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Sunday ride to Lower Heyford and Hook Norton

Sunday, 16 July 2023 - 9:30am

Leader back from coffee: email me if you'd like the gpx file.

I always like a visit to Kizzi’s on the canal for coffee and cake before heading north along some lovely country lanes to Hook Norton. The pub is just at the north end of the village beyond the brewery and does serve the beer if you are interested.

Ride report

It was a relief that the wind had dropped since the previous day when the ride would have had to be cancelled; winds gusting at 45 mph are not to be ridden in. Eighteen riders gathered in Broad Street before setting off to Kizzi Bistro. Unfortunately we rather overwhelmed them, and they were not that enthusiastic about serving the large number of us. After a rather prolonged stop due to the slowness of the service, 15 of us set off north toward our lunch stop in Hook Norton. Unfortunately we lost 2 riders in Barford St John and Jon A kindly waited for them to catch up after giving directions. The rest of us headed off to ensure the pub wasn’t waiting too long for us. The pub welcomed us and we all had a good lunch before setting home and getting caught in a torrential downpour 5 minutes after leaving. All then went smoothly until we reached the roadworks at PearTree where the layout and road surface for cyclists is abysmal and was compounded by several of the barriers having blown over in the high winds of the previous day. We will avoid that section for the foreseeable future.

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 venues and times

Venue Time Notes

Start

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).


Coffee

Kizzies Bistro, Lower Heyford 10:45am

For about half an hour.


Lunch

The Gate Hangs High 12:45pm

For about an hour.


Finish

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

84km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

48km 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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