Didcot, Wantage and The Ridgeway

This route offers a leisurely ride from Didcot to Wantage, with numerous links to The Ridgeway, known as Britain’s oldest road, and the Berkshire Downs. Sculptures along the route reflect and complement aspects of the passing landscape and local history.

Starting from Didcot railway station, this leisurely ride through rolling countryside offers views of the Thames Valley and Didcot Power Station. The route follows a disused railway embankment south of Didcot and runs close to the Berkshire Downs, a chalk grassland habitat with some interesting flora and fauna.

Surfaces vary from tarmac through tar spray and gravel chippings to limestone dust, but are designed for easy riding throughout. Most of the route is virtually traffic-free, on a combination of public bridleways, byways, footpaths and private tracks, the remainder being on quiet country lanes. There is only one significant climb at Hagbourne Hill.

Local artists have worked with students from nearby schools and colleges to create a series of innovative artworks reflecting the surrounding landscape.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Didcot, Wantage and The Ridgeway is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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