Saturday 3rd December: Short & Steady Ride
This short and steady ride starts at Radcliffe Square at 9.45am for a prompt 9.59am departure before the clock starts chiming. We will join the towpath to Donnington Bridge and use cycle paths to Marsh Road. There is a hill (not too steep) to join Hollow Way. We turn into the business park to have refreshments at the Water Tank and have a mooch around the superstore. New Christmas cards and gifts, as well as second hand merchandise, are on sale. Panniers may be required. The return journey is all downhill along Barracks Lane and through Mesopotamia to the centre of Oxford. This route is 9 miles long and mostly flat and will be at a relaxed pace. The leader is Lesley Durbin who is looking forward to seeing you all.
Saturday 10th December: Medium Ride – Mini-Christmas Market at The Bothy
**Please note the unusual starting place!**
This month’s medium ride is to the Bothy Mini Christmas Market and has been a regular Christmas ride for the past few years. It is a fairly long one at 20 miles but is a lovely festive ride which also offers you the option of peeling off at the Appleton Christmas Barn if you don’t want to cycle the whole way.
We will meet at the Ox Statue at Oxford railway station at 10.00am for a 10.15am start. The route takes us along Willow Walk and along Raleigh Park Road and Arnolds Way to eventually meet Cumnor Hill. From Raleigh Park Road to Cumnor is the only hill on the ride. We will then cycle through Cumnor village to the Appleton Christmas Barn where those that wish to peel off can take a look around and maybe get a drink from the Appleton community shop on the return route (I suggest you ride a reverse of the route out which will be approximately 12 miles return). The full ride continues through Fyfield and Frilford Heath to the Faringdon road and the Bothy where numerous delights await, including Christmas gifts and mulled wine. We will enjoy half and hour or so here before cycling back through Cothill, Dry Sandford, Besselsleigh and pick up the same route back in reverse via Willow Walk to the Station. Ride leader: Sarah Twine.
Saturday 17th December: Long Ride – Another Wander to the Kitchen
Last February, Lesley led us for our first visit to The Wandering Kitchen Cafe near Berinsfield. Today we’ll be making a welcome return visit. Meet in Radcliffe Square for a prompt 10am departure on this 28 mile ride. The route will take us out of Oxford via Barracks Lane and Horspath Road. There will be a pick-up point on the ring road, at the end of Horspath Road, by the bus-turning circle. Please be there by 10.25am. We will then continue up the hill to Cuddesdon and Great and Little Milton before dropping down to Stadhampton, Drayton St Leonard and our coffee stop. We return via Burcot, Chiselhampton, Chippinghurst, Denton and back to Cuddesdon to return to the ring road where the ride finishes. The route is hilly at the start and end, but flat in the middle and the leader is Leonor Barroca.
Tuesday 20th December: Midweek Ride to Waterperry Gardens
Meet outside the University church in Radcliffe Square at 9:45 for a prompt 10:00 departure, heading out through Marston, Northway and Barton to take the country road north-east to Horton-cum-Studley. From there, we swing into a generally south-easterly direction to Worminghall, and then south-west to Waterperry, which lies at the 15-mile point. The return route takes us across the A40 at Wheatley, followed by a climb through Littleworth, joining Gidley Way at the top. This takes us down to Horspath; thence to the ring road at the Mini plant and on to Horspath Driftway and Barracks Lane. We disperse just past the far end of Barracks Lane, at the junction of Bartlemas Close and Cowley Road, by which time we will have ridden a shade over 22 miles. There are a couple of climbs, one each on outward and return journeys. The leader is Liz Matthews.