Bike routes

If you want a great way to see the sights of the UK there's no better way than to use the Sustrans bike routes.

They're a leading UK charity enabling people not just to get around on a bike safer but also to travel by foot or public transport to. Here are a few of popular routes around Oxford;-

Route 5: Didcot to Oxford

From – to: Oxford to Didcot via Abingdon

Type: Mix of canal paths, railway paths and quiet lanes

Access: Oxford and Didcot stations

Surface: Mixture of stone paths and tarmac roads

The route south from Oxford to Abingdon takes you through traffic-calmed streets before joining the off road path parallel with the railway line. Traffic free paths take you across parkland to the heart of the attractive town of Abingdon. From there the route goes via the beautiful village of Sutton Courtenay arriving in Didcot by the railway station.

If Didcot is too far, try going as far as Sandford Lock.

From – to: Didcot to Wantage and The Ridgeway

Type: Quiet Roads, byways and purpose-built paths

Access: Didcot railway station

Surface: Variable

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. 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.