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Walk to Abingdon from further afield
|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Verify me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent 42m||Descent 46m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent 51m||Descent 48m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Enjoy me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 39m||Descent 45m|
||Survey me||Distance 15km/10mi||Ascent 44m||Descent 39m|
||Double check||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 65m||Descent 37m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 12km/8mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Double check||Distance 17km/11mi||Ascent 65m||Descent 77m|
||Verify me||Distance 18km/11mi||Ascent 64m||Descent 102m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent 130m||Descent 168m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 17km/11mi||Ascent 119m||Descent 81m|
66% of Abingdon’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
11 people have contributed to Abingdon’s Slow Ways
6 people have pledged to walk and review a route
6 people have surveyed a route in Abingdon
107km out of 155km have been walked and reviewed
251km of reviews have been shared in Abingdon
As it was a beautiful autumn afternoon, I was passed a few times by cyclists, a runner, and a lady on a mobility scooter, so it’s fairly popular in parts and a very accessible route. It’s also fairly flat, with only one significant slope over the railway just as you pass the station car park....
Jim Champion added Kinabi two, a new walk from Kingston Bagpuize to AbingdonWalk this route
The parts opposite Nuneham house are really beautiful and there's a great chance to see lots of amazing birds as you get around the Radley lakes area...
Robert Glover added Wanabi three, a new walk from Wantage to AbingdonWalk this route
It then crosses a wooden bridge (Photo 1) to join the Thames Path (Photo 2)....
But being near water always adds to my enjoyment of a route....
The section running parallel to the railway line has a very short section of overgrown bramble which makes it slightly tricky....
I can't add a lot to the thorough review from Martin Ellis. This route was added as a cycle-friendly one; consequently, it's pretty friendly for wheels generally, but if you prefer being away from cycles, and are happy to deal with mud, abidid one is a better bet. Signage is also pretty good - just follow National Cycle Route 5.. My journey was in January, and consequently, perhaps the route was quieter this time, both in terms of cycles and people). Partly because of the time of year, my pictures aren't as appealing as those already uploaded...
It certainly provides quite a contrast with the riverside and village sections further north - and is predominantly paved, which was useful given the muddy conditions....
Firstly, the section from Standlake to Newbridge could be better: both from Standlake to Oxford and Standlake to Kingston Bagpuize spend more time off-road, and I'd recommend the path those routes take....
The section between Burcot and Berinsfield is on pavement next to a road, but the section to the north of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (marked Thame Lane on maps) is also solid. Having said that, the remaining sections are on pasture or farmland, and not recommended for wheels. Sights - as well as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (home of the largest temperatures in the solar system - see https://ccfe.ukaea.uk/research/joint-european-torus/ for details), the walk passes the Culham Motocross Park, and the location of the first pound lock on the Thames....
I agree with the previous reviews - this is a pleasant walk following about 9 miles of the Thames Path, plus a short distance at each end into the town....
An easy riverside walk following the Thames Path from Oxford to Abingdon. Be careful after heavy rainfall as parts of the path can flood easily, sometimes making it inaccessible....
A pleasant Slow Way which follows the Thames from Abingdon, then leaves it at Culham Lock to visit Sutton Courtenay, and finally takes a bridleway into Didcot. From Culham Lock (Photo 4), the route takes a bridleway and footpath (Photo 5) to skirt east of Sutton Courtenay. On leaving Sutton Courtenay, the footpath has a good view of Didcot Power Station (Photo 6), now missing its iconic water towers....
The cycle route then runs south to Sutton Courtney, along Peek-O-Day Lane (Photo 3). The route skirts south of Sutton Courtney with some road walking (Photo 4); but it is only a short detour into the village proper, and the George and Dragon pub....
After about 1.5km you meet Culham Old Bridge and the route takes you onto a pavement next to a road called The Burycroft which cuts off the corner of the Thames Path making the route more direct (alternatively, you could just keep following the Thames Path for a more scenic route by the river and fields). The route rejoins the Thames Path at the Culham Cut (photo 1) and then it is only a short distance before reaching Culham Lock (photos 2 and 3). Highlights of the route are the Thames Path as you leave Abingdon, Culham Lock and the village of Sutton Courtenay....
You drift away from the river across Kennington Meadow and then back to the least used part of the path between Oxford and Abingdon at least as far as the Radley School Boathouse....
Neil Patrick McColl added Wanabi two, a new walk from Wantage to AbingdonWalk this route
Great quiet & scenic route linking Abingdon and Oxford along the River Thames. It can occasionally be flooded at some times of year....
Uses a fast, busy road with no pavements for a long stretch going north from the A415. I think this would be too dangerous on foot....
Reasonably easy to follow with little stickers on the standard council waymarks and fingerposts. A variety of surfaces from tarmac and gravel to grass, field edge and a couple of cross-field paths that may be ploughed or cropped but are usually reinstated....
Slow Ways added Abiber one, a new walk from Abingdon to BerinsfieldWalk this route
Slow Ways added Kinabi one, a new walk from Kingston Bagpuize to AbingdonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Staabi one, a new walk from Standlake to AbingdonWalk this route
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51.67003° / -1.28141°
Easting / Northing
449,790E / 197,050N
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