GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Oxfordshire Cycle Routes

Oxfordshire is a wonderful place to explore on your bike with the lovely countryside and pretty villages of the Cotswolds coupled with the striking scenery of the Chiltern Hills proving major draws.
The famous university town of Oxford is also a great option with its wonderful architecture and cycle friendly streets.
It is also an area where the river Thames is at it's most appealing and there are plenty of other water based rides to enjoy in this lovely county.

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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Oxfordshire Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Oxfordshire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abingdon to Oxford8 miles (12.8 km)This easy ride follows National Cycle route 5 from Abingdon to Oxford. It runs for about 8 miles using a mixture of quiet roads and traffic free paths. Along the way there's nice views of the River Thames and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Badbury Clump2 miles (3.5 km)This walk explores Badbury Hill and the lovely wooded area of Badbury Clump near Faringdon. There is a car park next to the site just off the B4019 between Faringdon and Coleshill. You can then pick up the trails through the bluebell woodland to the summit of the hill where there is an Iron Agehill fortknown asBadbury Camp. There are also nice views over the Vale of White Horseto the south and theThames Valley. You can continue your walk in the surrounding Coxwell Wood. View Full Details>>
Banbury to Stratford-Upon-Avon36 miles (58 km)Follow National Cycle route 5 from Oxfordshire to Warwickshire on this lovely rural route. View Full Details>>
Buckingham to Banbury26 miles (42 km)This route follows The Great Central Cycle Ride and the Oxfordshire cycleway from Buckingham to Banbury.
The route follows a series of quiet roads through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire and takes you through some pretty villages and lovely scenery. View Full Details>>
Claude Duval Bridleroute63 miles (102 km)This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Cotswold Water Park10 miles (16.5 km)This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers. View Full Details>>
Didcot to Wantage11 miles (18 km)This is a very leisurely ride taking place on off road tracks/paths and quiet country lanes.
The ride follows National Cycle route 44 and benefits from links to the Berkshire downs.
Highlights on the route are the pretty villages of Hagbourne and Lockinge and some lovely Oxfordshire scenery. View Full Details>>
Hanson Way16 miles (25 km)Follow the Hanson Way (part of National Cycle route 5) from Oxford to Didcot via Abingdon.
This is a fairly flat route that has plenty of off road sections and a pleasant spell along the River Thames. View Full Details>>
Oxford to Banbury34 miles (55 km)Travel through pretty Oxfordshire along NCN route 5 from Oxford to Banbury View Full Details>>
Oxford to Bicester17 miles (27 km)Starting in the historic University town of Oxford follow NCN route 51 from Oxford to Bicester View Full Details>>
Oxford to Milton Keynes42 miles (67 km)Starting in the historic University town of Oxford follow National Cycle route 51 from Oxford to Milton Keynes via Bicester.
This ride takes you through the lovely scenery of the Cotswolds along quiet country roads and some traffic free paths. View Full Details>>
Oxford to Princes Risborough24 miles (38 km)Follow National Cycle route 57 on this lovely route through the Oxfordshire countryside. The route starts near the tourist information centre in Oxford and heads east to Thame on minor roads. You then join the Phoenix Trail - a lovely off road path on a dismantled railway line which takes you to the finish point at Princes Risborough rail. View Full Details>>
Phoenix Trail7 miles (11 km)This is a lovely short flat ride running from Thame to Princes Risborough View Full Details>>
Reading to Oxford35 miles (56 km)Travel along NCN route 5 from Reading in Berkshire and on through Oxfordshire to the famous university town View Full Details>>
Shotover Country Park3 miles (5 km)Shotover country park is a 289 acre site located on the outskirts of Oxford. It encompasses ancient woodland, flowery meadows, marshes, ponds, bracken-covered slopes and Shotover Hill where you will find splendid views across South Oxfordshire. There's a wide variety of flora and fauna in the park with Bluebells, Orchids, Woodpeckers, Foxes and Roe deer. There are a number of peaceful woodland walking trails and a bridleway for cyclists. View Full Details>>
Thames Valley - London to Oxford96 miles (155 km)Follow the Thames Valley cycle route from the city of London to Oxford on this fantastic long distance bike ride. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 4 and 5 along minor roads, country lanes and traffic free paths. There's much to enjoy with beautiful parks, riverside paths, lovely countryside and a series of pretty towns and villages. View Full Details>>
The Ridgeway43 miles (69 km)This is the cycle friendly opening 43 miles of The Ridgeway - one of the UK's National Trails. View Full Details>>
Three Downs Link102 miles (164 km)This is a walking and cycling path following bridleways through Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The trail runs from Exton, in Hampshire, to Dean Hill, near Hungerford. You will pass through open chalk downland, along rivers and canals and through some pretty villages. View Full Details>>
Westbury Circular Ride12 miles (19 km)This is a circular walk or cycle ride around Westbury in Buckinghamshire. Route highlights include Turweston Airfield and Biddlesden House and Park. The house occupies the site of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 and sits behind a small lake. View Full Details>>

Your Submitted Routes

Route NameDistanceDifficulty
The Swan's Way65 miles (105 km)***

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