Cycling Group


The Cycling Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at around 10.00am depending on the location.  The routes are usually circular and about 20 miles in length. We usually stop at a suitable pub or restaurant for lunch. The starting point is announced in advance to group members. Members share the travel arrangements to get to and from the start point where convenient.


Cycling holidays are also arranged from time to time.



Riders pay for their own lunch at the pub.


Next Events 

Circular route from Ewelme 24 Jul 2018 10.00 for 10.15 hrs start  Meet at Shepherd’s Hut, High St, Ewelme, OX10 6 HQ 
9.15 for 9.30 hrs start 28 Aug 2018 9.15 for 9.30 hrs start  Meet at Shilton Rose and Crown, Shilton, nr Burford OX18 4AB 
Cycling Holiday in Bordeaux, France 1 - 8 Sep 2018 tbc  see below
Cycling Holiday in Prague and Beyond 6 - 13  Jul 2019   see below



 Group Notices

24 July 2018 - Circular route from Ewelme

Edgar and Hilary have kindly agreed to lead us on our next adventure as follows:-
Meet at Shepherd’s Hut, High St, Ewelme, OX10 6 HQ, 10 am for 10.15 start.  Loos will be available.
The ride is about 16 miles of undulating Chiltern Hills, mostly on quiet roads, cycleways & a short stretch of rough road/gravel.  Some undulations are a little steep, with a corresponding downhill stretch when care will be needed, particularly if there is gravel on the road.
Caution crossing the A4074 and also when turning on to the A 4130.
We cycle into Benson village, turning left at Crown Inn, skirt Wallingford to Wicks Hill, head towards Nuffield & Cookley Green, past Swyncombe Church and down the hill through Ewelme to the Shepherd’s Hut. 
Lunch is booked for 1 pm, please let Edgar and Hilary have your menu choice by Friday 20 July.

28 August 2018 - circular ride from Shilton, near Burford

Here are the details of our next summer ride.  It is 18 miles through beautiful Cotswold undulating scenery and pretty villages. The risky bits are 2 crossings of the A40 and a winding uphill road out of Burford.
We start from the Shilton Rose and Crown, Shilton, nr Burford OX18 4AB where a loo will be available.  If the pub car park is full, there is plenty of parking in the village street.
As it will still be school holidays, traffic around Thame and Oxford should not be too bad, but give yourself plenty of time.  We did the journey in an hour but the traffic was light. You will most likely be using your satnavs, but just to give you directions from the A40 - about a mile before Burford you will see a sign pointing left to Brize Norton, Burford Quarry and 'Crocodiles of the World'(!). Turn left here and soon turn right, just before a sign to Burford Quarry. (NB the Shilton sign has been turned round the wrong way!)  Then it's straight on into the village.
We would like to pedal off at 9.30am in order to avoid the heat of the day in case temperatures rise again.  It's an early start, but if you're very good, there could be a short coffee stop!
The lunch menu is on the Shilton Rose and Crown website.  Could I have your orders by Fri 24th August (
Meanwhile, Happy Pedalling!
Angela and Marie

Cycling Holiday in Bordeaux - 1 to 8 September 2018

Our cycling group are embarking on a boat/ptember in the Bordeaux area of France. Anyone interested in cycling and not a member of the cycling group is welcome to join us on this adventure.

The holiday is on a river boat with hired bikes on board, and varying distances (20-32 miles) are cycled daily to the next embarkation point. Cycling is not compulsory and there is an option to stay on board.

Unfortunately there are only twin cabins available, upper or lower deck, £1536 pp and £1354 pp respectively.

Bike hire for the week is £75 or an e-bike would be £173.

A coach from Bordeaux railway station to the boat (about 1 hour) is £53 eachfor the round trip.

Travel is by own arrangement, flight, train or car, and for anyone interested to travel together we usually arrange this but a little nearer the time.

Cabins go like hot cakes and the cycling group have already booked theirs, so if you are interested, or would like more information, please contact as soon as possible:

Organiser: Eileen Monks  01844 216033 or 07772 311637 or

Cycling Holiday in Prgue and Beyond - 6 to 13 July 2019

The cycling group have arranged a river boat with bike hire from Prague next year, and as this is a larger boat than usual (Florentina) we are able to open this tour to all members of the U3A.

The cycling should be relatively easy along the rivers with distances as set out below. It is NOT limited to cyclists and one doesn’t have to cycle at all, just stay on the boat.

The Tour.

Day 1 – Arrival in Prague, embark at 4pm 

Day 2 – Prague to Kalrupy (27km 

Day 3 – Kalrupy to Melnik (29km) then continue by boat to Litomerice/Leitmeritz.

Day 4 – Litomerice for sightseeing on foot, or optional cycle to to Usti and back (53 km).

Day 5 – Litomerice to Roudnice, then cycle Roudnice to Micechvosty (40 km).

Day 6 – Micechvosty to Prague, either by bike (40 km) or by boat.

Day 7 – Explore Prague on foot, or cycle to Zbraslav and back.

Twin cabins are £805 pp on the main deck and

Twin cabins on the upper deck with French balcony, are £1,010 pp.

There is just one single cabin available on the upper deck £1,255

Bike hire for the week is £75 and E-bike hire is £176.

The price includes 7 breakfasts and 3 course dinners, plus 6 packed lunches or snack lunches for those who choose to stay on the boat. There is also tea/coffee on 6 afternoons after cycling. There is an on board tour guide who will give daily briefings on the cycle routes.

Transport is NOT included but we will probably fly to Prague and arrange flights at a later date.

Some may wish to arrange an extra day or two in Prague, before or after the tour, but if so, that would be self arranged.

This tour tends to get filled early so if you are interested don’t hesitate.

For more information contact Eileen Monks 01844 216033.    E mail

Risk Assessments

For insurance purposes we are now required to complete a risk assessment before each ride to make sure everyone is aware of the route, terrain, emergency procedures etc, and we attach a copy of the check list for your information.

As a fairly informal, sociable group this is something we have usually done in a less prescribed way, but as the group has grown and abilities vary it is worth reminding ourselves of a few general safety points:

It is really important to keep together as much as possible so as not to lose anyone. Obviously people ride at different speeds but please do take note of the meeting points the leader asks that you stop at, and wait for the back marker to arrive. This is also important in case changes need to be made to the route because of timing, weather conditions, punctures or mishaps. Sometimes if numbers are large we may split into two sections with two leaders, but the same principal will apply for each section.

Do please be aware of the need to ride in twos or threes when on busy roads, leaving a reasonable gap so that traffic can get past.

Please please make sure you always have your mobile phone switched on and charged up!

Lastly, we should be most grateful for more help in planning routes. We have plenty of maps and books for inspiration so please don’t be shy in volunteering to give us a hand occasionally!

Happy cycling.

Marie. Malcolm and Peter

Prospective New Members

At present the Cycling Group does not think it safe to accept any new members to join their rides.

If you would like to go on their waiting list, please contact Marie Woodrow 01844 292012 or

Please remember to notify the organiser in advance if you will be joining us.  


Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Marie Woodrow on 01844 292012 or


Malcolm White on 01844 291677 or