you get to the top of the Ridgeway and can see for miles.

Going North, the descent off the Ridgeway is testing as you exit a long straight avenue of trees, over a brow, then go round a sweeping blind lefthander. Then follows a blind sweeping left, followed by a sweeping right with very good visibility (only obscured by the bushes on the inside of the corner). The visibility of the rest of the road for about a mile as you descend around the blind left allows time for any cars hidden in the dip to make themselves visible before taking the right hander the way a right hander should be taken :twisted: . The speed gathered on the descent can be carried into the plateau on top of the Ridgeway and through the fast chicanes, which have excellent visibility. Another sweeping downhill, similar to the first is followed by the descent into Wantage.

Going South, the climb out of Wantage is up a straight 1 in 7 hill for about half a mile, followed by the Ridgeway with the open sweeping bends and fast chicanes, before reaching the first of the two climbs up the sweeping left handers. Care needs to be taken as these corners are blind as the bushes hide any cars coming down the hill. Ideally, the corner would be taken starting on the wrong side of the road, but this can't always be done. The right hander at the top of the hill is blind and followed by a dip which is sometimes taken airborne by the unwary.

The rest of the drive is a joy. The roads are all of reasonable quality. There are no speed cameras. The whole loop takes about 30 minutes. It is a very scenic drive, and there is the possible to cut across the hill from the A338 to the B4494, going past Lambourne with all the horse training areas.

Where it is: Just off J13 of the M4

Estimated distance: 32 miles

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Post by spokey » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 13:18

I did this road as part of my Berkshire Hunt cruise last year. It is FANTASTIC!! :bow :drive
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Post by smartypants » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 13:21

Not far from me! I may have been on that road actually..... I will try it sometime soon for sure :D

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Post by spokey » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 13:28

smartypants wrote:I will try it sometime soon for sure :D
If I lived out that way, I'd run that road ragged. :twisted:
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  Porsche

Post by garyw » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 13:54

I did this route with some of the Porsche guys, it was a bit of a mental day, not sure I'd run it with them again..
However a really great route :twisted:

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Post by spokey » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 14:45

garyw wrote:I did this route with some of the Porsche guys, it was a bit of a mental day, not sure I'd run it with them again..
What, did they go over 35, Gary?
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  Porsche

Post by garyw » Tue 13 Mar, 2007 15:06

We actually crept under two figures at some points :shock: :shock: :shock:

I started second from the back, we lost the rear car after 10 minutes and I was then the last car.. the guy in front of me had a similar idea and we decided to enjoy the road safely and distance ourselves from the lead pack, however we did receive quite a few hand shakes and requests of if we wanted a coffee :wink:
Not the best day ever, we did see the white horse on the hill though :P

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Post by madbrummie » Mon 14 Jan, 2008 11:08

The 338 was excellent, i was heading down to Andover at New Year and got bored on the A34 so hopped off, put the roof down and went for it down this road, absolutely fab!!!

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Post by Dukeman » Sun 08 Nov, 2009 18:54

Great roads :D I use it often on the Duke, not seen any Zeds when I've been on it though, the main dodgy bit is past that pub restraunt where you can easily get cars pulling in/out so take it easy past there.

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  M roadster S50

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Post by Hard Top » Mon 29 Mar, 2010 00:15

:puzzle: :?

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Post by pingu » Mon 29 Mar, 2010 21:28

Hard Top wrote::puzzle: :?

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I looked at the thread and the image in the Spokey post was missing. So I logged into my villagephotos account and repasted the image in a new post.

I then looked at Spokey's post and the image was back, so I deleted my post.

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