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Bicester to Upper Heyford

Posted by Paul Willems on 15 September 2013 in English (English)

Next week I start cycling the 6 or 7 miles to work from Bicester to Upper Heyford.

I notice that there are bridleways leaving Bicester and entering Upper Heyford but am not sure if they are linked or not and if they are open and navigable to somebody on a mountain bike.

Can anyone help me out?

Paul

Location: Avonbury Business Park, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, South East, England, OX26, United Kingdom

Comment from Richard on 15 September 2013 at 16:49

Certainly open and connected. But the surface hasn't been marked in OSM so it's not clear how passable they are. Have a go and report back so the surface can be recorded on the map!

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Comment from Vclaw on 15 September 2013 at 20:57

You could try Cyclestreets. http://www.cyclestreets.net/

Its good for getting ideas for cycling routes. It has options for fastest or quietest, so you can try them out and see how they compare.

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Comment from Paul Willems on 16 September 2013 at 00:16

Thank you both. Excellent advice and I will report back.

http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/38107373/ shows the route as I planned it so it is obviously do-able. I'll give it a go tomorrow and let you know how I get on. I may even be able to avoid the road at the start as well - a bonus at rush hour.

Thanks again,

Paul

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Comment from Paul Willems on 17 September 2013 at 03:02

Okay.

Bicester to Upper Heyford cross country? My advice - don't if you have to be somewhere at a certain time!

The bridleways either side are fine but the big ploughed field in the middle adds at least an hour to your journey. Cycling is at walking pace at best (although walking would have been even slower).

Photos will appear on http://www.cyclestreets.net/ later.

I'll be doing the trip again today but sticking to the roads, which are relatively quiet despite the rush hour-ness of the journey.

Car drivers are clearly in a rush. Some drive in the hedgerow on the other side of the road to give you space, which is nice of them. Others, though, like to be as close as possible to your right ear before pulling out, some don't even bother to pull out!

Ho-hum all part of the fun.

My legs feel like balloons!

Paul

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