Didcot to Oxford

Didcot to Oxford

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A cycle route of approximately 21 miles which takes you from Didcot through
theOxfordshire countryside via some rural villages and Farmoor Reservoir and then on to the historic city of Oxford. This linear cycle route also offers you the opportunity to return to Didcot by train, but remember to check the service before setting off on your cycle ride. The cycle route takes you on mainly ‘B’ roads and country lanes but take care at the start and finish of you ride as you will may encounter some heavy traffic at these points.

Start from Didcot Parkway Railway Station. Standing outside the station looking at the road you cycle to your right along Station Road in the direction of Milton. After 350 yards you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE THIRD EXIT, Foxhall Road and cycle along Foxhall Road over the railway and round the bend where the road runs on to Basil Hill Road.

After a few hundred yards you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE SCOND EXIT, Milton Road which takes you alongside the railway line on one side and Didcot Power Station on the other and after about half a mile brings you to another roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT ACROSS and on to Sutton Courtenay Road and after 200 yards you come to another roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT ACROSS on to Sutton Courtenay Lane.

After about a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along High Street which takes you to Sutton Courtenay. After cycling along High Street for about a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction in the centre of the village. At the junction TURN LEFT along Drayton Road B4016 and cycle along the road for 1 mile until you come to the village of Drayton. Note as you enter the village you pass The Pendon Museum on the right which displays typical scenes on the Great Western Railway (GWR) of the 1920s.

When you reach the centre of the village you come to a ‘T’ junction just by The Wheatsheaf Inn. At the junction you TURN RIGHT along Abingdon Road B4017 and cycle along Abingdon Road through the village and as you leave the village the road changes its name to Drayton Road. After cycling along Drayton Road for about three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction on the outskirts of the historic town of Abingdon which claims to be one of the oldest towns in England.

At the junction TURN LEFT AND THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Spring Road and cycle 400 yards to the end of Spring Street where you come to another ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Faringdon Road and after about 400 yards you pass over the A34 continuing along Faringdon Road for a further 300 yards where you TURN RIGHT on to Cholswell Road. After 250 yards TURN RIGHT along Nene Road and cycle 500 yards(note Nene Road runs on to Long Tow after a few hundred yards) to the end of the road where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Wootton Road B4017.

As you cycle along Wootton Road you can see RAF Abingdon on your left. After about 1 mile you reach the village of Wootton and by then the road has changed its name to Lamborough Hill B4017.

Continue through the village and as you leave the village the road changes its name once more, this time to Cumor Road B4017. After about three quarters of a mile you approach the village of Cumor and as you do you pass over the A420 and continue in to the village keeping to the B4017. By now the road is called Abingdon Road. At the end of Abingdon Road you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE SECOND EXIT along High Street still following the B4017. After a couple of hundred yards High Street runs on to Tumbledown Hill and then Cumor Road, still the B4017.

Cycle up the hill for about half a mile towards Farmoor Reservoir, and when you reach Farmoor Reservoir you TURN LEFT just before the reservoir along the lane that leads you around the banks of the reservoir and as you near the top of the reservoir you pass Pinkhill Lock on your left which was built in 1791 and is on The River Thames.

Continue around the top of the reservoir and as you reach the opposite bank you TURN LEFT and THEN LEFT AGAIN on to Cumor Road B4017. After 200 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT on to Eynsham Road B4044. Continue to cycle along Eynsham Road for 1 mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction at the centre of Botley. At the junction TURN LEFT along West Way B4044. Cycle along West Way for 400yards where it runs on to the A420. Continue along the A420 which changes its name to Botley Road after a few hundred yards and continue to cycle in the direction of Oxford along Botley Road and after about half a mile you pass over the railway line and you TURN FIRST LEFT IN TO OXFORD RAILWAY STATION. The end of your cycle ride.

Should you wish you can return by train as there is a direct service which runs back to Didcot, remember to check timetable before setting off on your cycle ride. Oxford is famous for its universities and historic buildings. There are numerous places to explore and get refreshments etc.

 

 

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