May 2022

Saturday 7th May: Short & Steady Ride – An Outing to Flo’s

Meet in Radcliffe Square at 10:00 for a 10:15 departure for this short ride around Marston, Headington, Cowley Marsh, Florence Park and South Oxford. This ride includes one long hill, but via a pretty and quiet route up Harberton Mead. The rest of the ride is on cycle tracks, towpaths and minor roads. We will stop for coffee at Flo’s in Florence Park. The route is 8 miles altogether and the leader is Karen Wolff.

Link to Short & Steady Route

Saturday 14th May: Medium Ride – Riding to Islip

We will gather in Radcliffe Square from 10:00 for a prompt departure at 10:15; we will follow the canal until the nice new surface stops, and then meander through new and old Kidlington on our way to Islip where we will stop for refreshments. On the way back we will face the only hill of this ride (a bit tame, I know ;-)) and then all the way down to Oxford through Woodeaton. The ride is just over 18 miles long and the ride leader is Leonor.

Link to Medium Route

Thursday 19th May: Evening Social Ride to the Isis Tavern

Meet from 5.45pm in Radcliffe Square, Oxford for a prompt 6pm departure on a circular ride round Oxford City ending up at The Isis Tavern for drinks/eats. The route will be fairly flat and will be about 10 miles in length. As it’s a social ride, male partners and friends are welcome. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

Saturday 21st May: Long Ride – Brightwell Baldwin

Please join me (Lesley Durbin) on a ride to one of my favourite country pubs. Meet in Radcliffe Square at 9.45am for a 10am start. We will leave Oxford via the Barton Park track and wiggle through Forest Hill, Wheatley, Great Milton and the Haseleys before finding the lovely path from Chalgrove to Brightwell Baldwin, once a part of the Ewelme Hundred. We will stop for around an hour at the Lord Nelson pub for Coffee/cake and/or lunch. Those wishing to picnic can use the beautiful St Bartholomew’s churchyard opposite.

We will return to Oxford using the Chalgrove path again, then onto Little Milton and up to Cuddesdon before swooping down into Horspath to finish the ride at BMW on the ring road. The ride is 32.5 miles in length and there might be a hill or two along the way …….

Link to Long Ride Route

Tuesday 24th May: Midweek Social Picnic Ride north to Steeple Barton

16-05-22: The route has been amended as the lunch stop has moved from Sandford St Martin to Steeple Barton. The overall distance is just under a mile longer. The description and link below show the new route.

This ride explores the villages north of Woodstock to Steeple Barton, a village abandoned during the Black Death. The route will involve a couple of stretches on cycle tracks alongside busy A roads, but I hope that the countryside beyond will more than compensate! This is the provisional route; it may change before the day, and even on the day, depending on people’s preferences (and the weather). However, the start point and time are fixed.

Meet at 9:15 outside Costa Coffee in Summertown for a prompt 9:30 departure up the canal to Yarnton. There then follows a four-mile section alongside the A44 before we turn off into the countryside just beyond Woodstock. We will pause for refreshments in the village of Wootton, where you can buy coffee, tea, biscuits etc. in the shop to consume in the nearby churchyard. We continue along country lanes to Steeple Barton, where we will picnic at the church.

The return route starts by passing through Westcott Barton, Kiddington and Over Kiddington. After crossing the A44 we ride through Ditchley Park, Stonesfield, Combe, Long Hanborough and Church Hanborough eventually reaching the A40 near Eynsham. You can drop into one of the cafés in Eynsham if you’re feeling in need of a pick-me-up before tackling the cycle track along the A40 back to Oxford.

The ride is moderately hilly (but with no long climbs), and the total distance back to the city centre is 38.3 miles. Because eateries are few and far between in the north of the county you’ll need to bring a picnic. The leader is Liz Matthews; partners are very welcome.

Link to Midweek Route