Walking & Cycling


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The Old Stables welcomes walkers and cyclists who wish to walk or cycle the local paths and trails.  We have secure dry storage for bicycles and muddy boots, and a range of maps, and guide books.

The Ridgeway National Trail

The cottage is ideally situated mid way along The Ridgeway National Trail enabling guests to head off approx. 40 miles in each direction, culminating in Avebury in the South and Ivinghoe Beacon in the North.

Walk straight from the cottage to The Ridgeway accessing it where it crosses The Thames or you may park in a local free carpark in Rectory Road, Streatley.  The Thames path is also accessed as you approach the village of Goring, which is approximately a 10 minute walk.


The Thames Path

This flat footpath runs for 180 miles along the banks of the river Thames starting at the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich in South East London to Kemble in Gloucestershire.  The path is within 10 minutes walk from The Old Stables.


Swan's Way

Swan's Way is a long distance bridleway, footpath and cycle way running 65 miles from Salcey Forest if Northamptonshire to Goring on Thames.  For walkers, the path links up with The Ridgeway National Trail and the Western end of the Icknield Way Path.



Judge's Ride

This 4-16 mile circular trail is primarily for horse riders and mountain bike cyclist and is situated between Goring and Wallingford.  It follows the path of the Swan's Way in short sections, where it also runs parallel to the Thames and the Ridgeway National Trail.



Icknield Way Trail and the Icknield Way Path

The Icknield Way is a 146 mile route for walkers, riders and cyclists providing a bridleway link between the Ridgeway and the Peddars Way. The route follows a similar route to the Ickneild Way Path. At the Southern end at Bledlow Cross, it links with the Swan's Way and at Pitstone Hill (near to Ivinghoe Beacon) it links with the Ridgeway National Trail.



Chiltern Way

The Chiltern Way is a circular walking route of 134 miles, plus more recent extention loops, that was established by Chiltern Society volunteers in 2000. Offering breath taking views of the rolling landscape, the route stretches around the AONB.