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August 2015

Welcome to the August 2015 programme of Isis rides. featuring visits to Jane’s Tearoom in Kirtlington and Coombe Reading Room for cream teas! Apart from these “cake specials” we’ve got a good variety of other rides. In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to a ride on 15th August where riders from the CTC group in Wantage are joining us for a 360 degree circumnavigation of Oxford. We are hoping to introduce them to lots of quiet tracks and roads that they don’t suspect exist in Oxford!

Saturday 1st August: Slow & Steady Ride: A Gentle Potter to Wytham

Meet from 9:45 by the statue of the Ox outside Oxford Railway Station for a 10am departure. This approximately 8 mile ride will take riders north along the Oxford Canal to Wolvercote and from there onto Wytham for coffee at the Wytham Village Stores. The return will be via Botley, North Hinksey and Willow Walk. This ride is almost entirely flat (except for one railway bridge!) and is therefore very suitable for beginners. So if you’ve been trying to muster courage to join us, then why not give it a go? The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (

Thursday 6th August: Stop & Stare Ride – ‘Stop & Swim’

About our Stop and Stare rides

A gentle ride including an optional ‘wild’ swim in the River Thames.  We’ll meet outside the Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street, Oxford at 1:45 for a 2pm departure. We will start out following the river upstream out of town, along Port Meadow and up to Wolvercote. There are several easy places to swim here. Bring a costume, towel, and plastic shoes if you have some. The river is at its warmest in August but paddling and towel holding options are fine. Tea/coffee afterwards at Wytham, and we’ll cycle back via Botley. If it’s raining, we’ll cancel; if in doubt call the ride leader Lucy Tennyson on 07715207784.

Saturday 8th August: Medium Ride: Soft Fruit Pick Your Own Ride

Meet at 9:45am in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church) for a 10am departure. We will leave Oxford via cycle track over Marston Meadows and head up the hill to Elsfield and Beckley before heading down the long straight hill to Horton cum Studley. Another short, sharp hill and we will find ourselves in Bernwood and heading back to our destination at Rectory Farm, Stanton St John, where you can pick your own soft fruit, buy fruit and veg at the farm shop and enjoy refreshments at the Countryside Café. So, remember to add an extra pannier! After our stop, it is only about 5 miles back into town via Barton and Headington. This ride will be approximately 16 miles long and is moderately hilly, with three hills before, and one after coffee. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (

Saturday 15th August: Joint Ride With Wantage CTC, Exploring Oxford

This ride of 16 miles takes us round Oxford, inside the ring road and avoiding the city centre, using tow paths, cycle lanes and quiet roads. Meet at the Seacourt Park and Ride at 1.45pm for a 2.00pm departure. (Please note the later than usual start time). From there, we cross the Botley Road onto Hinksey Lane, which leads us to Willow Walk – an ancient path into Oxford. We drop down onto the Thames tow path for a while, cross Port Meadow to reach the canal, then follow the canal up to Wolvercote.

From Wolvercote we wiggle through Summertown on to the Marston Ferry cycle path and then through the back streets of Marston to Headington Hill which we climb using Harberton Mead. From there we cycle through a bit of the Brookes campus, over the bridge towards the tennis courts and South Park. We then have a nice downhill swoop to join the Barracks Lane cycle path which leads us up to Cowley Marsh. Then it’s through the Florence park area to Iffley village, which leads us to the Thames cycle path. We’ll stop for drinks and food at the Isis pub, before returning to the Park and Ride along the river towpath.

If Isis riders would prefer not to cycle out to the Park and Ride for the start, then wait at the entrance to the Oatlands Road Park on Ferry Hinksey Road, by the small car park. We aim to leave the Park and Ride at 2.15pm and it should only take 10 – 15 minutes to get to the park entrance, so please be there by 2.15 pm.

