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Sunday ride to Charlbury and Witney

Sunday, 14 August 2022 - 9:30am

Off to Charlbury for coffee, either at the Deli there or the Sports Hall, whichever people fancy. Or even sitting out on the Playing Close if the weather is nice. Then out round Chadlington and Milton u Wychwood and to Witney for lunch where, again, we can choose from many places to stop on the day, but will probably try Delice after a good experience recently.

Ride report

It was a very hot day, about 35C was forecast, and so just 9 of us set out from Broad Street with only 5 going on for the full ride. The start of the route revealed the terrible design of the new crossing points of the A40 cycle lane near the Wolvercote roundabout. They are extremely tight for a road bike, any cargo bike or tandem will struggle to get through, especially when cycle traffic is two way there. We made our way to Charlbury for coffee in very pleasant temperatures with everywhere looking white and brown from the lack of rain. The Charlbury Deli doesn’t open on Sundays so we made our way to the Community Centre which was serving. We said goodbye to the 4 going back from coffee and took off towards Sarsden and Bruern via Spelsbury, Chadlington and Milton u Wychwood all on lovely small and very quiet roads. Finally remembered to take a couple of photos as we got to Sarsden so I missed getting one with all the group in. We then went through Swinbrook, Asthall Leigh and Minster Lovell to reach Witney where we had lunch in Huffkins which was air conditioned and much appreciated by us by then. It was a short and flat, if boring 15 mile ride back to Oxford after lunch.

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).


(To be arranged) 11:00am

In Charlbury


(To be arranged) 1:30pm

In Witney


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

81km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

50km 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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