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Sunday ride to Watlington and Nettlebed

Sunday, 16 October 2022 - 9:30am

Marathon: start Cornmarket, Carfax end.

Scenic route mostly along quiet back roads into the Chilterns with some hills between Watlington and Ewelme and lunch at the Cheese Shed at Nettlebed.

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Ride report

A chilly start from an unusual location, by Carfax Tower, due to the Half Marathon selfishly closing Broad Street. The day quickly warmed up as we were treated to blue skies and sunshine most of the way. Whilst enjoying our coffee and cake at the bottom of Watlington Hill, a mutiny developed enforcing a change of route and lunch venue from The Cheese Shed in Nettlebed to The Maker Space Café at Nuffield – which in fact offered a far more varied menu with a south facing back garden in which to relax. We still had to conquer Watlington Hill first, however. After lunch, a gentle cruise back to Oxford on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

Leader back from coffee

(No leader)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


(To be arranged) 9:30am

Cornmarket, Carfax end


Spire & Spoke, Watlington 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Cheese Shed 1:00pm

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

81km 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.

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