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Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Checkendon

Sunday, 31 July 2022 - 9:30am

A return visit to the Black Horse pub in Checkendon, after a coffee stop at Root 1 near Wallingford. Food warning for those who have not been there before: they do good filled baguettes for lunch, but no gluten free option.

Ride report

Unusually for this summer, we had a cloudy and warm but very humid morning, previous ride leaders having used up all the sun. We made our way via Abingdon and the Sustrans route to Sutton Courtney to Root1 for coffee, where we met Christine. Service at Root 1 was extremely slow (there was already a queue when we arrived, and they knew we were coming).

After coffee we continued past bleached parched fields with dark green trees as a back drop – more like cycling in France than the Chilterns. A short distance a lonely hole in the road wanted another hole for company, so gave one to Martin and Pauline on the back of their tandem, conveniently near a grassy traffic island where we could gossip while Martin did the puncture honours. The Black Horse was doing its usual brisk Sunday trade when we arrived, and we had a pleasant lunch in the garden. After lunch the sun appeared as we made our way back to Oxford, shedding various riders along the way as they turned off home.

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 10:55am

For about half an hour.


The Black Horse, Checkendon 12:35pm

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

88km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

54km 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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