Cycle Routes

Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Cycling Routes

This 12 mile circular route in the north Wiltshire Downs, just 5½ miles (9km) southeast of the centre of Swindon, is suitable for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The route mainly follows broad tracks through rolling downland countryside rich in history from prehistoric to recent times.

The route is waymarked with ‘Ridgeway Circular Route’ waymarks. Please keep to the paths and keep dogs under control to prevent them disturbing wildlife or stock.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



Read full description

This 5¾ miles (9¼ km) long route can be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and starts from the village of Compton in the heart of the downs in Berkshire, about 5 miles (8km) west of the River Thames at Goring-on-Thames. It follows lovely rolling downland tracks and a stretch of The Ridgeway.

Terrain and conditions
• Mostly on downland tracks.
• This route is moderately strenuous for walkers but with no steep sections.
• No stiles or gates.
• Some paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.
• There may be seasonal vegetation on the route.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



Read full description

This 11 mile route offers a leisurely ride running along the north edge of the downlands and offering views of the Thames Valley and Didcot Power Station. There is only one significant climb at Hagbourne Hill. 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.
Visit: http://www.sustrans.org.uk

We hope you find this information helpful. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



Read full description

The Icknield Way Trail extends from the Dorset coast to Norfolk. The ancient route of the Icknield Way consists of prehistoric pathways, old already when the Romans came. Dotted with archaeological remains, it survives as splendid tracks and green lanes along the chalk "spine" of England. The Icknield Way Trail runs from the end of The Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon, near Tring, to the start of the Peddar's Way at Knettishall Heath, near Thetford, for 110 miles (177 km).The Icknield Way Trail is a route open to walkers, horse-riders and cyclists.A variety of other local and regional routes join the Trail, such as Peddars Way National Trail - creating many opportunities to
explore villages, towns and sites of interest nearby and further afield. The route also links in with the Sustrans National Cycle Network. Please see PDF for walker's and rider's routes.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for The Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



Read full description

The Swan's Way long distance bridle route runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet The Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands.
 - See more at: www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkscycle/the-swans-way-walking-and-cycle-route

The Swan's Way is suitable for horseriders as well as cyclists. The route continues further than shown on our map so please see leaflet for details.



Read full description

The Phoenix Trail is a 5 mile shared use path for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horseriders with magnificent views of the nearby Chiltern Hills and chance to observe Red Kites, the impressive birds of prey that thrive in the area. A traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer's evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off The Ridgeway at Bledlow.

It is flat and surfaced and ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs and there is seating every 500 metres.The first 2.5 miles out of Thame are surfaced with tarmac and the remainder with compacted limestone dust. Wheelchairs may experience difficulty with the access ramps.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



Read full description