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Sunday ride to Wallingford and Checkendon

Sunday, 3 December 2017 - 9:30am

A not too hilly route (Garsington excepted) to coffee in Wallingford, followed by a winter wander through the Chilterns beech woods for the usual lunch time rolls at the Black Horse in Checkendon. The route back to Oxford will be fairly hill free, except of course for the descent off the Chiltern Hills.

Ride report

Members weren’t deterred by the murky damp start, nor by the delay to fix an early puncture – the climb into Garsington soon had everyone warmed up again. The quiet road via Drayton St Leonard and the back way into Dorchester made a welcome change from our usual route. The cakes at The Bean and Brew in Wallingford never fail to disappoint. En route to lunch, we noted that the roads at the south end of the Chilterns seem to be getting a lot worse with numerous nasty pot holes. At the Black Horse at Checkendon, we shared the end room with a few mountain bikers and the pub cat. Sausage baguettes lived up to their reputation and as we reached home, the sun actually shone for a moment making the perfect end to this December ride.

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).


Bean and Brew, Wallingford 10:50am

For about half an hour.


The Black Horse, Checkendon 12:30pm

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

72km 20kph

Half day ride

Ride to coffee and back again.

52km 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.