Hen and Stag party Cycle Tour
For a memorable stag or hen tour we have a fantastic route offering a very easy and safe ride along some of Oxford’s most famous waterways with the option to stop for drinks, lunch and a game of our local game ‘Aunt Sally.
We begin at our shop – Walton Street Cycles, we are very near to Oxford train or bus stations and there is parking nearby for groups coming by car.Read More…
We will fit you to your bikes and if requested surprise the Hen or Stag with their very own “surprise” bike. We head out towards traffic free Port Meadow and ride along the Thames Path, stopping at picturesque pubs close to the river, including the famous Trout Inn. After a refreshment stop we proceed into the village of Wolvercote, with a handful of wonderful pubs there are plenty of opportunities for more refreshments and light or hearty lunches.
After lunch we will visit the White Hart pub for a game of Aunt Sally. Locals have been playing this traditional game since the 1800’s, the game involves throwing a stick at Sally – a bit like a coconut shy. The losing team will have to perform a forfeit, normally a shot of your favourite tipple! After a lively afternoon we will take a leisurely ride back to Jericho along the tranquil Oxford canal, if your thirsts are not satisfied then there are more opportunities to stop and relax along the way.
Drink stops, lunch & Aunt Sally are all optional – contact us we are happy to help plan your dayShow Less
Tour Length – 5 Miles / 8 Km
Difficulty – Very Easy
Tour Duration – 3-5 hours
Suitability – Adults
Bikes – All bikes
Prices start from as little as £22 per person.
To view a full route description and itinerary please download our brochure.
- Meeting Point
The peaceful countryside
- Historic Port Meadow
- Ride alongside the River Thames
- Discover where Charles Ludwig (aka Lewis Carrol) first started to spin the yarn of Alice in Wonderland
- Visit 12th century Godstow Nunnery & Abbey
- Visiting Picturesque waterway locks
Refreshments, lunch and Aunt Sally
- The Perch (optional) Riverside pub
- The Trout (optional) Riverside pub
- The Jacobs Inn (optional) Great food
- Game of Aunt Sally (optional) Local game – with forfeits!
The tranquility of Oxford Canal
- The Plough (optional) Canal Side Pub
- The Oxford Canal
- Learn the history of Oxford canal and its dwellers
- Learn the demise of the canal after the trains
- Learn the chequered history of Rosamund the fair
When days and times do the tours run?
There are no scheduled times for this tour, this experience is arranged specifically for you at a time that best suits you and guide availability. Complete the Book Now form with your desired date and time and we will be in touch to finalise payment and confirm booking.
Can I bring my Dog?
Yes, no problem but let us know so we can book a dog trailer for you. There are also parts of the tour off road where your doggie can roam free
Can I bring a bag with me?
Yes, you can either carry your bag or some bikes do have baskets you can fit it in. If you have luggage or bulky bags we can make arrangements for you to leave these at our shop.
What do I need to bring with me?
Mostly nothing except yourself! But here are a few ideas to help keep you comfortable (depending on time of year)
Suitable clothing for the time of year
Bottle of water
Are the tours conducted in English?
Our tours are in English, our guides speak various languages and if you would like a tour in another language please contact us to arrange.
Do I need to book tours?
Yes, please email us before you come. If we have no guided tours running on your desired date we offer bike hire and self-guided maps for the tour.
What happens if it rains?
We don’t want you to have a miserable time if the heavens are falling down we always give the option to cancel or change your date. However rain doesn’t stop us and we recommend bringing your waterproofs if there is a chance of rain.
Do we go inside the museums, monuments and colleges?
Not as standard but it is always possible to pop into a college if the group wants to, some colleges charge small entrance fees which would not be included in the price. When booking your tour let us know and we can make suitable arrangements
What are the safety issues?
We follow carefully planned routes on our tours, which will keep you away from busy traffic and were possible using pedestrian crossings. Our hire bikes are regular maintained by qualified mechanics.
Parents are politely reminded that they are responsible for their children.
How big do the tour groups get?
Normally no more than 10 but this may be bigger if there are families with children. We cater for larger groups of up to 100 but these are pre-arranged, contact us for more details if you have a large group.
Are these tours appropriate for children?
Our day tours are very much so. We have child seats, trailers and trailer bikes. If your children can cycle let us know their age and we can reserve a children’s bike for them. Holiday tours may not be suitable, please contact us to discuss in more detail.
After a tour can we hang onto the bikes a bit longer would that be possible?
If you have been on one of our tours you can keep the bike until the shop closes or the following morning for a small rental fee, we would require a deposit so let us know you beforehand.
How fit do we need to be for a tour?
The group will always go as fast as the slowest rider, it is not a challenging ride anyway as you are always stopping to get information from the guide about history. You will not even get out of breath it is designed for all abilities.
How often can we go to restroom?
We have a toilet when you arrive and there are public conveniences on route, close to where our guides stop. If you are worried and think you may need to stop outside these breaks tell your guide beforehand and they will point out all facilities along the way. It is very relaxed and in no way a regimented tour, we always stop whenever anyone needs to.
Do you provide helmets?
We do keep some helmets in the shop we can lend you but cannot guarantee their safety
For safety and hygienic reasons Bainton Bikes do not hire out helmets. Apart from no legal constraints compelling a rider to wear one we also believe we cannot guarantee the hygiene of the prior user or the care given to the helmet. A helmet’s safety is deemed compromised if it has been dropped to the ground as the inner shell must be intact, the only way to know this is through thorough examination using x-ray which we are unable to do after every hire. Please bring your own helmet if you are worried, alternatively we do also sell helmets in our shop.