The Chocolate Box

16th July 2017

Doors open, Warr’s Harley-Davidson Kings Road, at 09.00hrs. Pre-ride briefing is at 09.30hrs prompt. GATES CLOSE AT 09.30hrs. Our policy is no briefing - no ride, so please arrive on time, with a full tank, to avoid disappointment. Remember to bring your C&F Membership card for swipe in and H.O.G. Membership is obligatory.

The Cotswolds, one of Britain’s best kept secrets, is an area of outstanding natural beauty in south central England containing the Cotswold Hills, a range of limestone rolling hills which rise majestically from the lush meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale between Bath and Stratford-on-Avon i.e. outside the M25.

The Chocolate Box

Historic villages (some mentioned in the August 1086 Doomsday book) contain honey coloured stone cottages so perfect they’re called “chocolate boxes”. Stunning roads cross scenic fields and valleys leading to rivers, canals, woods, and civilized pubs.

Getting out of London:
Chelsea & Fulham H.O.G. will be heading West from Warr’s Harley Davidson, 611 King’s Road, London on the A4, then M4 & following A & B roads through Datchet, Windsor, Maidenhead & Henley-Upon-Thames.

Caffeine fix:
Friendly staff at the positively bonkers Crazy Bear will welcome us with enthusiastic arms for our very first C&F Crazy Bear coffee stop at Stadhampton, just outside Oxford (est. 55 miles).

Once we have all arrived at Crazy Bear carpark, Sporters will gather together to be able to brim their collective tanks at the local BP garage (literally just around the corner).

Salute to Harley-Davidson UK:
With full tanks & empty bladders, we continue our journey into South Oxford where we can briefly salute to Harley Davison HQ as we circumnavigate around South Oxford on the Eastern & Southern Bypass roads & briefly onto the A34 & A40.

We’re in Hunter Wellington boot country now:
Turing right, we enter through ‘the gateway of the Cotswolds’ into majestic Burford which opens out in front of us as we descend into the classic rolling countryside of the Wolds. We continue to take in the classic sights of Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold & some say, the mini Venice of the Coswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water.

Our final lunch destination (total est. 110 miles) is the quintessential country inn at the heart of the Cotswolds, The Slaughters Inn. Separate hard standing parking at the rear of the car park has been arranged.

This is a very popular Sunday Lunch destination & therefore is important that you pre-order your Sunday lunch choices direct with The Slaughters Inn. Like all good things, pre-order early to avoid disappointment on the day. If you do not pre-order you may not be able to order food on the day.

Now is the time for you to do two things:
1. Register your ride interest (email jonathan.gooch ‘at’ hotmail.com)
AND
2. Phone The Slaughters Inn direct (01451 822 143) to Pre-Book your Sunday Lunch food options (Menu) Mention Warr’s Harley Davidson, Chelsea & Fulham Harley Owners Group (HOG).

Regular chocolate eaters welcome a host of benefits for their hearts, including lower blood pressure, lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol & a lower risk of heart disease. Obviously, we can’t claim the same benefits by participating in The Chocolate Box ride, but if you don’t go, you won’t be able to find out.

Doors open, Warr’s Harley-Davidson Kings Road, at 09.00hrs. Pre-ride briefing is at 09.30hrs prompt. GATES CLOSE AT 09.30hrs. Our policy is no briefing - no ride, so please arrive on time, with a full tank, to avoid disappointment. Remember to bring your C&F Membership card for swipe in and H.O.G. Membership is obligatory.

Your ride leader Jonathan Gooch - C&F Road Captain

 

Important information & Chapter requirements:

  • Chelsea & Fulham H.O.G. (C&F) operate a “No brief, no ride” policy and we will enforce this, so to avoid disappointment, please do not arrive late for the briefing
  • Allow plenty of time for signing in
  • Bring your C&F or Meridian Chapter membership card. This is a requirement to participate in ALL Chapter events
  • Bring your H.O.G. membership card. This is a requirement to participate in ALL Chapter ride outs
  • Ensure your bike is refuelled before departure
  • This is an official ride and qualifies towards the C&F riders patch and Precious Metal Rockers, more here
  • C&F H.O.G. ride outs - an explanation for new riders to the group.