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Away-day ride Cowleaze Wood car park to Great Hampden

Sunday, 15 July 2018 - 10:30am

Main details

The Chilterns – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But be aware – the Chilterns is also an area of outstanding hills. The 10.30am start is at Cowleaze Wood car park (free), which is a 30-40 minute drive from Oxford. We will ride straight to an early lunch at The Hampden Arms, Great Hampden. It’s been 3 years since we tackled Smalldean Lane (number 12 in the link), so it’s time for a revisit, albeit with a shorter route than in 2015.

May finish early 2:30, depending on the football!

Ride report

Smalldean Lane felt a touch steeper than 3 years ago! The Garmin showed 19%, so it doesn’t quite get 2 arrows from Ordnance Survey. Kingston Hill comes at the end of the ride and includes a (thankfully brief) section of 18%. Made easier by an ice cream stop and the knowledge that it was the final effort of the day.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Cowleaze Wood Car Park 10:30am

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).


The Hampden Arms, Great Hampden 12:00pm

For about an hour.


Cowleaze Wood Car Park 3:30pm
All of the times (apart from the start time) are approximate only, as weather or punctures may affect them.

Ride options and attendance

Ride option Distance Pace Attendees

Full ride

51km 20kph

The pace listed above is the average pace we do, so in general when cycling along the flat we will go a bit faster than the average pace. Please be aware of this if you are wondering whether you will be able to keep up on the ride.

GPX map

Total distance: 51401 m
Total climbing: 847 m

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