Today’s plan was to visit the remains of a Roman villa in North Leigh.

Having been to North Leigh on a number of occasions I’ve yet to see any signs for it.

On my long day in the saddle a couple of weeks ago with Neale, I spied a sign close to the small village of East End a place I’ve never been to before, more of which later.

Early morning rain (the first for a few weeks) had cleared and pretty much dried up by the time I got going at around 10:30.

Heading through Wootton, Henwood and Cumnor it was down the fast descent of Tumbledown Dick to reach the toll bridge at Swinford.

Stopping here to remove arm warmers, its good to know that cyclists travel over this bridge spanning the River Thames for free.

Lorry crossing the toll bridge.

From here it was through Eynsham, across the very busy A40, it took me ten minutes to cross two lanes of cars/lorries etc, to Barnard Gate.

After another couple of miles I re-find the sign, so head for the village of East End.

Main street, in attractive East End.

Coming out of the village I find this info board.

Heading down the track I’m concerned for the 25mm tyres I’m running with today.

Finding this break in the hedgerow this would be as far as I go, I’m still not half way down.

Looking out over the North Oxfordshire countryside.

Looking back up the track I’ve just descended.

From here it’s time to go home, heading through Freeland to Church Hanborough via single track twisty and hilly lanes .

Village church and the front of the Old School House.

Old School House, Church Hanborough.

From here I clipped the edge of Eynsham, back over the Toll Bridge and climb Tumbledown Dick.

Stopped opposite this Barn House in Cumnor for a quick snack and drink to get me through the last 7 miles.

Like the two toned roof tiling, shame about the rubbish bin.

It was a pity I didn’t get to the ruins and have a good look around, however it’s been there for 1,600/1,700 years so it’s not going anywhere, next time I’ll visit on the Dawes with its 32mm tyres and touring wheels.

Distance – 34 miles.

Journey – Solo.

Bike – Spa Audax.

4 response to "A ROMAN QUEST"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 18, 2019

    Good find!

    “All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 18, 2019

      Oh, Latin is a dead language
      As dead as it can be
      First it killed the Romans
      And now its killing me!

      (From Latin Class in HS) Yes, it was THAT long ago. 🙂

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 18, 2019

    Interesting tour, it appears there is lots to see once at the actual site of the ruins.
    Just looking at various links from the Roman Villa site, there are a lot of archeological sites in your area — fascinating!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: July 21, 2019

    Looked like a very pleasant ride and a nice destination for a quest. When I think about the places I’ve lived – I doubt the construction is of a standard for them to last 100 years – let alone occupation for 300!

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