Iain Dawson went on this ride (led by Brian Tunbridge) to Thorpe Mandeville and the line of the proposed HS2 High Speed Railway. He writes:
Eight regulars rolled-up in Hunsbury Hill to venture out to the far south-western recesses of our county with a view to seeing the landscape before the proposed High Speed rail link gets built. We were joined just a few miles out of town by John Dunkley, who rode with us for a while and then headed off when we neared Byfield, so we were a peloton of nine heading out with a tail wind on Sunday morning and, I have to say, the far recesses of the county were looking very green after all the recent rain.
And very hilly. You may have seen Ian Macsporran’s plan of the route by now, complete with vertical data. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/j7YXJJu2uBg
We got within a mile or so of Oxfordshire at a couple of points and then headed for home, lunching at Sulgrave Manor on the return. As well as several “No to HS2” signs (it’s not popular down there),
We got to see several new-to-us roads and a fair bit of sunshine too, so I’d like to thank Brian for organising a ride out past the boundaries of our normal riding territory, booking the weather, and ensuring that we all made it round, despite the climbing.