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)
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. The Jubilee Ride leaflet was reprinted in July 2010 to include a change of route at the start of the ride as well as other information and text updates.
Mountain bikers please note - current advice is to stay on the main route.
July 2014 update:
Shortcut routes - these are very difficult to negotiate on a bike. The field edge and cross field paths are very overgrown, rutted and sometimes very stony making cycling hazardous. The wooded area where the two shortcut routes cross is also very rutted and is very wet and muddy after rain making cycling impossible. Direction 1/2, South-North Shortcut - the path is steep approaching the stream so please take care. Cross the stream using the bridge.
Current advice for mountain bikers is to stay on the main route.
Main route - the most difficult stretches for mountain bikers are between directions 1 and 3 and between directions 14 and 15, again due to overgrown, rutted and sometimes very stony paths. You may need to walk your bike along these stretches
Jubilee ride (2.6Mb)