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Sunday ride to Watlington and Thame

Sunday, 24 April 2022 - 9:30am

To Watlington for coffee then up the hill to Christmas Common, then Princes Risborough along Phoenix Way to Thame for lunch.
There is approx 1km of ok gravel track just after Princes Risborough before the Pheonix Trail.

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Ride report

We were all delighted to see John Blackie back with us on this chilly but sunny-ish morning for a familiar ride, with just a small detour through Pyrton, to Watlington for coffee and cake at the Spire and Spoke. After coffee, as always is the case at the Spire and Spoke, its off up “that hill” again, this time turning left at the top into the real Chilterns. Through some spectacular rolling countryside following unfamiliar and fairly traffic-free country lanes towards Princes Risborough before picking up the Phoenix Trail to Thame for an excellent lunch at the recently opened Black Goo Café. A gentle cruise, then back to Oxford on a sunny and a bit warmer sunny summer-ish Sunday afternoon.

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 11:05am

For about half an hour.


Black Goo Café, Thame 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

82km 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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