We publish four circular rides to aid exploration of hidden North Oxfordshire and encourage healthy lifestyles. Leaflets are available electronically (see links below) and free of charge from Banbury Museum.
Ride features include:
- tried and tested routes
- easy to read maps and directions
- terrain and relief information
- options including short cuts and alternative routes
- guide to pubs and facilities en-route.
THREE COUNTIES RIDE
17 mile circular cycle route on quiet roads, with shortcuts. Passing through: Cropredy, Claydon, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Wormleighton, Fenny Compton, Farnborough, Mollington.
3 counties ride (414kb)
CHERWELL VALLEY RIDE
18 mile circular cycle route on quiet roads, cycleways and bridleways. Passing through: Kidlington, Begbroke, Woodstock, Tackley, Kirtlington, Bletchingdon, Hampton Poyle.
Cherwell Valley ride (480kb)
IRONSTONES VILLAGES RIDE
20 mile hilly circular cycle route on quiet roads and surfaced tracks. Passing through: Bodicote, Broughton, Shutford, Epwell, Sibford Gower, Lower Tadmarton, Bloxham.
Ironstones villages ride (439kb)
!Mountain bikers please note - current advice is to stay on the main route
9.5 mile circular equestrian/cycle route on quiet roads and bridleways to the north of Bicester. The main route passes through Stoke Lyne, Bainton, Hethe and Tusmore Park. Please take the leaflet with you as it is essential to following certain stretches of the route.
Main route - July 2016 update
- The most difficult stretches for mountain bikers are between directions 1-3, 6 -7 and 12-15, due to overgrown, rutted and sometimes very stony paths. You may need to walk your bike along these stretches.
- Direction 2 - the waymarker post which directs you straight on into the wooded area has collapsed.
- Some waymarker posts are obscured by vegetation or difficult to see at this time of year so follow the leaflet instructions closely.
Shortcut routes - August 2016 update
- The field edge and cross field paths are mostly very overgrown, rutted and sometimes very stony making cycling hazardous. You may need to walk your bike along several stretches.
- The wooded area where the two shortcut routes cross is particularly rutted and is very wet and muddy after rain making cycling impossible. The wooded area at direction 6, South-North Shortcut is similar and would be very difficult after rain.
- Direction 1/2, South-North Shortcut - the path is steep approaching the stream so users please take care. Cross the stream using the bridge.
- Direction 1, East-West Shortcut - once you are past the allotments, the path is very overgrown and almost impassable.
Jubilee ride (2.6Mb)