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Route 544

Route Details

Distance: 12 miles

Type: A mixture of traffic free paths with short, on road sections

Classification: Easy

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 are on quiet country lanes. There are numerous links to The Ridgeway, known as Britain's oldest road, and the Berkshire Downs. Surfaces vary from tarmac to tar spray to gravel chippings to limestone dust, but are designed for easy riding throughout.

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

Things to see and do

Diversions: There is currently a diversion in place for NCN544 at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. There is a sign on the route to direct users. The highways agency expect the diversion to be in place until March 2019.

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Route 544 connects Didcot and Wantage.  It is an 12-mile route on quiet roads, byways and purpose built paths, offering a tranquil way to explore Southern Oxfordshire.