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Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Checkendon

Sunday, 15 May 2022 - 9:30am

Scenic route to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell for coffee and follow the Ridgeway to Goring then bridleway into the Chilterns and though the woods for the bluebells and a lunch stop in Checkendon. This ride has about 4km of bridleways.

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Ride report

After a fairly bright start and through the beautiful villages of the Baldwins, the weather deteriorated a little and we were donning rainwear before we got to coffee at Brightwell. Following our Heineken tour of Wallingford (reaching the parts others cannot reach), the rain came and went throughout the day but that didn’t dampen our spirits. Mark had an unwelcome visit from the “P” Fairy despite his brand-new tyres – this was relatively quickly fixed with the aid of a Dynaplug and a CO2 cartridge. We eventually took a short cut to the Black Horse for lunch, fearing we may arrive too late for food, cutting about 5kms off our route.
A fairly uneventful ride back to Oxford, the weather improving steadily, finishing a great day out in nearly decent weather.

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 10:50am

For about half an hour.


The Black Horse, Checkendon 2:00pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 5:00pm
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

93km 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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