Walking and Cycling
Historic Tour of Faringdon
Download and print a walk guide of Faringdon's Historic buildings.
Children's trail and quiz 1
Children's trail and quiz 2
Download and print a walk around Faringdon, with questions to answer
Find a walk or walk group anywhere in the UK
Free walking routes with maps in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Exmoor, Bath & NE Somerset.
Walking in Oxfordshire
Free walks to download
River Thames Guide
Overview of walks along the river Thames starting at Lechlade throught to Maidenhead
Detailed directions and maps to walk the Thames path -from Lechlade to Tadpole bridge
Ramblers walks in and around Faringdon
Regular cycling from faringdon
National Cycle route network maps
Oxford branch of CTC
The national cycling organization
Rides and list of events
Oxfordshire Fieldpaths society
Regular programme of walks across Oxfordshire
Faringdon is set in lovely countryside, around which there are many walks and cycle rides. The following links will take you to sites that offer information, routes to follow, and arranged programmes of walks
A group of volunteers from Faringdon produced a set of 8 walk cards, with walks ranging from 4 - 7 miles, including Badbury Clump, Great Coxwell, Wicklesham, Hatford and Radcot.
Most walks start from Faringdon and are circular. Each walk has a good colour map and clear instructions to follow, together with guidance on the countryside code and contact information. The walk information have been designed to encourage those who like to walk, but are apprehensive about following detailed OS maps and walking into the unknown.
The walk cards are now out of stock, but you can follow this link for details of the walks and documents for download or call into Faringdon Tourist Information Office and ask them to print one for you.
Healthy Walks in Faringdon- Every Wednesday, 10.30, from the Old Town Hall
a 45 minute walk, nice and easy.
or a longer walk, 60-80 minutes at a brisker but still comfortable pace.
From outside the Old Town Hall, Market Place at 10.30am. At the end of the walk there will be tea/coffee available for purchase locally.
No pre-booking is required - just come along with sensible shoes and a waterproof jacket.
The ancient market town of Faringdon is situated on the Golden Ridge, which extends between Oxford and Swindon. It is the warm, honey coloured grit used in the buildings in the area, including many of the buildings in Faringdon, that gives the Golden Ridge its name. The Ridge is made of coral-rich limestone, called the Corallian Limestone, which plays a big part in the geology of Faringdon, ranging from its affect on the landscape, to its use as a building stone. Faringdon is also home to the world-famous Faringdon Sponge Gravel, which contains many excellently preserved fossil sponges. Faringdon is one of the best places in Oxfordshire to see how the geology affects the landscape, and this provides the town with some of the best views in the county. See Oxfordshire Geology Trust website
See also Oxford City Virtual Trail and Kirtlington Virtual Trail
Just 3 miles north of Faringdon, the Thames Path National Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for walking alongside the river. It follows England's best known river for 184 miles (294km) as it meanders from its source in the Cotswolds through several rural counties and on through the bustle of the City of London.
Detailed directions on National Trail website
Just 6 miles south of Faringdon, The Ridgeway National Trail is a great place to visit for walking, cycling or horseriding. The whole Trail is 87 miles (139km) long with much of it following the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man. It's perfect, but not too strenuous, for long distance use, and is also ideal for day trips or less.
Two lovely downland circular walks ( 4 miles and 7.5 miles) that use The Ridgeway have been established in Oxfordshire, west of Wantage.
Detailed directions on National trail website