Didcot, Wantage and The Ridgeway

This route offers a leisurely ride from Didcot towards Wantage. It has numerous links to The Ridgeway, known as Britain’s oldest road, and to 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 brilliant views of the Thames Valley.

The route follows a disused railway embankment south of Didcot. It also runs close to the Berkshire Downs, a chalk grassland habitat with some interesting flora and fauna.

Surfaces vary along the route, 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, with the remainder on quiet country lanes. There is one significant climb at Hagbourne Hill.

Along the way you will see a series of artworks reflecting the surrounding landscape. Local artists have worked with students from nearby schools and colleges to create these innovative sculptures.

Route diversion

There is a route closure at Harwell Campus due to ongoing decommissioning work. There is a diversion in place and the estimated finish date is 2022.


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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.

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