This great route takes you from the historic city of Oxford out to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The ride follows National Route 5 all the way to Woodstock, using traffic free sections, quiet roads and a picturesque path alongside the Oxford canal.
Travelling from Oxford city centre you take the Woodstock Road and either ride in the cycle/bus lane or on the pavement cycleway. From the Woodstock Road roundabout there is a dedicated cycleway almost to Woodstock (although it gets interrupted by roundabouts along the way).
Blenheim Palace and Gardens are stunning and there is a huge amount to do once there. The Churchill exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the ‘Greatest Briton’ including personal letters, photographs and paintings. There are also regular guided tours of the magnificent State Rooms (except Sundays and Bank Holidays) which allow you to discover the fine collection of portraits, furniture, tapestries and porcelain there. The palace is open daily from 10.30am to 5:30pm (last admission 4.45pm). Please note there are bike racks provided to cycle to visit the Palace however general cycling within the Park is not permitted.
In Woodstock, you could also visit the Oxfordshire County Museum which has a great tea shop. On your return journey to Oxford, there is the option to do a short detour to Bladon to see where Churchill is buried.
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.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.