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Sunday ride to Benson and Checkendon

Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 9:30am

Ride report

Another sunny Sunday. Thirteen to coffee and 10 continued to lunch. Our route to the Waterfront Cafe in Benson was blocked by a Remembrance Sunday parade, the only alternative being a very long one-way road. The roads south east of Wallingford are delightful – plenty of choice along the narrowest of country lanes: those with grass growing along the middle, shunned by motorists but which we cyclists claim as ours. The Black Horse at Checkendon was as we remembered: good beer, sandwiches only, no credit cards and a brick wall masquerading as a men’s toilet that would make a French pissoir seem like luxury. Unforgettable, as always.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


Waterfront cafe, Benson 10:45am


The Black Horse, Checkendon 12:45


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

75km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home again.

42km 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.