Some of the paths we will be using on this ride are frequently used by cyclists and, although off-road, are fine unless it has been raining heavily, in which case we will take alternative routes. The route is on Mapometer at The ride leader is Karen Wolff (

Sunday 16th August: Long Ride: Tea at Jane’s Tearoom, Kirtlington

Today is the day for our regular pilgrimage to Jane’s Tearooms on the Oxford Canal at Kirtlington! Meet in Broad Street, outside Oxford Campus Stores, from 1.50pm for a 2pm departure on a 30 mile round trip to Kirtlington. For riders based north of Oxford there will be a pickup point outside St Mary’s Church, Kidlington at 2.45pm. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5/51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon, and onto Kirtlington, where the refreshment stop is off the track down to Pigeon Lock. The return journey will continue on the Sustrans route off-road to Tackley and from there onto Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track.

This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres. This route does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. It is also a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are very welcome to join us. The ride leader is our very own Jane’s Tearoom aficionado (and Jane’s biggest fan) Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email

If you haven’t had the ‘Jane experience’, check out her website:

Thursday 20th August : Evening Social Ride to the Isis Pub

Meet at the corner of Parks Road and Norham Gardens, by the entrance to University Parks at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm departure for this evening’s social ride to the Isis Pub. We will head up north through the back streets of North Oxford and Summertown then on to Wolvercote. From there we follow the lane through Wytham to join Hinksey Lane and Willow Walk. After that the route follows the Thames tow path to the Isis, where drinks and food can be enjoyed. The ride is 10 miles to the pub, and people can return to Oxford along the river. This ride is open to male partners and friends, and will be led by Karen Wolff You can see the route on Mapometer at

Sunday 30th August: Mixed Social Ride, Cream Tea at Coombe

Meet at 1:15pm for a 1:30pm departure outside Costa Coffee on the main Banbury Rd in Summertown. We will head north on quiet roads and tracks to Kidlington, from where we will pick up a short section of off-road track, Begbroke Lane. This brings us out on the A44 cycle track for about 3 miles before we reach Woodstock. There we pick up Sustrans route 5 for a mile or so before turning north and west towards Coombe. After our cream teas in Coombe’s historic Reading Room we will head back to Oxford via East End and the Hanboroughs. The approach to Oxford will be along the A40 cycle track, although if you are heading south and west of Oxford, you may prefer to divert through Eynsham. This is a mixed social ride, so male partners and friends are very welcome to join us. The ride is approximately 25 miles long and moderately hilly, but all hills can be taken at your own paced or walked if necessary. The Begbroke Lane off-road section is suitable for all bikes. However, the off-road section north of Woodstock is probably not suitable for bikes with narrow tyres. However an on-road alternative is available so don’t be put off. The rider leader is Ellen Lee (

Advance notice: Sunday September 6th – Isis 50 Mile Challenge

This year’s 50 mile challenge ride will take place on Sunday 6th September and will take a pleasant and quiet route to Burford and back. We will be leaving Oxford from outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad St at 9:30am, then heading to coffee at Aston Pottery, before starting a lovely and gentle ascent towards Burford. We plan to swing round the west of Burford (passing the Cotswold Wildlife Park) and the beautiful villages of Westwell and Holwell, before descending into the town for lunch.

The return journey takes us back along the Windrush Valley, through Swinbrook and Minster Lovell, before returning to Oxford via Delly End, North Leigh and the Hanboroughs. We will probably stop for a drink at The Hand & Shears in Church Hanborough before the final push back to Oxford.

We will also include a couple of short picnic stops along the way to make sure we break up the ride, and have a good chance to refuel and stretch, so please make sure you bring extra food and plenty of drink to keep you going.

For those of you who rode last year’s 50 mile ride, this route is hillier but about 3 miles shorter. I measured it as 50.5 miles back to Broad Street. Most of the hills are quite gentle, but there is one short and steeper climb out of Swinbrook on the return journey. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (

Team Beryl at Broken Spoke

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visit:


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