Ride to Banbury – Sunday 2nd June

Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:
Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance:  50 miles
Refreshment stop:  Hillier Garden Centre, Banbury
Pace:  Steady

The historic market town of Banbury in North Oxfordshire is our destination for this Sunday’s steady ride. Follow your nose down Banbury lane and you won’t go far wrong in finding the café stop at the Hillier Garden Centre.

There’s a minor diversion along the way but Banbury lane is pretty much our guide through Cold Higham, Moreton Pinkney and Thorpe Mandeville at the end of the lane. Is there a simpler ride out on the CTC calendar?

Once through Chacombe on the outskirts of Banbury, there’s one or two cycle paths we’ll be using before the run in to Spiceball Park and our tea stop.

Situated close to the centre of Banbury, we’ll find a charming Hillier restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating which is often a bit of a sun trap. Our bikes can be parked right there too.

In contrast the ride back has plenty of twists and turns through a number of villages including Cropredy which hosts the annual Fairport Cropredy music festival. Appletree, West Farndon and Woodford Halse will also be on route and from there it should all be quite a familiar ride back to the start.

It’s undulating and despite the simple route out, is quite a scenic ride nonetheless.

Hope to see you there in the predicted fine weather.

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