Via Icknield Way & Upton Village (Sustrans Route 544)
Details: 5 miles (8km) from Didcot Parkway to Harwell Campus Thomson Entrance
Regional cycle route 544 runs from Didcot to Wantage via the Harwell site.
Turn left out of Didcot Parkway station and follow the cycle path on Hitchcock way up to roundabout where the Broadway, Hitchcock Way and Jubilee Way meet. Route 544 starts at the roundabout over at the Jubilee way turn. Follow the path through Didcot , past the Millenium wood to Mowbray fields where it joins the old Didcot to Newbury railway line.
Follow the route to Upton village (with connections along the way for East and West Hagbourne). On entering the village at Chapel Furlong, turn right and follow the road through the village until you get to the A417 Reading to Wantage road. Cross over the main road onto the Chilton road and continue up the hill.
At the top of the hill, cross straight over the junction onto a farm track (Icknield way). Caution needs to be taken when crossing over to the farm track as the junction is difficult and traffic coming across the junction travels fast over the brow of a hill.
Follow the farm track over the A34 on the bridge and down to the A4185 just by the pedestrian / cycle crossing near the Harwell North turn (Curie Ave.).