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Cycling in Southern Oxfordshire

When you want to fill your lungs with clean, fresh air then nothing beats cycling and Southern Oxfordshire is the place to be. 

Our two districts offers stunning national, regional, local, rural or town centre routes designed to suit all levels of ability, fitness and enthusiasm. Pick your route then use the accommodation search to select cycle friendly places to stay via the cyclists welcome scheme.  

  • The Oxfordshire Cycleway is 200 miles long and runs through some of the county's most scenic countryside.  For those with mountain bikes, there is a link with the Ridgeway National Trail in the south. 
  • The Hanson Way is a largely traffic-free route from Reading through Didcot, Abingdon and Oxford on its route to Birmingham and on to Chester and the North Wales Coast. The route between Abingdon to Oxford includes use of the permissive path by the Thames where care should be taken as the path is likely to be busy with walkers. National Route 5  
  • Try the disused railway line of the Phoenix Trail. It includes a series of 30 artworks sited over 5 miles between Thame and Princes Risborough and was inspired by the old railway environment and the landscape looking out to the Chiltern Hills. National Cycle Route no 57.  
  • The Didcot to Wantage way is an 11 mile route on quiet roads, byways and purpose-built paths via the Icknield Way with links to The Ridgeway National Trail and the Berkshire Downs. Regional Route 44.  
  • The Didcot to Wittenham Clumps cycle ride is 15 miles with a selection of pubs and restaurants and you can take in the pendon museum on the way. 
  • The Vale of White Horse Cycleway is a 25-mile route starting and finishing in Abingdon on Thames. Flat throughout, the route includes many of the Vale's attractive villages. 
  • The Chilterns Cycleway is a 170 mile circular cycle route through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in Southern Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The route is mainly on-road, is signposted throughout and takes a leisurely week to complete. Or it can easily be split into shorter sections for exploring a little at a time. 
  • Henley cycle guide - this page includes four cycling routes and information about visiting and cycling in/around the town. 

2014 Tour of Britain

On Friday 12 September 2014, Southern Oxfordshire welcomed the 2014 Tour of Britain. Famous cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, raced through our towns and rural communities. 

The Tour took place between Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 September, including nine stages over eight days of action packed racing.  The Tour is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate sporting event.

The tour entered the Vale at Stage Six (starting in Bath) on Friday 12 September and headed to South Oxfordshire on the way to the finish line in Hemel Hempstead. The 203km race passed through Wantage, Wallingford and Chinnor, to name a few.  

View our Tour of Britain 2014 gallery of the race here.

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