July 2022

Photo albums from June 2022:

Saturday 2nd July: Exploring in a Northerly Direction

Meet in Radcliffe Square, Oxford from 10:00 am for a 10:15am departure on a ride which is based on the route given below. We will be joining the route via quiet, leafy roads in North Oxford and will be stopping in Cutteslowe Park, at the outdoor refreshment kiosk, for coffee. With the extra couple of miles to meet the route in Summertown, we will be cycling around 11 miles and, as usual, will ride at the pace of the slowest rider with plenty of short stops. The route is mainly flat but there are a couple of short but steep bridges on the Water Eaton track (hard surface) which can be walked and some slight gradients elsewhere. The ride leader will be Sarah Twine.

Link to the Short & Steady Route

Saturday 9th July: Medium Ride: Brunch at the Blue Sky Eco Café

It was so popular, we’re going to do it again!

Meet in Radcliffe Square at 10.00 am for a 10.15 departure for this medium ride to the Long Furlong Community Centre in Abingdon for brunch. We will ride out along route 5 through Kennington and turning up Sugworth Lane to Sunningwell where we will take the bridle path to the outskirts of Abingdon and the Blue Sky Eco Café which is run by volunteers. This is the last chance to enjoy one of their brunches before they shut for the summer.

After refreshments we will head to Radley and follow the Hanson Way, a traffic-free path parallel to the railway line, back to Oxford

The ride is 15 miles long, mostly flat, but with a slight pull up Sugworth Lane as far as Sunningwell, and will be led by Lilia Bonacorsi.

Tuesday 19th July: Evening Social Riverine Ride

This ride was cancelled on account of the extreme heat and was replaced by a meet-up at the Isis Tavern at 9pm.

Meet in Radcliffe Square from 6.00pm for a 6.15pm departure for a descent towards the river and south Oxford through Kennington and a little hill up Bagley Wood Road, followed by a lovely descent through Sugworth Lane back towards the river. Refreshments are at the Isis Tavern to enjoy the river life going by. The ride will be around 10 miles in length and the leader will be Leonor Barroca.

Sunday 24th July: Long Ride – Cream Tea at Combe

Postponed from 17th July.

We can finally enjoy a welcome return for Isis Cyclists to the Combe Reading Room for cream tea, and it’s not just scones! It’s run this Sunday by the local junior sports group.

The ride starts at Radcliffe Square. Meet at 12:15pm for a prompt 12:30pm start. There’s an opportunity for a second pick-up at approximately 12:40pm, for north Oxford riders, at the junction of Aristotle Lane and Burgess Mead where we join the towpath north.

 The ride is 31 miles long and relatively flat, leaving Oxford via Jericho, on the Regional Cycleways 51 & 5, via Walton Well Road to pick up the Oxford Canal towpath to joint the A44 (RC 5) to Yarnton. It then heads east at Begbroke, north of Kidlington, to join a shortish stretch of the A4260. It then turns west along lanes before joining the lovely stretch of bridleway east of Woodstock. There is a short stretch on B4027, turning left by the Oxford School of Drama where we descend to cross, then climb away from, the River Glyme. It then crosses the A44 and continues along Stonesfield Straight before turning left for the final section to the pretty village green at Combe and tea! 

The route leaves Combe along Park Road towards East End, descending to cross the River Evenlode before a climb up to Long Hanborough. It then heads east on the shared cycle/pedestrian path, following Regional Cycleway 442/A4095 before turning right onto Cassington Road (RC 442). It turns left to Yarnton where it rejoins the A44 (RC 5), cycle path crossing the Pear Tree intersection to Wolvercote Roundabout. The route takes the Godstow Road to Wolvercote, over Godstow bridge by the Trout Inn, and left onto Port Meadow, following the recommended cycle route behind Godstow lock. After a long stretch beside the River Thames the route crosses the river at Medley footbridge, then left across the Bailey bridge continuing on the meadow. The route turns right off Walton Well Road, passing Cripley Meadow allotments to joint Roger Dudman Way. Turning left for a short stretch on the Botley Road it continues to the finish at Radcliffe Square via Hythe Bridge Street, George Street and Turl Street.

We should be back to the city centre by 5-5:30pm. Yvonne Macken will be leading the ride.

Link to the Long Route

Tuesday 26th July: Midweek Social Ride: Circumventing Woodstock Lower Heyford

20-07-22: The route has been changed on account of the uncertainty surrounding the intended refreshment stop at Worton Park.

Assemble in Radcliffe Square from 9:30 for a prompt 9:45 start. We thread our way through North Oxford along cycle route 51 to the bridge over the A40 at Cutteslowe, which will be a secondary pick-up point for riders who live in that part of town (please be there from 10:00). After crossing the A40 we continue northwards along route 51, making a detour via Water Eaton before continuing through Gosford and Hampton Poyle. At Bletchingdon we turn westward and join the B4027 to Enslow. After crossing the canal and river we turn right and ride up the west side of the Cherwell valley through Tackley and Rousham to Lower Heyford and our refreshment stop at Kizzie’s Bistro.

The return route takes us down the east side of the Cherwell valley through Kirtlington to Bletchingdon, where we rejoin the B4027, this time turning eastward to Islip. The final leg of the ride takes us along the quieter road through Woodeaton, re-entering Oxford through Marston.

If you follow the route to its end at the corner of South Parks road you’ll have ridden about 31.5 miles. There are a number of ups and downs, but no serious climbs. The leader is Liz Matthews.

Link to the Midweek Route