- Bath to Didcot route
Looking to head back from the in-laws in a couple of weeks.Posted 10 months ago
Have done the Kennet-Avon and Ridgeway route before, but looking for a faster road route but struggling to find anything that doesn’t have some pretty horrible main roads.
Is that just inevitable or does any one have any tips for that route.
There’s a nice section from a420 at swindon through to Wantage, go past sains and police center then a right after the railway. Then along the bottom to Harwell is flat gravel. Which then takes you to Didcot.
The back road from Avebury through to Marlborough is quiet. Certainly quieter than A4.Posted 10 months ago
Yeah, checking Google maps that’s the fella. You’ll like that one. Couple of hills but it’s quiet. A few sportives use it locally.
Then if you look by Chalton/Lockinge when you get to wantage, you can see the path, right by the hungry horse by the 2 mini roundabout.Posted 10 months agoeddiebabySubscriber
The bit Wantage to Didcot is cycle route 544 that takes you over the A34 and drops you to Upton and the old rail track to Didcot. I don’t know if the little detour round the back of the Harwell science park is still there.Posted 10 months ago
Only one slightly sketchy bit on road tyres from Harwell Science centre to the top of the A34 bridge and that is mainly down to the risk of damage from flints. Only about 1/4 mile though,brassneckSubscriber
A4 isn’t actually too bad, depending on when you go – its wide and you get plenty of space generally. Quickest way to cover most of the East bit.
You could do back roads to Devizes (don’t know that end so well) then Pewsey Vale, Pewsey, Burbage via B3087, Hungerford via A338 – the first bits would be very pleasant, Pewsey on a little more traffic but I ride it regularly. Slower longer but nicer and a few more small places to stop and get a cuppa. Hungerford 338 to Wantage is also fine once you’re past the motorway junction – there are back roads up through the Hungerford – Swindon road B4001 to miss that too if you prefer.Posted 10 months agosheckSubscriber
Hey Jim, hope you like the Vaya?
I’d stay a bit further south…
Steep climb from Bath via Bathampton, Melksham, Calne Averbury, Marlborough, then the lovely bit of road through Axford and Ramsbury until you’re ready to head over/under the M4 towards Wantage etc
Can all be done on quiet back lanes
Nick HPosted 10 months ago
Small world…Vaya’s proving great.
Suits me well as I simply don’t have the upper body/leg ratio or the flexibility to suit most road bikes, so.its proving ideal. Mostly on road so far but that’ll change as weather picks up.
Cheers for the route suggestions as well, plenty to choose from
CheersPosted 10 months ago
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