Stage Coach Bandit (28km)
Experience Level: Easy to moderate. Leisure/Recreational.
Route Surface: Primarily gravel roads, some paved segments. Gravel, cyclocross, hybrid or mountain bike recommended.
Route Length: 28km
Make a quick escape to quiet rural farmland, just south of Woodstock, to enjoy this 28km gentle countryside gravel roll. Starting from the small hamlet of Oxford Centre, this looped gravel route is a great place to begin your gravel adventures in the area riding on quiet flat roads, with wide open vistas and 360 views of lush and abundant farmlands. Take some extra time to stop along the way and fill your paniers with local artisan goods, from soaps and beauty products at Wild Comfort, to tasty treats at Gunn's Hill Cheese, or add a small detour to Berrylicious Farm to get your berry-fill. Circle back around for a delightful cruise north on Cedar Line, before the last 6km, a pretty meander on pavement back to Oxford Centre finish. For the gravel purists dip down a country line to use Firehall Road as an alternate and equally scenic route to the finish.
Caution crossing at busier intersections of north south roadways including Country Road 59. Slow down for passing traffic and agricultural vehicles. Be aware that gravel roadways are maintained at various times throughout year, and while generally in good condition, may be in varied states of repair which can include fresh grading. As on all cycling routes, exercise caution at all times.
Oxford Centre Park, 505386 Old Stage Rd, Woodstock/Oxford Centre (View Map)
Stops Enroute (Seasonal hours, check websites before visiting):
- Wild Comfort Body Care - 445300 Gunn's Hill Rd, Woodstock (View Map) - www.wildcomfort.ca
- Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese - 445172 Gunn's Hill Rd, Woodstock (View Map) - www.gunnshillcheese.ca
- Berrylicious Fruit Farm – (Optional 1km off route) - 425533 Substation Rd, Burgessville (View Map) - www.berryliciousfruit.ca
Are there washrooms I can use along my ride?
Be sure to check with individual locations for seasonal and time of day constraints.We encourage you to use your washroom before your ride, as there are no stops along this ride that offer water bottle refills. Be sure to check out the surrounding area of Ingersoll for their refill stations.
Where can I fill up my water bottle along my ride?
Be sure to check with individual locations for seasonal and time of day constraints.
We encourage you to have your water bottle filled up before your ride, as there are no stops along this ride that offer water bottle refills. Be sure to check out the surrounding area of Woodstock for their refill stations.
What restaurants can I go to for a bite to eat along my ride?
We encourage you to check out some of the surrounding areas for a bite to eat before or after your ride! Check out our blog on the best places to eat on a patio in Oxford!
Additional Information and Resources:
- Tourism Oxford – www.tourismoxford.ca
- Ontario By Bike - www.ontariobybike.ca/southwestontario
Find locations of certified bicycle-friendly businesses in Oxford County.
Cyclists are encouraged to evaluate the route based on level of experience and comfort level on cycling on gravel, and be prepared that dust and gravel may become airborne at all times. By using this route map, cyclists demonstrate they have read and understood the safety rules and disclaimer and agree to be bound by it. It is a suggested route only. The suggested route does not have formal bike lanes and all cyclists ride at their own risk. Road conditions and traffic levels may vary from time of map printing or posting. Caution and common sense must be used when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Cyclists must comply with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.H-8 as amended. Oxford County does not assume any liability whatsoever for cyclists travelling upon a suggested route. Oxford County is not responsible for any loss, costs or expenses incurred by cyclists while travelling upon suggested routes.