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Sunday ride to Turville Heath and Crowell

Sunday, 23 July 2017 - 9:30am

New lunch booking arrangements: see below the map

The lunch stop comes after we emerge from the foothills of the Chilterns with most of the hills behind us. A moderately hilly ride (900m) but 500m of ascent is concentrated in the 30km after Watlington, making those 30km hillier than our Isle of Wight ride 🙂

Ride report

The climb from Watlington up to Christmas Common was just the start, with plenty more hills to come.  There were 15 for coffee and cakes at the “No Car CafĂ©” at Turville Heath barn – a first visit for the club, but certainly not the last. 30km and 500 metres of ascent later there were 9 for lunch in Crowell. Highlights along the way included the Hell-Fire Caves at West Wycombe and the steam train departing at Chinnor. An earlier “highlight” was an encounter with a British Cycling road race when we Cycling UK tourists were unceremoniously cleared out of the way by the motorbike escort. The “highlight” came a few kilometres later when we overtook the unfortunate racers who had piled into one another – as is their wont. All of which brought to mind Aesop’s fable number 226: The Tortoise and the Hare.

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 5 minutes before the start time (especially if you are new, so that we can say hello and sign you up).


The Barn, Turville Heath 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Shepherd’s Crook, Crowell 1:15pm

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

91km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

60km 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.