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The Pines & Pints: Enjoy a winter cycle followed by delicious craft brews

Discover winter cycling and refreshing craft beer in Woodstock.

Pair Cycling & Post-Ride Craft Beer this Winter

Winter and cycling. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Well, maybe not peanut butter and jelly but rather peanut butter and jelly with potato chips layered in. It isn't for everyone, but those who like it love it.

In Oxford, we're in the latter group because we have two wicked trails that are groomed year-round for cyclists. In Woodstock, check out The Pines with your fat bike then follow it up with a craft brew. Read on for our perfect day out on the trail. 

First Stop: The Pines

Where: 745751 Township Rd 4, Woodstock, ON. (View Map)
What you need to know: Membership required (day passes available)

cyclist fat biking at The Pines

When the snow is thick, there's nothing like exploring The Pines trail network by fat bike. Maintained by the Woodstock Cycling Club, this network of trails spans over 20km and has different loops for beginners, intermediate riders and advanced riders.

Go solo or for a ride with some friends as you work your way through the beautiful Pittock Conservation Area in the freshly fallen snow or on a brisk winter day. Want more information? Check out the Woodstock Cycling Club online. 

Second Stop: Upper Thames Brewing Company

Where: Upper Thames Brewing Company, 225 Bysham Park Dr. #9 (View Map)
What you need to know: Want food? Check out their sister location, The Brickhouse Brewpub!

jessica drinking a beer

Whether you had an intense or leisurely ride, unwinding with craft beer made in-house is just the ticket. Visit Upper Thames Brewing Company to check out their award-winning craft brews. Choose from their signature flagship brews (we love their Timberbeast Brown Ale) or one of their rotating seasonal taps to try something new.

Can't decide? Order a paddle with a few options. If you're feeling hungry and need to refuel after your ride, no worries. Upper Thames Brewing's sister location, The Brickhouse Brewpub boasts 24 Ontario craft brews on tap (12 of their own) as well as a full menu of hearty food perfect for enjoying on a cold winter day. We'll cheers to that. 

Ride On

We can't wait to have you in Oxford County! If you'd like help planning your trip please feel free to shoot us an email and we'll help you create a custom itinerary.

Where should I stay?

We're so glad you want to stay the night and extend your trip! Check out our accommodations page for everything from bed and breakfasts to hotels. 

How can I help take care of the trails?

On trails, please remember to clean up after yourself. Provide adequate space for flora and fauna. Even if animals do not run away from you, they may be protecting young. Finally, take only photos and leave only footprints. If you'd like to give back, you can consider purchasing a tree.

What else can I do in Woodstock?

Glad you asked! Check out our Woodstock page for some inspiration.

Do you have any tips and tricks for cyclists coming to Oxford?

Absolutely! From quick repairs to bike-friendly accommodations and more, you'll find it in our tips and tricks article for cyclists.

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