Saturday 4th June: Short & Steady Ride: Weaving around West Oxford
A repeat of last year’s short and steady ride in July, this ride is flat and just under 12 miles long. Starting in Radcliffe Square at 10am, we will make our way along the towpath and up to North Hinksey, returning to the towpath near the station and riding up the river again to St Margaret’s Church, Binsey. After that, we will hope to have refreshments at Medley Manor Farm café, if it’s open, before making our way back along the towpath and into town. If the café is not open, we’ll stop at the West Oxford Community Centre for coffee and cake. We should be back by 1pm. The leader is Jane Carlton Smith.
Saturday 11th June: Medium Ride: Brunch at the Blue Sky Eco Cafe
Meet in Radcliffe Square at 10.00am for a 10.15 departure for this medium ride to the Long Furlong Community Centre in Abingdon for brunch. We will ride out along the sustrans route through Radley, but then cut through Abingdon on cycle paths.
After refreshments we will head up the hill to Sunningwell, then enjoy a long downhill swoop to return to the river cycle route and back to Oxford.
The ride is 15 miles long and will be led by Karen Wolff.
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June – Weekend Away
There will be no long ride this weekend because of the long-awaited weekend away!
Thursday 23rd June: Evening Social Ride to the Victoria Arm, Old Marston.
Meet in Radcliffe Square from 6.15pm for a 6.30pm departure on a relaxed potter up the canal and down the river to end up at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston for food/drinks. We will also have a chance to visit the Almond’s Farm Bank, which is a local wildlife site adjacent to the Vicky Arms, and hopefully enjoy the meadow flowers. Should the weather be wet, we will re-route to avoid the river towpath! The route is 10 miles long and entirely flat (apart from the odd bridge) and will include river and canal towpath, so very thin, road tyres are not ideal. The leader will be Ellen Lee.
Tuesday 28th June: Midweek Social Picnic Ride: Ducks are a-dabbling; up tails all…
This route is a repeat of last November’s midweek ride to Ducklington, so if you enjoyed it then you can repeat the experience – hopefully in warmer weather! Meet outside Costa Coffee in Summertown from 9.45 for a 10:00 departure. We will cycle north along the canal towpath from Wolvercote to Yarnton; thence through Cassington to Eynsham, where we will have a short refreshment stop, probably at Wholesome Earth, which serves really good cakes.
The route then takes us to Sutton and Stanton Harcourt before turning along peaceful Tar Lane and the Northern Cross Valley bridleway (which has a good surface) to Ducklington. The plan is to have a picnic by the duck pond, warding off the marauding mallards; alternatively, you could have lunch at the nearby Bell pub (or even picnic + drink at the pub). In the afternoon we enjoy a few exhilarating swoops along the Aston Mile and then have a choice: either a) turn left along the lane through Yelford to the A415 at Hardwick and then to Standlake, or b) make a detour to Aston Pottery for more cake(!) and then continue to Standlake via Cote and Shifford. From Standlake we cycle through Northmoor, Newbridge, Kingston Hill (the day’s only climb) and Appleton. There will be an optional tea stop in Cumnor (even more cake?) before zooming down Cumnor Hill back into Oxford. The route officially ends in Frideswide Square.
The leader is Liz Matthews. The total distance is 34.5 miles via Yelford or 37 miles via Aston Pottery. If more than a few people want to eat at the Bell we may have to send in our menu choices beforehand, but I’ll send a message to the Midweek Rides WhatsApp during the preceding week to gauge people’s likely preferences: picnic vs pub. Partners welcome as usual on midweek rides.
Link to route: Link to midweek route