September 2016

31 August 2016 at 8:45 pm

Ellen writes… It’s been wonderful to have a prolonged spell of settled summer weather. All our rides (I think!) enjoyed good weather in August, even the ride to cream tea at Coombe which was extremely soggy last year!

It’s also been great to see so many new faces taking part in our rides, so a special welcome to you all and I hope that you’ve enjoyed the rides as much as we have. One thing I should mention is that we do our very best not to lose anyone that comes out on our rides. However, should you find yourself on your own, with no sign of any other riders, don’t panic: just make your way back to where you were definitely part of the group and someone will come back and find you.

In September we are going into the great unknown (well into Northamptonshire!) on our annual 50-mile challenge ride, learning about some of Oxford’s many towers, visiting Open Doors venues, eating cakes in Jane’s Enchanted Tearooms and riding to Waterperry Gardens with riders from Oxford City Cycling (formerly Oxford City CTC, they’ve been rebranded!). This month is also your last chance of the year to join us on one of our summer evening social rides, this time to Hampton Poyle.

Check out our photo site for all the latest pictures taken on our rides


Meet at 9.30am for a prompt 9.45am start in Radcliffe Square (at the back of the University Church), Oxford. We will be leaving via North Oxford and Kidlington. The first 6 miles are mainly urban cycling, to get us on our way quickly. Coffee will be at The Milk Shed, Weston on the Green. We will then continue northwards, initially on the B430 but soon onto small country lanes to the west of Bicester. There will be a short picnic stop in the pleasant village of Hethe before we cross into Northamptonshire and the villages of Mixbury and Evenley where we will have lunch at the Red Lion. Alternatively, if you would prefer to bring your own packed lunch, there is a large village green where you can sit and eat. Our route back to Oxford will use small lanes to the east of Bicester, and we will approach Oxford via Merton, Charlton on Otmoor and Islip and enter Oxford via Marston. The route is approximately 52 miles return from the city centre and is relatively flat. There is one hill (up to Bletchingdon) in the morning and one more (out of Islip) in the afternoon.

The pub has been booked for 1.45pm and if the weather is good, we’ll sit outside in the spacious garden. They have asked us to pre-book our meals, so it would be very helpful if you could check out their menu ( so that you know what you want. I’ll collect orders at coffee and phone them in. I’ll also have a printed menu with me. Please also bring some food to snack on during the ride and plenty of liquid. We’ll have a 10-15 minute stop in the morning and a slightly longer break in the afternoon as there is no suitable tea stop. My best guess is that we will get back to Oxford at around 6pm. The pace will be moderate and steady. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee ( Do get in contact if you are from North Oxford or Kidlington and would like to meet the ride en route, rather than going into the centre of town.


Once again, we will celebrate this weekend by visiting up to 10 venues, many of which are not normally open to the public.  The ride is 5 miles long, with plenty of stops, and we will stop for coffee and cake either during the ride, or at the end, whichever is most convenient (and desired!).

We’ll start earlier than usual, to experience a particular event, and will meet at 9.30am outside the Botanic Garden.  We can get into it free of charge before 9.45am, but we won’t be staying very long, before making our way to the next venue.  We should finish by 1pm.  The ride leader will be Jane Carlton Smith –  If running late, ring me on 07833 731253.


Meet at the junction of Parks Road and Norham Gardens, by the entrance to University Parks, at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm departure. We will head off through the back streets of North Oxford, through Cutteslowe Park, then across the fields on concrete farm tracks to Water Eaton. From there we continue along quiet roads to ‘The Bell’ pub in Hampton Poyle where a good 2 course meal can be had for £10 if ordered before 7.30. We’ll return home by the cycle track through Richard Branson’s land to old Kidlington, then back by the Oxford road. The ride is 16 miles altogether and there are no hills. Please remember to bring bike lights as it will be dark on our return. Male friends are welcome on this ride. The leader is Karen Wolff


Meet in Broad Street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 10.45am for an 11.00am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5/51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Jane’s Enchanted Tea Gardens near Pigeon Lock.

Medium Ride:  from Pigeon Lock it’s a bumpy unpaved road to Tackley train station (1 mile approx.); trains from Tackley to Oxford take 10 minutes and cost    £3.60. Times 13.28 -15.28 -17.42. If you return by train, the cycle ride will be approximately 15 miles long.

Long Ride: the return journey is via Tackley and 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 (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked.

The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890731542, email

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming on this ride, please let Lilia know by 14th September as the tearoom is very popular and she will need to book to avoid disappointment.


The ride will meet at 09.45hrs for a 10.00hrs departure from the Ox Statue opposite the entrance to the Oxford Central railway station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will take between 1 and 1 ½  hrs including coffee. The ride will be taken at a leisurely pace, at the speed of the slowest cyclist and is mainly along back roads of Oxford suburbs and City (plus one pebbled section of Merton Street, which can be walked if needed), some Thames towpath and Sustrans routes. The ride will stop to look at three Towers , one new and two old, and learn about their history.

There is an optional coffee stop at the end of the ride at Saint Marys Church. The ride leader is Sarah Twine.


Meet outside Oxford Campus Stores in Broad St, Oxford for a prompt 9.30am departure for Waterperry. We will leave Oxford via the University Parks before making our way up the hill to Headington. We will then ride to Waterperry via Barton, Stanton St John and Worminghall. After coffee we will return to Wheatley. We will then decide whether to ride up the back of Shotover Hill, over the Shotover Plain and back into Headington or to return via Littleworth and Horspath. The former route will involve some off-road track, so whether we tackle this will depend on how dry the weather has been in the preceding days. Whichever route we take, there will be a couple of hills going and one coming back and the ride will be 24 miles maximum. The ride leader will be Ellen Lee (

Looking ahead: October dates for your diary:

Saturday October 1st: Short and Steady Ride
Sunday October 9th: Medium ride to Wheatley Windmill


Team Beryl

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

 Cycling Picnic and Treasure Hunt

Sunday, 18 September 2016, from 9:30am at Standlake Village Hall – with rides there from several locations.

A picnic and rides to celebrate a great summer of cycling. Many CTC/Cycling UK groups across the county will be organising a ride to and from the picnic.  Check your local group for details.

10:00 – gentle ride from Standlake (1* about 16 miles)
12:30 – Picnic time! On the field, or if wet in the hall
14:00 – Treasure Hunt (about 10 miles, family-friendly)

CTC Oxfordshire will provide drinks (tea, coffee, squash)

Organised by: CTC Oxfordshire. For more information, please contact Steve Swanton (


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