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Walking and Cycling in Abingdon

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Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 3HG United Kingdom

Nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire, Abingdon is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The beauty spanning right from the town centre with historic walks, gardens, meadows and parks, right out to waterside walks and strolls along the Thames.

There are so many beautiful walks to choose from, a gentle stroll or a more challenging trek Abingdon has it all. Below are a few to choose from, or check out Visit Abingdon website for more inspiration.

The Heritage Trail

This walk takes you through the history of the town with five historical interpretation boards that have been designed along a short circular route starting in East St Helen Street, to St Helen’s church, the Almshouses, a board covering the Thames and Ock river frontage via Margaret Brown Gardens to finish the trail in West St Helen Street.

The Abingdon Waterways

If you prefer to combine a bit of history with a lot of walking the Abingdon Waterways Walk makes a great day out. It’s an 8-mile circular walk taking in the heart of Abingdon’s medieval town centre, the charms of the villages of Drayton and Sutton Courtenay, and parts of the Thames Path. Start around mid-morning at the free car park at Culham Lock OX14 4NE and you will be in Abingdon-on-Thames just in time to fuel your body with a lunch stop at one of our many pubs and cafes.

Hit the trail again to reach the village of Sutton Courtenay just as the mid-afternoon sun tells you it’s time for a pub stop, just leaving you with one or two fields to cross to bring you back to the car.

On sale at the local bookshops, you can also find a very helpful illustrated book which contains anecdotes about the places you pass on the way and hand-drawn maps to make the route finding easy.


Bring your bike to Abingdon and take in the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the river or a more challenging ride on the Route five national cycle route that takes you from London to Oxford which links with the canal path to Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. The town is on three rivers – Ock and Stert lead into the Thames – and on three national trails. Thames Path, Oxfordshire Way and Vale Way.



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