Cycle Routes

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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