Experimental Cycle Route

August 30th, 2011 by WitneyBUG Leave a reply »

An idea from the Charlbury Cycling Group for a route from Charlbury to Finstock has been taken up by the Cornbury Estate on a trial basis. See the full story here in the Witney Gazette.

The trial ends Sep 30th so if you’re interested best try it out sooner rather than later.

There are many reasons for taking a trip to Charlbury: the train station, the Rose & Crown and the Good Food Shop and Cafe are some.

We tried it on the tandem not realising there’s a kissing gate half way along the route – that was a real struggle. There’s also a short section of field which doesn’t look suitable during wet spells, but otherwise it’s a delightful alternative to the fast, hilly B4022.

Let us know what you think if you try it out.


1 comment

  1. J-P says:

    The kissing gate is an astonishing oversight, especially as I think it was even replaced recently. When I did the route shortly after a rain shower I felt that the most dangerous part was near the slippery tree roots near the gate. I’d hate to think that the trees would suffer or be removed because of people mentioning that, though; especially because it ought to be a conservation area around those trees: ask me about it some time!

    Given part of it is a permissive path, I’d go the whole hog and let cyclists go up through the park itself on the tarmac’ed paths. They tend to let drivers meander around up there lost, but stop anyone on a bicycle; which strikes me as being the wrong way round.

    The main Finstock–Charlbury road has got a fair bit better since the 50mph speed limit was brought in: it only takes a few people to slow down a bit, and the different road conditions seem to make drivers less likely to be aggressive to other road users. It’s still not ideal, mind you.

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