Summary: Starting from Reading station, this route mainly follows quiet lanes and tracks close to the River Thames, through Goring and Wallingford to the village of Dorchester, with its historic Abbey. Then pick up the track following the old Roman Road to Alchester to reach the outskirts of Oxford. Cross the Thames at Sandford Lock and pick up the Thames Path into the city. A pleasantly rural ride. with a diversion to climb the Wittenham Clumps.
There are no climbs on this route, but you need to be fit enough to do the distance. Make sure that you bring enough water/drinks and some snacks. There are at least two places along the route where we can stop and get something to eat and drink.
Transport: Return train from Oxford to Reading (around 4 trains per hour, journey time about 25minutes.
Conditions under the tyre: Most of the route is along tracks and bridleways with unmade but generally reasonable surfaces. A mountain bike is preferable, and expect some mud after rain, especially along the old Roman Road.
Distance/time: Approx 35 miles, about 5 hours riding, add a mile and another half hour to enjoy the excursion up to Wittenham Clumps. Please bring a helmet, you will not be allowed to join the ride without a helmet. Also, bring a pump and a spare tyre, if possible.
This is a social gathering and absolutely free to join in.