Cycle Routes to Campus

Harwell Campus is within easy cycling distance of the towns of Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage.
Sustrans route 544 runs from Didcot to Wantage via the Harwell campus providing a traffic free / country lane route to work.

Sustrans national route 5 runs through Didcot heading northwards through Sutton Courtenay to Abingdon and Oxford and eastwards to Wallingford and beyond. This path can be used to cycle from Oxford and Wallingford and join other routes to get to the Harwell campus.

Using the nearby Ridgeway national trail provides a route to Goring & Streatley and link onto Reading. It also provides an alternative route to Wantage and some good lunchtime rides.

Rail links to Didcot Parkway station enables cycling to the Harwell campus from towns further away like Reading, Swindon and Oxford.

Details of routes can be found on each route page and each route has been shown on an interactive map.

Sustrans have produced a code for cyclists using routes. When using off road routes it is a good idea to have a bell on your bike and a hi viz jacket as cyclists will encounter dog walkers and horses. Most dog walkers will get their dogs under control so that cycles can pass freely if they see a cyclist approaching. If approaching a dog walker or pedestrian from the rear use the cycle bell in plenty of time to allow them to move. Beware of walkers / joggers listening to music as they wont hear the bell. If approaching a horse from the rear use the cycle bell at a reasonable distance away so as not to surprise the horse. See our page on considerate cycle for more information.

Science Vale Cycle Network

The Science Vale Cycle Network is a series of main cycle routes connecting towns (Abingdon, Didcot, Grove and Wantage) to business parks (Culham Science Centre, Harwell Campus and Milton Park).

The routes are named after famous scientists who have graduated from Oxford University, by coincidence they all have surnames beginning with the letter H.

The Science Valve Cycle Network is a work in progress so not all routes shown in the above map have been built, been upgraded or have sections missing. See our Infrastructure Updates page for latest news about routes.

Route NameOxford ScientistNotes