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Cotswold weekend away 29-31 August 2015

Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 10:00am

Cotswold Weekend

The options

  • Weekend away: ride out to Northleach on Saturday and camp or b&b for Saturday and Sunday nights. Start Broad Street 10am.
  • Saturday lunch ride: ride out to lunch on Saturday and return to Oxford. Start as above.
  • Sunday away day: drive to Northleach on Sunday to join the Sunday day ride. Start Market Square Northleach GL54 3EJ 9.30am.
  • Meet the group: ride out from Oxford on Monday to meet the group for lunch. Start Broad Street 9.30am.

Camping for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday night) is at Far Peak. The cost is £58 per pitch for the weekend, but we have arranged for a pitch to be shared by two one-person tents so as to halve the cost. When booking, quote “Richard, Oxford Cycling Club”.
Campsite website (http://www.farpeakcamping.co.uk/camping/index.html)
This site gets full quite quickly on bank holiday weekends, so you are advised to book early, certainly before the end of July. For B&B accommodation, google “b&b near Northleach” or similar.
Plan for Saturday 29th August: starting Broad Street 10am with lunch at the Royal Oak in Burford, where campers can do some food shopping (Huffkins Bakery). There will also be a led ride back to Oxford for those not continuing to Northleach
Sunday only option: Northleach is a 40 minute drive along the A40, so you are welcome to join the Sunday day ride.
Monday option: a led ride from Broad Street to meet the group for lunch at Shilton.

Ride report

On Sunday, four riders drove in from Oxford to join the campers. Yes it rained. No, it didn’t spoil our day in the Cotswolds. But if ever there was a day for full mudguards, this was it. As we made our way along wet country lanes and tracks, we soon realised that most of the “mud” flicked up from our wheels was not mud after all. For lunch, we were fortunate to discover the Lady Jane Tearoom in Winchcombe. With a CTC sticker in their window, they could hardly begrudge entry to our dripping group (but not smelly, thanks to the mudguards). Monday’s rain was more persistent so that no one turned up for the ride out to meet the campers for lunch In Shilton. No one, that is, except for the designated ride leader. At which point, he too threw in the towel.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 10am


Oxford area
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

Day 1

61km 20kph

Full ride

Day 2

95km 20kph

Full ride

Day 3

75km 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.