Thames Valley

Route Details

  • Route: Route out of Central London, starting at Putney Bridge, going on to Oxford via Windsor and Reading. Includes link from Slough to Heathrow Airport.
  • Distance: 99 miles including 40 miles traffic-free.
  • National Cycle Network: Route 4 and Route 5

Route Description

This popular route leads an escape from the city of London, following the Thames out into the countryside, passing through parks at Richmond and Hampton Court, the latter along the riverside path.  The route travels past Thorpe Park, for those wanting to test their mettle on the rides, and then onto Staines. After Staines  there's a climb up Coopers Hill - leaving your bike in the enclosure at the RAF War Memorial you can climb the tower for a view of Runnymeade, where the Magna Carta was signed. 

The route travels onto Windsor and Eton, passing Eton Dorney where the route becomes traffic-free paths as you go through the centres of Maidenhead and Reading.  Here Route 4 carries on west and Route 5 turns north.

The Chiltern Hills mark the most challenging section of the route. Travelling along quiet country roads you descend into the clay Vale of the White Horse.  From here you travel onto Dicot, Abingdon and then into Oxford. 

Things to see and do

  • Windsor Great Park and Castle
  • Hampton Court
  • Richmond Park
  • Thorpe Park
  • Didcot Power Station

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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The route travels out of Central London and takes you to Oxford via Windsor and Reading.

99 miles