35 miles cycle - Reading to Oxford via Goring, by off-road tracks

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.

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  • Dom W.

    Fun adventure through the Bridleways and countryside

    April 22

  • Chiara

    Great to meet you!!!

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Malcolm

      Hi Chiara, well done yesterday. There were times when the bridleways were a bit muddy but you managed it very well. Looking forward to seeing you on the next trip.

      April 13, 2014

    • Catherine T.

      It was a great cycle and brilliant company. Looking forward to the next one. See you all soon.

      April 13, 2014

  • Cliff A

    Hi All, really enjoyed the ride today - fab, deffo up for another. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Malcolm

      Great to meet you Cliff. Watch out for the new rides being posted on Monday.

      April 13, 2014

  • Kevin H.

    Hope you all had a good ride. The weather was great for it. No more problems after I left you I hope ;-)

    April 12, 2014

    • Cliff A

      Hi Kevin, nice to meet you and thanks very much for coming to the rescue, I hope you brushes hadn't dried up before you got back :)

      1 · April 12, 2014

    • Amy L.

      Thanks again Kevin x

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Claire

    Hello there, I've just joined and look forward to doing a walk/cycle. 35 miles is probably a bit ambitious for me right now but I will get practising!

    April 9, 2014

    • Malcolm

      Hi Claire, as it's early in the season the rides and hikes are planned at this stage to be very easy and get harder throughout the summer as we all regain our fitness levels.

      April 11, 2014

  • Zelda G.

    Hi Malcolm,
    I plan to join the group. See you Saturday :)

    April 6, 2014

    • Malcolm

      As there are so many new members on this ride, it will be difficult to predict which train we will catch back and we don't want to force the pace where it turns from a social ride into a race.

      April 7, 2014

    • Zelda G.

      Perfect. Cheers

      April 7, 2014

  • Kevin H.

    Whats the plan on getting back from Oxford?

    April 3, 2014

    • Malcolm

      We will catch the train.

      April 4, 2014

  • Chiara

    Hello, is it possible to rent a proper bike and the required equipment/ outfit somewhere?
    I'd love to join the event but I have just moved to the UK and I haven't neither a bike neither the needed equipment yet.
    Thanks for your time and your help!

    March 25, 2014

    • Chiara

      I was told I could borrow a bike from my company and this would highly simplify everything! They have basic Apollo mountain bikes. Might it be fine? Or do I need something better?

      April 4, 2014

    • Malcolm

      Hi Chiara. The bike will be fine, it's mainly off road cycling but only on established paths and tracks. We will be going at an easy to medium pace with plenty of stops.

      April 4, 2014

  • Catherine T.

    hello, should I be using a mountain bike for this particular ride? thanks for replying.

    March 11, 2014

    • Malcolm

      Hi Catherine, thanks for the question. In future I will add it to the ride descriptions. On all the off-road rides that we will organise, the advise is to use either a mountain bike or hybrid bike. You don't need the big chunky mountain bike tyres (unless they're all ready on the bike) unless it's been raining all week, a hybrid or cyclocross tyre will be fine. Here is a link with hybrid tyres that are good for using both on the road and on trails and canal paths. http://www.cycle-rout...­

      March 12, 2014

    • Catherine T.

      many thanks Malcolm, this is very helpful. Looking forward to the cycle ride...

      March 12, 2014

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