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Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Checkendon

Sunday, 7 November 2021 - 9:30am

A visit to the Chilterns to catch some autumn colour in the woods. Pub does good rolls and chips, but no gluten free option. This ride doesn’t rate as a hilly warning ride, though there is a fairly stiff climb between coffee and lunch. If it’s a gloomy day, we’ll need bike lights by the finish of the ride.

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Ride report

There was plenty of conversation at the start – unusually we congregated right in the middle of Broad St. We headed south through Kennington and entered Abingdon via the Sustrans route for a change. A flat (mostly) route saw us arrive for coffee at Root 1. The short stretch of old road through the trees that avoids a short stretch of the A 4130 was much improved, with the accumulated debris having been cleared back to make a wider path. Quiet roads got us to the Chilterns. Although there was some autumn colour, a lot of the trees were still mostly green. When I was young, at Bonfire night all the leaves were already on the ground. Evidence of a changing climate, I guess. We had lunch outside at the Black Horse in Checkendon, not super warm but there was some sun. Who would have thought back in 2019 that 2 years later we would have been having our November lunch outside. A route through Ewelme, Chislehampton and Garsington saw us back to Oxford.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am

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


Root One, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Black Horse, Checkendon 1:00pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 4:00pm
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

79km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

52km 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.

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