National Cycle Route 57 runs in sections from Farmington in Gloucestershire to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

Oxford to Thame is largely on country lanes. Thame to Princes Risborough follows the Phoenix Trail along the route of a disused railway. Princes Risborough to Chesham leaves the relatively flat Oxfordshire countryside and continues on into the Chiltern Hills.

Leaving Princes Risborough the route climbs up Kop Hill to the top of Whiteleaf Cross. From there it continues along small lanes to Prestwood. The short section between Prestwood and Great Missenden takes you off-road. The section between Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn Garden City is largely traffic-free as it follows the Nickey Line.

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

Route 57 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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