Via Sustrans Route 5 & Milton Village
Details: 7 miles (11km) from Old County Hall to Harwell Campus Thomson Entrance
From the old county hall follow the Sustrans route 5 (Hanson Way) out of Abingdon. First down East St. Helens Street then West St. Helens Street. Continue down past the church onto St. Helens Wharf where the cycle route is contraflow to the one way traffic. Over the bridge of the river Ock turn left into Wilsham Road. Follow Wilsham Road to the end, don’t turn left into Andersey Way as there is a cut through for cycles into North Quay. North Quay eventually goes right but the route carries straight on into West Quay.
At the end of West Quay go straight on into Peep-o-Day Lane, ignore the two right hand turns and continue straight on until the junction with the B4016 Drayton Road. Turn right here towards Drayton and off the Sustrans route. Note: at this point Sustrans route 5 continues left on a cycle path towards Sutton Coutney and Didcot
Turn first left off the B4016 towards Milton village. Follow the road through Milton village and into Milton Park industrial estate. At the T-junction turn right onto the busy road out of Milton Park towards Milton Interchange.
At Milton Interchange the cycle path continues around the left of the junction with cycle crossing points. The first crossing point is across the A4130 Didcot road which is split by an island. Across the first half of the carriageway you have to watch for fast traffic coming off the interchange and on the second half of the carriageway there is usually two lanes of queuing traffic. The Southbound ‘ON’ ramp point is a bit tricky to cross as motorist are travelling fast and are coming from different directions. The Northbound ‘OFF’ ramp is controlled by lights. Cycling on the Milton Intercahnge is not recommended.
On the other side of the Milton Interchange there is a pedestrian / cycle path up to Milton Heights village. At the top of the path turn right and take the second left onto Milton Hill. Follow this road until the T-junction with the A4130. Turn left and continue on the road up to Rowstock roundabout and go straight over on the A4185. Follow the A4185 to Harwell main gate.
Note: There is a good cycle map of Abingdon town, unfortunately it is only available in paper format. A copy can be obtained from Abingdon Town Council at the Abingdon Information Centre, Old Abbey House, Abbey Close or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org