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Woodcote Off-road Cycle

Trail : BRKSTR0005
Activity : Cycle
Area : The River Thames and Reading
Type(s) : Off Road
Author : Ian Oakes
Distance : 20.2 miles / 32.5 km
Ascent : 1291 feet / 394 metres
Location : SU634765 / RG8 7AN

Trail Summary

A fantastic off-road cycle on the Berkshire - Oxfordshire border, with some steep climbs and descents and fast sweeping singletrack. Some off-road experience is recommended.

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Trail Details

This fantastic trail, which starts in Pangbourne and heads across the Thames to Woodcote and back, is mostly off road with some very rough sections, so is suitable for mountain bikes only. Surface conditions make the trail rideable all year, except for the woods around Nuney Green which can be easily bypassed. The route involves lots of climbing, with the ascent up to Upper Gatehampton Farm being very steep, although mostly on good surfaces - so you need to be fit. The trail is not too technical except for the descent from Holly Copse, so some off-road experience is recommended. Probably the best Off-road route in the region with river stretch from Pangbourne to Goring a fast sweeping singletrack. The river sections either side of Pangbource can be busy with walkers at weekend.

Note that the trails heads west from Whitchurch so that the route is tackled in a clockwise direction.

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Whitchurch toll bridge
Popular path, near Cray's Pond
Thames Valley & The Goring Gap
Downland, Mapledurham
Top end of Whitchurch village

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Location Details
The trail starts from the Village Hall Car Park on Station Road (A329) in Pangbourne. Alternative parking is available off Whitchurch Road (B471) including free parking at Recreation Ground Car Park. If arriving by train, turn right out of the station to join Station Road and join the trail at the Village Hall Car Park.


Pangbourne has one of only two private toll bridges remaining across the Thames, linking the village to Whitchurch in Oxfordshire. Originally this Thames crossing would have been by ferry, with the first bridge being built in 1792. The current bridge dates back to 1901. Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind In The Willows lived in Pangbourne before his death in 1932 and the landscape along the Thames is believed to have provided the inspiration for the illustrations by E.H. Shepherd.

Mapledurham House and Mill

Mapledurham House, part of the Mapledurham Estate, is an Elizabethan manor house built around the time of the Spanish Armada - although a manor has existed on the site since before the 13th century. The house has been restored over the last few decades and is the family home of John Joseph Eyston. Mapledurham Watermill, which dates from the 15th century is still in use today - the only remaining working flour mill on the Thames. Both are open to the public in the spring and summer at weekends and on bank holidays.

Further Reading

Pangbourne by Pangbourne-on-Thames.com
Thames Path by Natural England

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