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Sunday ride to Thame and Watlington

Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 9:30am

Ride report

The mixed weather forecast for the day didn’t deter 13 people from joining us for coffee in Thame, with 8 people continuing on to lunch. The sun came out as we cycled along the Phoenix Trail towards Princes Risborough. Our route to Chinnor included a short footpath, with a couple of stiles and a gate to test our upper body strength (see photos). Nothing wrong with footpaths – as long as you get off and push. We enjoyed a pleasant lunch at The Chequers in Watlington before we turned for home. As usual, we avoided some of the B480 after Chiselhampton to enjoy the views to the south and a final climb to Denton and Garsington. As we stopped to put on our waterproofs, we noted that the shower forecast for 4pm had arrived punctually, but by that time we were almost home.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time


Broad Street, Oxford 9:30am


The Coffee House, Thame 10:50am


The Chequers, Watlington 1pm


Oxford area
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

80km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back home 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.