On Saturday, we cycled to Abingdon down the Sustrans Cycle Route 5, which follows the river nearly to Sandford. It then turns onto country lanes (evidently used by HGVs during the week) for a few miles before returning to traffic-free areas. The route brings you to the Abbey Gardens, where there are cycle racks.
After that, we went and had lunch at the Broad Face. They have a great menu and don’t skimp on the portions! I have eaten there the last two times that I have been to Abingdon and I would recommend them if you are going to visit the town. They also carry a small selection (3) of ales but they always have something very good – like Bath Gem, which I had on Saturday.
After our very good lunch, we walked around Abingdon for a little before going to Waitrose … the highlight of Jill’s day! After our long stay in Waitrose, we cycled back into Oxford.
On the way back, we stopped by the nature reserve and picked a few flowers.
Hopefully this is going to be the first of many longer cycle rides for the two of us. It was a lot of fun and it was very nice to get out of Oxford for part of the day.
The cycle route that we took is part of the Hanson Way (and here is a PDF map).