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2017 Easter Rally and AGM

13th. - 17th.  April 2017

Bishops Green Farm
Bishops Green
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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle Park


The Royal Oak

Watership Down

Rally Report

The 2017 Easter Rally took place at Bishops Green Farm caravan site, on the Hampshire / Berkshire border, south east of Newbury. Bishops Green lies just south of Greenham Common, which was a cold war U.S. air force base, but has now (largely) been returned to use as a common, and open to the public for outdoor activities. The area is surrounded by lovely countryside and beautiful villages with typical Hampshire architecture. There is a network of delightful small roads linking the many villages and small towns. You will never be far away from a café or pub. The campsite is 4 miles from Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was set.

The campsite is a sheltered and secluded meadowland park offering very clean and well maintained facilities, including a new toilet block with a disabled / family room. There are woodland and riverside walks to be enjoyed around the farm, along with a well-stocked fishing lake.  There is a small community shop 5 minutes walk from the campsite.  The Royal Oak pub located 1.5 miles to the south in Ecchinswell, has a good reputation.

Local Youth Hostel
The nearest Youth Hostel is in Streatley-on-Thames  but is 19 miles from the campsite.

B&B Accommodation
The Visit Newbury website has details of local hotels, guest houses and B&Bs.

Rides and Route Sheets
A choice of three rides of different lengths was offered each day, all heading in the same general direction. Participants were free to interpret the routes as they wish, riding on their own and seeing who they meet up with or forming a small ad hoc group. 
Rides visited the beautiful villages and small towns in North Hampshire, West Berkshire and Wiltshire.
If you missed the rally and would like to use the ride information and route sheets you can find them here: Routes page

Mountain Biking and Walking
There are many good mountain bike routes in the area.  There are also many excellent countryside walks. Ask the events coordinator for details.

What to do if you want to take a break from cycling?
There are many places to visit should the weather turn inclement including Highclere Castle and Gardens, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Whitchurch Silk Mill, and Milestones museum in Basingstoke.

Pictures from the rally


Map showing location of Bishops Green Farm

Terms and Conditions.
Booking confirmation:
Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full and cleared which should be before the closing date for bookings. Dishonoured cheques will result in the cancellation of your booking.
Members Only:
U.K. Residents must be members of The Tandem Club (UK). Annual membership is £10.00 or €18 per year with membership for the first Joint Member or 'Family' member free. If you'd like to become a member of The Tandem Club, link to the Subscription Details page by clicking here. Non U.K. residents may be either members of the Tandem Club or their own regional club.

If you participate in any ride or event organised by the Tandem Club you do so entirely at your own risk. The Club, its officers and ride organisers accept no responsibility for loss, damage to property, accident, injury or death, that may occur, however caused, whether by negligence, deliberate act or otherwise.

 Cancellations and refunds.
The rally fee will not be refunded after the closing date. Refund of other components will depend on what the Club can recover from the campsite and/or other suppliers. Members may wish to consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover losses the Club cannot refund.

 Photographs taken at the event may be published on the Tandem Club Website, The Tandem Club Facebook pages and The Tandem Club Journal.