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Beyond the Bike: 5 Great Reasons to Ride Oxford

Looking for ready-to-go cycling routes on winding roads where crickets outnumber cars with forests and farmland as backdrop for your journey? You can find that 90 minutes west of downtown Toronto –  in Oxford County.

Hit the road with 11 paved and 9 gravel cycling routes that pair well with overnights in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll.

Oxford County knows the journey continues when you park your ride.  Here are 5 post-ride activities that put Oxford in another class for an ultimate cycling getaway.

Cyclist at Elm Hurst Inn & Spa – Photo Credit: Dudek Photography, Tourism Oxford

1. Mouthwatering:

If your social media feed is a gallery of mouthwatering food pics, prepare your taste buds to be equally satisfied. Oxford County is home to four craft breweries, gastro-pubs, cafés, ice cream shops, bakeries, burger joints and fine dining.  Locals love the outdoors so there is no shortage of patios to lounge and dine.

2. Get Nordic:

Oxford County is home to two Nordic spas (Terra Nova and Wave Nordic) where you can warm up and cool off in pools, saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas. Both spas offer country views, spa treatments and onsite dining.  If your body craves more go and less slow – don’t worry you will find 100km of trails, guided paddling on the Nith River and numerous golf courses to keep moving.

3. Oxford County Cheese Trail:

Explore 32 local businesses celebrating Oxford County’s cheese and dairy past and present. Discover why we are called the dairy capital at a local museum. Feast on cheese at local restaurants. Sample local goats milk soap.  Visit 9 cheesemakers and ice cream makers for award winning flavours. Pack your cooler – to avoid post-trip regrets.

4. Mid-ride Rest Stops:

Mid-ride breaks go beyond the everyday. Enjoy lunch while watching airplanes take off. Book a picnic in a blueberry patch. Dine at a flower farm. Enjoy fresh picked berries at a market.  Don’t worry we are home coffee roasters and ice cream makers, we take our crema and scoops seriously.

5. Connection Thrives Here:

If you are craving connection with your fellow travellers or immersing yourself in a community – we got you. Wander together through 3 floors of antiques, swap ride stories over craft beer, and hear our stories in galleries and museums. For something unique check out our suite of experiences. You could join Elio to roast a batch of coffee at Early Bird Coffee or harvest and prepare brunch with Alex at Thames River Melons. Get to know the zany cast of characters at Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life – Cheryl may show you how to pick up a chicken.

Ready to plan your trip?

We make it easy. Visit RideOxford.ca for online maps (or request a paper copy). You will find paved and gravel routes with distance elevation, starting points, accommodations and other riding tips.   You can also connect with Emily, our in-office triathlete and travel concierge (tourism@oxfordcounty.ca; 1-866-801-7368 x3355).

So saddle up, because in Oxford County the journey doesn’t end with the last mile—it’s just the beginning of a memorable culinary and cultural exploration.

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Published On: February 29, 2024Categories: News

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