Didcot, Wantage and The Ridgeway

Route Details

  • From - to: Didcot to Wantage and The Ridgeway
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Type: Quiet Roads, byways and purpose-built paths
  • Access: Didcot railway station
  • Surface: Variable

Route Description

This route offers a leisurely ride running along the north edge of the downlands and offering views of the Thames Valley and Didcot Power Station. Around 6.5 miles are virtually traffic-free on a combination of public bridleways and tracks. The remaining 4 miles are on quiet country lanes. The section of route south of Didcot includes a county wildlife site with a number of rare species, Sustrans manages the site in consultation with Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.

There are numerous links to The Ridgeway, known as Britain's oldest road, and the Berkshire Downs.

Surfaces vary from tarmac through tar spray and gravel chippings to limestone dust, but are designed for easy riding throughout.

A downloadable map of this route is available (pdf).

Art Trail

This route is a Sustrans' Art Trail. Artist Tim Norris worked with students from local Rycotewood Furniture making College and use locally sourced Chiltern Timber to create a series of innovative artworks reflecting the surrounding landscape. The sculptures reflect and compliment aspects of the passing landscape and local history. This follows the success of the partnership between Sustrans and Rycotewood College where students created artworks and resting places with resident artist Angus Ross for The Phoenix Trail. 

Metal Artist Jon Mills worked on projects with local students from Hagbourne School and St Birinus School with much success to create exciting sculptures and develop new skills.

The route follows a disused railway embankment south of Didcot and runs close to the Berkshire Downs, a chalk grassland environment with special interest flora and fauna. 

A partnership project 'Art and The Travelling Landscape - Didcot to Upton' has been a dynamic partnership project involving Sustrans, Oxford & Cherwell College Rycotewood Centre, Arts Council England - South East, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the Town and Parish Councils, Hagbourne and St Birinus Schools. Special thanks to Doug Morris, Oxford & Cherwell College.

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This route offers you numerous links to The Ridgeway and the Berkshire Downs.

11 miles