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Sunday ride to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Checkendon

Sunday, 15 August 2021 - 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 before: they do good filled bagettes for lunch, but no gluten free option. Warning for those who have been there before, the website has pictures of CHIPS!

Ride report

The ride was due to start at 9.30, but we all turned up before 9.00 in Radcliffe Square to see Iraj off on his cycle ride to Tehran in aid of the charity Mind. There were about 35 – 40 people there, including Dave G, Steph C, Sophia, Lana U, Quentin M, Stephen Tuohy and Jon A who didn’t join our ride. Also there was Adrian Rosser who rode with Iraj through Thame and as far as lunch in Great Missenden. Iraj managed 120km to Greenwich on his first day.

After Iraj set off, we divided into 2 groups for the run to coffee via Abingdon and Sutton Courtney. The weather was warm enough but dry. There was a short delay in getting to coffee after blood was drawn due to over hanging brambles on the cycle track.

After coffee we continued as 1 group, tsking is some lovely summer Chilterns scenery. From Checkendon we did a loop south through the beech woods before arriving at the Black Horse. Times have moved a little at this pub, which now has chips on the menu and chip and pin/contactless payments as well. Otherwise all the things that make the pub as lovely as it is remain in place, including the compulsory vintage motor bike turning up. 1950 apparently, a nameless member of our group seems to have a specialist knowledge of number plates!

After lunch we continued along the top of the Chilterns before the long descent down to Ewelme. After that it was the mildly hilly run via Cuddesdon and Garsington to east Oxford.

The map is an embedded link from Ride with GPS. You can zoom in to see the route in as much detail as you like. For example, you can zoom in (using the + sign) to see exactly where the start is. If you'd like to see the distances, go to the Ride with GPS website by clicking on 'View Full Version' (top left of map).

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.

56km 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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