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Sunday ride to Watlington and Nuffield

Sunday, 10 October 2021 - 9:30am

An easy ride back from coffee in Watlington if you want a short ride, otherwise it’s THE HILL! Then cruise into the Stonor Valley before a short climb up to Bix and meandering towards Nuffield. After lunch its downhill all the way home!

Ride report

Possibly the last time we’ll start from Broad Meadow, as I suspect they’ll turn it back into Broad Street this week. On a bit of a chilly and misty morning, the day cleared up and by the time we reached the Spire and Spoke In Watlington for cake, it was a lovely sunny day, requiring clothing adjustments all round in preparation for the attack on Watlington Hill! Our efforts were rewarded by a spectacular descent into the Stoner valley, the trees just starting to show some autumn colouring.

A very steep climb up to Bix preceded a cruise along a fully paved traffic-free bridleway through National Trust parkland on the way to a visit the Maharaja’s Well for the photo shoot and our first taste of the Maker Space Café in Nuffield for some homemade soup.

All downhill after lunch, as promised, except for that Garsington feature.

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


Spire & Spoke, Watlington 11:00am

For about half an hour.


The Maker Space 1:00pm

For about an hour.


Oxford area 3:30pm
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.

55km 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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