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Rides from 12th-27th September


For the second year running, our September short ride coincides with the Open Doors weekend.  This 7½ mile ride includes up to 9 venues and we will choose which ones to linger at according to the preferences of our group.  Meet at Bonn Square in central Oxford, at 9.45am for a 10am start and our first visit to Westgate Archaeology, the biggest archaeological dig that Oxford has ever seen.  From there we will visit Campion Hall, in Brewer Street, designed by Lutyens.  Moving on to The Turl, we can visit Lincoln and Exeter Colleges if we wish, particularly the Exeter Fellows’ Garden.  We’ll head north to St Antony’s, where we can at last get into the Middle East Centre Library, the outside of which some of you have seen on our architectural tours.  Back to Magdalen College for refreshments in the Old Kitchen and Riverside Terrace, before heading East to the Corpus Christi Barge on the Thames near Donnington Bridge.  We’ll finish the tour at the exquisite Bartlemas Chapel and then Holywell Cemetery, which opens at 2pm, for those who want more!  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith – or 07833 731253


We have introduced this to see how much demand there is for Mums who would enjoy the company of a group ride or would feel more confident in a group.  We can’t take children on separate bikes, as we feel unqualified to tackle this safety minefield.  All children in bike seats, trailers or on tag-alongs are very welcome.  We’ll meet at the Somerset Arms pub, on the corner of Marston Road and Ferry Road and go from there across the University Parks on the bike and pedestrian path.  Riding through the quiet streets of North Oxford, Summertown and Cutteslowe, we’ll cross the ring road on the bridge and enter the park.  There are good play facilities there, but unfortunately we are out of luck with the mini railway, which runs on the weekends either side of this one.  We can get refreshments in the café.  We can return to Marston on the Marston Ferry road cycle path.  Meet at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start.  The ride should take no more than 2 ½ hours including time in Cutteslowe Park.  The ride leader is Jane Carlton Smith – or 07833 731253.  If it rains on the day, or is particularly cold, phone Jane (01865 423741) or check email to see if we have cancelled.


About our Stop and Stare rides

The September Stop and Stare will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta with a visit to the new Weston library , Broad street, to view the 1217 copy of the Magna Carta document.

Meet outside the Radcliffe Camera at 09.45am for a 10.00am departure. The ride, which will take under an hour, will begin with a leisurely route through the streets of historic Oxford, passing under the Bridge of Sighs, along Queens Lane, through to High Street continuing past Magdalen College and over Magdalen Bridge. It will then cross the Plain roundabout along St Clements, Morrell Avenue and Warneford Lane, passing the top of South Parks to enjoy the vista over the City. We continue along tree lined avenues to turn left into Quarry road and cut through to Bury Knowle Park to appreciate the Autumnal colours. We will return to central Oxford and the Weston Library through the grounds of the JR and down into Marston and the University Parks cycle track. The ride is 6.5 miles long and will involve climbing one hill (Morrell Ave). However this can be taken at your own pace or walked. The leader will be Sarah Twine.

The Weston library is located at the junction with Broad Street beside Blackwells Bookshop. Bikes can be parked securely outside the library but please note that rucksacks and are not permitted and no food or drink allowed inside. The Magna Carta is in the ST Lee room to the back left of the library and is one of a range of marvellous exhibits on display in  the ‘Marks of Genius exhibition’. Viewing is likely to take around 1/2 hour as there is a fabulous range of exhibits from the Bodleian library collection. The ride will conclude with late morning coffee in the library cafe. It is envisaged the total ride will take between 1.5 and 2 hrs.


Meet at 9:45am in Radcliffe Square, Oxford (at the back of the University Church) for a 25-30 mile exploration of the countryside to the west and south-west of Oxford. The route will be mainly flat, but be prepared for the odd hill along the way.  We will leave Oxford to the north via Yarnton and Long Hanborough. Refreshments will be taken in Witney (Cogges Farm hopefully) and the route back may feature some off-road riding depending on the weather and the preference of the group. The ride leader will be Liz Matthews (


Meet at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 am departure from outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave Oxford through North Oxford and head towards Kidlington, skirting the western edge before emerging onto the Banbury Rd for the short distance to Thrupp. The return journey will be longer and will begin by heading north up the canal towpath for a short distance to Shipton on Cherwell before continuing to Bunkers Hill and then descending to cross the River Cherwell at Enslow. From there we will return to Oxford via Bletchingdon, Hampton Poyle, Islip and Woodeaton. The entire trip will be about 24 miles and the outward journey will be flat and the return will include two climbs, from Enslow up to Bletchingdon and between Islip and Woodeaton. These can both be taken as steadily as desired. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (


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!

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