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Slow Ways linking Didcot and Abingdon, Berinsfield, East Ilsley, Wallingford, Wantage
Great Britain / Oxfordshire / Didcot
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Enjoy me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent 51m||Descent 48m|
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||Review me||Distance 10km/7mi||Ascent 89m||Descent 88m|
||Survey me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent 92m||Descent 100m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 13km/8mi||Ascent 27m||Descent 35m|
||Review me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 147m||Descent 90m|
||Survey me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 71m||Descent 98m|
||Enjoy me||Distance 18km/11mi||Ascent 167m||Descent 132m|
||Survey me||Distance 18km/11mi||Ascent 114m||Descent 149m|
83% of Didcot’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
15 people have contributed to Didcot’s Slow Ways
9 people have pledged to walk and review a route
5 people have surveyed a route in Didcot
116km out of 116km have been walked and reviewed
372km of reviews have been shared in Didcot
There is a short urban walk to join the Icknield Greenway (Photo 2). The walk to Harwell is directly east along the tarmacked cycle path (photo 4)....
It was a pretty steep climb up, and I deliberately took the "long way" around the top of the slightly taller Castle Hill to get a better look at the Thames Valley, and the other slightly smaller clump which housed an iron age hill fort back in the days where that was popular. The paths on the Thames Path were all very muddy, which wasn't quite a surprise as it was winter, but I think I would prefer walking it in summer instead. At Benson the weir was blocked off, which unfortunately meant a diversion away from the Thames Path, first through a little village, then along a busy road for a short stretch, and then along residential roads into Wallington where the first section finished at its historic market square....
when I first arrived in this area I remember noticing the big skies around Didcot and this walk makes the most of them....
Edensyard pledged to walk Didber oneWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Easdid oneWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Easdid oneWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Didwal oneWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Didber oneWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Wandid twoWalk this route
Sarah_Sarah29 pledged to walk Abidid twoWalk this route
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....
Sam McKavanagh pledged to walk Abidid twoWalk this route
Sam McKavanagh pledged to walk Abidid oneWalk this route
The route takes a grassy path (Photo 1) ascending onto the Ridgeway National Trail. The Slow Way crosses over a dismantled railway and joins a tarmacked lane (Photo 3). The route continues north straight as an arrow, becoming a grassy path (Photo 4), then back to a lane on the approach into Upton....
Martin McGovern surveyed Didwal twoWalk this route
I agree with the points made in earlier reviews - this is pleasant, with the only road sections being in Didcot itself - after that you have to cross roads, but not walk along anything of significance. The only slight oddity is that the half of the .gpx file closer to Didcot is often slightly off - this means that looking for exact turning points, or bridges may require a little more thought. But it's all manageable....
Fairly easy walk, not very muddy at present. Not very exciting scenery but a good view of Didcot from above Upton. Have to take a diversion through Harwell Campus...
Martin McGovern surveyed Abidid twoWalk this route
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...
Nice route using the Icknield way and the disused railway line from Upton. Ran this after some decent rainfall and still good surfaces throughout. No turnstiles, one steep bit over Ginge bridge but not that bad....
Martin McGovern surveyed Abidid oneWalk this route
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....
On the second section I enjoyed a wander round the pretty village of East Hagbourne before continuing on the route. Starting in East Ilsley the route initially climbs up to the Ridgeway on a grassy track (Photo 1) before crossing the gallops (Photo 2 & 3) and descending down to join a no-through road at Churn Farm. The route then gently climbs on a track between the fields (Photo 5) before dropping down through woodland to Upton (Photo 6)....
A great route starting with a couple of gentle downland hills and then a flat finish along the railway path from Upton into Didcot. Starting in East Ilsley the route initially climbs up to the Ridgeway on a grassy track (Photo 1) before crossing the gallops (Photo 2 & 3) and descending down to join a no-through road at Churn Farm....
Martin McGovern surveyed Didber oneWalk this route
This route has several interesting elements. At Little Whittenham there's the environmental learning charity Earth Trust; part of the route through Dorchester runs along the Roman road; and the village of Berinsfield was built on the site of a second world war air base....
Having said this it is a very pleasant walk through rural countryside and takes in the villages of East Hagbourne and South Moreton both with pubs....
The route creator has curated an excellent route which has a mixture of soaring views, narrow 'secret' footpaths and delightful villages and churches....
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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....
The pleasant field walk (Photo 2) ends at the Earth Trust Centre (earthtrust.org.uk) which manages the green spaces around the Wittenham Clumps (Photo 3). It’s a slight detour, but Little Wittenham Bridge (Photo 4) is just north of the Clumps: a former venue for the annual Poohsticks championship!...
From South Moreton, the Slow Way soon arrives at the Mill Brook which it follows all the way into Wallingford (Photos 1, 2 & 3)....
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....
There are a variety of terrains on this route with some narrow, uphill and/or uneven sections - please refer to the photo survey we conducted of this route for further details. Very pleasant walk though with scenic views from Wittenham Clumps and various points of interest en route including Benson Weir and Benson Lock....
You cross the river twice; Once at Shillingford and a second time at Benson lock....
You're spoilt for walking in this area and the alternative Wallingford Didcot route takes in the stunning clumps....
smason added Abidid two, a new walk from Abingdon to DidcotWalk this route
The route has a few unnecessary little diversions of the Thames path, just ignore and keep to riverside path....
Neil Patrick McColl surveyed Wandid oneWalk this route
Helenry surveyed DidcotView facilities
If you don't want to cross stiles, look at the other wandid routes...
Neil Patrick McColl
The route should follow the Harwell - Wantage cycle path. That would avoid stiles etc, give a better surface but still be close to villages for facilities. I will suggest alternative based on that....
Neil Patrick McColl
Neil Patrick McColl added Wandid two, a new walk from Wantage to DidcotWalk this route
This route avoids stiles etc and is less prone to any mud....
Neil Patrick McColl
email@example.com surveyed DidcotView facilities
rlbrodie added Didwal two, a new walk from Didcot to WallingfordWalk this route
matthewsnape added Easdid two, a new walk from East Ilsley to DidcotWalk this route
Mainly a good route but it could be much improved by utilising the recently-opened Icknield Greenway....
WendyTobitt added Didber one, a new walk from Didcot to BerinsfieldWalk this route
Slow Ways added Abidid one, a new walk from Abingdon to DidcotWalk this route
Slow Ways added Didwal one, a new walk from Didcot to WallingfordWalk this route
Slow Ways added Easdid one, a new walk from East Ilsley to DidcotWalk this route
Slow Ways added Wandid one, a new walk from Wantage to DidcotWalk this route
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51.61091° / -1.24298°
Easting / Northing
452,516E / 190,502N
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